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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

meta-monkey Re:Parents fault (141 comments)

My kid's a year and a half old and can already use an iPad to watch Sesame Street and Curious George. He also still finds time to run around in circles, bang on things and play with his toy cars. It doesn't have to be one thing or the other...it can be both.

And if it were only one or the other, I'd still rather have the kid know how to use technology than blocks, anyway.

about an hour ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

meta-monkey Re:If I have kids... (141 comments)

I thought that, until I had a kid.

The problem is once they're about a year old, there's nothing to do with them. They can't talk, they aren't old enough to understand the concept of playing with someone else...all they can really do is run around and bang into stuff.

However, I vowed to never be that guy who lets a TV raise his kid. So instead, my kid gets Sesame Street via Netflix on an iPad. Kid's 18 months old and already knows how to use a tablet.

about an hour ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

meta-monkey Re:Relevant Skills (141 comments)

"Kids these days can't even swipe a tablet, all wired-up as they are with these direct brain interfaces! It's terrible I tell you, terrible!"

about an hour ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

meta-monkey Re:most lego's are a rip off (141 comments)

But they can't anymore. It used to be that way, but now that all the lego toys are tie-ins with Star Wars or the Lord of the Rings or something, almost all the pieces are specially molded "bricks" that really only make sense in the context of whatever the kit is. You can't really use such pieces for anything more than what they were designed for.

about an hour ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

meta-monkey Re:most lego's are a rip off (141 comments)

To be honest, I'm really disappointed with the modern lego sets. When I was a kid, I had the city sets, and for the most part they were buildings that you made from brick-shaped bricks with only a few uniquely molded parts for that set. Today there's barely any blocks. They're all cross-licensed tie-ins with movies or cartoons, and so in order to get the assembled set to look like something from The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, 75% of the blocks are special molds.

There's almost no point in it being a lego toy, because you're just assembling a crude model of an x-wing, and the only thing you can make with the set is...an x-wing. Why not just...play with a model x-wing?

1 hour ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

meta-monkey Kids these days... (141 comments)

Exposing children to new technology is a terrible idea.

An Egyptian legend relates that when the god Thoth revealed his invention of writing to King Thamos, the good King denounced it as the enemy of civilization. "Children and young people," protested the monarch, "who had hitherto been forced to apply themselves diligently to learn and retain whatever was taught them would cease to apply themselves and would neglect to exercise their memories."

1 hour ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

meta-monkey Re:Are you kidding (592 comments)

I never said a word about banning abortion.

2 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

meta-monkey Re:subverting the intention (884 comments)

I'd like to see revolts against any government org that uses lethal force against its own people.

Or spies on and tracks its own people, without specific warrants.

This is why the entire "we need guns to defend our freedoms!" thing the 2nd amendment crowd shouts is a lie. If these people actually cared about fighting tyranny with their guns, we'd already have a gallows set up on Capitol Hill with a whole bunch of congressmen swinging from it.

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

meta-monkey Re:I'll give you six amendments: (884 comments)

The problem with #1 is that it conflicts with free speech, and particularly the kind of speech most in need of protection: political speech. Who gets to determine who is and is not a "candidate" and therefore has access to the place from which they will state their platform?

I don't like the massive influence of money on politics any more than you do, but I don't think curtailing political speech will solve the problem.

As an aside, the way I think the influence of money on politics could be curtailed is by way more speech, drowning them out. Use every free (as in beer) platform available, twitter, facebook, youtube, etc etc etc to blast a message contrary to the two-party system and you might have a chance.

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

meta-monkey Re:Bad suggestion (884 comments)

Stevens' modified amendment is capable of fitting in very nicely with the goals of a tyranny, and has nothing to do with increasing the power of the people to prevent a powerful government from taking away their freedoms.

But guns have nothing to do with preventing a powerful government from issuing general warrants, spying on and tracking every American, and sticking their fingers up your grandma's ass if she wants to get on a plane. If guns prevented tyrannical government, we wouldn't have the government we have now.

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

meta-monkey Re:It's crap (884 comments)

Except that's bullshit, because if people really cared about using their guns to defend our freedoms, there would already be a gallows set up on Capitol Hill with half of congress swinging from it. What do you think the founding fathers would have done about getting groped by the TSA, or the general warrants the NSA is issuing?

The NRA crowd wants guns to play pretend soldier and get boners from the smell of gun oil. But when it comes to actually defending freedom, they're worthless.

3 hours ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

meta-monkey Re:Are you kidding (592 comments)

No, I never said I thought abortion should be illegal. I think it should be legal, because you have a right to choose what you do with your body. For instance, if the only way for you to live was for me to give you my blood for a transfusion, neither you nor the state has a right to force me to give you my blood if I don't want to. I can say "no," for any reason or no reason at all. However, that would make me a terrible person. I would give you my blood. Similarly, I believe terminating a pregnancy makes one little better than a murderer, but no woman should be forced to carry a baby she doesn't want to.

So I'm pro-life and pro-choice. I just want people to choose life.

3 hours ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

meta-monkey Re:Are you kidding (592 comments)

Not true. Catholics do not legislate their morality (abortion is a special topic as that involved murder), and economically, we're redistributionists. There are a lot of liberal Catholics. Please do not get us confused with the fundies. We're nothing like them.

3 hours ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

meta-monkey Re:Are you kidding (592 comments)

I think "pro-life" is the better term, as I'm not politically against abortion. I think abortion should be legal because yes, you have a right to your own body, even if that kills someone else. For instance, if you have a disease that can only be cured by a bone marrow transplant from me (the only one of 7 billion people you're a match for) neither you nor the state has the right to force me to give you my bone marrow. And let's say I choose not to. For any reason or no reason at all. But, my choice for what I choose to do with my meat kills you.

Now, I would absolutely give you my bone marrow, because I am not a dick. Similarly, if a woman chooses not to use her body to give life to a child/infant/fetus whatever word you want to use, she has that right. But I also have the right to think she's little better than a murderer for doing so.

3 hours ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

meta-monkey Re:Its Like That Because... (592 comments)

The NSA spying scandals proved what blowhard, paper tiger pansies the 2nd amendment crowd are. "We need our guns to overthrow the gub'ment if they takes away our freedumbs!" They're opposed to national gun registries because "then they'll know who to come for first!" Meanwhile, the NSA builds a national spying aparatus that can tell who has guns better than any registry could ("SELECT * FROM RUBES WHERE DATE_LAST_BOUGHT_BULLETS > GETDATE() - 100 OR DATE_CELLPHONE_AT_FIRING_RANGE > GETDATE() -100") and do any of them grab their stupid rifles and march on Fort Meade? Or go stop the Utah data center from coming alone? Nope, not a one. Government spies on every single American, including them their wives their children their grandmas and there's not a peep from the 2nd amendment crowd. If anything, they support these atrocities against freedom.

The only reason they want their guns is to play make-believe and pretend like they're Paul Revere, when if anything they're Benedict Arnold.

5 hours ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

meta-monkey Re:The Ruling Class (592 comments)

I mostly agree, except this didn't start after World War I. The first things the founders did was restrict who could and couldn't vote. White male landowners. And in many places there was a wealth tax requirement to hold office. If you didn't have 1,000 pounds of wealth, you couldn't hold office in some states. Voting was effectively restricted to the top 10% of society, and holding office was for the 1%.

And there really was never a time when the working class wasn't being exploited. There were strikes and riots all through the 1800s, complete with harsh crackdowns by the national guard and private police forces. The robber barons of the gilded age were made fantastically wealthy on the backs of the poor. Things got briefly better thanks to the rise of unions in the first half of the 20th century, but we've been backsliding ever since Reagan.

Class warfare started the day one man said to another, "here's a boot, go stomp on that guy's face and I'll make things a little better for you," and it hasn't stopped yet. It will never stop until the last king and the last capitalist swing from a rope.

6 hours ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

meta-monkey Re:Are you kidding (592 comments)

I'm a liberal (leftist, socialist, whatever. Farther left than the democrats for sure) and I'm pro-life. I have no interests in controlling women's reproductive lives, but as a Catholic I believe life begins at conception, and abortion is murder. Put any other false motives in my mouth, but the truth is, I'm pro-life because I'm anti-murder.

6 hours ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

meta-monkey Re:Getting started (155 comments)

Last week I saw somebody texting while riding a bike. Shit you not.

2 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

meta-monkey Re:Its not nothing (590 comments)

I was thinking of this interview with Richard Feynman where the man asks him how magnets work. And the answer is...they just do. That's how the universe works.

Perhaps one day we'll understand better. Perhaps not. Even so, we still won't know why, because science doesn't ask and can't answer that question.

And don't misunderstand me and think that I'm suggesting "we don't know, therefore God." I believe in God, but my God exists outside of time and space. He does not occupy the space between the things we can understand, growing ever smaller as we learn. Instead, the more we understand, the better we know Him. To understand the workings of the universe is to know God, and God wants us to know Him.

2 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

meta-monkey Re:If you make this a proof of God... (590 comments)

I don't know. So long as there are eternal new experiences, I'd be fine with eternal life. Since there is only one well from which all good things come, all things creative, and you'd be spending an eternity with Him, you would be living in eternity with the source of never-ending creative good.

Then again, I say that now. Let's see how I feel a trillion trillion trillion years from now...

2 days ago

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