Apr. 1st, 2008 02:04 pm
perlmonger: (revolting)
Via City of Sound, Jason Kottke writes, prompted by a Salon interview with Pamela Paul, about parenting, children and the “toy” industry.

Can’t argue with a word; it’s hard to find anything for kids, even in supposedly enlightened outlets like ELC, that doesn’t take all initiative away from babies and children. Best to improvise, and let your kids do the same: they’ll be happier, learn more, and you’ll save a goodly wodge of money besides.

Parenting isn’t passive, and learning sure as fuck isn’t either.


Apr. 8th, 2007 09:17 am
perlmonger: (bleurgh)
Go read danah boyd on cyberbullying; that woman writes more sense on tech/society/youth issues than most other people put together.

(and yes, I was bullied, how did you guess? ;)
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Recommended: A fascinating exploration/extrapolation of using quantum entanglement in game theory from tomorrow elephant.
The details of the quantum version of the public goods game are a bit involved, but basically quantum entanglement allows individuals to pre-commit to agreements where otherwise it would be individually rational to renege. The overall solution is much more efficient than the classical one and eliminates free-riders automatically.
perlmonger: (1984)
nice deconstruction of The Times channeling the Home Office on Part III of RIPA, which would give the state the power to demand people hand over their private keys.

ETA: and ORG links to another Times article telling us that the BBFC wants to start censoringclassifying content on the net. How are they going to do that then, Ted?


May. 28th, 2006 10:58 pm
perlmonger: (bleurgh)
The tragedy of the corporation, vile hypocrisy and on running cross-grain, prompted by thoughts here on this.

Meanwhile, danah boyd on global Information and local Interaction and the consequences of the culture of fear.

Also, tonight [ profile] ramtops and I watched United 93, which was far better than I feared it might be. There were moments when it skated closer to uncritical hegemonic celebration than I would have liked, but there can be no denial of the courage of the passengers and crew (and their relatives). That the hijackers were portrayed as being human feels remarkable (even if it shouldn’t); no easy answers or explanations were offered to the viewer, which of itself might explain the film’s ‘R’ rating in the US.

perlmonger: (1984)
The Commons are voting on ID card bill, as amended by the Lords, today. Like most (all?) measures of their ilk, they’re neither designed nor destined to achieve what their spinners spin; they’ll do bugger all to prevent ID theft (indeed, they’ll do exactly the opposite). The only help they offer in “war on terror” is to further ramp up the climate of fear that the government wants us to live in, to allow easier and closer monitoring of the people they fear most: their citizens.

Here’s qwghlm with some historical context:
Which brings me to the current continual talk of “threats” to our way of life and (depending on the loony extremeness of whoever you’re talking to) the “clash of civilisations” and “our way of life is under threat” - it’s bunkum. The acts of a few fundamentalists and flag-burners seems quite tame compared to the prospect of London and Manchester being razed to the ground at the whim of the Soviet president - even the prospect of thousands of deaths is a lot more preferable than that of millions. Perhaps this is the one thing that bugged me about The Power of Nightmares - the modern “nightmare” posed by international terrorism is nowhere near as terrifying compared to what was feared in the past.

Perhaps this why there’s all this chatter of late about a nuclear Iran - never mind that they’re years off producing a nuclear test, let alone a functioning and robust battle-worthy weapon, let alone one that can be integrated and reliably flown on a ballistic missile, although the breathy rumours about war and scary-looking glossy graphic would want you to believe otherwise, it seems. Maybe we’ve begun to realise that even the bloodiest conventional terrorist attacks are no good at stoking permanent fear.

Oh, and go read [ profile] pecunium‘s recent post on the same subject. Substitute UK for US and New Labour for Republicans, and it carries over here just fine.

Welcome to the days you’ve made. You’re welcome. Welcome.
perlmonger: (planet)
Tenser, said the Tensor analyses Doc Smith’s usage of language in the Lensmen series. Lovely stuff, though I would disagree that the first two in the series are “lesser prequels”.

It’s probably getting on time to add the whole lot to my to-read heap again.


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