Google Introduces New Kid-Friendly Search with

The internet can be an incredibly helpful resource for homeschooling parents.  it can also be a very dangerous and scary place for children. Many concerned parents worry about what their kids might be able to accidentally read, see and hear while searching the internet.  In order to help with this, Google has created a new kid-safe web search site just for children. They are calling it Kiddle.  Like the search engine page, kids can use to search for WebImagesNews and Video content.  All of the results are filtered to prevent inappropriate content from being displayed.

Here are some of the other features and benefits that parents and kids may enjoy:

1) Safe search: sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements, as we filter sites with explicit or deceptive content. – Kid safe search by Google

2) Kids-oriented results: the boxes below illustrate how Kiddle returns results for each query (in the order shown):

+ Safe sites and pages written specifically for kids. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors. Typically, results 1-3.

Since Kiddle results are either handpicked and checked by our editors or filtered by Google safe search, you know you get kid-oriented results without any explicit content. In case some bad words are present in a search query, our guard robot will block the search.

+ Safe, trusted sites that are not written specifically for kids, but have content written in a simple way, easy for kids to understand. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors. Typically, results 4-7.

+ Safe, famous sites that are written for adults, providing expert content, but are harder for kids to understand. Filtered by Google safe search. Typically, results 8 onwards.

3) Big thumbnails: most Kiddle search results are illustrated with big thumbnails, which makes it easier to scan the results, differentiate between them, and click the most appropriate results to your query. Thumbnails serve as visual clues and are especially beneficial to kids as they don’t read as fast as adults.

4) Large Arial font in Kiddle search results provides better readability for kids.

5) Privacy: we don’t collect any personally identifiable information, and our logs are deleted every 24 hours. You can rewad the Kiddle privacy policy here.

You can also help to improve the safety of search results by submitting sites or unsafe keywords.

Have you tried Kiddle? If so, what do you think?

How To Replace a Cartridge Assembly for a Delta Monitor 1700 Series Shower Faucet

I began this project looking equally befuddled and ill-equipped.

I do not possess plumbing repair skills.  I also usually don’t possess the extra cash required at those inopportune times when bathroom or kitchen fixtures inconveniently leak, stop working or just get broken. So when our master bathroom shower temperature control  knob broke off and needed to be replaced, I decided to roll up my sleeves and figure out how to fix it and save a few bucks.  At the time, I had no idea what that work entailed.  Now I do.

Thanks to the wisdom of those who have shared their collective plumbing knowledge and experiences on the internet, I was able to perform the repairs myself without having to call in a plumber. Granted, the fix didn’t happen quickly, but the job got done!  I didn’t spend a ton of cash either.  Win, win!  Successful DIY projects can be such a great feeling.

Anyway, after thinking back on all the time that I spent researching the process and ordering all of the parts (which couldn’t find at my local Home Depot), I decided to compile many of the links and videos that I used to learn and get the job done.  I’m doing this for two reasons.  First, I want to extol the knowledge and efforts of the folks who wrote those articles and produced the helpful videos. Second, I want to “pay it forward” and make the task easier for the person who stumbles upon our humble blog trying to resolve a similar issue. People helping people – it’s a beautiful thing.

Delta Model # RP28595 Temperture Knob & Cover

The first thing I had to do was assess the level of damage.  As I mentioned, the a control knob had snapped off.  Considering that the shower fixture was nearly 15 years old and made mostly of plastic, I guess it was bound to happen.  At first I thought it was simply the cosmetic cover that had snapped off.  Had that been the case, it would have been very easy to replace.

Unfortunately, there was another issue that was slightly worse.  You see, the screw that held that portion of the handle on to the rest of the faucet assembly had snapped off a portion of the shaft leading into the cartridge assembly.  See animated diagram nearby.  Once I learned that, I knew I had a much bigger job to do.  I hope the rest of this article and the accompanying videos will be able to help you.

Overview of the faucet components.

I took to the internet to learn all I could about my Delta 1700 Series shower faucet and how to replace the cartridge assembly in my shower.  For those of you that don’t know, the cartridge assembly is perhaps the most important part of the faucet.  It is the mechanism that allows you to control water flow and temperature.

The first set of 2 videos below were extremely helpful in learning how to replace the cartridge.  I don’t think I could have done the work without them.  Thank you YouTube user “Loveher The Cute Pug Dog Puppy“, whoever you are!  These videos were lifesavers.



While only 3 minutes and 50 seconds long, this next video by YouTuber “Kenneth Iori” is very well-made and offers a concise step-by-step visual representation of the whole cartridge replacement process.  I found it to be a great way to figure out what needs to be done in a short amount of time.

During the process of my repair, I ran into the same frustrating issue as “FreddysRockin“.  The bonnet nut connected to the behind-the-wall plumbing pipes was stuck tight.  I wish I’d have seen this realistic video before wasting time trying to remove the bonnet nut using chemicals* and brute force.  I ended up having to cut mine off with a little help from a mini hack saw and a Dremel 7700 Multipro using a metal grinding wheel.  If your faucet has been in place for a while, there’s a good chance your bonnet nut threads are gunked up with mineral deposits as well.

* Some sites suggested using applying vinegar or CLR around the bonnet nut to dissolve the mineral deposits in the threads and make the removal easier.  Neither worked for me.  Your results may very.


Lastly, Delta Faucet has a great set of professional videos available on YouTube that will cover nearly type of repair.  This first one specifically covers cartridge replacements for their various types of shower faucet models.

I also found Delta’s video on adjusting the rotational limit stop – something I didn’t know existed! – to be very informative as well. Check it out.


I have to admit that this repair process took a long while for me.  In retrospect, I was embarrassingly ill-equipped to tackle this job on my own.  I arrogantly assumed I could knock it out in a short while without much research or effort.  How wrong I was.  I now have a much greater appreciation for plumbers and other skilled tradesman and the work that they do each and every day.


Cool New Music Video Filmed in Zero Gravity

Ok, this is too cool not to share. The band Ok Go has just released a new music video on Facebook for their song, Upside Down & Inside Out. This video was filmed in a zero gravity environment. Yes, zero gravity. Even if you don’t like the music, you’ve got to appeciate the work that went into this one. Enjoy!

How To Set Up Night Shift in iOS 9.3

Did you know that Apple wants you to get a better night of sleep?

If you have a habit of reading your phone at night before bed (and who doesn’t?), you may not be getting the best sleep you possibly can. Why? Apparently the light emitted from your phone can actually disrupt your sleep patterns. More specifically, the blue spectrum coming from your iPhone or iPad has been shown (see here and here) to knock your circadian rhythmn out of whack and disrupt your sleep patterns by keeping you awake when you should be falling asleep. Over time, these consistently poor sleep patterns can have a negative effect on your health.

There are two ways to solve this problem.  First, you could put the phone down hours before bed and not worry about it, OR, second, you can use the nifty new feature Apple has introduced in iOS release 9.3.  They’re calling this new feature “Night Shift“*.  Using this new option, you can reduce the level of blue light emitted from your phone all the time or during scheduled times of the day.  The resulting “warmer” light is supposed to help keep your circadian rhythm intact and give you a better night of rest.

Night Shift Option in Settings in iOS 9.3

Here’s how to access this feature.

iOS Settings Icon(1) On your iPhone or iPad, open the “Settings” application.  This is the icon with gears on it.

(2) Within “Settings”, look for the “Display & Brightness” option and select it with a tap.

(3)  In that next screen, look for the “Night Shift” option in the list of available selections and choose it.

(4)  From there, you have two choices. You can choose to turn “Night Shift” on or off manually by toggling the switch found to the right of the “Manual” option OR

(5) You can toggle the switch next to the “Scheduled” label and pick the start and end times for the feature to be automatically turned on and off each day. Choose a start time (“From”) that precedes the time you normally go to bed by at least an hour and then choose an end time (“To”) that coincides with the time when you normally wake.

(6) You can also optionally adjust the “Color Temperature” (Cooler = more blue light; Warmer = less blue light) by moving the “Color Temperature” slider to the left or right to suit your preference.

If you want to skip going into the “Settings” application to turn on “Night Shift”, you can also toggle it in the “Control Center” that is accessible when you swipe up from the bottom of any screen.  See images below.  The Night Shift icon is the one that looks like an eye.

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That’s it!  You’re now an experienced “Night Shift” user in iOS 9.3.  May your slumber be peaceful and uninterrupted by that nasty blue light.

* I find this name a little odd.  Are you supposed to sleep if you’re working the night shift?  I would think keeping awake would be the goal.  Anyway, I digress…