Best Links of the Week

The best stuff from all around the web.

Stop dorking around on your phone. Mastering boredom can boost productivity, enhance creativity and more.

The fascinating, true story of Festivus.

From the New York Times, Muslim parents discuss how they navigate talking to their children about hatred and extremism. (And here is a great collection of Muslim kids’ books which should be part of any child’s library.)

Use Common Sense Media’s age-by-age guide to Star Wars movies, apps, games and TV shows to find which are appropriate for your young fans.

Kids should play without adults getting in their way. It’s training for the real world.

A thought provoking essay on what we can and can’t teach our children about racial identity.

Feeling uninspired? Here are 5 great ways to reignite your creativity just in time for 2016.

How different can people live in identical apartments? These 10 photos from an apartment block in Bucharest are fascinating.

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and the cast of Star Wars kill an a cappella tribute to The Force Awakens. (In case you’re one of the 3 people who haven’t seen it yet.)

Catch up on the top internet stories of 2015 on this episode of Note to Self featuring Caitlin Dewey, the Digital Culture Critic at the Washington Post.

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View from the Parent Co. fire escape. Not too shabby.