I love the way Amazon seems to so effortlessly drops products at my doorstep. Seriously, Amazon delivery people ring my doorbell once a week, on average, often because I don't feel like commuting to a brick-and-mortar store to pick something up.A new kind of e-commerce store that's almost as quick as Amazon Prime, but a much more pleasant shopping experience, might become my new go-to for basic household essentials.To the Test is a series where we bring products into our everyday lives and share our experiences with them.What is it?Public Goods is a membership-based online home goods store with a hodgepodge of business models rolled into one. Akin to Costco, members pay an annual fee of $59 to access lower-priced items. The online wholesale concept is similar to Brandless, though Public Goods refers to its model as "anti-Brandless" because they don't lock themselves into the extremely low price point that became Brandless' hallmark. Oh, and they're anti-Amazon, too: CEO and … [Read more...] about Public Goods: Is this simple members-only online store worth it?
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There’s a pretty clear consensus around which candies old people like—that is, it’s a category distinct from what the younger set enjoys. We picture these outmoded sweets sitting in dusty, cut-glass bowls atop lace doilies, not in our own grocery baskets. The extreme flavors of today’s sour pucker powders and bold combinations of sweet and savory hold less allure for the utterly practical generation that now finds itself in its twilight years—but that doesn’t mean their candies don’t deserve a thorough reinvestigation. And as someone who gained 15 pounds one summer when a vintage candy shop blew through her college town, I feel uniquely qualified (or at least uniquely determined) to conduct that investigation. We shall proceed chronologically through the usual geriatric suspects, beginning with the candies that were already stalwarts when our grandparents were born, and on through the treats that make the Boomers misty-eyed. How wonderful that … [Read more...] about A guide to old-timey candies for our modern times
The type of electricity that is delivered to your home that you plug your devices into at the wall socket is alternating current (AC) electricity. And it’s just like the name suggests: the current alternates its polarity. Computers, meanwhile, need Edison’s direct current (DC) electricity to operate. That’s where PC power supplies come in. They work by changing the alternating current that comes out of your wall into the direct current your computer can safely use. PC power supplies come in several different wattages and the best PC power supply is one that is able to detect that correct voltage for your PC’s needs. [icons icon=”info-circled” color=”#dd0000″] What to look for when buying a PC power supply It’s important that power supplies stay cool, so look for a model that has good fans and a proper heat sink. All computer components should ideally be kept cool (since they naturally get so hot); by keeping your power supply … [Read more...] about Best PC Power Supplies for Gaming 
How Do You Take Yours? In How Do You Take Yours?, The Takeout solicits staff and outside expertise for secret tips on improving one dish. On the topic of salsa (and for our purposes, we’re talking pico de gallo), the name of the game is ratio. You like a bit more zing? Add more lime juice. Want more bite and heat? Add greater quantities of onions and jalapeno peppers. After you’ve determined the perfect balance, now what? How could you take those six standard ingredients and build upon that beautiful alchemy? We’ve solicited some of the foremost salsa authorities in America for their one tip to help bring your pico de gallo game to the next level. Lemon juice, vegetable oil We’re always looking to make our salsas last a bit longer. If you’re going to have a salsa that sits for an hour or more, use lemon juice instead of lime. Lime has higher acidity, and it “cooks” the vegetable faster—it makes the vegetable lose its texture and turn … [Read more...] about How to break out of your salsa rut
AVQ&A Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences. Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d like us and the readers to answer? Email us at [email protected] We wrap up our coverage of 1998 Week today with the following question, which addresses our list of 1998’s 20 best films: What film should’ve made our list of the best movies of 1998? Mike D’Angelo Two middling, unnecessary sequels may have tarnished its luster a bit, butHenry Fool remains one of Hal Hartley’s finest efforts, as … [Read more...] about What films deserved to make our “best of 1998” list?