Is Spongebob bad for kids? Not at all!

Today, I watched m AP Psychology teacher go absolutely berserk over the fact that this new study that’s all over the news is completely wrong!This study tested 60 kids (already a small number of test subjects) and broke them into THREE groups. I may not be a genius, but that’s TWENTY kids per group.

That’s not nearly enough to generalize a nation of 4 year olds (which did I mention that the show is not meant for children under 7 year olds anyway!)

All this study is going to do is (and I say this on September 15th, 2011) use this as a reason to for parents to whine and complain to pull one of the most loved cartoons in history, after Looney Toons of course, from the air!

Don’t fall into the trap America. Don’t just absorb and regurgitate what the media has told you before you look into something yourself.

To ridicule it, visit:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/09/08/peds.2011-2071.full.pdf+html

What FIRST Robotics Should Be, And What It’s Not

In Robotics, there are a few factors that give some teams a better advantage

1. Lots of dough
2. Lots of teachers
3. Lots of Kids

But numbers one and two provide for an unfair advantage, and it’s not the kids i’m talking about.

To show how a FIRST Team should run, i’ll bring in Gear Ratios

Key: Student:Teacher
Direct drive= Terrible
1:2= Ridiculous. I’ve seen many teams where there are more mentors than students. That makes me sick.
2:1= Slightly better…
4:1= Closer
8:1= Student run team, this team learns how to do something useful for their future, rather than having others do everything for them. These kids work through their errors and take pride in their work

I’ve seen teams from bad neighborhoods, missing functionality on their robot, with kids trying to compete with students with around 1 million dollars in spending money. These kids may be in the same competition, but they are far from similar. The kids without the money are trying to build something together, getting other team’s help, and getting the most from their experience. These are the idealist teams, the ones who should be winning the prizes, because these people are motivated to do their best.

There’s my rant. I hope this is heard by the people of FIRST…

*I am not aiming this at certain teams, it is just a trend I am noticing*

Apple’s dumbest move yet: Product Labels

Apple’s using their iPad’s (Yeah, those $500 and up tablets) as product labels.

So let’s say there are AT LEAST 40 displays in a Mac store (Definitely more on average) Apple brags that there are more than 300 Apple stores worldwide on their site, so let’s say there are 301. Lastly, iPad’s cost a minimum of $500 to buy. When you calculate all of that up, that’s an absolute MINIMUM of  $6,020,000 not only wasted in an economic viewpoint, but these iPads could have been donated to hospitals, colleges, schools, the homeless, me, ANYONE!

Anyone who’s ever been to an Apple store knows that these devices are going to be COVERED in fingerprint grease! I just don’t understand what went through their heads when they agreed to do this! Think about it, were they trying to save paper?! iPads are made in CHINA! How is that environmentally friendly?!

A different perspective of musical appeal

In going to different countries, I’ve noticed something about people’s enjoyment and feel for music. At times, unlike many Americans would agree, many Europeans don’t listen to the words (often because they aren’t in their native language) and yet, they still enjoy it.
Take Alors On Danse.
This song became a popular club and party song even in the US. Did the kids who took French understand it? I’d guess no for most parts. This also exists with other songs such as Danza Kuduro and We No Speak Americano in America.

In Europe, American music is played on radio most often more than European.
Here’s one of my personal favorites: Radio Subasio

But why are these songs still good enough for say, an Italian to download them on their iPod? Because we, as complex beings, can not only comprehend the words to the song, but take sound waves and turn them into something our minds can also comprehend: music.

I’m not back talking lyrics, for language is one of the beauties of song. Take the lyrics of “Stereo Hearts”

“My heart’s a stereo
It beats for your, so listen close
Hear my thoughts in every note
Make me your radio
Turn me up when you feel low
This melody was meant for you
Just sing along to my stereoIf I was just another dusty record on the shelve
Will you blow me off and play me like everybody else
If I ask you to scratch my back, could you manage that
Like it read well, check it Travie, I can handle that
Furthermore, I apologize for any skipping tracks
This the last girl that play me left a couple cracks
I used to used to used to used to, now I’m over that
Cause holding grudges over love is ancient artifacts

If I could only find a note to make you understand
I sing a song and the image grab me by the hands
Keep myself inside your head, like your favorite tune
And know my heart is a stereo that only plays for you”

These lines are genius. The rhetoric is key. The meaning is beautiful.
And yet, the language of the song is the most beautiful part.

It doesnt get worse than this: The story of my iPhone

It all began one morning at a gas station. I watched as someone accidentally ran over someone’s phone, sped off, and left one angry girl. She picked up the broken up iPhone and threw it in the garbage. Luciky, I have an appreciation for technology, so, I picked it up and brought it home. It seemed to only need a digitizer(touch screen) so I fired up amazon and ordered one for a whopping: 15 dollars. I coated it in saran wrap to prevent me from scratching myself while I waited for the screen, and installed my Apps and Music.

When It arrived, I followed the poorly written, broken English, instruction sheet and opened the Youtube video they provided, since it was my first time attempting to fix an iPhone’s screen. It went well, with the exception of a small dot on the top of the LCD known as “bleeding”, which I ignored.
After a few months, I broke the LCD while listening to my genius plan to squish the black liquid back into the edge of the screen. Back to Amazon I went, only this time for an LCD. Upon installing, I cracked the digitizer in the process, again. So, the Noob I am, kept the cycle going and ordered another one and installed it, this time perfectly. I put a screen protector on as well as a nice case to prevent any further mistakes.
But, my luck, the LCD I was sent crapped out on me while riding home on the train. I contacted the seller and he gave me another one, but only after I reported him to Amazon because he ignored my claim for a good 2 weeks. Now that I was a pro, I didn’t crack the screen or touch screen while I installed it.
Recently, I was showing someone a picture and it slipped out of my hand, slowly falling to the ground. Unlike ALL the other times i’ve dropped it, it cracked right on top, but luckily not over the screen. Unfortunately, the screen stopped working after a few days and I have ordered the pricey 7 dollar screen once again.

All in all, It would have been MUCH cheaper to buy an iPhone 3G online someplace than to keep buying these touch screens. As for now, here are some pictures to demonstrate my destruction.


Yeah……I don’t have the best luck with this device.

My makeshift saran wrap cover meets in the back of the iPhone

Proof that fighting back is sometimes better: My quest to regain 10 points from Yahoo Answers

Here I am minding my own business trying to help a few people out before their question on Yahoo Answers closes and I get an email from Yahoo. Usually it’s about getting “Voted best answer” but today was a bit different.

In the email, they said the following message:
“You have posted content to Yahoo! Answers in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. As a result, your content has been deleted and 10 points have been deducted from your points total…Question: Need help with a computer virus?
Deleted Answer: Get a Mac
Violation Reason: Misuse of the question and answer formatIn Yahoo! Answers you must phrase questions in question format….

If you feel this content was removed in error….”
My Objection:
Although this answer may not be a very practical and cheap solution to the question, it still proves a valid point that this is a possible and good choice of action in the future and possibly sooner.And a few hours later, a message arrives stating:
“Upon review, we found that the following answer was not in violation of the Answers Community Guidelines or Yahoo! Terms of Service. The Yahoo! Answers Team regrets that your answer was wrongfully reported by the Answerscommunity. Your answer has been reposted to Yahoo! Answers, and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
They were so sorry that they sent me another message saying:
Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Answers Customer Care. We have reviewed your appeal request. Upon review, we found that your content was not in violation of the Yahoo! Answers Community Guidelines, Yahoo! Community Guidelines, or the Yahoo! Terms of Service. Your content has been reposted to Yahoo! Answers, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Answers Customer Care.

Feel free to look at the full question here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110103174328AAgwitO
This just goes to show:
If you don’t speak up sometimes, you allow others to do that for you.