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I have all sorts of tips and tricks available. Ever wonder if you can multiply more than two numbers at once without doing them in pairs only? How about cutting the time needed to add fractions with unlike demoninators by more than half? Maybe you want to know how to prevent or minimize soda bottles from bubbling over and spilling? Want to learn some computer safety tips or 8 ways to speed up multiplication? I have these and many other tips and tricks available.

As of Oct 27, 2008, the rating banners have changed to using an improved version of the stars. Some of these documents are in great need of being updated, but I just haven't had the motive to do so.

Within each tip/trick given, there are 5 main ratings indicators and a sixth as an average of the 5 main ones. The 5 main ratings are the reliability, ease of learning it, amount of time saved, usefulness, and the difficulty. Here's how each is determined, complete with the scale:

As an example, a shortcut may have something like this:

Type:              Shortcut
Reliability:       4 stars - High
Ease of learning:  3.5 stars - Easy-medium
Time saving:       5 stars - Huge gain
Usefulness:        4.5 stars - Very useful
Difficulty:        4.5 stars - Very easy
Overall:           4.5 stars - Excellent

This shortcut is superior when it comes to saving time, though it may be a bit tough to learn. Overall, it's a good shortcut and worthy to use. It's actual average is 4.3 which rounds to 4.5.

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1 Tips and tricks - From math shortcuts and tricks, and using the computer, to food and drink, and tips to save money, I have tips and tricks to make things easier and better. (note: some documents in here haven't been updated since 2003 (or 2005 for a select few)).

1.1 Money savers
1.1.1 Battery trick - This trick involved merely weighing batteries to determine duration, but this is false and thus this has been removed.

1.2 Math tips, tricks, and shortcuts
1.2.1 Addition tips - Need to do some addition faster? 4 tips are available, one dealing with standard addition, decimals or whole numbers, and three shortcuts dealing with adding and subtracting fractions.
1.2.2 Address trick - Do you ever wonder how it's possible to find distances given only an address and no map? Not only can you find distances without the need for a map, you can find the place on a map without ever leaving your home! This trick shows you how all these can be done! Though, this trick, like some others, have limitations.
1.2.3 Calculator trick - Ever wonder how many digits the Windows calculator truly holds and how to reveal them all [well all would be a long time doing so]? This trick makes any calculator, including Windows calculator reveal these secret digits.
1.2.4 Group multiplication - Ever wonder if you can multiply more than 2 numbers at once since you can add more than 2 numbers at once? It is very possible! This challenge will show you how it works and give a new look at multiplication as well.
1.2.5 Divisibility trick - Need help factoring numbers? This tip will tell you exactly how it's done.
1.2.6 Eight ways to speed up multiplication - Wanna quickly solve that tough multiplication question? Here's 8 ways to really kick up the power in that engine!
1.2.7 Fraction trick - Need some math help with fractions? This tip will help you improve your accuracy with adding/subtracting and multiplying/dividing fractions.

1.3 Internet tips 'n' tricks
1.3.1 Bandwidth trick - Need help lowering your site's bandwidth consumption? This tip/trick will be mighty handy to you. Needs to be updated
1.3.2 Connection trick - Ever wonder why some pages, even if you've just viewed it, take a wide variety of times to load from a few seconds to a minute and more? This tip tells you exactly what's going on and how you can tell.
1.3.3 GIF, JPG, and PNG image tip - Do you know what type of image file to save that image you just created? These tips will give you something to think about. Needs to be updated
1.3.4 Internet form trick - Did you just lose all that work typing something because something went faulty with your internet connection or browser? This tip will help prevent that from happening again.
1.3.5 URL trick - What's with the %20, %2b, and the related in many internet URLs? This explains it all and tells you how to encode URLs yourself.
1.3.6 Computer safety - Viruses and spyware always spell trouble. Learn some techniques on how to keep your computer safe from disaster.

1.4 Food and drink tips 'n' tricks
1.4.1 Bottled soda trick - Do you keep spilling your soda because the bubbles churned up? This trick will nearly, if not always prevent it from happening again.
1.4.2 Fat Removal trick - This trick will teach you how to eliminate your meat and pizza fat content by up to 98%.
1.4.3 Meat trick - This was removed as it is very unwise to do.

1.5 General tips 'n' tricks
1.5.1 Days in month trick - Can't tell which months have 30 or 31 days without looking at a calendar? This trick will help with that.
1.5.2 Minesweeper game guide - Can't figure out Minesweeper on Windows? This guide will help you win with a high chance [includes a tutorial game!]! Needs to be updated
1.5.3 Mowing speed-up - Does mowing that tall grass or your yard take too long? I have a way to reduce the need for it and still keep those engine RPMs high.
1.5.4 Creating custom jigsaw puzzles - Would you like a custom jigsaw puzzle with your own image? This trick tells you how.
1.5.5 Determining jigsaw puzzle difficulty - Did you know that the number of pieces in a puzzle isn't the primary factor in determining difficulty? This tip explains why.

2 Help promote my site - If you like my site, feel free to promote it using the banners I've created. Instructions for using them are given on the page. Caution: These haven't been updated since 2002 (!) and do not apply to my site anymore now....

3 Features - my mind game, Color System, the frequently used work-in-progress compatibility/motive system, and other reports.

4 About Me - things about me such as my rapidly-growing dream journal, my history, and my blog.

5 Games index - Games you can make and play using common household objects like dice, paper, and marbles. My games often allow for solo play, but can be multiplayer as well. Caution: These documents haven't been updated in a long time (from 1 to 3 years), but are still generally correct.

6 Stories - a collection of various stories, especially The Legend of the 10 Elemental Masters, The Secret in the Basement, and details of very well-recalled dreams.

7 Ulillillia City website FAQ - Frequently asked questions for my website in general - the main FAQ page and a glossary of commonly-used terms. For the FAQ related to music, my animations, or my 2D game, see the relevant pages.

8 My animated GIF collection - I make complex-behaving animations, many of which from my mind game. The bulk of my animated GIFs are here. This document is quite likely to be dumped.

9 Game development
- My computer games I'm making, featuring my 2D action game, The Supernatural Olympics (view update checklist), and my 2D platform game, Platform Masters

10 Other - things that don't fit any other category well such as experiments, how I process my music, video game screenshots section or even a behind-the-scenes look at how I update my website.

Site map - the content of all categories put together in one expanded out.