When our first daughter Devina was born, we decided we weren't going to have her interact with electronics until she could create with them . We want our children to be creators, not just consumers, of technology. She's now three years old, and we've been looking for the right way to introduce her to technology. After a lot of looking, we've found something amazing -- a system called Osmo. (About $95 on Amazon plus $30 or so for each add-on kit).
Osmo works with an iPad -- we're using an old iPad and it's been fully compatible -- with a system of software + physical pieces, as well as a red mirror that covers the iPad's camera, focusing the camera on the table just in front of the iPad.
The genius of Osmo is its range. There's Osmo software for putting colored shapes together, for drawing , for math, for coding , for cooking , and more. It's an expandable system that's designed for ages 4 through 12 (although our three year old has been totally into it), meaning it can grow with a child for quite a while, which isn't something that can be said for most learning systems. That's the magic of software.
The Game of Thrones season finale was tonight, and I thought this picture was a pretty apt analogy of the insurgent role software is starting to play in a business' ability to dominate not just their industry, but multiple industries:
Amazon is now closing on its acquisition of Whole Foods, and this WSJ article headline sums up the impending carnage that acquisition will cause in the retail sector:
I've been doing a longer experiment with ketosis for about two years now. I started naturally slipping into ketosis when I started intermittent fasting and found that I really loved the way it felt.
Most people have very little knowledge of what ketosis is and how it works -- if they've ever even heard the term at all. If you fall into that camp and would like a quick primer, this Reddit "Keto in a Nutshell" is a great place to start.
Here's an update on what I've learned after experimenting with putting my body into a regular state of low-grade (~1 to 1.5 millimolar) ketosis for the past two years:
This is what I looked like back in 2010. I weighed 250 lbs, a 38" waist and I was on the verge of metabolic syndrome -- and I didn't even know what that meant until 2015. If you're not sure either, but your numbers are like mine, this would be a very good time to read up about it, because those with metabolic syndrome are at a 5x higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and 2x the risk of cardiovascular disease.
I've been riding this Razor A5 kick scooter for years, and have loved it. It's built like a tank, light, and folds quickly. I've found that a kick scooter is consistently 3x faster than walking, and often way less effort. So I can arrive in 7 minutes somewhere that would take 20 minutes to walk.
I've recently moved to a new home in a more urban area, and I'll be using a scooter even more, so I've been testing electric scooters. The delta between "great" and "horrible" is massive, and not immediately obvious. After doing hours of research, I've compiled this comprehensive guide.
Riding a scooter is still a little bit weird. Pedestrians don't enjoy having you blow by them on the sidewalk, and bikers don't feel like you deserve to share the bike lane with them. As with most areas of being an early adopter, you have to be willing to deal with these issues if you choose to scoot. But the payoff is worth it: Upgrading to a battery powered scooter means you can easily get somewhere at least twice as fast as a kick-powered scooter, and six times as fast as walking. Compressing a 30-minute walk into a 5-minute scooter ride is amazing if you really value your time.
First off, here are the things I've determined do matter when looking for a scooter you can use to commute (in descending order):