Historiann: Dad opens can of internet whoopa$$ on offensive Twitter jerks.
All Dads with daughters, take note.
Mother Jones: The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill.
This will make you livid.
Vox: These twins can teach us a lot about racial identity.
Heavenly, the miracles Mother Nature throws at unappreciating bigots.
Medium: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Baby Photos Online.
“Wait a minute. How is this possible? Seriously, is it even allowed? Aren’t we violating the privacy of these children and their families by commercializing these intimate family moments? We share your concern. In fact, this is precisely our point: By selling these mugs we’re violating people’s privacy in three ways ...”
Motionographer: Robert Rugan releases “Danny and The Wild Bunch”
Vimeo: Power/Rangers [NSFW].
Katee Sackhoff and a few others make a dark Power Rangers fan flick. I expect this is the new method for encouraging movie moguls to invest - high production has come way down in price.
WaPo: Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.
“A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free. ‘These are people who aren’t supposed to remember what it’s like to even smell books,’ [snip].” The danger of assumption.
Mashable: 11 Wesleyan students hospitalized after apparent Molly overdoses.
Molly often gets cut with compounds that ... compound .. the negative effects. It’s all an affair of the heart - you’ll go from feeling love for everything, into full cardiac arrest.
ThinkProgress: Oklahoma AP US History - Ten Commandments, 3 Speeches By Reagan?
2016, OK AP student: “I aced Bonzo!”
PC World: Mattel’s iconic View-Master becomes a VR headset.
“Starting this fall, Mattel will sell a virtual reality version of View-Master using the same software as Google Cardboard. Instead of sticking slide reels into the plastic frame, you’ll plop in an Android phone. Instead of seeing static images, you’ll use apps to explore virtual worlds.”
NY Daily News: Texas boy suspended after bringing ‘ring of power’ to school.
Time to move, before the kid gets stunted.
Guardian.UK: Research says iPads and smartphones may damage toddlers’ brains.
“These devices may replace the hands-on activities important for the development of sensorimotor and visual-motor skills, which are important for the learning and application of maths and science” Poking a screen doesn’t compare to sorting building blocks by size, I theorize.
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.”