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Review: Well Done Cooking Classes in Houston

February 1, 2010

For those of you in Houston that have aspirations for food beyond just constantly eating it, I have the most wonderful recommendation for you guys. Megan and I had the pleasure of trying our very first cooking class last Friday and I have to admit I left very impressed and surprised at what a good time it was.

 
What I Thought It Would Be Like
 

Prior to our “Dinner in Tuscany” class at Well Done Cooking  last week, I had no idea what to expect. I’m no stranger to restaurant life having spent time waiting tables and bartending for several years while slacking my way through college. I’ve even read Anthony Bourdain’s famed book, “Kitchen Confidential,” and admit that I have a perhaps disillusioned idea of believing I know what it’s like working in a busy kitchen. I even experiment in my own semi-regularly, looking up recipes and recreating my own versions to varying degrees of success. But I still had no idea what to expect going to an actual-hands on class for the first time!

My vague interpretation of what this experience would be like hovered between two ends of the spectrum.

On one-hand, I thought of Megan. After all, the main reason I ordered these classes was as a birthday present since she’d always wanted to try one of these. And hence, if she was happy, I would be too. For this, I imagined that would include some hands-on transfer of knowledge on cooking and then eating the fruits of our labor. The end.

On the other hand, I feared this experience would be like losing my Y-chromosome as I withered away in a corner, drinking my way to oblivion. Maybe watching a cross between something like this clip from “Julie & Julia” live and my college accounting classes. Very boring, no fun at all.

 
What It’s Actually Like
 

After stopping by our local liquor store to pick up a bottle of wine (they encourage that), we arrived at Well Done Cooking at the same time as a few other couples. The class only had 10 people total so it had a very intimate feel. It was actually very easy to socialize the entire time without losing any of what was being taught or said.

We picked the ‘Dinner in Tuscany’ class which meant we would be cooking the following:

Appetizer: Seasonal Minestrone Soup and Crusty Bread

Entrée: Roast Pork with Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Brown Butter, and Herbs

Dessert: Classic Espresso Drenched Tiramisu

Chef Celeste and Kathryn were knowledgeable and informative on the why’s and how’s of making everything on our menu. The class was very hands-on and every participant was a part of everything that was being prepared. My favorite part was rolling the Gnocchi. I truly did not know that making pasta was that easy. Nor did I know that Tiramisu was actually made with Lady Fingers. I think I could recreate that as well. And I’ve already got the Roast Pork marinated for this evening so I did in fact learn a lot that I took away from the class.

I even learned some interesting tidbits about my kitchen and Houston in general. For example, did you know that most microwaves, post -1993, take stainless steel containers with no problem? I didn’t either and have yet to try it but that was neat to find out. Also, we talked about the merits of buying fresh, local ingredients and where to get them. I never thought to buy spices in the shops around Little India (Hillcroft/59) but apparently, that’s an excellent area to get every spice short of saffron/vanilla bean  at a reasonable price. Phoenicia Deli on Westheimer apparently is too. And if you want to try some great tiramisu, try Lemon Tree, a small Peruvian restaurant in the Memorial area.

In short, the experience we had at the cooking class was very, very enjoyable.  We learned how to cook some neat dishes and had some good conversation with some interesting people. We even left a little tipsy from our bottle of wine and our bellies fully satisfied with some great food that we cooked for ourselves. Overall, a great date night for us but I’d highly recommend this to anyone who’s even remotely interested in learning more about cooking. Good times!

 
About Well Done Cooking
 

Located just off US59 & Weslayan in the Highland Village area of Houston, Well Done Cooking has served to provide Houston residents with culinary classes since June of last year. Well Done Cooking, offers classes on all types of cuisines, all of which are listed on their online schedule. They offer public and private classes and class sizes are kept small and intimate by design, which makes booking ahead a necessity since classes fill up pretty fast.

The purveyor of Well Done Cooking, Chef Celeste Terrell, a native of Louisiana, graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Massachusetts in 2004. Upon graduation, she worked for “Sel de la Terre,” a French Provisional restaurant in Boston prior to travelling abroad and living/cooking in France for a year. It was then that she decided to go share her talents and teach others how to cook in Boston. Now, four years later, Chef Terrell continues to pursue the fruits of her passion with Well Done Cooking here in Houston, TX. Celeste is ServSafe certified, a member of Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of New England and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chef Celeste and Well Done Cooking were recently selected to host a class for the TLC series, “The Little Couple” this past November. Here’s the clip from television that was on air recently.

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How to Super Chill Drinks in Two Minutes

August 28, 2009

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As a Friday gift to all you hard workersand loyal readers this week, I am sharing this video on how to chill your favorite beverage in two minutes. This neat  method should come in handy for parties, watching football games, picnics in  the park, and just about any social gathering where you need to get your cans cold in a pinch. It’s thermo-stat tested. I’ve tried it myself. Trust me, this knowledge will do you wonders.

How To Do-It-Yourself – My Grill Story

August 18, 2009

I tried putting together our new grill last night.

I guess the most important part of this adventure is the end result so I’ll get to that first – we finally have a brand-new working grill at our place! We’ve talked about this for months and thanks to the miracle of (almost) following directions, the new charbroil grill is now functional. That means healthy healthier dinners and no more cooking steaks in the frying pan. Not a moment too soon!

Okay, so now that I’ve got my disclaimer of success out of the way, therefore vindicating myself from too criticism…I hope… let me tell you about the more difficult parts of this process s when it’s your turn to put something together, you won’t make the same mistakes.

albundyFirst of all, allocating appropriate time for these projects is a must. In hindsight, I should have allocated more than the 15-20 minutes that somebody told me it would take. I started before the sun went down and felt like I was just about finished when the sun almost came up again. My point – For every minute you are told how long it takes, whether it be from a person or instruction manual, factor in at least three times as much.

Speaking of instructions, it is essential that you follow the instruction manual to the letter. I reviewed it like a divorce lawyer reviewing the papers for his own marriage and still had to repeat steps 1-4 several times. Turns out I didn’t pay attention to which way poles were supposed to be facing. And surprisingly, ‘left’ and ‘right’ can be pretty tricky to figure out sometimes. I really felt like Al Bundy fixing something up around the house there. By the time I was done, I had lacerated my finger and my self-esteem in the process. Random screws, nuts, and washers lay everywhere with no home for what seemed like hours while I meticulously went back through each step. You really learn the second time around. And the third time was a charm. But it would have been so much easier had I read and followed the directions the first-time.

My last tip for you may be the most important one. No matter what you are trying to assemble, make sure are in a comfortable environment with the right tools. I put together my grilly labor of love in a sweltering hot garage. As if the bane of Texas summers was hot enough? Imagine sitting under a 110-degree heat lamp cooking the top of your head as you crouch down in a makeshift chair screwing things with the wrong tools. My condition had the makings of a North Korean prison camp minus the bread and water. Let mine be a lesson learned. Above all else, set yourself up for success instead of worrying about it later.

Hopefully these little tips help you out the next time you’re putting something together. As for me, no amount of knowledge will give me my blood, sweat, and several tears back but at least i have a new grill and therefore retained my all-important manhood in the process.

Grilled _______ for dinner for the next month and half.

A Short Instruction Manual for Living your Life

April 21, 2009

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Do you ever wish life came with an instruction manual? After all, our existence does offer up challenges regularly and oftentimes we have no clue. As an avid proponent of continuous self improvement, I’ve read a lot of “self help” type books over the years. Oh yes, everything from “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” to “Who Moved My Cheese?”  to every Guide to Life in between. What I’ve found is that there are about a million things we could do to live a little better. And it’s true. We should always be looking to do so.

Our dear friend Alaina Rivas recently posted this note on Facebook entitled: Life’s Handbook, offering up some tips in the areas of health, personality, society, and life in general. Never hurts to focus on the right things. See below.

Life’s Handbook

Health:
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to reflect.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2008.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes’ walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:
11. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t overdo. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like
algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Society:
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful orjoyful.
34. FOOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. Resolve to start every day in a GOOD mood.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last but not the least:
40. Tell this to everyone you care about.

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“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from center. – Kurt Vonnegut”

DNC Worldwide’s Top Spring Tips for Life (and some news too!)

April 7, 2009

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From the famous cherry blossoms in our nation’s capital to cleaning out the mess in your home, springtime marks new beginnings. In 2009, the significance of this season’s meaning couldn’t have a more beautiful effect. From new ninjas to new jobs to new additions to our own families, it sure seems like everything is blooming for the DNC. But before we get to that, here are some tips to make your life worth living this spring!

DNC Worldwide’s Top 10 Spring Tips for Life

 
  1. Buy some new clothes for the season!– Throw out everything in your closet you haven’t worn in the past six months and get some new warm weather wear in there! You might have some separate anxiety at first but the new wardrobe will help you get over it!
  2. Start a journal! – Fill it with your dreams and aspirations. Whether its significant or not, write it down! Remember, all great actions begin with your commitment to a single idea! This applies to all aspects of your life.
  3. Begin a new hobby or get back to an old one!– For DNC Westchase, this means volleyball games, more trips to the gym, and Sunday BBQ’s. Spring is an excellent time for golf as well. Wherever your interests lie, there is nothing like beginning something to new to refresh and make you feel alive!
  4.  Do some spring cleaning! – I don’t mean the manual labor kind. Decluttering has creedence also but what I mean is to discard old habits, things, and people that don’t contribute to your overall well being. Anything that doesn’t pull you up only weighs you down!
  5.  Volunteer for a cause!– Accomplishment is your gateway to fulfillment. Some of our ninjas like Eddie Corrin volunteer at hospices around Houston on weekends. You don’t have to do the same thing but there are plenty of activities you can participate in that will help your friends, family, and community out. These things not only help other people but help give you happiness as well.
  6.  Take at least one vacation! – You don’t have to take all two of your weeks at work either. Wherever you are, there must be plenty of places near you where you can take a weekend to go relax.
  7.  Take advantage of the nice weather!– Whether you like jogging, riding a bike, or flying kites, there are plenty of outdoor activities that could provide you a healthy dose of sunshine. And if you’re not the active type, grab a good book and head to a park near you. And if you don’t know how to read, grab your pet or someone else’s and take a trip to the dog park. Just don’t spend the days cooped up indoors. That’s a waste!
  8.  Buy some flowers! – Nothing will bring the sense of spring into your home like some fresh flowers. I know this seems insignificant, especially for you bachelors out there,but it really makes a huge difference! Heck it might even impress your dates more than that dusty X-Box you keep on your floor.
  9.  Enjoy yourself at outdoor festivals!– Here in Houston, we have several coming up. The International Festival and the Texas Crawfish and Music Festival are right around the corner. Check them out and have a good time!
  10.  Make your modeling or acting debut! – Take lots of pictures and/or shoot videos whenever you are having a great time with friends! Make these cherished memories last forever! 
 Bonus: Listen to some Richard Cheese! If you haven’t heard of him, you’ll love me for introducing you to him! Special Thanks for Boss Ninja for the tip!
 

DNC Worldwide News for April 2009

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  •  New seasons and new beginnings also means new ninjas as well! Most recently, Drew Lockwood and JR Casimiro joined the fold as full-time flag bearers for the DNC. Gentlemen, you’re pledge-ship is over and you guys are now bonefide! Congrats men! You’ve earned it!
  •  Last month you heard the saga of Jino’s tense waiting on the status of his graduate school applications. No cause for concern was needed because he got invited to every school he applied to. And now he’s made his decision. Starting this fall, our very own Magneto Manalo will begin his graduate studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies! And not only that but Jino is currently preparing for his MMA fight debut for Lonestar Beatdown at Elite MMA. Jino certainly plans on kicking life’s ass from here on out!
  •  Christopher Reinig was back in Houston from Paris for a quick vacationwith his ninja brethren during the beginning of April.  In the past year, this man has been based in Abu Dhabi, UAE to Paris, France yet he has managed to stay connected through and through. Always good to see my brother from another mother come home.
  •  Spring fever is in the air! This means DNC Spring Break 2009! In a few weeks, we’ll be taking a weekend getaway trip to the Hideout on the Horseshoe on Lake Guadalupe for a weekend of sun, fun, rest, and relaxation  for our closest and most loyal friends.
 That’s it for now guys. Joie de vivre to everyone! – Ninja
 
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A Guide to Becoming a Good Judge of Character

April 2, 2009

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In all walks of life, there are certain universal “tells” that will depict the magnitude of one’s character. Usually, the positive signs are not as overt as the negative ones. Below are a few red flags that should cause you to be wary when judging others.

1. Filthy Living Space – Our homes are where we spend most of our time. If it is filthy, chances are that the person using it is too. The most telling signs are the kitchen and the bathroom. These places should be a haven for hygiene and cleanliness. It says a lot about a person when they don’t have enough consideration to themselves to maintain these places. And if they don’t have enough consideration for themselves, imagine how they are with other people.

2. Lacking Common Courtesy and Etiquette – Some people never take heed to mind their manners. Or perhaps their parents/mentors did not teach them any at a young age and they are continuing the cycle. A few examples include the person on a loud personal phone call on the bus or elevator at 7am, the guy who takes the liberty to put his feet up on your couch even if you don’t, and the person that consistently wears out their welcome everywhere they go. These are habits they carry with them wherever they go.

3. Always Flaunting Name Brands –  A person who sees the need to flaunt their material belongings is probably putting all their eggs in that basket. In my experience, truly respectable people don’t flaunt all that much, or least not so obviously.  Class is more about subtance than style. You shouldn’t buy a 85k luxury car and drive it home to your $300mo. apartment unless you are hiding from the IRS or selling drugs. And you shouldn’t flaunt your $30 Louis Vuitton bag that you bought off the back of a truck in Chinatown if you’re not 100% that it is real. A Patek Phillipe doesn’t stand out any more than a Rolex or a Tagheur. You wouldn’t recognize it unless you could afford it. In all things… “Act like you’ve been there before.”

4. Always Bragging about Every Little Thing – those who constantly seek validation from others are really seeking to validate their own lies or overcompensate for percieved inadequacies of self. Unless they are THAT passionate (you can tell the difference), be wary of those constantly shoving their selfish agendas down your throat. These types are usually full of sh•t.

5. Constantly Borrowing and Never Returning – They say you should always bring more to the table than you take away. This is true in all things and relationships, not just material goods. Most classy people hate being indebted. Those who seek to take away from you but do not give anything in return (even sincere appreciation, which is oftentimes enough) not only do not have your best interests in mind but probably not their own either.

DNC T-Mobile G1 Android Market User Guide

March 24, 2009

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Dear G1 Android Phone Users,
I’m a user myself. I bought this phone with the idea that it would be the best phone ever! What I found out was that it doesn’t make itself better on its own. The default applications on the phone were so-so at best.  I understand your frustration so I did some research online.
What I found was two things.
1. The G1 Market offers a wide array of applications available for download to make your phone better.
2. Most of the aforementioned applications are functionally useless and/or poorly designed. And some even want you to charge for them!
With this knowledge in mind and a little effort, I scoured the web for any information that would help me make my beloved phone work the way I originally intended it to. Again, there was a dearth of information. But I persisted to search the market and try out all the promising new applications. And wow, the applications I find by looking daily, sometimes every hour, keep getting better and better!
So I want to share my knowledge with all you users, in the hopes that you can make your phone what you truly wanted as well!

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DNC T-Mobile G1 Android Market User Guide

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*these reviews are current to date and best of all, the applications mentioned herein are all FREE on the Android Market. Categories in no particular order.

Best Home / Desktop Navigation – replace your home screen

  • aHome Lite – Originally intended as a clone of Apple’s I-Phone interface, this application proves to be the most easy-to-use in navigation and interface. It also has several themes with more coming.Functionally, this desktop client provides a dock bar on the bottom of the screen for your most used programs, which for most are their communication tools. It also scrolls to provide 6 screens, all customizable for widgets and applications. And unlike the generic Home and Open Home applications, you do not need to download additional apps to change icon names. It comes ready-made to do so!

Best Phonebook / Contact Utilities – makes your contacts better

  • StarContact–  The newest phonebook application, this provides everything you’d need to make a phone call. It has a predictive T-9 dialer, a direct link to voicemail and favorites, and also a full call log in addition to a search function.
  • Phonebook –  This is a marked improvement from the generic Contact application. It provides a dialer, favorites, and your contacts complete with their user icon for caller-ID. One of the best uses of this app is under the more tab, where you can see your most and least frequently contacted numbers for easy dialing.
  • Facebook Sync – Automatically imports your contacts’ Facebook photos to use for caller ID and does so effortlessly for you.
  • SMS Backup – One of the most useful apps for the G1! Automatically backs up all SMS messages to a folder in your Gmail account during autosynch. Never lose a text message again!

Best Wallpaper – find just about any background you want

  • Backgrounds – Updated daily, this application is one of my most used applications. Backgrounds provides a plethora of categories for specific searches a well as the ability to mark wallpaper as favorites, for those who change their minds often. I’ve also found that the wallpaper therein is of high quality.

Best Organizational – notes and lists that help you keep track of your life

  • 3banana – Allows the user to take standard text notes and also integrates the G1’s camera feature for picture notes as well.These notes can be commented or shared via Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • OI Shopping List – This is a basic list-making utility with check boxes for completion and list cleanup. It allows for the creation of multiple lists, which are easy to navigate. Users may also be converted into CSV files for exporting.

Best Financial – manage your money and keep track of your accounts

  • dgMoney – What I needed here was a place where I could easily manage and maintain multiple accounts. dgMoney allows me to enter transactions and mark each one as cleared, voided, uncleared, or reconciled. It shows me two balances per account, one for actual and one for what has cleared. dgMoney also allows me to export my transactions to a .csv file if I need to and best of all, it can be password protected so nobody can view my accounts but me. Just what I need in this area!

Best Search – why just search google when you can search everywhere

  • QuickSearch – Gives the user a search tab with an option for voice search as well as a cache of all previous searches. The main difference between this and the standard Google app is that it allows you to search a plethora of different sources like: Yahoo, Ask, Live, Answers, eBay, Amazon, Wikipedia, ESPN, M-W Dictionary, Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace, Digg, Twitter, plus more in the areas of Media and Shopping. Get the point?
  • SearchMe – A graphical search tool that is awesome for searching screenshots of web pages or looking for images on the go.

Best Music – stream today’s best music and news radio to your phone

  • Streamfurious – Streaming audio site that has a few of my favorites, such as ESPN Radio & Fox News.
  • Imeem Mobile – Streaming audio from imeem. Excellent for Top 100 or whatever category you wish to listen to.

Best Timekeepers – useful alarms and stopwatches

  • Digital Clock – It’s the best alarm clock on the market. Large letters with custom colors designated by te user. And the most annoying alarm beep in the world. Exactly what I need.
  • Ultimate StopWatch – This is the best stopwatch on the market because it looks exactly like a stopwatch and is just as easy to operate. It also allows the user to log lap times as well.

Best RSS Reader – get your feed on the go

  • Greed – RSS Reader for Google Reader. Imports all your feeds for reading on the go. Also has sections for folders, starred items, feeds, and of course, new items.

Best All-in-One Portals – all you need for news, movie times, weather, sports, etc.

  • Handstand – Who needs separate apps for news, weather, movie times, etc? I don’t because I have this application, which is the most comprehensive of all these types of applications. It can even tell you about restaurants around your area, and has much more information than standalone restaurant-finder applications.
  • Where – Where is similar to Handstand except it has slightly different information. I would also say that this application is a little more visually-oriented, whereas Handstand is solely content driven. A neat GPS feature for this app is that it can tell you nearby gas prices and Starbucks locations.

Best System Tools – back-end applications that help

  • MemoryForLemmings – Supposedly clears out unused system memory & java memory. I only write supposedly because there is no way for me to prove that this is actually occurring. But it seems to work, clearing out 88k-94k in memory if I use it once a day.
  • aTrackDog – Scans your application data and lets you know if you have the latest versions of each application. Very useful for proactively updating your phone. Also useful for uninstalling unwanted applications quickly.
  • Ringdroid – Why pay for ringtones? Create your own with this easy-to-use application. It opens up any music file in your library and allows you to splice off any portion you use for a purely custom ring tones.
  • Flashlight – Sets your screen to its brighest for helping you navigate those dark rooms at night.

Best Browser – like going from Netscape to Firefox

  • Steel – Quite a bit more user friendly that the default G1 browser, Steel also comes equipped with a soft keyboard and the ability to save pictures & media by long-press.

Best Use of GPS

  • Google Maps – Well…. duh. Google Maps is the KING of directions, especially when you can choose ‘my current location’ as a starting point and something like ‘Chili’s Bar & Grill” as the destination and it will map you to the closest one.
  • Wikitude AR Travel Guide – This is one of the earliest applications for the G1 but it makes for excellent use as a travel companion. What it does is utilize the GPS function of Android to direct the user to local landmarks, It has several views as well – map, camera, and text. In camera view, you can be standing in front of the George Washington Memorial in Washington DC and point its direction. Your phone will then show you information on the landmark in wikipedia-type style. Very useful when on vacation!
  • PingLocation – This allows you to update your contacts on where you are, should you not be by your phone. How does this make sense? Well, if you get 2 missed calls in a row, this program will automatically send an SMSmessage back to the caller with your location. This is customizable by street, radius, etc. A similar program,Pintail, allows anyone to text your phone for a location request. Yet another showcase of the G1’s GPS abilities.

Slickest Applications – these applications are meant to trick

  • Screen Crack – Makes your phone look broken. No seriously, it looks like the phone screen is broken when you start this application. I’ve actually had people feel sorry for me over it.
  • Fake-A-Call Free – Need out of an awkward situation? This application makes it look like somebody is calling you. The ring, any name and number you choose… all of it looks highly authentic. Useful on blind dates, getting out of parties, and avoiding sniveling friends.
  • Metal Detector – Okay, I don’t know if this is actually a trick or not. This new application just came out and it works as a metal detector! That’s crazy!

Best Security – protect your important information

  • Autolock – You know the dotted key guard pattern feature for your G1? Autolock allows your handset to auto-activate this feature after any number of minutes that you choose, making it less annoying for actual use. The keyguard on the generic G1 locks the phone with every press of the end button. With this, your phone won’t require a pass code unless I walk away for more than 15 minutes, which is exactly what I need.
  • Lock 2.0 – Free – A slide unlocking application that mirrors that of the iPhone. You can change the background as well.

Best Shopping – waste money like me and just as easy

  • ShopSaavy – This is the original bar code scanner program that everyone raved about. And it still works great. I just don’t use it that much. Nonetheless, ShopSaavy is very useful for comparison shopping, especially for items like books and software.
  • Craigsphone –  A Craigslist client for the G1 smartphone. Easy-to-use and very straightforward. You can browse Craigslist easily with this tool when need be.
  • Pkt Auctions eBay – Works just like eBay. The interface is really quite nice and the navigation quite easy. I’ve bought $100’s worth of useless crap on my G1 already, proving that this application works as intended.
  • CraigsAlert-free – Now THIS is awesome for Craigslist users. It allows you to enter a search like say, “queen beds in Houston”, and what it does is ping Craigslist every 6 hours for items that much your search. Now you can keep an eye out for those great deals without actually having to look every time!

My Most Used Personally – applications I use most on a daily basis

  • textonphone – What this allows you to do is read books o your phone. So not only do you save yourself the trouble of carrying books around, but you can read anywhere. It does have a limited selection but there are dozens of books worth reading. So far, I’ve finished Foutainhead, Freakonomics, Art of Seduction, and may others. Without a doubt, my most used application.
  • DailyHoroscope – Much more than a daily horoscope, this application shows you characteristics, other character traits, and compatibility of your astrological sign as well!
  • Twitterride & twit2go– I use Twitter a ton. The microblogging site gets a lot of play for me. This applications keeps me connected to the twitterverse on the go. Above and beyond that, it’s a smaller file and less cumbersome than Twitroid and is much easier to use on a whole!

That’s it guys. Hope you found this useful. Subscribe or check back to the site regularly for more on technology and everything else in life. Thanks!

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