You probably heard a couple weeks ago that SpaceX CEO and boy genius, Elon Musk, promised Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister via twitter that he would help the government connect to SpaceX’s satellite-based internet network by sending Starlink terminals into the war zone. And much to nobody’s surprise, Musk appears to have delivered. Just 10 hours later, the SpaceX CEO confirmed that Starlink had been activated and two days later the first truck full of terminals needed to receive the internet signal arrived in Ukraine.
Since arriving, there have been a few bumps: it’s still unclear how many Starlink terminals have been activated in Ukraine, and Musk warns some have apparently become a potential target for Russian cyber hackers. But nonetheless, knowing we can immediately deliver internet access to vulnerable people that need it most is a feat for humankind. It also doesn’t hurt to have the public support of the richest man in the world only a tweet away.
Preventing Pain at the Pump
For all my gas vehicle drivers out there, I do not envy you right now. Most drivers in the country are being hit hard by historically high gas prices – in my city of Los Angeles particularly, residents are shelling out more than $5.50 a gallon on average at the pump. I even spotted a gas station advertising a womping $6.95, for a gallon of regular unleaded.
Along with driving your own car, renting a car is now more expensive than it ever has been. Since the pandemic, renting a car has gone up from about $50 a day, to now $100 and sometimes $150, depending on the car you need.
If despite all this, you still need a car, whether for a vacation, business travel, or something else, check out Turo. It’s like Airbnb for cars: people put their cars on the app, at a rate they set, and you search until you find a price, size, and model that fits your needs, and is available in over 5,500 cities throughout the U.S.
But the real appeal? Unlike the rental companies that tack on tons of fees, many cars on Turo start in the low twenties per day, with upfront pricing. Not only that, but you’ll find many of the affordable options are even hybrid or electric models that normally rental companies would charge extra for. Or be like me, and spring for the Tesla you’ve always wanted to tryout. Take that, gas prices!
Morning Routine Tips – by the Millennial Moment
We’ve talked a lot about the importance of winding down and sleep in this newsletter, but not much about waking up. How you start each morning has a huge impact — positively or negatively — on the rest of your day. By practicing a healthy morning routine, you can increase your productivity, decrease stress, boost happiness and more. As she is a spry and young millennial who loves hacking all aspects of day-to-day life, I asked my daughter Hannah, Archway Computer’s digital marketing specialist, what her generation does to start their day on the right foot.
Sunrise Alarm Clock: I spend so much of my time, both personally and for work, on my cell phone, so recently I’ve been taking steps to create some boundaries between myself and my iPhone. One way I’ve accomplished this is to eliminate any phone-use in my room one hour before bed, and one hour upon waking up, by keeping my device in another room during that time.
But without my anxiety-provoking iPhone morning alarm, I had to go old-school. This digital alarm clock offers 7 natural sounds and gradually brightens to gently wake you up, allowing me to wake up in a way that feels peaceful and natural, rather than from the aggressive chiming of the traditional iPhone alarm. Along with tons of other settings, I feel like this product has not only improved my sleep cycle, but is also allowing me to wake up more naturally energized.
Celsius Energy Drink – Don’t get me wrong, I love my coffee. But some days you need a little more buzz, whether for an early morning workout, or something easy to drink on the go. Meet Celsius: the coolest energy drink on the block. Celsius gives me an extra boost in the morning without the extra sugars or additives you find in so many energy drinks. It tastes similar to a La Croix, and offers the benefits of Vitamins B, C, and ingredients like green tea extract and ginger root which boost metabolism, energy, and help digestion. Purchase them at your local convenience store, or try this variety pack on Amazon.
The Last Word
With so much news happening in the world right now, I just wanted to thank you all for taking the time to read the newsletter. I hope I’m continuing to provide value to your inbox, whether that be in the form of interesting articles, cool gadgets, or general geekiness. With that said, thank you again for your continued support, and I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!