This video will show you an easy method to take advantage of the relative densities of the seeds and pith of a pomegranate to separate the two as painlessly and stainlessly as possible.
'knife skills' on Serious Eats
Slicing a whole bunch of apples for a pie can be a chore. If you're awesome with a paring knife, you can use the Jacques Pepin technique: twirl the knife around the top then the bottom, split it in half, cut out the seeds, and slice the wedges, all without ever letting the apple leave your hand. For the rest of us, here's the easiest, most consistent technique I've found.