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Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 699

by Ogive17 (#49579699) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics
I have used a similar argument with some hard headed friends. I also throw in an extra bit to really make their heads spin:

If we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, we no longer have to keep sending our young men and women to the middle east to get involved in fights that cannot be won. Isn't the best way to support our troops to go green?

Conservatives are more "rah rah" about the military and seemingly more "rah rah" about sending them off to fight.. I just don't understand why most military personelle vote Republican. I'd want a President and Congress that was going to keep me close to home and only use me if our actual sovereignty was threatened.

Comment: Re:Is this a good thing??? (Score 2) 208

by Ogive17 (#49204169) Attached to: Make Those Brown Eyes Blue
My wife is Japanese so her physical traits are quite easy to predict. I have dark brown hair and hazel eyes (brown or green depending on the light). Our son was born with blue eyes, which did not surprise me because I knew most babies were born with blue eyes (but I did not know why). Apparently in Japan (and the rest of Asia I assume) this does not happen. This makes me wonder if such a procedure would be successful there.

I can definitely see it becoming very popular in S. Korea, though.

Comment: Couple times a week (Score 1) 304

by Ogive17 (#49126437) Attached to: I ride a bike ...
Right now my road bike is sitting on a stand in the basement, I'll ride 40-60 minutes a couple times per week for exercise. I only live 3 miles from work but I am also responsible for dropping my son off at daycare, so the bike is out of the question. There are also safety concerns given that most of my commute is on roads where the speed limit is 50 or 55mph and that I am in the office before the sun rises except for early summer. Too many people on cell phones for me to be comfortable on the busier roads.

During the warmer months I'm limited to recreation rides in the evening or on weekends. We have a decent bike trail system in my part of Ohio. I can go for a 100 mile ride (1 direction) with 90% of that being on a bike path.

Comment: Re:Needs fairly strong justification (Score 1) 700

by Ogive17 (#48978731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
Haha, I get that same feeling when reading slashdot. I'm in a small mid-western town (20k residents when I was in high school, my graduating class had a little over 300 kids).

There were cliques, there was an occasional fight.. but honestly there was little drama and I never saw any forms of bullying. Sure, people would talk about others behind their backs but that's as far as I ever saw it go.

I was small, did not have much confidence, and I dressed myself really bad.. but that never made me a target.

I routinely chat with people from my class, I'm amazed at how well the class spread out around the country and what some people have accomplished. I guess I was very lucky to know so many wonderful people.

I wouldn't call my school years great but that is more on my own attitude and not how I was treated.

Comment: Curiosity and Fear (Score 1) 333

by Ogive17 (#48926259) Attached to: The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...
I know I would be extremely curious but also fearful at the same time.

Let's face it, we're not going to discover another intelligent species on our own for quite a long time so any contact would be almost entirely on the aliens. Their technology will be beyond our imagination and we'd likely be at their complete mercy. Explorers or survivors? My fear would be they came here to finish what we started, pillage the planet of valuable resources and move on.

Comment: Re:Parents (Score 1) 784

by Ogive17 (#48829309) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
Why is it wrong? I started walking to/from school when I was 5 years old. Sometimes I'd be with a friend, sometimes I would be alone. Hell, in 5th grade I was a crossing guard and would stand out at a 4-way stop, by myself, to allow the kindergardeners to get to school.

I'm not ranting against you, the story just pisses me off. I have a good friend who works for a similar service, he must respond to calls of abuse/neglect and decide what action should be taken. There is so much actual abuse out there.. letting a 6 and 10 year old walk home alone is not one of them.

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 1) 703

by Ogive17 (#48773927) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College
It took me 6.5 years to get my Bachelor's degree. My path was 2.5 years at a state university, 1.5 at a local community college, then finally the last 2 years at a different state university. (my first 2+ years was in aerospace engineering, those classes don't translate well when transferring to business...).

I had all my loans paid off within 18 months. The key was that the community college was a very cheap way to get through all the gen ed courses. I was working part time and was able to save enough money to pay off my tuition at the university to avoid any additional loans. Had I gone the CC route at the beginning, I would have graduated with no debt at all.

I think this plan is a good idea. Hopefully it requires students to maintain a certain level of achievement to continue receiving free education.

"Life sucks, but it's better than the alternative." -- Peter da Silva