Different DMVs haven't different pass and fail rates for the California driving test. If you live in Orange County, you should consider taking the driving test at the Laguna Hills DMV because it may have a lower fail rate than other locations.
Fans of Pokémon can order official t-shirts, video games, figures, pins, trading cards, plushies, and more from the Pokémon Center. These are some things you need to know before placing an order.
The Celestron Popular Science StarSense Explorer DX 100AZ is a good entry-level telescope for anyone who doesn't want to spend too much but also doesn't want something so cheap that it is unusable.
Fermi’s paradox is the conflict between the lack of evidence for intelligent life on other planets and the possibility of their existence. The Great Filter is one explanation for why we haven't heard from extraterrestrials.
DANGTOP is a brand that sells affordable bamboo cooling blankets. These blankets can lower the temperature by a few degrees, but they also come with some downsides.
ServSafe offers certification exams for food managers. This is how I passed the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam on my first try.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a great option for health and fitness enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it has a limited number of watch faces. But don't worry because you can install more watch faces using an app called Facer.
Japantown in San Francisco is a famous destination and is close to many popular tourist attractions like Golden Gate Park and Fisherman's Wharf. Here are things to consider when venturing to the City by the Bay.
The cost of getting a dog groomed varies by location, services offered, and the type of business. These are some things to consider when looking for a groomer, especially for anxious dogs.
Maltipoos can make great pets because of their loving temperaments and hypoallergenic fur. However, there are some disadvantages to be aware of before bringing a Maltese Poodle into your home.
Boycotts and cancel culture are two forms of protest that overlap in many ways but also have important differences.
Kerbal Space Program and SimpleRockets 2 are fully 3D space sims that let you build rockets, launch them into orbit, or send them to other planets. Both are fantastic games but which one is better for beginners?
If you are preparing to take the AWS Certified Developer Associate (DVA-C01) certification exam, it is important to understand how envelope encryption using KMS and Customer Master Keys works
Analogies to remember the differences between reserved concurrency and provisioned concurrency in AWS Lambda
This is a review and overview of the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner, LA-301 model. This is what you need to know before making a purchase.
Steady Hands is an independent clothing brand that sells anime-inspired clothing. Here's what you need to know before placing an order.
YesStyle.com is a Hong Kong-based clothing retailer that ships to many parts of the world. These are some things you need to know before you place an order.
This guide offers a few different ways to upload local files to AWS S3 and DynamoDB using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI).
According to the authors of The Expanse series of novels, the show has been paused rather than canceled after season 6. They have hinted that the final three books may be adapted for television.
Like Locast, LocalBTV is a local TV station streaming service. Unlike Locast, it doesn't yet offer the major networks. However, that might change because LocalBTV is planning to offer a planned Premium service.
A Kafka Trap is a rhetorical device in which a denial of guilt becomes evidence of guilt
The TLOG Mini Rice Cooker is a handy kitchen appliance that doesn't take up much counter space. However, it is expensive for its size. This is what you need to know before buying one.
Did you know that about half of US television markets have access to the nonprofit, donation-supported streaming service Locast? Learn how it allows users to view local over-the-air channel live streams and where to sign up.
You can record your own music samples with Reaper's MIDI keyboard. Read these step-by-step instructions for setting up a physical keyboard interface and a virtual MIDI keyboard.
Redemption arcs are a very popular trope in fiction. Many people love to watch or read a story with a bad guy who turns good. These are five examples of redemption arcs in the science fiction genre.
PhotoVibrance is a desktop software for creating motion images. This is an overview of the product and what can be done with it.
Unboxing videos featuring Wildflower iPhone cases are popular on social media. The cases are attractive and come in numerous designs. If you are interested in buying one, here's what you need to consider.
CreateStudio is a desktop video animation software product that offers a Founding Members lifetime membership deal at just $67. This makes it far cheaper than many competing products. Is it worth paying for?
Sumatra PDF is a free PDF reader that comes with a major limitation. In the current version, there is no way to highlight text. However, there is a way to get around this limitation.
There's nothing more annoying than clicks and other mouth noises in audio recordings. You may be able to eliminate many of them using De-Click plugins.
The Samson Q2U dynamic microphone and the M-Track Solo digital audio interface are budget devices perfect for podcasting, YouTube videos, and voiceovers. Here's what you need to know.
Music Plaza is a kpop store located in Los Angeles that also ships items worldwide through their website musicplaza.com. Here's what you need to know before placing an order.
After taking a Microsoft Azure Certification exam, you will want to download your score report. However, the report isn't easy to find. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to access the report.
Costco often has great prices for appliances, but the process of getting a dishwasher is complicated because delivery and installation are separate appointments.
If you have an old 30-pin audio device, you can start using it again thanks to Bluetooth adapters designed for use with obsolete 30-pin devices. The ZIOCOM 30-Pin Bluetooth Adapter is one of a few available options.
There are several streaming services that offer anime. Some of these streaming providers are completely free, partially free, or require a paid subscription. These are the best places to watch anime legally.
Amazon does ban customer accounts. They don't provide criteria for what can lead to a ban, but fraud and high return rates are possible triggers.
Fake positive and negative reviews are a big product on eCommerce websites. ReviewMeta and Fakespot are tools used to analyze the quality of these reviews. But how trustworthy are the analyzers?
Rock is no longer the biggest selling and most influential music genre. These are some reasons why rock music is in decline.
Air fryers make cooking easy even for people who aren't good cooks and there's a wide range of foods that can be prepared in them. But they also take up kitchen counter space, so before buying one, carefully consider the size you need.
A step-by-step guide on how to study and prepare for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020 Associate (1Z0-1085-20) using free courses and practice tests.
There are many parallels between the sci-fi show Farscape, which ran from 1999 to 2003, and Guardians of the Galaxy, which was released in 2014. This is a list of the similarities and differences.
Redbubble is a popular print-on-demand marketplace. Independent artists upload images that can be printed onto all kinds of items like t-shirts, phone cases, wall art, backpacks, and pillows. Here's what you need to know before placing an order.
Redbubble offers thousands of designs for phone cases and many other products. This is a review of the Redbubble Tough phone case with pros and cons.
Before you place an order for shoes or boots on the Dr. Martens website, these are some things to consider.
Error Code 4090 is an error I sometimes get when trying to play free Prime videos. This simple solution has resolved this problem for me.
The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate is a certification that can open the door to a high-paying career in cloud computing. But first, you have to pass the exam. How can you know when you're ready?
Many certification exams can be taken from home using online proctoring. To take an exam from home, there are several requirements and rules you need to be aware of in advance.
Wish.com is a popular shopping platform based in San Francisco. Shopping on Wish is a little different than using similar websites like eBay and AliExpress. Here's what you need to know before placing an order.
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7610 is a small electric treadmill designed to fit into small spaces. It's great for apartments or smaller homes, but it has some limitations, so it isn't for everyone. These are some things to consider before buying an SF-T7610.
Grammarly is a convenient way for writers to edit their work. The free version offers grammar, spelling, and punctuation checks. The premium version can do much more. But is Grammarly Premium worth it?
Suitcase record players are cheap and popular, but are they any good?
The eero mesh 3 beacon system is designed to increase Wi-Fi coverage in your home, especially in areas with spotty connections. This system covers up to 5000 square feet.
A list of sci-fi TV series that are set in space or on other planets.
The bObsweep and ILIFE are two popular brands of auto-cleaning robot vacuum that can be used on carpets, rugs, and hardwood floors. Each one has pros and cons. Which should you purchase?
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a great low-cost tablet. It comes with an 8-inch screen, Dolby Atmos sound, and the Google Play Store. It has many advantages over Amazon Fire Tablets.
Tivo has joined Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV with its own budget TV streaming device. This review includes my opinion on this device's major features and some problems I've found with it.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has sometimes been accused of ripping off A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin because there are many similarities between the stories. How accurate is this accusation?
Ideal for cordcutters, a list of more than one hundred video streaming services covering entertainment, kids, documentaries, independent film and more.
Amazon Fresh is a very convenient way to order groceries online, including perishables. The service has several pros and cons. This is my review.
Plutopopulism is similar to populism except it is a movement by the wealthy designed to benefit the wealthy.
The Simbans PicassoTab is an entry-level drawing tablet that is perfect for children and casual artists.
There are many enemies-to-lovers books that don't usually appear on lists devoted to the popular young-adult trope. This list includes young-adult fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian fiction, among other genres.
Sling TV is one of the cheapest streaming options available, but it isn't for everyone. Find out if these Sling plans are right for you.
The various options available in AWS Storage Gateway can be confusing. I'm going to make this very simple to understand by explaining each of the different AWS Storage Gateway types, including file gateway vs. volume gateway.
Fake reviews on websites like Amazon and Yelp are a huge problem. This includes fake positive and fake negative reviews. How bad is this problem and what can you do to spot fake reviews?
Now that the price of YouTube TV has gone up to $65, many subscribers are looking into alternative live TV streaming options.
An industry plant is a music artist who appeared to to succeed on their own when in fact a record label was really behind their success.
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate is a certification that can open the door to a high paying career in cloud computing. But first you have to pass either the SAA-C01 or SAA-C02 exam. How can you know when you're ready?
The horrific death of Azaria Chamberlain became the subject of jokes on shows as popular as Seinfeld and The Simpsons. Behind the jokes was a terrible tragedy; a dead baby and her mother sentenced to life in prison for murder.
Wrongful convictions are a common problem in the American justice system. This list of true crime books consists of personal stories involving the wrongfully convicted and books on how miscarriages of justice can come about.
Getting tickets for popular events on Ticketmaster can be a challenge. Here are three tips that will increase your odds of success.
A list of young adult books with strong female lead heroines who must carry out heroic deeds.
Confirmation bias is the tendency to seek out sources of information that confirm existing beliefs or to only notice information that doesn't contradict existing views.
The Coast Starlight is a train adventure that runs from Los Angeles to Seattle. Here are some tips and things you should know when planning your trip.
Overall, Wayfair.com is a great place to buy furniture at affordable prices. Here are some things first-time shoppers should consider beforehand.
These are some fun places for Southern California residents or tourists visiting the Orange County area to take their kids.
Instagram is designed to be mobile only, but there is a way to upload images directly from your computer to Instagram without using a phone.
This is a list of great free websites and apps for frugal movie lovers.
List of 10 great websites for homeschooling or supplementing a public or private school curriculum
In just a few years Katy Perry went from being a massive superstar to someone who failed to reach the top 10 on iTunes with her newest single. Why is she flopping and in decline?
Washing machines often transfer germs more than they kill them. Learn how to properly clean your clothes.
Spotify has been controversial since its launch in 2008. Find out why so many musicians are so hostile to the popular streaming service.
Classic rock greats Led Zeppelin have been accused of plagiarizing many of their songs. Were the band really musical thieves? Or is plagiarism standard practice?
An overview and review of the AmScope M162C student microscope kit
Does it ever feel like all sides of politics are the same? Horseshoe theory argues that the extreme left and the extreme right on the political spectrum resemble each other in many ways. Here's everything you need to know.
There are different ways to go about learning a musical instrument. These are the pros and cons of each method.
A list of books that seek to debunk popular conspiracy theories, and examine the history and the psychological aspects of belief in them
A list of different providers of music streaming. Some require a paid subscription, while others are completely free.
Can anyone bring manufacturing jobs back to America? While blue-collar workers complain about a lack of high-paying factory jobs, manufacturers complain that they are unable to fill high-paying factory jobs. Here's why there's such a disconnect.
Learn the multiplication times tables using this simple and easy learning method with helpful tips and tricks
It's a common accusation nowadays that rock music was a black art form stolen by whites. How much truth is there to this claim?
If you listen to pop radio stations often it's hard to escape the fact they play many songs over and over to the point of overplaying them. Why have radio playlists narrowed so much?
YouTube Music and Spotify Premium offer on-demand access to millions of songs for a monthly fee. This is an overview of their features and which I think is better.
It's free and easy to edit inappropriate words out of songs with explicit lyrics.
Rewards websites are a great way to earn a little extra cash for online shopping. This is an overview of 3 major rewards sites Swagbucks, Instagc and Bing Rewards
The ukulele is an easy instrument for both adults and kids of all ages. It's a great starter instrument and a great option for smaller children who are interested in learning guitar.
Are singers "real artists" if they don't write their own songs? Many people will say no but many highly respected singers didn't write their own material.
A legal ruling that Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke violated the copyright of Gotta to Give It Up by Marvin Gaye could potentially have a chilling effect on singers, songwriters and record labels.
The Grammy's claim to reward musical excellence over charts and popularity. But winners aren't always the most acclaimed in their genres. And plenty of mediocre artists gets nominations and wins.
A list of great educational websites for homeschoolers or for use as a supplement to public and private school curriculums. These sites cover multiple grade levels and subjects.
The whole genre of pop music is often written off as manufactured and lacking creativity. However many respected artists like The Beatles, Elton John and Michael Jackson made pop music
Find out where the rich live, the tallest building in the world, the worst traffic in the world, the most corrupt city, a list of famous lost cities and more.
Portable TENS units use electronic pulses to relax muscles and reduce pain. This is my experience using an electronic pulse massager to manage my back pain.
Learning multiplication facts can be a frustrating process but Times Tales can make it easier and fun for kids. The program uses stories as a simple mnemonic device to help kids recall facts fast
American Girl dolls started off celebrating brave historical characters who were interested in the issues of their time. They're being replaced with bland contemporary characters.
Pitbull has managed to have a very successful career despite critics who claim that he isn't talented. So, how did he do it?
Many Americans think mental illness is caused by emotional weakness or is all in the sufferer's head. Physical illness is taken seriously, so why don't we take mental illness seriously as well
Anorexia is thought to be a Western disease caused by media exposures to unnaturally thin women. But the discovery of anorexia in rural Africa is raising doubts that the media causes eating disorders
Bro-country is a type of country rock music that's largely taken over country music radio. It's male dominated and has left little room for talented female artists to get country radio airplay
10 Great songs about suicide with some background information on each track
Many Asians come from the upper classes of their home nations, so they bring higher levels of education and business skills to America
List of 10 great rock, country, and pop songs about reincarnation, the afterlife, life after death and Heaven from a secular or nonreligious perspective
Longer school days and school years may seem like one solution to America's education woes but they may not help solve the nations educational problems
Death and dying are subjects we don't like to think about. But there are many great songs that deal with the topic. This is a list of rock, pop, country and punk songs about death
List of ways to help kids learn and memorize their times tables and multiplication math facts
How important is singing ability for professional singers? Vocal skills, musical ability and musical talent in general are subjective. Talent is individual preference and can't be objectively measured
Artists and record labels struggle with the problem of bootlegged recordings and leaks of unreleased songs. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Prince have all tried to fight the leakers
Madonna and Cyndi Lauper appeared on the music scene around the same time. Both were huge, but their singing careers took very different paths. Why did Madonna succeed while Cyndi failed?
Forbidden fruit theory says that anything that's forbidden becomes more desirable. This has psychological, legal and economic consequences and explains why prohibition is often unsuccessful
Card games and board games are a great way to teach basic math skills to kids and basic geography facts. This is a list of some great math and geography teaching games.
Sea monkeys are actually a type of brine shrimp often used as fish food that are marketed to children as pets.
There are about 200 million illegal videos on YouTube. A recent YouTube purge of illegal content proved to be ineffective. Why isn't YouTube doing more to remove illegal videos?
Why the Cremona SV-130 is an excellent beginners instrument for children who want to learn to play the violin
A list of magazines for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kids and teenagers organized by topic and age ranges.
A list of classic novels and chapter books about horses for elementary and middle school aged kids.
Illegal downloads are costing the music industry billions of dollars. People who steal music make many excuses to justify their behavior
A list of engaging and fun books that teach elementary age kids about people, times and events in history. These books are great for homeschool use and many are available at libraries
Books, coloring books, workbooks, software, websites and apps that teach geography for elementary age kids and homeschool
Ke$ha has been recording songs since she was 15, approximately 7 years before the release of Tik Tok. She has several dozen unreleased pop, dance, hip hop, country, rock and folk songs.
Ke$ha is upset because people think she isn't able to sing and doesn't deserve her success. She wanted to prove her vocal ability on her albums Warrior and Deconstructed EP.
Chapter book suggestions for elementary age girls. These chapter books series often include dozens of books that are appropriate for young girls.
Give your homeschool students an overview of key events and people in world history with these books. These history books are ideal for a history curriculum in a homeschool setting.
Biography book series are a great way to teach kids about famous people and events. This is a list of some excellent chapter book biographies for elementary and middle school age kids.
The preschool years are a great time to introduce kids to basic math concepts, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These are some suggestions on how to teach math to your preschooler in a fun way.
Katy Perry has only had two successful albums but she has actually recorded dozens of songs. Many are demos and unreleased songs from the years she struggled to break into the music industry. This is a complete list of all Katy Perry songs I have found.
Do you want your child to start learning to play the violin? These are some things you need to know before buying a first violin for your child.
Finding good chapter books for beginning readers can be a challenge. This is a list of chapter books and classic books that should appeal to children between the ages of seven and ten. These books are great for both boys and girls.
The California Virtual Academy is a free public homeschool program. CAVA has both K through 8 programs and a high school program. This is a list of some pros and cons of using CAVA.
Adding details to blank maps is a fun and easy way to teach world geography to kids. They can learn about the countries of the world, biomes and climates while having fun drawing, painting, coloring and labeling maps.
Make a quick and easy ballet hair bun using the following items and steps. Includes a list of items needed, steps to follow and a video to guide you through making a simple hair bun.
Explanation of how repeat marks work in music. Uses colored blocks to demonstrate the order in which notes should be played to make it easier for new piano learners and kids to understand.
Many people misunderstand the meaning of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution relating to free speech. Free speech rights were wrongly brought into the Chick-fil-A controversy.
Before buying a kids guitar, there are a few things you need to consider, such as nylon versus steel strings and guitar size.
Music is fun for kids. These are suggestions to teach classical music appreciation to young children.
Copywork can be a quick way to improve a child's grammar, spelling and punctuation.
A list of classic books for 5 and 6 year old kids. Recommended classic literature for young kids.
Resources for teaching world history to preschool and elementary age kids. World history is an important part of a classical education or homeschooling.
Teaching a preschooler how to write may reduce frustration with writing in the school years.
Teach physics, chemistry, biology and Earth science to kindergarten and elementary school kids. Recommended homeschool and afterschool science curriculum.
This article includes a list of public homeschool options in California, including charter schools and online schools. These options allow parents and other learning coaches to homeschool children without developing their own curricula.
Most kids don't get enough DHA and EPA in the diets. This is a list of foods that most kids will probably enjoy that have high levels of DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA are important for brain, eye and heart health.
This article provides a list of chapter books that teach kids about science at the elementary and middle school levels.
Tips on how to introduce preschool age children to history with recommended books, videos and apps for the ipad and android.
Teach your kids about early humans, prehistoric times, fossils and evolution with books, games and videos.
How to introduce basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to toddlers and preschoolers. Early math for toddlers, preschool and kindergarten.
A list of great science apps for the iPad. Science iPad apps for preschool and elementary age kids.
Learning math facts is very important but not much fun. An iPad can make learning addition, subtraction, multiplication and division math facts more fun. Here are five fun iPad math fact games.
Improving a child's general knowledge is necessary for academic success. This is a list of some good websites that help build general knowledge in kids.
Bubbling Math is an addition, subtraction, multiplication and division math facts game for use on the iPad. Practice math facts for kids.
Fun websites that teach children how to read. All of these websites can be used to teach babies, toddlers, preschoolers or early elementary school kids how to read.
Studies of early readers have found that they maintain a reading advantage over later readers. Just learning to read a year earlier can put a child ahead. Teaching a baby, toddler or preschooler to read will likely create a lasting academic advantage.
Job hunting advice for job seekers from an employer. Knowing how to apply for a job is an important part of job hunting and the hiring process.
How do you find legal images for use on websites, hubs and blogs? Public domain images are one good free image option. This is a list of websites that offer free and public domain images for commercial use.
People often mistakenly believe that critical thinking refers to questioning or doubting the ideas of experts. But critical thinking actually refers to questioning our own beliefs, evaluating evidence, looking for logical fallacies and finding the best solution to a problem.
It is quick and easy to make a worksheet for addition math facts. Creating custom math fact worksheets allows you to focus on problems your child struggles with. You can also make math fact worksheets that are fun for kids.
Does chiropractic treatment cure back pain? Chiropractic therapy is a controversial treatment method but it may be helpful for some back pain sufferers.
Review of Brillkids Little Reader software for teaching a baby or toddler to read. Your baby can learn to read.
Easy and fun tips to quickly improve your child's vocabulary. Expanding kids vocabulary is crucial for academic and reading success.
Are you looking for books about science for kids? This is a list of great science books for preschool and elementary age children.
Critics of teaching babys or preschoolers to read often point to Finland because formal reading instruction starts at 7. However many Finnish students may start to read earlier and reading in the Finnish language is much easier than English.
Explanation of the Thomas Jefferson method of education, a classical homeschooling method. This is a great books approach to learning and education.
West Virginia is modeling it's education system on Finland's schools. But Finland may be successful academic because the Finnish language is so easy to learn.
Children and adults need 160mg of DHA and EPA daily in their diets. This is a list of foods, such as eggs, yogurt, butter and milk, with added DHA or EPA as well as natural DHA / EPA food sources.
Using the STAR or PAR job interviewing technique may help you stand out from the crowd during job interviews. Ace your interviews with the STAR method.
Tips and explanations of behavior based job interviews, structured job interviews and competency rating systems for job interviewers and employers.
Review of Springs Charter school, which offers a free public homeschool program serving San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial counties.
Education reform in America is focusing on bad teachers, teacher's unions and merit pay. But are teachers the main cause of educational failure in America?
You can quickly and easily create a fun and custom homeschool curriculum for your toddler by creating themes. Find a list of curriculum themes for your toddler.
This is a list of mystery and crime solving books for 4 to 10 year olds (preschoolers and elementary age kids).
It is easy to teach your baby or toddler to read and baby reading has many advantages. Learn ten (10) great reasons to teach your baby or toddler to read.
Finland's educational success is often used as a case against early learning. Is Finland successful because it delays school entry or are there demographic reasons for it's success.
Ten games for teaching introductory math and math facts using your iPad. Many of these games are also available for the iPhone.
Learn how to introduce young children to classic literature to help them enjoy it and continue to read classics throughout their lives. This article includes a list of recommended classic books for kids.
To improve your child's reading skills, you need to work on both decoding and building general knowledge. Find a list of knowledge building books for preschool and early elementary school students.
Tips to help your child quickly and easily memorize addition math facts.
This is a list of educational chapter books for 4 to 10 years olds that cover science, vocabulary, history, geography and biography.
Your baby or toddler can learn to read easily and without pressure. Learn how to teach your baby or toddler to read.
List of fun learning websites for math, reading, phonics, foreign languages and others subjects.
These are some simple and fun ways to teach basic multiplication and division to preschoolers and kindergarten-age kids.
Improving kids writing skills doesn't have to be an exercise in frustration. There are many ways to make writing fun and incorporate it into day-to-day activities.
Ant extermination can be done without spraying chemicals and pesticides inside and outside the home. Find natural ways to get rid of ants.
You can use a free tool like Google Analytics to determine if your website is successfully attracting and keeping visitors.
How to teach the theory of evolution to kids. Includes Evolution videos, games and activities for kids as well as teaching resources for teachers and homeschoolers.
Sensationalistic stories about science in the mainstream media is creating a lot of confusion and misunderstanding among the general public.
Thomas Malthus' prediction that population would far exceed food production and lead to mass starvation hasn't come true. But this may become a reality as the Earth's population rapidly increases while the pace of food production is slowing.
It's commonly known that homeschoolers score higher on standardized tests than public school students and outperform other students in spelling bees and other academic contests.
The US should adopt graduation exams, similar to other countries, to improve education and student accountability.
What to do if a library loses a book you returned and how to prevent a loss from occurring.
Teach yourself how to conjugate Bengali verbs by learning some simple rules. Learn Bengali verb conjugation.