And I would do it again in a heartbeat.

In my state (New Jersey), one of my medical conditions meant I qualified for a vaccine very early in the process. I signed up as soon as I was eligible. As a disabled person lucky enough to live in a state that prioritized people like me, I feel it is my duty to share my story for anyone looking forward to their own shots.

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An abstract painting. The canvas is mostly light teal, with swipes of light blue and peach pink. The overall effect is relaxing.
Pastel painting by the author

Let me be clear: this isn’t a horror story or anti-vax propaganda. Rather, this is a necessary part of making healthcare more accessible. On social media, people toss out statements like “Oh, it’s just a five-minute…


Learn how to gain resources and avoid being zeroed in this addictive mobile SLG. Think State of Survival, Guns of Glory gameplay with a magical, medieval bent.

Iconic hero Rhinoceros Hunter

1. Make friends

Alliance of Glory is not a game you can play by yourself. At least, not well. You need teammates to help you protect your city and become more powerful.

On your first day, check out the list of top alliances in your region. Get into the best one that will have you. Some alliances require 100k or 150k power before you’re allowed to apply. …


In an era of depressive doomscrolling, crane game apps are a cheerful alternative

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As kids, my brother and I spent summers on the Jersey Shore, hanging out in the arcades of Point Pleasant, devoting countless hours to learning how to beat the crane games, also known as claw machines. We avoided the oversized prizes from the bigger games in the middle of the arcade (those were for tourists) and instead patrolled the edges, looking for easy-to-win prizes in less popular machines. We never really needed more stuffed animals — our rooms were already full of the cheap tchotchkes — we needed the high of beating the machine.

In 2020, I’m still playing crane…


Please stop using those “aesthetic” multi-column resume formats.

Lots of resume template sites will try to sell you (literally!) on resume templates that have multiple columns. But these aesthetically interesting resumes can be actively detrimental to your job search for two main reasons:

Hiring managers are used to reading single-column resumes

Single-column resumes ruled for decades. That means many recruiters, hiring managers, and other HR professionals have spent lots of time scanning single-column resumes. I’ve only been doing it for a few years and my brain is already conditioned to read single-column resumes very quickly.

When I see multiple columns, I know it’s going to take an extra few seconds to figure out where everything is…


Unlike Zoom or other livestreaming platforms, Twitch is built for both broadcasting and interaction. That means you have more control over how you stream and who sees it. Here are some of the top features that set Twitch apart from other platforms.

A screenshot of a Twitch stream. 6 people each have their own camera and personal overlay with names, links, captions, & more
A screenshot of a Twitch stream. 6 people each have their own camera and personal overlay with names, links, captions, & more
A screenshot from Otherdoc’s DnD stream with individual cameras and captions for each player

One channel = one stream key = one broadcast

On Twitch, you stream to a specific channel. That channel is your space. No one can interrupt your live broadcast with their own video or audio. Anyone can watch the channel, but users need to be logged in to participate in chat — and they can only participate in chat under certain conditions that you set.

In contrast…


Quarantine is a great time to catch up on your favorite movies, music, and series. You can even learn a new skill! Plus, keeping yourself distracted means you won’t lose your mind worrying about whether or when you will become sick.

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An abstract painting with waves of blue, green, purple, and pink, overlaid by by reddish dots and swirly blue lines.
Image by Caatje (Carin) Winkelman under CC BY 2.0

Grab your calendar and get ready to plan some quarantainment — home-based entertainment using digital devices. Many people tend shy away from free trials because they forget to cancel the service before they’re charged. But if you’re stuck at home, literally counting the days, you’re in a perfect position to take advantage of these online offers.

This list is…


Advice on staying inside from someone who stays inside, like, a lot.

Image by Caatje (Carin) Winkelman under CC BY 2.0

Hi there! I’m a disabled person with an absolutely trash immune system. A simple cold can knock me out for a month, and I’ve lost entire seasons of my life to the flu. In other words, I’m pretty knowledgeable about how to survive two weeks at home — even and especially if you feel like crap. Here are my suggestions for some extra items to prepare for a two-week home quarantine, on top of your regular weekly shopping list:

Ibuprofen, cough drops, and other flu-related products

A lot of the media articles focus on prevention…


This boss will roast your team over the flames if you accidentally miss or ignore the fight mechanics in veteran mode.

A warrior unsheathes her axe as her compatriots head into a crumbling underground grave full of urns and statues
A warrior unsheathes her axe as her compatriots head into a crumbling underground grave full of urns and statues
Unhallowed Grave promotional art from Elderscrollsonline.com

The Keeper of the Kiln is the second boss in Unhallowed Grave, an Elder Scrolls Online dungeon released in February 2020. At release, many players struggled with the rising flame mechanics. While it is possible to survive the flames with enough heals and shields, it’s far easier to follow the intended mechanics of this dungeon.

Full Keeper of the Kiln Walkthrough

When you enter the dungeon, you’ll see sigils on the ground. Now look up. …


Increasingly, internet recipes call for essential oils as an ingredient. How can you make sure you stay safe while cooking with essential oils?

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Several plants & leaves lie next to a cup filled with oil. All are resting on a circular white marble stone on a blue table
Image by 1Day Review with attribution under CC BY 2.0

1. Choose your plant carefully

Let’s face it; not everything natural is actually good for you. Poison ivy and deadly nightshade are beautiful...from a distance. The FDA has a list of plants that are generally recognized as safe to ingest. That’s different from plants that are okay to apply to your body.

You know aloe vera? That great plant you can rub directly onto your skin to help heal minor cuts and sunburn? Not on the FDA ingestion list. Eating aloe vera plants can cause anything from diarrhea to kidney failure — even before you take the super-concentrated essential oil form.

Now, the FDA list…


Sent out a hundred job applications with no responses? Double-check that you’re not using one (or more!) of these dream-destroying resume elements. Making these minor tweaks will significantly improve your job-search results.

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An abstract painting with blocks of white, yellow, pink, purple, and blue. The sweeping paint effect suggests motion & energy
Painting by Laine’s Guide to Life

Look, I’m not here to take up your time with clickbait articles. You want to know the six things? Here you go!

  • An objective
  • Interests
  • “Team player”
  • Multiple columns
  • “References available upon request”
  • Actual references

Do you want to learn the reasoning behind removing these things? Keep reading. This article isn’t just about deleting a few phrases. …

Laine Yuhas

Information sponge and efficiency expert. Let me help you do cool things. Writing on technology, self-improvement, and happiness.

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