If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and you’re not already playing Letterpress, you have to give it a try. This is easily my favorite game.

Basically, you and one other person play on a board of 25 letter tiles. All tiles are worth one point. Words are made by tapping the letters. Words cannot be prefixes of already played words (e.g. if I play “horseradish”, you can’t then play “horse” — but you could play “radish”).

When you play a word, the tiles become your color. If you use a tile and surround all its sides, that tile becomes protected, mean I can use it, but don’t get points from it. The game is over when all tiles have been used, and whomever has the most tiles in their color wins.

Here’s an example of how a Letterpress game plays out.

Remember how the Fresh Prince was chillin’ out when a couple of guys starting making trouble, and how it led to him moving to Bel Air? Well, Facebook and Instagram are the two hoodlums, and here I am, the Fresh Prince, moving out to a pricier part of the internet.

I decided to discontinue posting on Facebook and Instagram because these two services basically use your information to deliver advertising. They use everything from when you were born to where you go (oh, and your smartphone is super helpful in giving them that information). This doesn’t change because of your privacy settings; privacy settings just deal with how others may interact with you.

My solution? A personal website built on Squarespace, plus a Flickr Pro account. By paying for these services, I retain the control over my information and content, instead of selling myself to get a free Facebook and Instagram profile. A bonus? Personal websites never go out of style; social networks do.

I just read about this product called Popslate. It was funded on Indiegogo. It is an iPhone 5 case with a 4-inch e-ink screen. Theoretically, it could display notifications from various services in black and white (perhaps with IFTTT as a go-between). The product is expected to sell for $99. This is a really interesting concept when it comes to reading and conserving power, though I’m not sure how else. Check out the video below.

Twenty-two public schools in Philadelphia now have new vending machines that dispense condoms. But I wonder, have these schools also removed sodas and junk snacks from vending machines? If so, are they not saying that high school students are incapable of making healthy food choices, but capable of taking the responsibility of a family on? No one should be so naive as to think that condoms completely prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.