"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."
Jokes that Apple's new Mac Pro looked a bit like a trash can began almost as soon as the computer was announced, but one person has taken the joke to its logical extreme: he has built a "Hackintosh" out of standard PC components and stuffed all of them in a bathroom trashcan with more than a passing resemblance to the actual Mac Pro.
The biggest complaint I'm hearing for the FB Faithful about the lacking features in +Google+, is lack of "groups."
This is a feature that was a great part of FriendFeed that was brought over to FB in the acquisition. Ironically, G+ has done FriendFeed better than FriendFeed did, with a few exceptions, while providing better support for many other features.
However, even with the "circles" setup, topic-specific conversations are not easily or intuitively handled for those who often post publicly. To wit, the presence of a "groups" type of architecture is sorely lacking in the +Google+ ecosystem.
I don't like complaining about this great free service, and I hate being a typical whiny EU, but I can't help but think that this feature would continue to increase the usability and market share of this service.
“Where morality comes from is a really hard problem,” says Alison Gopnik, a developmental psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley. “There isn’t a moral module that is there innately. But the elements that underpin morality—altruism, sympathy for others, the understanding of other people’s goals—are in place much earlier than we thought, and clearly in place before children turn 2.”
Thanks to +Jack Cain for alerting me to this article. Very interesting.
Went and saw Iron Man 3 last night with my bebbeh.
Definitely a worthy addition to the series. Better than the second offering (which I liked), and a great work for Shane Black to bring him back from the 80's. Both Ben Kinsley and Guy Pierce were stellar, and RDJ is Tony Stark.
“(B)irth control is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defective.” - Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood
But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
+Amanda Stephens is a staunch Atheist. She and I disagree on a whole host of issues, not the least of which is the existence of God (or His character for that matter). Why do I bring that up? Because it is the root of a lot of our interaction. From one standpoint, we might seem like we are on opposite teams.
But I love Amanda. She has been honest, forthright, sharp, and understanding when we discuss our drastic differences in viewpoint on life. I respect her as a human being who is dedicated to honesty in the ways that she sees as ethically important.
I just found out that Amanda is sick. +Ryan Adams gave me the "low-down" on what's going on with her. Amanda has never brought it up. I am going to contribute to her needs, and I'm going to ask if you will consider doing the same. We can be her neighbors if we choose.
Warning to all those who have circled me: When it comes to my own threads, I AM THE 1%. I will delete or report the snot out of responses or users that are intentionally rude, inflammatory or disrespectful toward another user. Don't like it? You can #occupy my "blocked" circle.
I'm no Mac hater (I don't use them and am not a fan of their ethic, but support others who do), but in regards to the New Mac Pro, didn't someone ask the head honchos somewhere along the way, "Doesn't that kinda look like a trash can?"
RESHARE: Not only does this demonstrate a ridiculous and frightening misunderstanding of what "church" means, it also uses every conceivable wrong reason as a draw to assemble.
Not only is the church not the building, nor is the purpose for lame attempts at second-rate entertainment, but the assembly is for people who are already faithful disciples. IF a visitor attends the assembly (out of curiosity or invitation), then what they are seeking is, hopefully, truth. If they only want a social club, political action committee or an entertainment opportunity, there are many that are better suited than the assembly of the Lord's body.
Indeed, if this is what is peddled as the purpose and activities of the church, then they likely left for good reasons.
Reshared text: And now we know why they left. Tawdry.
I'm not a Mormon, nor do I share many of the Mormon beliefs, but we agree on a few issues. One of those is concerning homosexuality and the harm that it does to God's plan for familial relationships. Ironically, I have the same views on divorce, but no one seems to think that is worth being upset about.
I said all that to say this; if you choose not to see (or read for that matter) +Ender's Game because of the beliefs that +Orson Scott Card holds, that is your choice. But consistency will demand that you also choose not to consume media from many, MANY other writers, directors, producers, and artists.
My point is that it would be foolish to choose only one creator to boycott when he is hardly the most influential or vocal proponent of an idea with which you disagree. Don't buy into mob mentality. Think it through. Put down the pitchforks. </rant>
Not that you should EVER listen to me for dating advice, given my history, but there is a disturbing trend in young men that needs to stop. So, listen up. Even if it comes from me.
Young men: If you are romantically interested in a girl, then do her the kindness of letting her know.
You might think you are keeping the awkward situation of her knowing your intentions at bay, but you're not. You're making her uneasy because she doesn't know where you stand.
You might think you can charm her by being "just friends" first, but you won't. There is nothing charming about being afraid to tell the truth.
You might think you're respecting her by not being too forward, but you aren't. You're showing her that you don't trust her enough to be appraised of your motivations.
You might think that she'll reject you and keep you in "the friendzone," but guess what... You're already there. The only way to get out is to tell the truth and deal with the consequences.
If you can't gather up the intestinal fortitude to tell a young lady that you're interested, then you'll never be able to be the kind of man she is looking for. Either she 1) wants you to make the first move, 2) wants things to stay where they are or 3) will have already made the first move by being honest with you.
If you really like this girl, then really own up to it.
(This post rant has been checked for accuracy by my wife.)
"American Reality Check: If Adam Lanza had a medical license in the U.S. he could have killed 20 'innocent children' in one day in the womb of their mothers without a tear shed by the president, any outcry from government officials or media, and without any hype on social media. There is a lot of mourning to do, not just for 'innocents lost,' but for the 'morality lost' in our modern day American hypocrisy. (sarcasm alert) It's okay to kill innocent kids in America, just make sure you have a medical license... and parental consent."