The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 23 Apr 2014 08:20:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKWed, 23 Apr 2014 08:20:00 -0400How to make perfect fried rice in 6 easy steps<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p class="p1">Fried rice is a wildly popular takeout choice, often served with lunch specials and always ordered by a friend of mine, who shall go unnamed. But fried rice is the last thing on the menu I'd order when dining out, for one reason: It's so very simple to make at home. After a quick dig in the fridge for cooked rice, last night's leftovers, and whatever treasures lurk in back, everything comes together in less than 20 minutes.</p><p class="p1">Just about anything can go into fried rice: leftover roast chicken, grilled steak, ham, and fresh or frozen vegetables. Just don't use super "wet" leftovers, like a curry...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Pat TanumihardjaWed, 23 Apr 2014 08:20:00 -0400How to be a zen master at your next performance review<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p class="entry-title">Nothing can improve your performance like solid feedback can. However, none of us likes being criticized, judged, or told what to do. And our first instinct is usually to ignore feedback or even do the opposite. I never said life was simple, folks.</p><p class="entry-title">Dan Coyle, author of <em>The Talent Code</em>, and Cal Newport, author of <em>So Good They Can't Ignore You</em>, both consider feedback essential to peak performance. Merely being the kind of person who seeks out feedback is linked to many good things like higher job satisfaction and creativity. And people who specifically seek out <em>negative</em> feedback do better on performance...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerWed, 23 Apr 2014 07:12:00 -04007 steps to cleaning even the most cluttered closet<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>April showers bring May flowers &mdash; and plenty of rainy days spent indoors. What better way to channel your drizzly weather restlessness than to tackle some much-needed spring cleaning? After all, there's nothing like being forced to stare at your own clutter to spur you into action.</p><p>One of the toughest organizational projects is, of course, your closet. Whether you're working with a small space, funky layout or too many items you swear you'll wear <em>someday</em>, figuring out what to keep, what to toss, and what to buy more of is a challenge many would prefer to forgo altogether.<span > </span></p><p>And not only...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Natasha BurtonTue, 22 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0400The most expensive properties in 11 special edition Monopoly games<img src="" /></P><p>The board spaces on the original Monopoly game were based on locations in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Through the game, the hoity-toitiest spots for property development, Boardwalk and Park Place, came to symbolize the uppermost reaches of real estate value. Since Parker Brothers (and later, Hasbro) began licensing the game for alternate versions, there have been hundreds of Monopoly offshoots and they all have to pick something to serve as their own Boardwalk and Park Place. If it's a city, they will usually correspond to the fanciest intersection. If it's a country, they'll be the two most powerful...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/arika-okrent" ><span class="byline">Arika Okrent</span></a>Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:18:00 -0400The flying fire-breathing dragon<img src="" /></P><p>Hammacher Schlemmer is now selling "one of the most insane remote-controlled flying machines" ever made, said Dave LeClair at <em>Gizmag</em>. Forget about airplanes or helicopters. The Flying Fire-Breathing Dragon ($60,000) is a mechanical beast with a 9-foot wing span, and it breathes flames that travel up to 3 feet. The dragon can reach 70 mph during flights lasting a maximum of about 10 minutes. The eyes glow red while the head rotates in the direction of each turn. The turbine engine in the creature's chest runs on jet fuel or kerosene.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 19 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0400How to cook like a Game of Thrones character<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>We have a confession to make. For all our talk of warm-weather eating, we're about to break our cardinal food rule: forget those sunny pastas and springtime veggies &mdash; this weekend, we feast like winter is coming. Because if there's any excuse to part with your seasonal sensibility, it's the latest episode of <em>Game of Thrones</em>.</p><p>After the Red Wedding last summer, there's no telling what might happen. Invasion from the north? Revenge of the Starks? (Okay, definitely revenge.) Whatever lies ahead, you can't face it on an empty stomach, so we rounded up the essential dishes for a Westeros-worthy...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Lisa SivaFri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:00 -0400House hunting: 7 fantastic homes under $1 million<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><strong> Independence, Minn.</strong> This four-bedroom house is set on 10 wooded acres on the edge of a wetland. Interior features include hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, an exercise room, and three fireplaces.</p><p ><br /> <br />More than 100 windows and a deck allow for expansive views of the property. $849,000. Zinn Family Realtors, Coldwell Banker Burnet, (952) 474-4444.</p><p ><br /><br /> **</p><p ><br /><br /> <br /><strong>Charles Town, W. Va.</strong> Happy Retreat, built in 1780, was once the home of Col. Charles Washington, George's younger brother. Buildings on the six-acre lot include an eight-bedroom manor house, a smokehouse, and an octagonal wooden schoolhouse. The...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0400That 'world's toughest job' ad is actually full of horrible lessons on motherhood<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Included on the list of things I do want for Mother's Day this year are a stack of homemade lemon ricotta pancakes and a bunch of tulips. On the list of things I don't want this year, or ever, is a thank you for doing "the world's toughest job."</p><p class="p1">And yet this is what suggests we should all be telling our mothers &mdash; and if we are mothers, tell ourselves &mdash; in their new "World's Toughest Job" ad. The video, which has over 10 million views and counting, presents itself as a series of interviews for a job requiring the following: constant exertion; working from 135 to unlimited...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:03:00 -04003 ways elephants and neuroscience can help you make better decisions<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Here&rsquo;s a fancy brain picture for you:</p><p ><br />(<em>CNRI/Science Photo Library/Corbis</em>)</p><p>Research says that's likely to make you think I know what I'm talking about &mdash; even if I don't.</p><p >In one clever experiment, David McCabe and Alan Castel had subjects read one of two descriptions of a fictitious research study. The text was identical, but one description was accompanied by a typical three-dimensional brain image with activated areas drawn in color, while the other included only an ordinary bar graph of the same data. Subjects who read the version with the brain porn thought that the article was...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerThu, 17 Apr 2014 08:28:00 -0400These stunning travel photos remind us that we're all just amateurs with iPhones<img src="" /></P><p>These days, it's easy to delude ourselves into thinking we're pretty spectacular photographers. With iPhones at the ready and a favorite Instagram filter in mind, our totally unique vision ("Ooh, a sunset!") is realized and instantly posted online for all of our friends to admire.</p><p>Which is why it's refreshing for publications like <em>National Geographic</em> &mdash; whose glossy pages have long been filled with such prominent photographers as Steve McCurry and David Guttenfelder &mdash; to distinguish the talented from the rest of us.</p><p>Every year, the travel magazine invites photographers from around...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:07:00 -0400