4 Reasons Not to Use Traditional Textbooks

Isaac has written another article for Live the Adventure Letter, this time talking about the weaknesses of relying on traditional textbooks in your homeschooling.  Both Isaac and I were homeschooled, and our parents used a smattering of different real books, not just prepackaged curriculum,  to customize our education to each of us.  Read his article, 4 Reasons Not to Use Traditional Textbooks, to find out more.

Smart Cruise Control

Self-driving cars are supposed to be the Next Big Thing(tm). Audi, Google, and Tesla have all exhibited and demonstrated vehicles with very impressive autonomous ability. The legal framework for self-driving cars is probably lagging behind the technological frameworks at this point.

At the moment, Tesla’s autopilot is legally limited to the car bringing itself to your front door in the morning, and a very adaptive cruise control that uses radar to detect other cars and cameras to read the speed limit off of road signs when controlling the throttle. It’s a complicated thing to implement, and it’s actually more than I want. I propose a simpler “smart cruise control.”

In essence, I’d like to have cruise control that takes RPM and MPG into account when setting the MPH. I don’t mind braking around other vehicles or keeping an eye open for speed limit signs, but I do get annoyed when cruise control suddenly downshifts and redlines the engine on an uphill to avoid losing speed or jams on the engine braking on a slight downhill to avoid gaining speed. Small, gradual changes to speed are preferable to large, rapid changes to the throttle.

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