Anthony Rotondi

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Raising Brilliant Kids — With Research To Back You Up

<i>An earlier version of this piece ran in 2016.</i><p>"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to …

Pedagogy

How to write blogs humans want to read

Here are 10 steps to take before every blog post:<p><b>1.</b> <b>Just start writing (or recording).</b><p>The first thing you want to do is sit down and write.<p>If you have …

Public Relations

This island is not for sale: how Eigg fought back

Small islands have always been objects of desire for a certain kind of man ambitious to rule his own tiny nation. One Hebridean isle asserted its independence, but can its way of life survive? By Patrick Barkham<p>“It’s the difference between black-and-white TV and colour,” said Brian Greene. “That’s …

St Kilda

How to Make a DIY Mini Cell Phone Tower Using Parts You Can Order Online

But to get it to work long range might be pricy.<p>If you're concerned about private communication, there are a growing number of options, like Signal and PGP. Or, if you're two creative college kids, you could just build your own cell phone network.<p>Matthew May and Brendan Harlow are two recent …

13 Successful People on the Books That Changed Their Lives

Get these on your shelf now.<p>Need a book recommendation for a young, out-of-work, or fledgling wild-card on your Christmas list? Or some words of …

If It Doesn't Suck, It's Not Worth Doing

According to psychological research, the anticipation of an event is almost always more emotionally powerful than the event itself.<p>According to psychological research, the anticipation of an event is almost always more emotionally powerful than the event itself.<p>The dread of asking your boss for a …

18 space suits from science fiction, from worst to best

When has Hollywood actually gotten it (somewhat) right?<p>Space suits are cool — and complicated. Earlier this week, my colleague Loren Grush launched her new series <i>Space Craft</i> by seeing what wearing one is like. The answer? Exhausting. Unsurprisingly, science fiction writers, movie directors, and …

Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition at MoMA Celebrates the Architect’s 150th Birthday

In celebration of the 150th birthday of acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, New York's MoMA is holding a comprehensive retrospective. Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive looks at the legend's drawings and architectural models as a way to delve into his pioneering career.<p>The 450 …

Small And Compact Kitchens – Just What Tiny Apartments Need

Few things can be more annoying than living in a small place that has a tiny kitchen. Actually, a small kitchen isn’t necessarily an issue as long as …

Infinity House

Perched atop a hill in northern Norway, the Infinity House uses a series of large apertures in its rectangular concrete form to maximize its views of …

How vertical farming reinvents agriculture

Instead of growing crops in sunny fields or greenhouses, some companies stack them and grow them in old, dark warehouses with UV lights — saving water and harvesting produce faster.<p>In an old carpet factory on the outskirts of the Belgian city of Kortrijk, an agricultural upheaval is being plotted: …

Urban Hermitage, a 280-square-foot London studio, offers ‘monastic retreat’

Looks pretty fancy for a hermitage<p>How to make the most of limited space, especially in densely-populated urban areas is, of course, the question <i>du jour</i>. There are smart, transforming apartments, or otherwise modular ones, like “apartments-in-a-box.”<p>But the most basic of these is the humble studio. …

Jour

Prefab tiny home, sustainable and 3D-printed, offers idyllic high-tech living

Into sustainable design and tiny homes? You’ll dig this<p>Eco-design nerds will dig this: A Ukrainian company, PassivDom, recently unveiled modulOne, an off-grid, solar-powered 3D-printed prefabricated home.<p>That’s a lot of buzzwords, sure, but the modulOne—which features an insulating …

Prefab Homes

Go way, way off grid at this amazing tiny house Airbnb in Oaxaca

The Tiny Casa in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, is an ultra tiny Airbnb cabin perfect for those looking for a completely off-grid getaway. Inspired by …

White Shack

With a mid-century form and modern design, the White Shack isn't your average beach shack. The home caters to a family of surfers and their 1962 …

Feed your entire neighborhood with this new garden idea from Ikea

Come for a salad, stay for the opportunity to provide meals for others. That appears to be the new mantra from Ikea and Space10, described as “a …

San Francisco

The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on Mars

Look out, Elon Musk<p>A little more than 40 years ago, Dubai was a tiny pearl-fishing village lined with dirt roads. Now it's the largest and most futuristic city in the world, the jewel of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). From manmade, palm tree-shaped archipelagos to jetpack-wearing firefighters and …

Tony Robbins Describes the Top Traits Found in Truly Coachable People

A good mentor is like a gym membership. You only get the benefit if you show up and do the work.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Mentors can be invaluable to any entrepreneur. No matter how accomplished you are in forming and running a business, there’s always someone …

5 tiny house designs perfect for couples

Storage! Privacy! Breathing room!<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>One of the first questions people have about tiny houses is how tiny house dwellers can engage in normal life things like, say, having a …

Home Ownership

Raspberry Pi Portable Thermal Video Overlay Creator (video)

The team at GroupGets has this week published details of a new Raspberry Pi project they have created in the form of the Pylepton Zero, which is a …

Explore the Interconnected World of Mathematics in One Condensed Map

If diving into the beautiful, complicated world of math sounds intimidating, physicist Dominic Walliman is here to be your guide. In his video, …

For Less Boring Conversations, Embrace Your Vulnerabilities

If you’ve ever felt like a completely dull person, take solace in this idea the School of Life presents: you’re not boring, you’re probably just …

A Quest For Simplicity Ends With The Perfect Retirement Home

Not all quests belong in the fantasy world. Some are as real as they can get. For architects, each project is a new quest, a new challenge and an …

Feeding a Fast-Growing Population: Q&A With GrowUp Urban Farms

<b>In the twenty-first century</b>, people are moving to cities at an alarming rate. By 2050, nearly three-quarters of the world will reside in urban areas, …

Unique Dividend Stock Yields 8%, Pays Monthly In U.S. Dollars, Major Growth

Have you thought about the railroad lately? Or, more specifically, the folks that work for the railroad companies, especially those who man those …

How this California company fits five acres of farmland into 40-foot shipping containers

All over the country are food deserts – generally urban, impoverished or isolated communities that are devoid of grocery stores and farmers markets, …

Urban Agriculture

Got a great idea for a business? Before you go any further, read this

Many startups fail because they create a product no one wants. Entrepreneur Ian James explains how to prevent this<p>If you have a burning business idea, 2017 could be the year you make it happen. But before you take the plunge to launch your new venture, leave behind a successful career, or pivot an …

Schadenfreude

3 Reasons to Buy Pfizer Stock and Never Sell

Buy and hold really hasn't been great advice in the past when it comes to owning <b>Pfizer</b> (NYSE: PFE) stock. Although the big drugmaker's stock has posted decent gains over the last six years, Pfizer's share price still hasn't regained where it was in 2000. But things are different now for the company …

Location tracking + machine learning = modern parenting

Forget the helicopter. Jiobit uses GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular triangulation to keep an eye on your kiddo.<p>Let's be honest: Kids can be a little <i>too</i> easy to lose. Some parents cave and use a safety harness, but who likes to walk their toddlers on a leash? Others buy GPS tracking wearables that …

Watch Out For These Facebook Advertising Mistakes (They Could Be Costing You)

When it comes to Facebook ads, you can see a major return or totally blow it. The difference between the two comes down to common mistakes.<p>So you're using Facebook ads to promote your brand online? That's a good move, given that Facebook ads are affordable when compared against the cost of …