"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."
I know a few of my great circlers here on +Google+ are big into third-party politics, and so I encourage all of you to please consider circling this page.
This is the brainchild of +Shon Sands who felt that the two-party system sold him a bill of goods and got tired of hearing that a vote in line with his conscience was a wasted vote.
Not he uses his (little) free time to spread information about candidates that are outside of the closed system of the Washington insiders, bought and sold to special interest and lobbying groups. Let's welcome him here and get +NoVoteWasted into the public consciousness.
But let nobody fool you. It is not painless for the child, and anyone who says otherwise is a liar. Abortion is not an excision of a featureless bunch of cells; it is infanticide. We have revived the practice of child sacrifice to the new deities of casual sex and convenience. We rationalize the reality of murder by altering our perspective of the nascent life through euphemisms like "fetus" or descriptions of "a clump of cells"...just like the Nazis convinced themselves that the people screaming as they were shot or gassed were "Untermenchen," subhuman, and therefore guiltlessly exterminated. No comment is appropriate.
Also, thanks to +Matthew Inman for making comics that are funny and tame enough to share. I've often wanted to share some of the Oatmeal's brilliance, but not the choice of vernacular. I tip my hat to you, sir.
So... let me get this straight. +Google released "Search Plus Your World" to an unprecedented amount of FUD, but Facebook releases a search to see what all your friends posted and like, and it's rainbows and unicorns?
Reshared text: Got a call from the credit union offering me 30 days of life insurance at no charge. Apparently I am allowed to try it and if I am not completely satisfied I am under no obligation. Me (being a troll): So how much does it cost after 30 days her: Depending on age and Health the policies start at 30 dollars a month and cap out at 45 me (still trolling): So worst case scenario 45 bucks a month and you guarantee that I don't die for the next 30 days. her: Yes sir me (super troll mode activated): so basically 45 dollars a month and you guarantee me immortality. Does it cap out at like 100 years, because obviously it'll take a lot more to keep me alive? her: wait what...(long pause as she thinks about what I asked) No sir we pay you money if you die life insurance. Me (dialing down the troll to keep her on the line): oh I thought you said life assurance. her: no sir no sir (laughing at me) I said life insurance. Me: so you'll pay me if I die, how much? her: 250,000.00 me: ooh that's nice I could do a lot with that her: yes sir...yes sir you could me: but what will I spend it on if I'm dead her: (long pause) well we would pay your wife Lauren Franks (10 years and they still have not changed her name.) me (knowing I don't have long before this unravels I can ask why would you pay her she didn't die?... or take the road less traveled switch up the conversation and see if I can get her to hang on) (Ninja troll activated): I don't know that seems like a big commitment. her: No sir, no commitment for 30 days. me (can't resist activating mega troll): Maybe not for you but I'd have to die to test it. How else I am going to be sure it works and tell you how satisfied I am? her: (silence this question actually has her thinking. I hear her turning pages in her script looking for answers) me: So what do the revival policies cost? her: (sounding momentarily grateful for the change of direction) Revival Policies sir? me: Yes, so that I can continue without consequence after testing your policy. her: I don't know sir...(really really really long pause) actually I'm not familiar with that and that's the kind of question my manager should answer. me: Okay...I'll wait Manager Greg (can barely contain his laughter, he's obviously been listening to this call): Hello Mr. Bollman me: yes sir Manager Greg: I just want to say well played sir. I wish I could high five you over the phone. You had everyone on the training call cracking up. me (instantly liking Greg): I do what I can. Manager Greg: This is an offer from the credit union would you be interested in such a policy. Me: I might. If you send me the details I'll look them over. Manager Greg: Will do sir you have blessed day. Call ends.
A flyer has made its way online that claims kids' imaginations have reached the point where they are "dangerously overactive causing injuries." The directors of the school feel this problem stems from kids re-enacting things from their favorite shows and movies, but make a point of specifying, "Wrestling, super hero play, and Monster games."
Obviously, someone is unclear on the concept of children. Or imagination. Or fun.
British actors have in the past become the playthings of US blockbusters—there were lots of bandwagon-jumpers who didn’t have the wit of, say, Alan Rickman in Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or Jeremy Irons in Die Hard with a Vengeance—but there’s no danger of that happening with Cumberbatch.
Reshared text: This is the most awesome GIF I've ever seen.
While "playing around," these folks figured a way to gather a census of the internet and map it in several interesting ways. To me, the most interesting is this animation showing internet usage from day to night. I use the word "awesome" because the amount of data and computing power involved is harder to comprehend than the size of our national debt.
Those interested in the technical details can read their paper, and those like me who just want to see a mind-boggling amount of data make a lot of pretty colors on a map can download the high-res visualizations at http://internetcensus2012.bitbucket.org/