As parents, we’re told that we’re our kids’ first teachers. It’s true, but to me, this conjures up the idea that we must stand over their shoulders with a red pen, telling them they exactly what to learn, and how. To better support their natural inquisitiveness, it can help to instead think of yourself as a librarian. In a blog post, author Austin Kleon dived into the work of the late John Holt, a pioneer in the unschooling movement and one who believed that if we as adults want our children to go further, we should mostly step out of the way. Kleon highlighted this passage from Holt’s classic book How Children Learn, which was first published in 1967. Each new thing they learn makes them aware of other new things to be learned. Their curiosity grows by what it feeds on. Our task is to keep it well supplied with food. … Keeping their curiosity “well supplied with food” doesn’t mean feeding them, or telling them what they have to … [Read more...] about Why You Should Parent Like a Librarian
Should you install a public beta of iOS on your primacy iPhone or iPad? Most people caution against it—especially when a beta is in its earlier stages, since you never know what kind of bugs might brick that-which-you-use-your-iPhone-to-do (or your favorite apps). However, we’re now at version number four of Apple’s public beta for iOS 12.1, so you can probably give it a shot without too much worry. Join up, and you’ll get to play with features like a digital dump truck’s worth of new emoji, Group FaceTime (finally), after-the-fact depth control for your Portrait photographs (iPhone XS and XS Max owners only), and eSIM (if your carrier supports it), to name a few features. To get started, head on over to Apple’s website for its public betas and sign up (or sign in) with your Apple ID. You can do this on a computer, sure, but you might want to do it on your iPhone or iPad (in Safari) to save some time. Because once you’re logged in, … [Read more...] about How to Install the iOS 12.1 Public Beta
Avid ride hailers have a new subscription option that could potentially save them more than $100 per month: Lyft’s new monthly All Access Plan. Here’s how it breaks down: Passengers are allotted up to 30 rides per month for $299, up to $15 per ride (if your rides are more than $15, you pay the difference). You’ll get five percent off additional rides over the 30. Maximized, that’s a savings of $150 per month (assuming all rides cost $15). If you’re averaging lower than that, say $8 per ride, you’d end up paying more for the subscription than you would without it (the breakeven point is effectively $10 for 30 rides). If you’re riding infrequently—especially less than 10 times per month—this likely isn’t the best option for you. Unused rides don’t roll over to the next month. There is another wrinkle to this, which is the reason Lyft gave for launching the subscription package: Encouraging people to rethink owning their … [Read more...] about Should You Consider Lyft’s Subscription Service?
The tape measure is one of the handyperson’s tool belt essentials. Not only does it look cool and roll out satisfyingly when extended (and retract with a snap), it also happens to be filled with a bunch of efficient features that you may not know baout. For instance, did you know how far it can extend without collapsing? Or why the metal hook is loose? Or that it’s not called a tape measurer, which is what I have been calling it up until doing research for this video? … [Read more...] about Discover the Secrets of the Tape Measure
Flying is terrible, which is why so many people drink on flights. But a plane is not a bar, which makes imbibing on a plane a somewhat limited experience, cocktail-wise. Though rum & cokes, gin & tonics, and and vodka sodas will do the job, bringing on a little cocktail kit will elevate the plane drinking experience and provide a welcome distraction from the fact that you are on a damn plane (which is the whole point). Knowing what you like to drink can help you build your kit, but you can pack yours with any or all of the following: Lemons and limes: Citrus is an important part of many, many drinks, and—at the very least—it can help perk up a something and soda. I pack both wedges and strips of zest; if nothing else, squeezing either will help combat the stale, recycled air. (Speaking of zest: Grapefruit and orange are great options as well.) Honey sticks: Each sealed stick contains about half a teaspoon of honey and doubles as a stirrer. Bitters: Grab a … [Read more...] about Make Your Own Carry-on Cocktail Kit