Six easy ways to make $100

... why not share some of the ways I make some easy extra cash?

  1. Earn interest on your idle cash.

    Open up a high-yield savings account that links up directly with your existing checking account and pumps up that piddly interest rate you’re getting now. At around 3-4% APY, with every $3,000 in cash you can make around $100 more in interest a year.

  2. Earn some quick bucks for signing up for accounts.

    You can get up to $250 upfront just for signing up and making a purchase with several credit cards. Just put them away afterwards or cancel them, there’s no need to pay a penny of interest. I’ve certainly made thousands of dollars this way.

  3. Get cash back whenever you make a purchase.

    If you are responsible with credit cards, you should really use a credit card that gives you cash back or other perks when buying everyday purchases like groceries, gas, and everything else. Here’s a list of my favorite rewards credit cards. You can easily get back $100 a year without changing your current spending patterns.

  4. Save on monthly expenses

    Haggle your cable bill down by over $100 a year by simply asking or by using their competitor’s deals. You don’t have to be a new customer! You can compare your currently available offers from Comcast, AT&T, TimeWarner, Verizon, etc. at BroadbandNational, using your address and phone number.

    Save up to 30% off on your cell phone bill with a corporate or student discount. Qualify by just using your e-mail address.

  5. Make your credit card pay YOU interest!

    For something more risky but potentially more profitable as well, read up on how you can make thousands of dollars off the credit card companies. If you borrow just $2,000 of the credit card company’s money from a 0% APR offer and sock it away at 5% interest (see above), that’s a quick $100 a year! Do it with $40,000 or more like I’ve done, and make over $2,000 in one year!

  6. Lower your stock trade commissions to Zero

    How much do you spend on commissions every year? How about keeping all that to yourself? You can with, and they have no minimum balance required to start. See here for my Zecco brokerage review, complete with tips on how to optimize your account with them.
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EATR: The Pentagon is developing a robot that powers itself w/ biomass (I eat dead people)

EATR: A Robot That'll Forage Its Own Fuel

The Pentagon is developing a new robot that can power itself with biomass--and, as Fox News gleefully conjectures, dead people.

Fuel can be scarce on the battlefield--and, given all the high-tech doodads that the Pentagon is investing in, that could be a huge problem. No wonder that its super-secret research arm, DARPA, is funding the development of a robot running on biomass that can forage for its own food.

As Fox News is happy to report, that biomass could be anything--from grass to old furniture, and including "dead bodies." (Granted, desecration of the dead is actually a war crime under Article 15 of the Geneva Conventions, but hey! This is Fox News right? Waterboarding? Corpse-eating robots? Whatevs. Freedom!!!)

The machine, being developed by Robotic Technology, based in Maryland, goes under the inevitable name of EATR--that is, the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot.The idea is that it would be powered by an ultra-efficient furnace--the so-called Waste Heat Engine developed by Cyclone Power Technology, which uses heat to create steam, which would then power an electric turbine. That heat could be provided by burning both convention fuels like gasoline or cooking oil, but also biomass. The company estimates that 150 pounds of vegetation could provide 100 miles of driving for the bot. It would then be able to find it's own food using autonomous control technology which has already--ahem--eaten $250 million in research grants, as part of the Future Combat Systems program.

But back to the corpse question. We're thinking that in light of the Geneva Conventions, the very possibility that this thing would eat a human corpse is enough to scuttle the project. Which means that to get it operational, the machine would have to know exactly what counts as human remains, and know to steer clear. Which, come to think of it, is still pretty damn terrifying. But at least these robots will never fear for their jobs, like Japanese robots. These things are intended to be able to live an itinerant lifestyle for years on their own.

by Cliff Kuang for Robotic Technology via Fox News

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Control your iPhone / iPod with you iRing (yes, as in what you'd wear on your finger)

This is an original concept [Victor Soto] made of a ring that could control the playback functionality of your iPod / iPhone device wirelessly (modeled in Max 9 and rendered in Vray).

by Victor Soto via Behance

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@HippyFresa driving @MemoPlehn 's car (see it to believe it)

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Smith & Hawken says thank you and farewell

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I'm switching to this workout for a couple of weeks

Use this 4-week workout to melt your flab and unveil your abs

If you want to lose your gut, don't think of lifting weights as an option; consider it a requirement. Why? When dieters don't pump iron, 22 percent of their weight loss comes from losing muscle, according to a Penn State study. So if you drop 20 pounds without lifting, almost 5 pounds will be from muscle.

That won't happen with this program. It's designed to work your muscles intensively four days a week so you can banish your belly but keep your biceps. In fact, scientists discovered that men using a similar approach lost 37 percent more fat than those who didn't hit the weights. The end result: the lean, muscular body you want.


Perform these workouts four days a week. Do the upper-body and lower-body workouts on consecutive days, rest a day, and repeat. For your first upper-body day, use the low-rep workout. For your first lower-body day, follow the high-rep workout. Then switch for your second two days of training, so every week you end up performing both high and low reps for your upper and lower body.

For the upper-body workout, alternate between the exercises that have the same number (1A and 1B, for example). Do one set of the first exercise and rest, followed by one set of the second exercise, and rest again. Complete all your sets for each exercise pair and then move to the next pair (2A and 2B).

For the lower-body workout, do one set of exercise 1, rest, and repeat until you've finished all the sets.

Do the same with 2. Then perform 3A and 3B as pairs, alternating between them as you did with the upper-body workout. Do the same for exercises 4A and 4B.

Low-rep workout: Complete five to eight repetitions of each exercise, resting 60 seconds between sets.

    Upper body: Do two or three sets of each exercise

    Lower body: Do two or three sets of each exercise*
High-rep workout: Perform 12 to 15 reps in each set. For exercises 1 and 2, rest 60 to 90 seconds between sets. For 3A, 3B, 4A, and 4B, rest 30 to 45 seconds between sets.
    Upper body: Do two or three sets of each exercise

    Lower body: Do 2 sets of each exercise*
*Do just 1 set of the Swiss-ball plank

Days 1 and 3: Upper Body

1A Dumbbell bench press

On a flat bench, lie faceup holding a pair of dumbbells above your chest with your arms straight. Lower the dumbbells to the sides of your chest, and then push them back up to the starting position.

Press the dumbbells together without letting them touch.

1B Wide-grip pullup

Grab the bar with an overhand grip that's about one and a half times shoulder width, and hang at arm's length. Pull yourself up until your upper chest hits the bar. Pause and slowly lower yourself to the starting position.

Squeezing your shoulder blades emphasizes your back muscles.

2A Dumbbell push press

Stand holding a pair of dumbbells just outside your shoulders, your arms bent and palms facing each other. Bend your knees slightly to dip your body, and then push up with your legs as you press the dumbbells straight over your shoulders. Keep your torso upright throughout. Lower the dumbbells to the starting position, and repeat.

Don't let your elbows flare out to the sides as you perform the exercise.

2B Barbell bent-over row

Grab a barbell with an overhand grip that's just beyond shoulder width, and hold it at arm's length. Lower your torso until it's almost parallel to the floor. Let the bar hang at arm's length. Pull the bar to your upper abs as you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Pause, and slowly lower the bar back to the starting position. That's one rep.

Use a full range of motion by bringing the bar all the way up to your body.

Days 2 and 4: Lower Body

1 Barbell front squat

Cross your arms in front of your chest and rest a barbell on the front of your shoulders. Your elbows should be held high, with your upper arms remaining parallel to the floor as you perform the move. Set your feet shoulder-width apart. Push your hips back, and lower your body until your thighs are at least parallel to the floor. Pause, and push your body back to the starting position.

Stay on your heels and make sure you don't rise onto your toes as you press back up.

2 Barbell Romanian deadlift

Grab the bar with an overhand grip that's just beyond shoulder width, and hold it at arm's length in front of your thighs. Keep your knees slightly bent. With your lower back naturally arched, bend at your hips and lower your torso until it's parallel to the floor. Pause, and then rise back to the starting position.

As you lower the bar, keep it as close as possible to your body.

3A Swiss-ball hip extension and leg curl

Lie on your back with your lower legs on a Swiss ball. Extend your arms to your sides, palms up. Raise your hips so your body is straight from shoulders to knees. Pull your heels in, bringing the ball toward your butt. Pause for 1 second, and reverse the motion. Lower your hips to the floor and repeat.

As you pull your heels in, keep your hips elevated and your torso straight.

3B Jump squat

With your feet hip-width apart, squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor, and then jump as high as you can. Allow your knees to bend 45 degrees when you land, and then immediately drop back down into a squat, and jump again.

Perform this exercise as quickly as possible, to build explosive strength and power.

4A Swiss-ball plank

Place your forearms on a Swiss ball and raise your chest so your elbows are under your shoulders. Your legs should be extended behind you on the floor, and your body should form a straight line from ankles to head. Pull your shoulder blades back and down and brace your abs. Hold that position for 30 to 60 seconds. That's one set.

Keeping your upper back flat maximizes the effectiveness and safety of the exercise.

4B Swiss-ball jackknife

Start in pushup position (your hands set slightly wider than and in line with your shoulders), and rest your shins on a Swiss ball. Your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Roll the Swiss ball toward your chest by raising your hips and slightly rounding your back as you pull the ball forward with your feet. Pause, and then return the ball to the starting position by rolling it backward.

Don't allow your hips to sag at any point during the exercise.

by Alan Aragon, MS & Adam Bornstein for Men's Health via MSN Health & Fitness

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Sometimes you eat the bull and sometimes the bull gores you

A Spanish man (Daniel Romero) has been gored to death by a bull during Pamplona’s annual running of the bulls. It is the first death in 15 years, since American Matthew Tassio was killed... but really not that much of a surprise if you think about it. You are pissing off a giant ass bull ... Romero took his chances by f_cking with a bull and that is his right.

In the end, this death is a reminder that the running of the bulls is an incredibly dangerous activity, but then again, that’s the point. If you baby proof any activity either for fear of death, injury, or because tourists can’t run, it takes away the thrill. Part of the rush of jumping out of the plane is the fear that your parachute may not open. The running of the bulls is going to continue in spite of this death, though some have called for their suspension.

by Jack Tomas via GUANABEE

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Oscar Mayer dies at 95

First Ed, then Farrah, then Michael, then Billy, then Steve and now OSCAR MAYER?!

Oscar G. Mayer ’34, retired chairman of Oscar Mayer Foods and former business manager of The Sun, died on Monday at the age of 95.

Mayer’s wife, Geraldine, told The Associated Press that he died from complications of old age.

Mayer was the third generation to run the family meat business, which was started by his grandfather, Oscar F. Mayer.

Mayer was named president of Oscar Mayer Foods in 1955 and worked for a total of 41 years at the company. During his tenure, Mayer oversaw tremendous growth at the company, as it went national and implemented the iconic “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener … ” campaign.

Mayer retired as chairman of the board of Oscar Mayer Foods in 1977, shortly after the company recorded its first $1 billion year, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Oscar Mayer is now a division of Kraft Foods.

Mayer served as business manager at The Sun from 1933 to 1934.

In addition, Mayer apparently held another title while at The Sun — that of softball star.

According to an article from May 16, 1932, Mayer was one of nine Sun staffers who competed in a pick-up softball game on Sage Green against Ithaca Journal staffers.

“Mayer turned in the best batting average, slugging some half dozen home runs in the course of the game,” which propelled The Sun to a 26-15 victory over The Journal, the article states.

Mayer lived in Madison, Wis. and was a “fierce guardian of Oscar Mayer’s reputation as a good corporate citizen” as well as an “active participant” in civic and charitable organizations, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Mayer was also a contributor to The Cornell Daily Sun Alumni Association.

by Michael Stratford via The Cornell Daily Sun

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I want... TW Steel XXL chronograph watch

The new TW11 50mm [TW11] is now available.

Dimensions and Specifications

TW Steel XXL chronograph watch TW11

- 50mm case
- made of high grade steel (316L)
- precision quartz chronograph movement
- mineral crystal
- fast date adjustment
- genuine leather strap with red stitching
- 100 metre waterproof
- (2) year guarantee
- delivery in TW Steel box and warranty card

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via WatchXL

cool... iSkin fuze (case for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS)

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cool... GrowShelter (a living, growing shelter for plants, animals, etc.

Julia Molloy and Taka Sarui of Brooklyn design collaborative XLXS created the GrowShelter, a highly unique living environment where humans, plants and animals may co-exist. Consisting of three spherical shells embedded with seeds, the habitat is designed to evolve with the seasons - starting the cycle in spring, the spheres are embedded in a mixture of earth/mud/seed, and as summer approaches, the plants will be in bloom and the embedded food in the mud will create a mini haven for local animals and birds. The earth should weather away by fall and winter, leaving the permanent shells ready to be packed again for spring.

The shells of the GrowShelter are embedded into a 100 x 100 sq. foot space within the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, a 350-acre nature preserve near Philadelphia. Each shell is made out of lime mortar, which is 80% more environmentally friendly than regular mortar, formed around a reinforced frame, and embedded into a mixture of mud, seeds, nuts, and water. 18 species of Philadelphia native plants and flowers, along with birdseed ingredients, like peanuts, sunflower seeds, and corn, are planted in the growing layer of the shelter.

GrowShelter brilliantly lives up to its mission to "create space within an evolving and devolving living system, allowing the inhabitant to become more aware of the complexities and fluctuations in the natural environment." The shelter is the winner of the Schuylkill Environmental Education Center’s Sustainable Design/Build Competition. With their entry, XLXS answered the competition’s call for architects, artists and designers to demonstrate and promote new, unique, and inspiring approaches to sustainable design and building techniques.

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via Ginger Dolden for Inhabitat