Monday, February 27, 2006
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Mr ____'s performances on the
[___'s place of work] may frequently add up but _____ concedes that his six-year-old son's maths homework once left him baffled.
The 30-year-old star said his eldest child _____ approached him for help with a school assignment one night but the task was too much for _____.
"Their homework is so hard these days," he told The Mail on Sunday's Live magazine.
"It's totally done differently to what I was teached [sic] when I was at school, and you know, I was like, 'Oh my God, I can't do this'," he added.
The answer can be found here.
Friday, February 24, 2006
They get that intense look, a face of serious concentration, eyes darting back and forth, and the little ones learn from their older brothers [...] and while they sat in the same room, they wouldn't make connections with one another.
We get kids that act out more; they don't think about what they're doing, they don't see the consequences, they tend to act less respectfully to their parents, and it just keeps going on.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Another installment in the Mew's fear culture analysis:
We have an important warning for parents. Today marks the three-month anniversary of the launch of the Nintendo DS Wireless Connection. But Action News has learned this popular gaming system could put kids in harm's way. Parents buy the system so their children can play video games. But we have made an alarming discovery. Strangers can use this toy to lure unsuspecting children to dangerous places.
Nintendo's hot new creation markets primarily to children. It even comes complete with playmates. The handheld gaming system is like a mini computer. It has built-in wireless capability. That allows kids to battle fellow Nintendo DS players across the room or across the world.
[...] Theresa's 11-year-old daughter, Emily, likes to doodle so she's using the Nintendo DS Pictochat feature. Pictochat puts you right into a chatroom and lets you send messages wirelessly, and on this day we are in one of Philadelphia's many Wi-Fi hotspots.
An "Internet Safety Expert" pitches in:
Keith Dunn/Internet Safety Expert: "Predators are using Nintendo DS anywhere in the world. And it's going to be really hard to track down those individuals because of course, they're on a wireless network from a hotspot such as a coffee shop. Or if they're in a wireless environment, say a coffee shop or whatever, they jump on the wireless network so now you have predators who are trying to get at our kids."Oh no! Will somebody PLEASE think of the children! But hang on a minute; the report does make a one-sentence acknowledgement right at the very end:
Nintendo confirms what happened to Emily is possible but the company claims that person must also be using another DS system and be within 65 feet.This is backed up by the game expert guy that Tricia contacted during her investigation:
What's not in the story is anything explained by the GamerDad this reporter consulted before going to air. On Monday morning, I received a call from Nydia Han of Channel 6 Action News, asking me about this exact story, the workings of the Nintendo DS, Pictochat and Wi-Fi. I was at first sort of dumbfounded by the idea of a child being contacted by someone through Pictochat because it's not Internet enabled in any way. In order to talk to someone through this application, you must be within 30 to 100 feet of the person (or persons... it supports 16 person chat rooms) you're talking to. When you're in that range, you can either type or draw pictures that are sent line by line to the people in the chat room. The most important point is that you have to be in that range, meaning you could probably see whoever it is you're talking to if you just got up and walked around looking for someone holding a Nintendo DS.
When contacted for the story, I talked for a good fifteen minutes about the possibility of this situation occurring and what might have to take place to facilitate it. I specifically explained that turning on the DS in a public place has never turned up a Pictochatter. Never. I've tried a bunch of times to see if anyone attempts to use it in public. I also said at least three or four times that Pictochat was not Internet enabled, even after I received a call-back asking if it were possible for this to happen at one of Philadelphia's "Wi-Fi hotspots" which are also mentioned in the article. I stated specifically that Pictochat would still not work because it doesn't ever make any connection with a network as it has no means of connecting to an Internet Service Provider (ISP). I thought I did a good job of relaying this information. I went even further and speculated that the child would almost certainly have to have prior contact with a person about where to meet in order to make this possible. Whether that were a relative or someone met through an Internet messageboard on a PC, it just didn't seem likely that this was a random thing.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
There are reports circulating on the intraweb that:
The Ricky Gervais Show is to become the first paid-for Podcast.The show features British comedy personalities Ricky Gervais, Steven Merchant and Karl Pilkington. Their irreverant brand of monkey-based comedy has seen the weekly half-hour podcast storm to the top of the iTunes charts and stay there.The first run of 12 episodes was sponsored by UK newspaper the Guardian and were free to download via iTunes. Following on from the success of the show, the second run of episodes will be hosted on Audible.com and will be accessible only to those who've paid a subscription fee.iTunes doesn't currently support the purchasing of podcasts through its own store, but does allow the purchase of audio spoken content through its link with Audible, which can be accessed through the Music Store.An Audible subscription to the show will cost $7 a month in the US and £4.50 a month in the UK. For the money, you'll get four half hour shows.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Saturday, February 18, 2006
"I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?" Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters Wednesday at a regular briefing.
Friday, February 17, 2006
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Monday, February 13, 2006
According to Wikipedia:
This is the second documented instance that an American has shot another person while holding the office of Vice President. The only other time this has happened was the Hamilton-Burr duel over 200 years ago.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
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Webster also has loving, but challenging relationships with his three children: Peter, his 23-year-old gay son, struggling with the loss of his twin brother;
Russell Crowe [...] has lost out to David Cameron in a vote on the world's 100 sexiest men. Mr Cameron was 92nd in the poll, just ahead of You're Beautiful singer James Blunt and Hollywood star Crowe. He was the only politician to feature in the top 100, chosen by more than 10,000 New Woman magazine readers. Deputy editor Cath Rapley said Mr Cameron was "young, dashing" and promising things for the future.
Actor Anthony Stewart Head, formerly of WB series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," has landed the lead in "Him & Us," ABC's comedy pilot inspired by the life of Elton John.
The project revolves around an over-the-hill gay rock star and his relationship with his long-time manager and the rest of his colourful entourage.
we ar e having to shake the dust off. no more bullshit.
stop answering the phones and thinking of excuses to leave the building.
instead get on with it.
jonny said today that since we were last radiohead, between us, we've had six children or rather our partners have, this may perhaps have something to do with our lack of focus.
but as this rock n roll we aint supposed to discuss this.. deny it every happened etc. what bullshit.
Democrats and Republicans alike are adept at making decisions without letting the facts get in the way, a new study shows.I wonder how much this affects us, and the people that we respect.
[...]The test subjects on both sides of the political aisle reached totally biased conclusions by ignoring information that could not rationally be discounted, Westen and his colleagues say.
Then, with their minds made up, brain activity ceased in the areas that deal with negative emotions such as disgust. But activity spiked in the circuits involved in reward, a response similar to what addicts experience when they get a fix, Westen explained.
The study points to a total lack of reason in political decision-making.
"None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged," Westen said. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones."
[...]Notably absent were any increases in activation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain most associated with reasoning.
[...]The brain imaging revealed a consistent pattern. Both Republicans and Democrats consistently denied obvious contradictions for their own candidate but detected contradictions in the opposing candidate.