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We have our elf, Oscar, visit for the sake of the morning search for Oscar. My son and daughter, 10 and 8, have a friendly competition to see who finds him first. They're getting so good at it too, that whomever finds him first will announce it, but they'll allow their sibling to find him on their own. That's pretty much it.

Like so many things in life, you can make sinister, or make fun. I have heard of friends and colleagues at work describing their elf as a snitch that will rat them out to Santa. Terrible idea.

As if, "Hey you, young person still working to manage your amazingly advancing intellect with your socio-emotional control, be careful not to make too big a mistake, or Christmas is off baby!" could ever be helpful to the well-being of a child.

Let's keep the stakes low enough to have fun and provide some guidance people!

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: People.... funding the wall

Sometimes I feel like we have a Jonestown thing going on all around us. Instead of all of the crazies needing to wrangle up in a settlement in Northern Guyana (and leaving us in peace), they can now get 'er done via gofundme and reside next door the whole time.

At least in this case, they'll likely just give away their kids lunch money to build a monument to their ignorance. Or part of one.

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."--Mark Twain

This was much of my experience. Out to college, home working summers, starting at 18. Then for good at 24.

That, and more importantly, from my perspective as a teacher, always find a way to stay engaged and interested. Find your challenge daily. The world will and cannot bend to your will alone. Everyone you meet knows something you don't.

If you know what everyone else doesn't seize the opportunity to teach the unknown. Challenge yourself to be able to communicate and use what you know. Otherwise it's just trivia.

That sounds great. I’m an 8th grade math teacher and my 8 year old daughter and my 10 year old son and I have a lot of fun playing with math. Usually, we’ll talk about it in car, or at the table during meals.

From my 21 years teaching, I can say that playing and talking and making mistakes and learning from those mistakes is the most valuable experience that any kid can have at home. You could go the ultimate and find out what topics are being examined at school and then explore and expand on them at home. Doing that, you’ll set your daughter in a very successful spot.

It’s what works in my house.

“Math is patterns and puzzles. Patterns and puzzles that we use to make things happen in the world. “ is my general theme. In my experience, kids that come in to school unafraid of numbers and can make mistakes and be cool with it, knowing that mistakes must happen to learn math, are the most successful and happiest math students I see.

Agreed. What hubris to believe that someone without the skills and training could do a quality job.

Unless they're working for some collective organization with a twisted agenda these folks may be the X-men of the internet.

    The hackers, members of a collective called L0pht (pronounced “loft”), had recently boasted that they could shut down the internet in 30 minutes, and lawmakers had taken notice.

I'm taking my car to a mechanic when it starts to have engine issues, not my local politician.

If I've got an organization hacking problems, I'm hiring the best hackers available.

    Check out this quote from the article: "life is good when you are with people filled with [...] hospitality" (emphasis mine). This sounds like someone who's been taking advantage of that hospitality--and I don't mean to emphasize the negative connotation of "taking advantage" here; obviously hospitality is freely given, and I'm sure Rogers has good intentions, but at the end of the day, he's using resources that could be taking better care of more migrants if he wasn't there.

If I'm an immigrant, I want truckloads more of these churchy gringos. I gotta imagine that this dude's church isn't gonna let him sap resources for a few good facebook posts. Maybe they'll send more people like him. Maybe more folks will share articles like this and the general U.S. populace will have some more compassion for me and my people.

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Mmm...the science of what tastes like death makes you stronger. I can't wait to try one.

Hey Dubai, caveat emptor. What does this say about the ideals of Dubai Police if some dude sitting on four open air, super-sized, vita-mix blenders is certain to ensure the public safety?

Isn't this all a result of folks, far and wide, now recognizing that for over a hundred years, we've consuming a pleasurable beverage with negative effects that far outweigh it's positives?

Big Soda is scared and is just buying time.

    Not far from Forever's offices in Ann Arbor is the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. There, visitors can ride in a car that was built more than a century ago and is maintained by the regular replacement of parts. "We're getting to a point where we can do that" to ourselves, says Clausnitzer. "We're at the beginning of something."

Hey thenewgreen, you are talking about the "Henry Ford of the Human Body". mk may acquire an ego that makes Elon Musk look like a wallflower. :)

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Rich White Civil War

Could these be the key statements?

    In many cases, 97 to 99 percent of Progressive Activists said one thing and 93 to 95 percent of Dedicated Conservatives said the opposite. There’s little evidence of individual thought, just cult conformity. The current situation really does begin to look like the religious wars that ripped through Europe after the invention of the printing press, except that our religions now wear pagan political garb.


    Unfortunately, people in the exhausted majority have no narrative. They have no coherent philosophic worldview to organize their thinking and compel action. When they get one I suspect it will look totally unlike the two dominant narratives today. These narratives are threat narratives. But the people who make positive change usually focus on gifts, not deficits. They tell stories about the assets we have and how we can use them together.
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