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What Christmas Cards Say About... Other People

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 23, 2010
Christmas cards seem like a pretty straightforward concept, if a little counterproductive. Everyone exchanges money for pleasant little cards when they then exchange with each other; sort of like redeemable gift cards, except that they can only be redeemed for absolutely nothing Christmas joy. Certainly ... More  →
What Christmas Cards Say About... Other People

How Would You Narrate Your Life?

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 9, 2010
If you've never considered how you might narrate your own life, you might be in the minority here, since we assume most Sparklers are book-loving bookophiles who read lots of books. Perhaps we are just totally nuts, and nobody else has ever thought about this ... More  →
How Would You Narrate Your Life?

More Phrases That Make No Sense

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 7, 2010
As you guys have already noticed, English idioms don't make much sense. Our language is littered with thousands of phrases whose meanings have absolutely nothing to do with what they actually say, and sure, we understand them, but only because we've heard them a million ... More  →
More Phrases That Make No Sense

A Guide to Homemade Gifts

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 3, 2010
The holiday season is bearing down on us relentlessly, like a relentless bear wearing festive jingle bells—it's kinda magical, and cute, sort of, but it's also very demanding. (In this analogy, the bear requires a lot of Christmas gifts, instead of just wanting to eat ... More  →
A Guide to Homemade Gifts

The Dos and Don'ts of Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 1, 2010
NarniaSparks recently asked us to do this post, and Jon obliged. Good luck with your exchange student, NarniaSparks! —Sparkitors If you're considering hosting a foreign exchange student, you're in for a great experience—you'll have the chance to learn all the things you've ever wanted to ... More  →
The Dos and Don'ts of Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

Things to Talk About When You're Feeling Awkward

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 25, 2010
Awkward conversations are like novelty jellybeans: they come in many flavors, but they're all pretty unappetizing, and you'll only fully realize what you've gotten yourself into once you're already committed. In the jellybean scenario, though, all you have to do is go "Bluh, what is ... More  →
Things to Talk About When You're Feeling Awkward

Ten Ways to Burn (or Avoid) Calories

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 18, 2010
This time of year is essentially the Bermuda Triangle of fatness. Not because everyone gains so much weight that ships will begin to mysteriously disappear (although this possibility cannot be ruled out), but because these are the specific coordinates (in time) where everything seems ominously ... More  →
Ten Ways to Burn (or Avoid) Calories

How Not To Be Sad Because of SAD

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 16, 2010
Sometimes it's tough being a human. Too much sun and we get skin cancer; not enough sun and we get Seasonal Affective Disorder, conveniently nicknamed SAD. SAD is the condition wherein you, uh, run out of Brain Chemicals, or have too many Opposite Brain Chemicals. ... More  →
How Not To Be Sad Because of SAD

The Line Between "My Teacher Is Fun!" And "My Teacher Is Nuts!"

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 11, 2010
The worst thing is to have a teacher so boring that his dramatic pauses are indistinguishable from the times when he just falls asleep. But the other worst thing is the exact opposite: a teacher who has crossed the line from being fun to being ... More  →
The Line Between "My Teacher Is Fun!" And "My Teacher Is Nuts!"

Oh Snap! Hackers Are Stealing All Your Facebooks!

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 9, 2010
If you read tech news, or even just if the beginning of that sentence didn't make you immediately fall asleep, then you may have heard of Firesheep. Firesheep is a packet-sniffing data collection extension magic, and it can be used to access certain unsecured accounts. ... More  →
Oh Snap! Hackers Are Stealing All Your Facebooks!