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Comment: Re:People getting wierd about liquid water (Score 1) 231

by meta-monkey (#46787301) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Oh yes, it was the most implausibly bizarre book I've ever read. And the interior of phobos was hollowed out to be a habitat where the sentient saurians (hadrosaurs if I recall) had been living for the last 65 million years. Yes, something was done to keep the planet from freezing. I wish I could remember the name of that book...

Comment: Re:People getting wierd about liquid water (Score 1) 231

by meta-monkey (#46786923) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

There was a sci-fi book I read, and for the life of me I can't remember the title. One of the weirdest books ever. In it, dinosaurs had escaped to Phobos before they died out, and the earth had a massive world-changing event in which mountains split and formed into rocket engines that propelled the earth out of the solar system entirely and to another star. This was the aliens' way of meeting new species...bring them all to them.

It was a truly bizarre book, and I wish I remembered the title...

Comment: Re:The Ruling Class (Score 1) 804

by meta-monkey (#46778181) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Sure, but management sure isn't looking out for the best interests of the workers. Unions, unfettered, ruin companies. Management, unfettered, abuses workers. There needs to be a balance between the two, because a compromise (doesn't hurt the company, helps prevent the workers from being exploited) exists somewhere in the middle. However, in the last 35 or so years, the pendulum has swung far, far in favor of management. This is why today we have record corporate profits, the stock exchange through the roof, but rampant unemployment, low wages, and cut benefits.

Comment: Re:If I have kids... (Score 1) 353

by meta-monkey (#46773093) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Oh, around 1 they start moving around and can actually do things. Before that they're just spuds. They sleep a lot, or they're fine sitting under one of those musical mobile things. Once they're about 1, though, they can move around, but there's nothing for them to really...do. They're too old to just sit and they're too young to play with (you can play along side of them, but they don't really understand 'play with' yet).

And there's little difference between the TV and the iPad, that was mostly a joke. There is one important difference, though. There are no commercials on Netflix, so my child has never seen an advertisement.

Comment: Re:Parents fault (Score 2) 353

by meta-monkey (#46771411) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

My kid's a year and a half old and can already use an iPad to watch Sesame Street and Curious George. He also still finds time to run around in circles, bang on things and play with his toy cars. It doesn't have to be one thing or the other...it can be both.

And if it were only one or the other, I'd still rather have the kid know how to use technology than blocks, anyway.

Comment: Re:If I have kids... (Score 1) 353

by meta-monkey (#46771381) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

I thought that, until I had a kid.

The problem is once they're about a year old, there's nothing to do with them. They can't talk, they aren't old enough to understand the concept of playing with someone else...all they can really do is run around and bang into stuff.

However, I vowed to never be that guy who lets a TV raise his kid. So instead, my kid gets Sesame Street via Netflix on an iPad. Kid's 18 months old and already knows how to use a tablet.

Comment: Re:most lego's are a rip off (Score 1) 353

by meta-monkey (#46771271) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

But they can't anymore. It used to be that way, but now that all the lego toys are tie-ins with Star Wars or the Lord of the Rings or something, almost all the pieces are specially molded "bricks" that really only make sense in the context of whatever the kit is. You can't really use such pieces for anything more than what they were designed for.

Comment: Re:most lego's are a rip off (Score 0) 353

by meta-monkey (#46771193) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

To be honest, I'm really disappointed with the modern lego sets. When I was a kid, I had the city sets, and for the most part they were buildings that you made from brick-shaped bricks with only a few uniquely molded parts for that set. Today there's barely any blocks. They're all cross-licensed tie-ins with movies or cartoons, and so in order to get the assembled set to look like something from The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, 75% of the blocks are special molds.

There's almost no point in it being a lego toy, because you're just assembling a crude model of an x-wing, and the only thing you can make with the set is...an x-wing. Why not just...play with a model x-wing?

Small is beautiful.

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