MessyNessy: The Travelling Troupe of Giant Marionnettes.
What will they do next? It’s all wonderful.
c|net: Emma Watson to play bookish Belle in live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Not at all who I pictured for the role. Too WASP-ish, too skinny. And where’s the chestnut-brown hair? I understand the ‘bookishness’ choice, but ... meh.
DesignYouTrust: Robi, the Humanoid Robot.
You build it over the course of 70 magazine issues. Does anyone have that kind of patience anymore?
Mondo: The Iron Giant Deluxe Figure Pre-Sale Info!
Just the thing for an office. (if you loved the movie)
WaPo: Parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone.
Good lord. This is just unacceptable. Kids need to be able to roam on their own, to learn, to become self-reliant. I walked myself to and from school in *kindergarten*. Five years old. Not even a half mile. This was my route. Down the main drag of Nassau Street. Crossed populous secondary roads, with and without crossing guards.
As a culture, we continue to see children as victims, instead of survivors. We’ve lost the thread.
ITintheD: What Taking My Daughter to a Comic Book Store Taught Me.
“‘All their ...’ ... and her voice dropped to a whisper ... ‘boobies are hanging out, Dad. These can’t be for kids, and comic books are for kids, and kids aren’t supposed to see that. That Wonder Woman looks like she’s in a video, and I don’t know who that is, but it’s not Harley Quinn. Harley Quinn wears clothes.’” Wisdom from unexpected sources.
Italian Ways: The Lamborghini 350 GTV - beauty born out of a quarrel.
I remember this car. Didn’t Corgi make a model of it, once upon a time? Nice.
Medium: A Teenager’s View on Social Media.
Boston Globe Book review: ‘Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography’.
A high school acquaintance wrote a fine review.
Stanford: Stanford psychologists show that altruism is not simply innate.
PS Mag: Murder! Mayhem! And That’s Just the Cartoons!
“Specifically, the main characters in the top-grossing cartoons were 2.5 times as likely to die as their counterparts in adult-themed dramas.” Every puff of smoke or dust in the desert, some part of me thinks Wile E. Coyote’s bought the farm (almost) again.
BBC: A Point of View - The strangely enduring power of kitsch.
“At Christmas we are surrounded by kitsch - worn out cliches, which have lost their innocence without achieving wisdom. ” Quote of the season, that.
Chronicle of Higher Ed: Payback’s a Bitch.
“Most other industrialized countries offer free college enrollment because it is an investment in their future, and, in some cases, because it is considered a basic citizenly right. [snip] In the United States, we have turned this essential social good into the cruellest of debt traps.”
MobyLives: The last word on the Suzuki/O’Connor music book debate.
“What kind of bagels do you want me to bake for Christmas? Anything but cinnamon raisin.” The rest is informative if you are contemplating Suzuki training for your wee ones.
Italian Ways: Pinocchio and uncle Attilio’s murals.
Guardian.UK: Kyung Wha Chung - ‘I have always welcomed children to my concerts’.
“The concert hall and the theatre are probably the last havens of peace; places in which it is still expected that audiences can sit, absorb, think and contemplate without interruption. These periods of concentration are necessarily lengthy, and increasingly rare in the modern world.” The artist speaks. Previously.
BBC: Renowned violinist berates coughing child.
We could judge of this better if we knew the age of the child. There are some things you just don’t bring a kid to, out of respect for the performance. Hey, if you want to bring a newborn to a Led Zeppelin reunion, have at it (not wise, but its your call) ... noone would notice. In a violin soloist performance - not so wise.
I lean on the side of the performers. It should be their call.
Diane Ravitch Blog: How to Analyze False Claims about Charter Schools.
“An op-ed by Congressman Danny Davis noted that the Noble Network suspends 51% of its students at least once during a school year. This includes suspending 88% of the African American students who attend its schools. It might be hard to understand why a school would want to suspend so many of its students … until you realize that this encourages students to leave. And it specifically encourages the more challenging students, the ones most likely to bring down test scores and college graduation rates, to depart.” Flagged as an important read. Go. Now.
CJR: The Texas school board isn’t as powerful as you think.
“‘They [dm! note: speaking about journalists] — how should I say this — they don’t look at the story real closely.’ If they did, they would see that Texas schools do not have to use the textbooks that the board approves. In 2011, a new state law made it possible for school districts to use textbooks that are not on the board-approved list. Many (though not most) districts are already reveling in their newfound flexibility.” I suspected, given the rise of e-texts and other modernizing/computerizing influences, that Texas was ripe for disruption.
Extra good point about certain political groups fanning the flames to increase donations.
The Eloquent Peasant: Oldest papyri ever discovered document the process of pyramid building.
“A timetable written up in two columns records the transportation of fine limestone blocks from quarries at the site of Tura to Giza, where they were used for the outer casing of the pyramid. It took four days, using the Nile and connecting canals, to transport the blocks about 10km to the pyramid construction site, which was called the ‘Horizon of Khufu’. The logbook documents these activities for a period of more than three months.” FANTASTIC FIND. Show this one to your kids, before the ‘aliens built it’ meme enters their circle of learning.
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.