PS Mag: They Steal Babies, Don’t They?
“Children were being shipped quickly into international adoption, being made available as young as a few days or months — which meant that there had been no effort whatsoever to help out the birth family, and no effort to place the child with extended family or community. Money, in other words, was distorting the system, vacuuming children out of Ethiopia for profit.” My italic emphasis. I call that kidnapping, at the very least.
Telegraph.UK: Neil Gaiman - Why Disney’s Sleeping Beauty doesn’t work.
“The point about Snow White is that you can keep fighting. The point about Snow White is that even when those who are meant to love you put you in an intolerable situation, you can run away, you can make friends, you can cope. And that message [he says with a smile of satisfaction] that even when all is at its darkest, you can think your way out of trouble – is huge.”
ThinkProgress: Cleveland Police Shoot And Kill 12-Year-Old Carrying A Fake Gun.
This was a problem even when I was a kid. I used to have a really realistic Luger cap-pistol in the ‘60’s - it could have been my one-way ticket to a dirt nap. Never let your kids out in public spaces with these damned things; especially now that the police are gearing up with military tech.
PBS/Frontline: New Report - Adam Lanza “Did Not Just ‘Snap’”.
“The authors describe a symbiotic relationship between mother and son, with Nancy going to excessive lengths to protect him from stress, which had the damaging effect of isolating him from the outside world. She treated him as a close confidant, but ‘that may have been well beyond his relatively immature emotional capacities.’” Alas I know of more than one tragedy of this kind. I’ll agree with the psychologists who say, “Suffer the little children to grow at their own pace.”
They need goals, don’t get me wrong. But we do them a disservice to ‘adultize’ them too soon. One can begin to accept them as ‘another adult’ and misperceive the actual abilities of the child, allowing them to get into situations where older and wiser heads are required to make safe choices.
Dazed: UK students graduate with even more debt than Americans.
“According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, students will graduate with an average of £44,035 of student debt. America’s class of 2014, on the other hand, will only graduate $33,000 in debt. ” Doesn’t seem so much until you convert Pounds to dollars [scratching on paper ... roughly] $68,900 or so. Double American students’ debt. Shame on you, Britain, for being taken in by capitalist shpiel.
TechDirt: Selling Fear - The First US School Installs A Shooting Detection System.
PU Press: The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm - The Complete First Edition.
All the original blood and guts, sans censorship. Should be great. I think I’ll put the hardcover on my Xmas list. One endorsement: “Hate, spite, love, magic, all self-evident, heartbreaking, delightful.”
ArtDaily: 1963 Officially licensed Batmobile, missing for decades, ready to roar.
Good Lordy, even restored it’ll bring a pretty penny.
ArtDaily: Original ink drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet to auction.
Have your Monets and Van Goghs; I’d pay a pretty penny for this. Iconic.
SciAm: Children’s Attention Deficit Linked to Air Pollution.
Adobe Education: The University of Texas at Austin Develops its First Course App.
“College students utilize mobile devices to consume all their digital content and they prefer apps to websites to access information, engage with their social networks and share their opinions.” Developers take note.
Youtube: Paddington – Official International Trailer #3.
Looks delightful. I didn’t even know it was in production. First I’ve heard of it.
FOX6: Toddler crawls his way into toy vending machine.
OpenCulture: Night on Bald Mountain: An Eery, Avant-Garde Pinscreen Animation.
What a difference seven years makes.
Vox: Marvel wants to give us the next Hunger Games.
Diving into the Young Adult book market headfirst. When the zombie books follow their lead, I suppose we need to change ‘penny dreadfuls’ to ‘dollar dreadfuls’?
Daily Kos: Germany offers free college tuition to U.S. and international students.
Wow. Totally great. And I was just cracking open a Goethe again - and preparing for the next Presidential season by reading Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Zeit für mich zu lernen Deutsch. Thanks, Craig.
Vox: ‘Grit’ might be more important than IQ. Now schools need to learn to teach it.
Telegraph.UK: Can’t get into highbrow novels? Ditch them, says Nick Hornby.
Books that mean nothing at certain ages can take on whole new life at different points in your life-cycle. I’ve said this for years. Most of what they tried to force-feed us in school took on different meaning once I had significant life experience under my belt. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try - if one is subtle enough to pick up the wisdom in the prose, one can have a leg up on life.
DesignYouTrust: Iris Grace, The Five-Year-Old Autistic Art Prodigy.
AndrewGelman: Are Ivy League schools overrated?
Um ... it’s more than just the good-old-boys network. Ivy League schools are tribal.
Vimeo: Destiny/Mars Opening Sequence.
Kinda fun. The ‘space M-16’ is kinda bizarre.
Wired: Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don’t Know What It Means.
I sort of disagree. Coding is nice and all. I find logic and problem-solving skills, disconnected from specific programming languages, are more important.
I’ve told the story of a group of my interns before [All from art or science/technical colleges]. I asked them to create a soft-edge circle mask for use in a video project. Then I went to a meeting for four hours. After, I walked down to find all three banging their heads against the monitor trying to do it with the primitive software we had at the time. They said, in a group, that “It is impossible.” Disgusted, I sat down at one of the workstations, turned on the video camera we used as a scanning device, put a piece of white paper down, threw a lens cap on it, pulled the lens out of focus, and took a scan. I then cut out the black portion of the image, reversed the colors, and I had a perfect soft-edge circle mask to use in an alpha channel. Took me two minutes. It was a valuable lesson for the interns - “don’t just think inside the box.” Coding and coding languages can be just as restrictive a box.
Analog thinking dovetails beautifully with digital literacy. Don’t forget it.
Cool Tools: Learning Tower Kids Step Stool.
This is a totally neato idea.
The Rumpus/book review: Flight 232.
“When the aircraft hit, it hit hard, and those unsecured babies and toddlers were thrown all over the cabin. Few of these lap children made it out alive. It would be a wonderful observance of the anniversary of the crash if the FAA would require all passengers to have seats, and would protect people without discrimination based on age.”
NY Mag/Science of Us: Your Fondest Childhood Memory May Not Be Real.
“It’s good in that it’s really useless to have a literal playback of what happened in the past — there’s too much trivial detail that we don’t need. We just need the main, relevant points to make better decisions in the future. It’s bad in that it leaves us open to mis-remember or to confabulate our memories, to mix them up.” Makes ‘now’ even more precious.