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Comment: Re:Makerspace.... (Score 1) 167

This is very interesting to me. I've been considering pursuing something like this, but I think the current models are too narrow in scope. Why should we only concentrate on metal/plastic/wood shaping tools. I am considering trying to design a place with areas for this, as well as areas to cook, and areas to sew, maybe an area for chemistry.

Comment: Re:Pinto (Score 0) 247

by pnutjam (#49569987) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues
I was on this plane once when all of the sudden the hydraulics went. The plane starts spinning around, going out of control, so I figured it's all over and I whip it out and starts beating it right there. So all the other passengers take a cue from me and they start whipping it out and beating like mad! So all the passengers are beating off, plummeting to our certain doom, when all of the sudden, the hydraulics kick back in. The plane rights itself and we land safely. Everyone puts their penises or, whatever, away and deboards.

Comment: Re:Root of failure (Score 1) 352

by pnutjam (#49562655) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
My greed point was to address parental involvement. There are many parents too busy to engage with their children because they are at a subsistence level and they can't survive without multiple jobs. (basic needs/level playing field).
There are also many parents who neglect their children because they are greedy and they have plenty, but want more (fictionalized example).

Comment: Re:sage (Score 1) 352

by pnutjam (#49560233) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
My kids have always played with the neighborhood kids, even when there are disparate ages. Just last week I built a cardboard box "clubhouse" in my driveway and had a half dozen neighborhood kids playing in it with my kids. Alot of parents don't let their kids outside unsupervised, but once they realize I am out there with my kids they are usually ok with them running around.

I take my younger kids outside and actually play with them, we attract kids like sugar attracts ants. It's not an instant process, but if you are seen with your kids, people get comfortable and kids get curious. I think the neighborhood bus stop also helps, get out of the car and talk to other parents.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan