You’ve got solar panels on the roof, you drive an electric car, your family composts, and even if none of those three statements are true, they are things you would like to aspire to, right? Kind of? Aw, come on – let’s try not to leave behind a charred hellscape for our children’s children, can we? Regardless of where you fall on the “green” spectrum, we rounded up some relevant content for you to consume on this Earth Day. For starters, browse this list of links to 11 apps, products, and websites from Netted while you’re procrastinating at the office throughout the day. When you get home, help the family prepare one of these ten meat-free meal ideas from POPSUGAR. Then after the kids are in bed, check out the most recent episode of HBO’s VICE, “The Future of Energy” and go to bed with a sense of optimism that maybe we’ll collectively get our act together. One thing’s for sure – you’re not going to save the world today, but maybe through a little bit of exploration you’ll find something new to live a little healthier and do some good for our planet in the process.
Whether you’ve resolved to start your own company this year or if you already run your own business, you’ll find there are a lot of parallels in building a company and raising a family. Any entrepreneur can tell you countless life lessons they’ve learned along the way. Check out this great infographic for eight entrepreneurial skills that will help your children foster “creativity, self-confidence, positive thinking, and motivation, so that they could form the next generation of geniuses and leaders.”
We did this last year and since FiveThirtyEight is back with another aggregated Best Of “Best Of” List, we thought we’d do it again. Basically they rounded up all the year end lists by the top print and online publications for movies, TV shows, books, and music and generated a master list ranking the top movies, TV shows, books, & albums that appeared on the most year-end “Best Of” lists. You can check out the whole list here or let us provide the Cliff Notes (as if the image above wasn’t enough of a spoiler alert): Carol was the best movie, Master Of None & Fargo tied for the best TV shows, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me” was the best book, and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” was the best album of the year. If you haven’t heard of any of these, you’re either a new parent or pretty out of touch. If you fall into the latter category, we can help. Just follow our weekly Culture Checklists to help you stay culturally relevant in 2016.
We posted this in the lead up to Thanksgiving last year and, honestly, we’ll keep posting it as long as Vox keeps publishing it. It helps to know what you’re talking about when getting into arguments over politics and society with loved ones. This year’s round-up includes primers for six topics including vaccines, Donald Trump, Syria & ISIS, Benghazi, Black Lives Matter, and Bernie Sanders so you’re a little more prepared to debate with facts since opinions are like assholes – everybody has one and most of them stink. Check it out here.
We live in an on-demand world. As soon as my daughter learned how to talk, she started requesting music she wanted to listen to or TV shows/movies she wanted to watch that instant. What was scary about this was that I could actually deliver – her wish was my command! Thanks to Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and countless others it’s nearly impossible to not be able to find something the instant you want it. On the one hand, this is great and fulfills our generation’s insatiable need for instant gratification. But as a self-proclaimed music snob, this also scares the pants off me. Never will my child understand the heartache of a scratched record, the woe of a cassette tape eaten by a boom box, or even the tragedy of a scuffed CD. Will our kids really grow up in a world without liner art and lyric inserts? This realization led me down a path of soft rebellion against the modern age as I set out to slow things down a little. From now on if my daughters wanted to hear something they’d have to pick it off the shelf and (with dad’s help) drop the needle. (more…)