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US Electrical Grid On the Edge of Failure

stephathome Re:Wrong analogy (293 comments)

Yes, but first you party. There will be time for anarchy later. Priorities!

1 year,24 days

Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

stephathome Re:Good move by Google, even if... (408 comments)

Nobody has a 4K TV and I don't think the market is ready for everyone who just got an HDTV to update again.

Yeah, you have to give it at least another week.

about a year and a half ago

CAPTCHA Using Ad-Based Verification

stephathome Re:Yeah? (174 comments)

Communists ducks? They're everywhere!

about a year and a half ago

Solar Panels For Every Home?

stephathome Re:Don't forget housing and condo boards (735 comments)

May have to watch what is considered "reasonable" for the trashcans. My husband's cousin lived in a neighborhood with a HOA that said trashcans were not to be put out more than an hour early, and had to be back in your yard within an hour after the garbage truck emptied it. Yes, that did involve staying home on garbage day for them.

about 2 years ago

Baskerville Is the Greatest Font, Statistically, Says Filmmaker Errol Morris

stephathome Re:Compensatory depletion (158 comments)

Oh no, kindergarten teachers pick far worse fonts. My daughter's kindergarten teacher favored a font which was almost illegible. At least you can read Comic Sans, even if it's awful.

more than 2 years ago

Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple

stephathome Re:Inconvenient Facts (1141 comments)

I'm not in favor of the ban, but the other difference is that people aren't usually consuming those in Big Gulp sizes. Huge servings of those are far from a daily choice for most people.

more than 2 years ago

Your Passwords Don't Suck — It's Your Policies

stephathome Re:Wrong (487 comments)

This kind of thing is why I often use someone else's information for "Secret Question" answers. Real, fictional, all that matters is that I know whose answer I used on which site.

more than 2 years ago

Active Video Games Don't Make Kids Exercise More

stephathome Re:Same as school exercise (304 comments)

I'd say give all kids some form of Home Ec, and have it include basic repairs around the home as well as cooking.

more than 2 years ago

Followup: Ultraviolet Vision After Cataract Surgery

stephathome My oldest saw infrared as a baby (311 comments)

When my oldest was a baby, she reacted strongly to infrared light. My husband tried to get some video of her sleeping in a very dark room, dark hall behind him, no light anywhere. The infrared from the camera woke her up, and she covered her eyes and cried. She was only a few months old at the time, but it was very clear that the infrared was bothering her quite a bit. I have no idea if she can still do that, have to test it sometime.

more than 2 years ago

Three Unexpected Data Points Describe Elementary School Quality

stephathome Re:The Obvious Answer (343 comments)

Online charter schools are an option. There are a few good programs out there. They're more or less a cross between homeschooling and public schooling. They get funding from the state, you probably have to participate in state testing, but my daughter attended one last year and it was much better than the neighborhood school.

more than 2 years ago

Three Unexpected Data Points Describe Elementary School Quality

stephathome Re:The Obvious Answer (343 comments)

My kids got into a new charter school this year. Our neighborhood school closed for poor quality, and reopened as a district-owned charter school. They joined International Baccalaureate, which is supposed to be a good program, so I'm hoping it goes well, but we'll have to see. I had removed my oldest from the neighborhood school and home schooled her last year due to the old school's poor quality, and that went much better than I expected. We'll see if this charter school, with a significant number of the same students and teachers, but not entirely, does better or not.

Of course, this year has been challenging for the teachers, getting used to all the extra things IB expects them to do. I've heard not all are coping, but my son's teacher is wonderful, the best I've ever dealt with, and my daughter is mostly content with her teacher but is missing the independence of the homeschool program.

I've found that homeschooling takes a serious commitment to the social side of things, something I'm not great at. Our program did have days where we could attend a class in person each week, which helped, but more really was needed. We were still figuring that part out when the charter school opportunity came about.

more than 2 years ago

Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

stephathome Re:Antitrust? (224 comments)

Thank you. I don't understand the urge to compare the salary for jobs that take a high degree of training and skill with with the average salary, and treating it like a bad thing. They aren't the same thing at all. The extra education and skill the jobs take should have benefits like better pay, so long as you can really do the work.

I'm not an engineer, tried physics, but it wasn't what I wanted in the long run. Still, had I kept with it I would have expected a good rate of pay and a lot of hard work.

more than 2 years ago

Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

stephathome Re:over priced (865 comments)

Same here, except the price is as low as $2. Seats aren't as nice, but when you have kids, it doesn't make sense to pay a ton for movies. The wait for movies to hit the cheap screens isn't too bad either.

more than 2 years ago

The Most Dangerous Toys of 2011

stephathome Tongue in cheek? (292 comments)

I'm thinking the article sounds more tongue in cheek than serious. That said, my niece has the trampoline, and the kids all go pretty wild on it. No big injuries yet. My daughter's preschool and kindergarten had the stepper stilts, and even with crowds of kids playing, they were never a problem. One of the more popular recess activities, in fact.

more than 2 years ago

Geodesic Gingerbread House Template For the Holidays

stephathome Nice idea (61 comments)

Now I know what to suggest the next time my kids want to do a gingerbread house. Would've been fun to do for the contest my daughter was in last year.

more than 2 years ago

Mexican Gov't Shuts Down Zetas' Secret Cell Network

stephathome Re:Next up. (300 comments)

Same here. I don't do pot or any other illegal drugs, but I have no problem with legalization and think it would solve more problems than it would create. There are potential issues, sure, but the problems we have from drugs being illegal strike me as far worse.

more than 2 years ago

DNA Test To Determine Kids' Sports Futures

stephathome Re:I think this is great. (240 comments)

Thank you. My son plays soccer in an under 8 age range, and his last game was against a team with a really serious coach. She was screaming so much at the kids on her team, that parents on ours started cheering for the kids to just have fun. She was really ridiculous, especially when our team managed to tie the game for a time. Tough game, other team won, but I think our team enjoyed themselves more and I'll take that, especially at so young an age.

Give the kids tips on doing better, sure. But there's no need to expect them to win every game or to be the best. Not like it's likely to be a career for most kids anyhow, and even then there's no need to get so serious this young. Let them love their sport. Win or lose, having fun is what keeps them going.

more than 2 years ago


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