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FEMA Removes 9/11 Coloring Book For Children From Website

ObiWonKanblomi The coloring book is late wrt relevancy (324 comments)

It's been over 7 years since 9/11, so I'm not sure how relevant painting burning towers now would be for a kid who probably wasn't born yet.

For those who say history shouldn't be covered up, that's true, but this isn't a history book. It's a coloring book aimed toward coping with disaster.

more than 5 years ago

Battlestar Galactica Hosted At the UN

ObiWonKanblomi Re:I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV (252 comments)

I know it's not directly tied to your post, but your words immediately got me thinking about Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who is the chief medical correspondent on CNN and was a nominee for US Surgeon General. He's a very well-spoken professional and is not shy about sharing his opinions on medical issues such as universal coverage and embryonic cell research.

more than 5 years ago

I saw Watchmen, and I thought ...

ObiWonKanblomi Most of the soundtrack felt forced esp. the timing (523 comments)

Disclaimer: I'm only talking about the 1980s songs, so don't direct your comments about classical music to me.

I think 99 luftballoons was an acceptable song to use in the movie, but it was forced. It was played as a dinner date was about to start. I don't recall the scene right before it, but the song would have been a little better timed and much more appropriate if it was played as a scene with Nixon and the generals was ending.

Most of the 80s songs were decent picks, but the only scene which was decently timed was when the elevator version of "Everybody wants to rule the world" was played.

I think the parent is right that the songs were good choices to pair up with the movie, but with the specific scenes, it was half assed.

more than 5 years ago

Please No, Not a Blade Runner Sequel

ObiWonKanblomi Re:I've got a better idea (585 comments)

Who knows, you may actually produce the next Memento, Reservoir Dogs, or Slumdog Millionaire.

I hate to punch another hole in your comment, but it looks like even Slumdog Millionare is an adaptation of a book called Q and A.

more than 5 years ago

New Google Favicon Deja Vu All Over Again?

ObiWonKanblomi Re:I'm not really seeing the similarity (227 comments)

The summary is so patently ridiculous that I really have to wonder if it was submitted as a joke or is an attempt to troll Slashdot.

You just had to say "patently" in the context of this thread didn't you?

PS - to you smartasses, yes I know there's a difference between trademarks, copyrights, patents, etc.

about 6 years ago

The Scope of US E-Waste

ObiWonKanblomi Doesn't the recycled stuff still end up in a dump? (249 comments)

It seems "recycling" is a gimmick is at best delaying the inevitable. So once Bob in Africa can no longer the old Motorola I donated to some freecycling group, he's going to throw it away. How does this really help the environment aside from making the original donator know he's not going to be the one directly throwing the phone away?

Even if we tried to recycle the plastic (as in melt it down or whatever), wouldn't that cause worse emissions?

about 6 years ago

Chandrayaan Maps Apollo Missions

ObiWonKanblomi Mod Parent up -- Good catch! (86 comments)

Apollo 11, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins
Apollo 12, 1969, Charles (Pete) Conrad, , Alan Bean, Richard Francis Gordon
Apollo 14, 1971, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, Stuart Roosa
Apollo 15, 1971, David Scott, James Irwin, Alfred Worden
Apollo 16, 1972, John Young, Charles Duke, Thomas Mattingly
Apollo 17, 1972, Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt, Ronald Evans

about 6 years ago

Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition?

ObiWonKanblomi Wanted: Posts that aren't preaching to the choir (1367 comments)

I'm going to get burned for saying this, but if who here actually thinks these aforementioned drugs should remain legal? Everyone who is posting in here is having a one-sided conversation.


more than 6 years ago

Cold Sore Virus May Be Alzheimer's Smoking Gun

ObiWonKanblomi Re:Anti-vaccine crowd? (285 comments)

Or what about those who think immunizing their kids will bring about Autism?

more than 6 years ago

German Gov't Donates 100,000 Images To Wikipedia

ObiWonKanblomi I can easily answer this (113 comments)

Since you refer to "Freedom of Information Act" I'm assuming you're speaking in an American context.

We already do this. Look here:
United States Library of Congress
The National Archives

Perhaps I'm not giving enough credit to Wikipedia/Wikimedia, but I haven't heard much about involvment by professional preservationists who know how to catalog and preserve the stuff, even in a digital context. I speak of the hardcore phd librarian and historian/librarian hybrid types who know how to do this stuff.

more than 6 years ago

Thanksgiving means mostly ...

ObiWonKanblomi How about a "Cursing Puritanism" option? (586 comments)

Hopefully Santa will be able to give me back some of the karma I burn after saying this...

These pilgrims were crazy nuts who refused to celebrate Christmas in anyway. It was thanks to nuts like these that many traditions the English used to celebrate were taken out and had to be replaced by German Catholic traditions. It's also this wacky puritanism that helped reinforce that good ol' protestant "you get what you earn and too bad for everyone else" type of philosophy.

more than 6 years ago

How To Help Our Public Schools With Technology?

ObiWonKanblomi Re:Why PE and not the arts? (378 comments)

Good question, but I don't think you're going to like my answer.

I didn't have much art in school. I did, however have lots of English, math, history, and science courses. Going back to my unscientific survey, I did ask those same people if their primary and secondary schools had art offerings. The answer was "no".

Granted, art (especially music class and drawing classes) classes have been well-proven to improve thought processes. So yes, both PE and Art should be offered. Give the kid a flute and not a keyboard.

more than 6 years ago

How To Help Our Public Schools With Technology?

ObiWonKanblomi Great Points - why computers and not PE? (378 comments)

These are all great points, and it reminded me of a recent point I made in a somewhat recent discussion....

Seriously, I didn't have it and I don't see why kids need them now to learn.

From hindsight, I grew up in a lower middle class neighborhood in the 1980s. My parents threw in all they earned for me to attend a Catholic school, and they didn't offer much in the way of computers. When I went on to Catholic high school in the early 90s, I didn't get much in the way with computers until I took AP Computer Science which was taught using already old 286 boxes. I went on to earn my BSCS and have been developing and designing software for about the past 7 years.

More anecdotal evidence. Many people I know who have come to work (not just in software) in the US from countries such as China, India, and Russia when told me their first exposure to computers was around 16-18, right when they are beginning to enter their upper learning institutions.

Fortunately, Physical Education class is cheaper and meets all of these objectives and has other wonderful benefits! It's not fair to choose one over the other, yet many seem to value computer education over physical education in schools, especially with budget cuts.

more than 6 years ago

Physicist Admits Sending Space-Related Military Secrets To China

ObiWonKanblomi Re:Industrial espionage (278 comments)

Oh I heard of the Lancaster. A couple problems with the Lancaster being the choice to drop a bomb of that weight and size:

1. The Lancaster wouldn't have had big enough doors to drop the bomb.
2. Only with a minimal load would the Lancaster been able to travel a comparable distance. This was important as the Enola Gay (for example) needed to travel a very long distance to drop the bomb.

I think you raise good points, but you're avoiding my point. I'll be more than happy to repeat it again:

It may have taken some immigrant geniuses to help make the bomb boom really big, but you still needed some good minds to help design something capable of dropping something of that type of payload after flying a long distance.

Even with your point on the Lancaster, I'm sure most of it was designed by native-born Brits, so perhaps we are actually in some form of agreement?

more than 6 years ago

Physicist Admits Sending Space-Related Military Secrets To China

ObiWonKanblomi Re:Industrial espionage (278 comments)

People seem to forget some of our greatest scientists EVER were defectors from our old enemies like, you know, Nazi Germany.

I think many here are assuming that the parent was talking about those rocket scientists who came to the US after WW2. Instead, I think the parent is implying those Jewish scientists who fled Nazi Germany and helped develop the manhattan project.

With that said, I think the parent is overlooking the fact that once you had a big bomb that can go boom, no plane was around until the B 29 Superfortress which was able to carry such a heavy bomb for that long of a distance. That was not developed by the somewhat overrated "immigrant minds". This was developed by many great hardworking american minds powered by the good ol' american ingenuity.

While it's important to value immigrant minds and their contributions to this country, it's disappointing we gradually are ignoring the accomplishments of our home-bred minds.

more than 6 years ago

Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?

ObiWonKanblomi CRA demographic data - Race is a bigger issue (1563 comments)

I figure since I'm going to be karma burned for what I'm about to say I might as well be upfront on my title.

PHD breakdown: http://www.cra.org/CRN/articles/may08/taulbee.html
BS and MS breakdown: http://www.cra.org/CRN/articles/may08/tables9to16.html

I realize we can talk set theory all day, but look at the low numbers of blacks and hispanics graduating. Here are some interesting high points from 2007:

* 430 non-hispanic whites got a phd in CS. Only 20 hispanics and 19 blacks got a phd in CS.
* 1,115 API's got a BS in CS and 5,158 whites got a BS. Only 412 hipsanics and 261 blacks got a BS in Compuer Science.

As a latino with a CS degree, this angers me for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, I don't think it's soley the fault of the "white man". Whites and Asians need to work harder to be more inclusive to minorities. Not by giving them a free pass or admission into college, but by seeking out and mentoring young minority students. Minority students also need to seek out mentors regardless of race or gender. I only had white and asian mentors.

more than 6 years ago

Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?

ObiWonKanblomi Re:This Is the Part ... (1563 comments)

Has anyone ever once argued that maybe--just maybe--I really really like computers?

The problem with your statement-in-the-form-of-a-question is that there are many outside the set of [white male, south asian male, and east asian male], there are many who really really like computers but never had the opportunities like yourself which you probably never realized you had.

Short personal example: I'm latino and when I was growing up in Monterey Park in the 1980s, I was in the Boys and Girls club. There was a computer lab which would be open to kids for a few hours each week and it was on a first come, first serve basis. I would always camp out in front of the door so I'd be first in line. However, I was never let in and other kids would pass in front of me. My mom found out about this and when she went to the staff to ask why, they told her "We figured he would take a long time to figure out how to use a computer."

It's sometimes a lot of those little things that add up which dissuade people from wanting to continue (let alone try) a shot at CS. Granted, I didn't give those little things much attention. However, there are many more who are minorities which do.

Again, it's not your fault people choose to avoid CS, but hopefully when you were in college you did everything you could to be inclusive with peoples from all backgrounds.

more than 6 years ago


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