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Kids Life Hacking

Kids Meditation — The Rabbit Who Wanted To Fall Asleep

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep. Bedtime meditation for children. I have this on audiobook and the kids listen to it each night.

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Life Hacking

Are You Overconfident?

You’re probably overconfident in your predictive abilities. Take this test and see how you do.

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Kids

Dragonbox

The coolest Math games I’ve seen are from Dragonbox. Dragonbox teaches math concepts through intuitive games. They have algebra for 5 year olds (video), geometry for kids (video) and very interesting game to learn adding and subtracting (video). The kids love them and they learn a lot.

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Kids

Brainpop

Brainpop is a wonderful site that provides 5 minute learning videos on Math, History and every other school subject followed by a series of multiple choice questions. My kids (6 and 3) have been using BrainPop Jr. which is targeted for K-3.

  • A 3-year-old can see that learning can be fun.
  • A 4-year-old can start to the grasp the concepts.
  • A 5-year-old can answer the questions.
  • A 6-year-old can read some of the questions and answers himself.
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Ideas People

Behavioral Economics

Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize for Economics — becoming the first non-Economist to win that distinction. He summarized the field in a wonderful tome called Thinking Fast and Slow. The basic thrust of the book is that we have a number of unconscious heuristics and biases that drive our decision making — which work well MOST of the time but not ALL of the time. On a different note, Kahneman gave a fascinating TED talk about happiness that’s well worth watching. Kahnemann’s book is a fantastic tome but a little long for the people new to the field. If you want something that’s a little quicker on the topic, check out Dan Ariely’s books Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality. I wrote a few hundred words summarizing Ariely’s work on default settings as well. For more of a financial look at this, check out Nicholas Nassim Taleb’s books Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan.

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Life Hacking

Turn Off Recurring Billing On Your iPhone

Only pay for things you use. When buying a subscription on an iPhone or App Store, they often default to auto-recurring. This means you can be paying for things forever and never use them. What I do is immediately turn off the recurring subscription. Then, when I need to use the subscribed service again, I renew it.

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Life Hacking

Memory Hacking

It’s not as hard to build up a great memory as you would think. For a narrative talk about how a reporter became the US Memory Champion, take a read through Moonwalking with Einstein. If you want some more hardcore advice on memory building check out The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne.

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Big Stuff (Life Management)

Getting Things Done

David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) is the current standard on life and time management. Almost everything that David recommends is powerful and useful. I find the most powerful tool to be the Weekly Review. I try to do one every Friday. I found the GTD methodology a bit overwhelming at first but found the Getting Started on the GTD Path extremely useful.

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People

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil Degrasse Tyson, head of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, is a fascinating human being. I’ve really enjoyed listening to his audiobook The Pluto Files and the course The Inexplicable Universe. But here’s a guy who is the head of the Planetarium and hosted the remake of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos who also puts on a Science/Comedy show that Abigail and I saw live! He also does a mean moonwalk.

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Books / Audiobooks / Podcasts / Articles

The Best Technology Articles Ever Written

I wrote about The Best Magazine Articles on Technology and they’re all pretty phenomenal. The articles I write about are: