Learn life’s little tricks with Howcast.com iPhone app

Aug 31, 2009
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The $100,000 you spent on a college degree was a waste of money. You can learn everything you ever need to know about life from short how-to video tutorials found on the Howcast.com iPhone app. Howcast.com offers thousands of videos with detailed instruction on a broad range of topics and activities. The tutorials are broken […]

The $100,000 you spent on a college degree was a waste of money. You can learn everything you ever need to know about life from short how-to video tutorials found on the Howcast.com iPhone app.

Howcast.com offers thousands of videos with detailed instruction on a broad range of topics and activities. The tutorials are broken down into categories that include, but are not limited to, sex and relationships, health and nutrition, games, technology, business and finance, sports and fitness and first aid and safety.  

These are not the amateur and/or candid videos found on YouTube or other video apps. Rather, they are highly produced segments complete with narration and actors.

Some of the how-to videos are serious (How to Change a Flat Tire). Others are useful (How to Talk Your Way Out of a Speeding Ticket). You will even find a few that are randy (How to Score at a Wedding), and others not so randy (How to Tell Your Date You Have an STD).

My favorites include How to Ask for a Raise. Like all of the videos, it starts with a list of things you will need. In this case, the list includes a salary goal, list of accomplishments and good timing. It then provides tips on possible talking points, appropriate body language and knowing when the time is right to ask for more money from the boss. 

While some of the videos veer towards the goofy, most offer solid and honest advice. And an easy-to-use search tool allows you to get as specific as you want.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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