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Comment Re:Biased IQ tests (Score 1) 444

Which is why IQ tests should test IQ, not knowledge. My daughter could tell you the 4 seasons when she was 2 years old, but still doesn't understand them at 3 years old.

My four-year-old still asks questions like "Is today tomorrow?" or "It's night? When's it going to be day?" and thinks the yellow leaves on trees are a sign of winter instead of fall. Time in motion is tough on kids. Though by 8 or 10, when this program comes into play, they ought to have that stuff figured out.

Comment Re:I always love hearing about city-based services (Score 1) 145

Hey, sometimes laws can be changed. My current small town (actually, possibly the state, but in some way where the city can overrule it or opt out) has some non-compete restrictions with services like internet, but we've got it on the ballot to let the city start providing fiber internet at 10x the going speeds. I'm pretty excited about that ballot item.

Comment Re:Nobody cares about your home theater (Score 1) 278

Well, I don't know about the OP, but the specific reason I stopped getting to movies was the birth of my kids. The only thing worse than paying full movie prices plus full concession prices is having to pay even more for a babysitter. The wife and I get occasional dates, but it's rarely for a movie.

Comment Re:Sorry, I'm calling a recount (Score 4, Funny) 160

It's true people often display a surprising lack of sense around large animals in the national parks, though. After a return trip from Grand Teton I was flipping through my pictures and wondered why I apparently had one of a middle-aged woman standing in a field. Then I saw the brown dot farther out, and remembered the moose. It was sixty yards away from the road in a field. I, along with a hundred or so other tourists, pulled our cars to the shoulder for a picture, but this one woman was more than halfway out into the field shouting, "Moose! Hey moose!" trying to get it to look up at her and pose for a close-up.

Comment Re:Politics of homeopathy (Score 1) 414

. The best beer available in the US typically comes from Germany. I'm partial to Paulaner, personally. Hacker-Pschorr is good too.

I love German beer, but any time I buy some it's moderately to extremely skunked. I'm in a small, remote town, so maybe it just takes longer to get here or the local distributors have unfortunate quality control, but it's come to the point that I just don't bother. If I wanted a beer that tasted and smelled like Corona, I'd drink a Corona instead of paying import rates.

Anyway, I always assumed the problem was just buying imports. If you have good luck, maybe I just need to make a pilgrimage to someplace with better delivery quality control, and stock up.

Comment Re:Get used to it, this is the future (Score 1) 279

I had the same scenario a couple of years ago but didn't have too much trouble. Bought a car. Had the cash in an online account that took a week to transfer. I got a loan from the dealer in the interim and just paid the whole thing off when my first monthly payment was due. I used the online payment system, so I didn't even have to talk to a person or anything, just transferred the money and the account was closed.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle