For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will move across the country, giving millions of people the opportunity to experience a unique, spectacular phenomenon. If you’re planning on participating, here are a few things you should know:
Find out when and where you need to be.
The eclipse won’t happen for everyone all at once. If you’re interested in finding out the best time and place to watch the eclipse in your area, check with your local science museum or news station. However, if you want the full experience, you need to watch in what experts call the “path of totality.”
According to NASA, the path of totality is a “path (up to about 270 km or 168 miles wide) that the moon’s shadow traces on Earth during a total solar eclipse.” If you’re located in this particular area, you’ll be able to see the full eclipse (the moon blocks the sun completely). If you’re outside this area, you’ll only see a partial eclipse (the moon only partially blocks the sun).
Here is a list of the best places to experience the eclipse across the United States.
Do your homework.
Your eclipse experience will be a lot more meaningful if you take time to understand (1) what is going to happen and (2) why it is significant. If you want to know more about the science behind eclipses, visit NASA’s “Total Eclipse” website.
Prepare for large crowds.
If you decide to venture into the path of totality, be prepared to get stuck traffic. GreatAmericanEclipse.com estimates that 1.8 – 7.4 million people will travel to the path of totality to view the eclipse this weekend. Add that to the 12.25 million people who already live in the path of totality, you’re talking about a lot of people in a very small area.
If possible, travel to your destination at least 1 or 2 days before. Stock up on extra food and gas in case you get stuck for a long period of time. Although many cities are preparing for large crowds, you’ll want to be stocked up on supplies before you head out of town, just in case there are shortages.
Wear protective glasses.
It isn’t safe to look directly at the sun – even during an eclipse. You run the risk of permanently damaging your eyes. According to NASA, “The only safe way to look directly at the partially eclipsed sun is through a specialized filter.” They recommend that you wear special eclipse glasses that, “are equipped with the proper filters to minimize ultraviolet, visible and infrared light.”
Buyer beware: Not all solar eclipse glasses comply with industry standards. Use caution. There are a lot of fakes out there. The best way to find out if your eclipse glasses meet ISO certification standards is by checking the American Astronomical Society’s list of reputable sellers.
Get your camera ready.
Watching the eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you’re going to want to document. The Washington Post reported that it will be, “most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history.”
According to NASA, it’s safe to take pictures using your smart phone. However, you’ll want to make sure you put a filter over the lens. If you’re planning on using a DSLR camera, Nikon warns, “you need to utilize a solar filter on the front end of the lens or use a telescope specifically designed for viewing solar eclipses, or else you could harm the camera’s image sensor.” Once the sun is fully covered, you can take photographs without the filter on both types of cameras.
Happy viewing and good luck out there!
It’s back-to-school time! Whether or not you hate it or love it, here are a few back-to-school tweets that any parent can relate to:
Regardless, there are always tears.
Kid’s 1st day Kindergarten –
parent cries, so bittersweet
Kid’s 1st day of Third Grade –
parent cries tears of joy because omg finally
— Salty Mermaid (@Jenn_H_Scott) August 10, 2017
Me: What did you learn today?
5-year-old: School is long.
She was paying attention.
— James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn) August 10, 2017
Favorite game FOR SURE.
When I get sad because school is starting, remind me how my kids loved playing “Timeout” this summer.
— Jennifer S. White (@yenniwhite) August 9, 2017
The struggle is real.
“May the odds be ever in your favor!” I yell from the roof of Target as parents come in for school supplies.
— Stacey Sordahl (@DrunkAtThePTA) August 9, 2017
Because if you don’t label ‘em, you’ll never see them again.
— HuffPost Parents (@HuffPostParents) August 9, 2017
Only in your dreams, brother…
5-year-old: *puts a lightsaber in her backpack*
Me: You don’t need to take that to school.
5: Will they give me one there?
— James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn) August 10, 2017
Give me all the pumpkin.
an ugg just saw it’s shadow. six more weeks until pumpkin lattes.
— Kim Monte (@KimmyMonte) August 9, 2017
Do they have to be cute?
No thanks, “30 adorable lunch ideas for back to school.”
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) August 7, 2017
Then again, maybe not.
Son: I want to be organized this school year.
Also my son: *Gets in car with 1 shoe on, asks if we can buy a binder on the way to school.
— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) August 11, 2017
If it only worked like that…
Me: Wake up. It’s time for school.
5-year-old: But I just went yesterday.
— James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn) August 11, 2017
Waking up is a battle.
When it’s time for your kids to go back to school pic.twitter.com/IC4m6Nu7gO
— That’s Parenting (@ThatsParenting) August 25, 2016
My kids went back to school so if anyone needs someone to “Watch this!” or to go get them a snack, hit me up, I’ve got some openings.
— Wendy S. (@maughammom) August 2, 2017
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Buying a new phone? Before you make the change, here are three things that you should do as soon as possible to ensure a seamless transition:
Figure out transfer requirements
If you’re transferring data from an iPhone to another iPhone (or Android to another Android), the process is going to be easy. However, if you are changing phone brands (especially to an unknown brand), it might not be as straightforward.
Before you buy your new phone, check with your retailer or service provider to make sure that you’ll be able to move all of your current data onto your new device without any issues. If you’re unable to move everything over, you may want to consider getting another phone or finding alternative ways to save your data.
Back it up
Don’t wait until you’re at the store to to back up your old phone. The last thing you want to do is rush the process and lose valuable information. (The best thing to do is turn on automatic backups, so you don’t have to worry about it.)
If you have an iPhone, you can back up your data using either iTunes or iCloud. Click here for instructions. If you have an Android, you can back up your data onto your computer, Google Drive, or a 3rd party app. Click here for instructions.
Archive your photos and videos
You may want to consider creating an external copy of all your photos and videos before you transfer them over to your new phone – just in case something goes wrong with the move. (This step is particularly important if you change from one phone brand to another.)
The most effective way to store your photos and videos is to upload them all to Google Photos and then archive them onto MDISCs with Yours.co. That way, you know your photos and videos will be safe for up to 1,000 years, regardless of whether or not your phone breaks or the files accidentally get deleted when you transfer them over. (And it’s more reliable and cost-effective than saving them to your computer or an external hard drive.)
New phones are fun, but losing data isn’t. Make sure you plan ahead.
Let’s be honest, life was just a little bit better when the biggest decision you had to make was whether or not you liked *NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys better. If you’re still sad that they discontinued purple ketchup, and you’re dying for the next Fuller House season to start, then this article is for you.
Here are 21 reasons why being a kid in the 90s was the best thing in the world:
1. You know it’s going to be a good movie when the VHS is orange.
2. Drawing about a hundred of these babies on your notebook.
3. The only acceptable lunchbox drink.
4. When you shoot 2,943 pounds of food, but you can only carry 50.
5. The best thing that could happen at school (besides a snow day).
6. Saturday morning paradise.
7. The ultimate accessory.
8. Forget cell phones. How about one of these babies?
9. Outfits were just comfier back then
10. Your dream squad.
11. Because why not?
12. The only back-to-school supply you ever wanted.
13. The wait was a killer.
14. Remember to control the pet population…
16. The only way to fix a broken tape.
17. Probably the most romantic moment ever.
18. Breakfast of champions.
19. The only appropriate summer footwear.
20. The only real way to tell the future.
21. Saving your life on one of these babies.
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Phones — you love ’em, you hate ’em, you can’t live without them. Even though they make life a whole heck of a lot easier (most of the time), they can also be a downright pain in the butt.
Here are 21 cell phone problems that pretty much everyone can relate to:
1. Why don’t they ever make the charging chords long enough?
3. The struggle is real.
4. The moment you realize that you actually don’t know anybody’s phone number…
5. Cause it’s still better than paying $20 for a new one.
6. Literally the worst.
7. Good reading material is a must.
8. They don’t make ’em like they used to.
9. Best workout of the day.
10. Facebook did this to me.
11. A real tragedy.
12. It’s like you’re naked…
13. Nailed it.
14. Why did they even include that feature?
16. “The ciiiiiiiiircle of liiiiiiiife…”
18. When the insurance on your body is better than on your phone.
19. That’s going to leave a mark…
20. How did people even survive without the internet?
21. Life’s just not fair.
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