Why Kids Shouldn't Specialize in One Sport Too Early 

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It happens with parents all the time. They sign little Everett up for kids’ soccer, and he’s good. Really good. So they put him in soccer summer camps, goalkeeper clinics, and spend every weekend lugging coolers and lawn chairs to his soccer games all over the state. They start daydreaming about college scholarships and professional contracts and how he might even become the next Christian Pulisic. Good thing they discovered his perfect sport so young, right?

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Peak Design has Updated and Perfected Their Camera Straps

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Even knowing Peak Design makes the best camera bags, backpacks, and totes, we’re surprised by how much we love their latest camera strap and cuff.

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Scientists Prove Adding Water to Whisky Makes it Taste Better

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I used to get in debates almost every time I drank whiskey on whether or not it was appropriate to add water to the stuff. A few aficionado friends would always argue that the only way to drink whiskey was straight up, and I was ruining it with a few drops of H2O. I’d argue most whiskeys were a bit better with a few cubes of ice or a tiny bit of water. The fact of the matter is you should enjoy it however you prefer it, but now there’s actual science to back up my water claims.

To be fair, I’m far from the first person who has claimed water improves the taste of whiskey. While once taboo, connoisseurs have been embracing the fact that water can release some of a whiskey’s aromatics and enhance its flavor for a while. When I was traveling in Scotland earlier this year, distilleries actually provided tiny water pitchers with every tasting and encouraged drinking some bottles a little diluted. We all know some whiskey can taste a bit better that way; however, a group of Swedish scientists actually set out to discover why.

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Minimize Pollution in Your Car By Turning on Your A/C

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Driving (or idling) in bad traffic isn’t just a soul sucking use of your precious hours on this earth, it’s also rough on your physical well-being. And if you drive with the windows down you’ll be exposed to even more pollutants, particularly if you live in a smog-prone area or a part of the country currently enveloped by smoke and haze from nearby wildfires. But you can mitigate the amount of air pollution around you by activating your car’s best creature comfort.

Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis figured out that air conditioners are the most effective method of keeping your cabin air as pollution-free as possible. To test their hypothesis they outfitted various cars with portable pollution-measuring sensors, both inside and outside the vehicles.

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Ask Dr. NerdLove: I’m Freaking Out About My Wife’s Orgasms

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Hello all you petrochemical meerkats of the Noosphere, and welcome to Ask Dr. NerdLove, the only dating advice column that helps you get the perfect Loot Box for your love life.

Before we get started, a quick self-serving plug: I was a guest on this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen podcast! If you haven’t yet, go give it a listen. Host Kirk Hamilton and I talked movies, pick-up artists, cam girls, the friend-zone, and so much more. You can listen to that below; my segment starts at 35:43:

This week’s column is all about handling the road bumps and humps that come in a relationship, whether at the end or even after many years of happiness. Let’s talk sexual anxiety, post-break-up etiquette, and orgasm-inducing apps.

Doc,

So my wife of just over 5 years freaked me out last night and I can recognize I am wrong for feeling freaked out but can’t help it. First a bit of the back story, in the most honest self appraisal I can do. We are in our mid thirties. We both love each other very much, and outside of the usual relationship issues, things are good. I treat her very well, I give her preference in nearly everything, and am chivalrous (not just an act) every single day. She makes me very happy, and is very sweet, beautiful, smart and loveable. We don’t have any financial issues, or fidelity issues or family issues, in my honest opinion a much better than average relationship, with its modest flaws.

The issue is sex. We have it, 2-3 times a week. I am very satisfied, my wife seemed to be… She orgasms 80

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Have a Pre-Dinner "Veggie Happy Hour" to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables 

came the oft-repeated refrain, accompanied by a scrunched up face and a tiny fork pushing the vegetable portion of the meal to the farthest side of the plate. No matter how tasty I found the item in question, no matter how much butter or parmesan I sprinkled on top, no matter how much trouble I had gone through to make it look fun using a spiralizer, my children could not be convinced that the green item on their plate wasn’t actually poisonous. I was defeated.

That is, until a friend suggested I start a veggie happy hour.

Here’s what I do: While preparing the rest of the dinnertime meal, I’ll set out a bright assortment of cut-up vegetables along with a dip option. This much-needed sustenance comes to them during the dreaded

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This App Will Let You Know if You've Won the Powerball Jackpot

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I don’t typically play Powerball, but whenever the jackpots get super high I (like everyone else on the planet) head to the store to grab a ticket or two. The Powerball jackpot tonight is $356 million, which means if you’re a gambling person (or maybe even if you’re not), there’s no time like the present to snag a ticket.

If you’re not exactly jazzed about heading to your local gas station to pick one up, now there’s an app called AutoLotto that can handle the whole process on your phone. It will also let you know when you win with those physical tickets you bought.

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With it you can purchase a lottery ticket and find out if you won, right on your phone.To buy, you need to sign up within the app and then allow the app to geolocate your phone (determine what state you’re buying the lottery ticket in). For now, buying within the app is restricted to just New Hampshire, the home of the lottery and where AutoLotto has an office. More states are expected to be added soon.

The reason for just the one state is lottery laws require the app to have an office everywhere it sells tickets.

If you’re in the majority and can’t buy a ticket directly within the app in your state, you can still scan tickets you do buy and get a notification if you win.

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A Newsletter to Remind Creative Workers: You're Not Alone

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Everyone who works in a creative field, or wants to, should subscribe to the monthly newsletter Three Cents. In each issue, writer and editor Manjula Martin writes three brief essays and lists some well-curated links about creative work. It’s helpful for learning industry norms and expectations, and it’s a great way for freelancers and work-from-home creatives to feel less isolated.

Some highlights from the ten past issues:

Martin goes to the opera in Venice and learns about La Traviata and theater arson.A financial breakdown of how much Martin made from Scratch, and how much she spent on it.Iggy Pop worries about money.

Martin is also the editor of the book Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living and founder of the freelancer database

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What to Do When You've Outgrown Your Job

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You might think you can still do their job well if you’ve outgrown it, but a recent study from Florida Atlantic University showed that, in fact, if it’s time to move on and you’ve stayed put, you might start to suck at your job.

This might range from coming in late or leaving early to theft or bullying co-workers. The more overqualified an employee feels, the more likely they are to engage in counterproductive behaviors that impair the effective functioning of organizations…

While your performance might not slip into the realm of theft or bullying your colleagues, feeling like your role no longer suits you can affect your mindset and attitude. If you’re feeling overqualified, here’s what to do.

Decide If Things Can Change

Even if you feel you’ve hit a dead end when it comes to career growth, you don’t necessarily have to leave your job. Alison Green, of Ask a Manager, explains that if you’re unhappy at work, you should talk to your manager about it

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Watch Out for Counterfeit Solar Eclipse Glasses

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In case you’ve somehow managed to avoid the growing hype, on August 21, a solar eclipse will pass over the United States. And to protect your eyesight when staring into the sun, you’ll need protective glasses. Naturally, though, there are already sketchy retailers out there peddling counterfit eclipse-watching gear, that might not appropriately protect your vision. A post from Quartz warned against counterfeit eclipse glasses that are being sold on Amazon by companies that don’t normally make astronomical gear. One seller, for example, also sold fidget spinners. (Of course they did.)

According to NASA, you should check if your glasses fit these criteria:

Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the productNot be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lensesNot use homemade filters or be substituted for with ordinary sunglasses

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