Me Hulk. Me bust yo’ scanner ...
NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:
Take This Internship and Shove It. The interns I used in Manhattan were usually thrilled I was actually using their talents for production, rather than appointing them retrievers of coffee, donuts and pizza (which was a common occurrence, apparently). This article makes a decent case, though it could be stronger. I wonder what skills the interns gain from internships, nowadays. My interns learned a proprietary system that was to go out of production in a few years; only the general knowledge of how to craft presentations would have been transferrable towards their futures ... and PowerPoint destroyed much of that craft. Not being clairvoyant, I feel my interns got a bad deal.
“PowerPramming.” In the local area, I notice the predominance of fathers dragging kid-trailers behind their bikes at workout intensity. Moms seem to slowly wheel their strollers, cellphones jammed in their ears. Not a judgment, just observation ...
Mothers to media: Lay off Britney. Are mothers always right? No. No more than fathers. So, what about the kid?
I’m afraid I’m not a member of the Union of Sacred Motherhood; I’m a member of the Union of Sacred Childhood. Kids get lost in the worship of mother too often in our modern new-age culture. For a dash of cold water on ‘motherhood’, read Harry Harlow’s research, sometime. Some mothers embrace motherhood completely, some choose to be food-sources only. Some deny both, with no ill effects to the child. Fathers can easily fill the nurturer role, siblings can be food-sources. Newborns make dynamic, growing connections based on proximity, frequency, warmth, softness .. interaction. Primary caregiver (whether mother, father, family, nanny, whoever) receives the lion’s share of the child’s attention and responsiveness. It’s all ‘natural’, it’s all ‘sacred.’
So back to Britney. I hope the kid has got good rubbery bones for a long period of time. How many other celebrity mothers have been so frequently reported committing such acts? I can’t recall any. And the paparrazi have been flocking around other celebrity mothers, too, of late.
“The $69 billion tax cut bill that President Bush signed this week tripled tax rates for teenagers with college savings funds, despite Mr. Bush’s 1999 pledge to veto any tax increase.” Not a man of his word. You know my sentiments on this one ... barriers to education should be as low as possible. Via 2020hindsight.
SF New Mexican:
Right-hand mom. “Mentor Moms began about 11 years ago in Santa Fe. The group boasts that nearly all teenage mothers who enter the program do not become pregnant a second time.” The harridans protesting at abortion clinics should be working for groups such as this, instead.
Ms Rowling complains of a lack of paper, fans supply reams.
London Review of Books:
Reviews of two books on autism.
Related: US survey shows autism very common.
Drink companies pulling sodas out of schools. We’ve talked about this extensively in the past, and it seems commonsense finally wins out.
The saga of “The Bookman”: Irwin Herman rounds them up and gives them away - 8 million and counting.
SF New Mexican:
Richardson fields student questions on hot topic. “The decision to have Richardson guest teach came from the governor, not the school, McIntyre said, ‘The edict came down,’ she said. But after the class, McIntyre applauded the effort.” Still, it allowed for seemingly unguarded moments for truth to be revealed.
SUV’s “school hazard.” Parents tend to zoom after their own kids, using their vehicles to nudge pedestrians out of the way at our local elementary school.
Are germs good for children’s health? “What is the house of Eorl but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek, and their brats roll on the floor among the dogs?” Perhaps that’s why they overcame your minions, Saruman ...
This is bound to start some controversy: Design software weakens classic drawing skills. “Computer graphics allow artists to move briskly.” And pencils do not?
Working girls, broken society. “Today there is a very strong inverse relationship between education and childbearing. Last time around there was not.”
NY Times Science:
Scans Show Different Growth for Intelligent Brains. Apparently you don’t want to be ‘thick’ to early ...
Underage sex ‘link’ to media. “The researchers said the media may serve as a kind of ‘sexual super peer’ for teenagers seeking information about sex.” I can see that. When I was a teen in the ‘70’s, “I Dream of Jeannie” didn’t give any useful information, just excellent aesthetics. “The Brady Bunch”? Er, no. We traded rumors on the street corner, trying to figure out what went on ... giving more credence to our older peers, assuming more ‘experience.’ Laughably, that turned out to be a big mistake, more than once. Today, the mistake seems to be in not showing safe sex practices.