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Comment Re:My recollection of Kindergarten, circa 1986 (Score 1) 228

I was in kindergarten in the mid '70s and i remember it was a big deal that i could read. It was just me and a couple other kids in this reading group. A couple times a week, we had to skip recess and do our advanced reading class instead. I don't think it affected me in any way, but i was bummed out about it.

When i entered first grade, the teacher gave us reading tests to separate us into different skill levels. I saw this as my chance to start over, threw the test, and told the teacher i couldn't read.

Ah. I got one blissful week of just being a normal kid. Then my mom found out and was furious. Back into the advanced reading group i went.

Comment absolutely (Score 1) 231

i figure it will take a long time for any probe to get anywhere. We'll probably be able to easily intercept it with our warp drives by the time we figure out if it's a good idea or not. in the meantime, we will feel like a cool space faring species.

Comment Re:Because they don't care (Score 1) 551

Yay, you can no longer listen to headphones at your desk and have your phone charging. Listen all day at the office, phone is dead for the walk home. GREAT Idea.

This is pretty much the best critique i've seen of this architecture.

It doesn't affect me though. I am already using bluetooth headphones at my desk. Still, you do point out a valid shortcoming.

Comment Re:It's because the game has no long term goals (Score 1) 194

i'm trying to get a gyarados before my brother-in-law. There is some entertainment in that.

My commute to and from work along the embarcadero in san francisco is loaded with the requisite magikarp. I go into the office a couple times a week, and had determined that I can collect enough over the course of a few weeks. That will beat my brother-in-law, but it is pretty disheartening to overhear groups of people discussing how they are evolving a gyarados a day over there.

it's pretty clear that there's no way to compete with the "masters".

Comment i think they influence me (Score 1) 399

I see a lot of vitriolic hate towards trump on my facebook feed. against my better judgement, i'm tempted to vote for him just out of curiosity. Somewhere in my head, 12 year old me is begging me to go through with it.

I recognize this urge. Traveling in the rear facing seat of my parent's station wagon, after my brother had defined the edge of his sovereign territory, i just couldn't resist the tempation to wave my hand defiantly in his airspace.

I'm sure i'll get in trouble, but i just want to see how much squealing will happen.

Comment The theatre experience is dying james. (Score 2) 331

20 years ago it was cool. There's new things now. People get more jazzed about the experience of showing up at a pokemon gym and finding hundreds of others there.

Pokemon, as lame as it is, is honestly a superior experience. You show up. There's a bunch of people there who you share an interest with. You can talk, or you can just leave if they annoy you. It's like all the good parts of going to a movie without the overhead of feeling trapped with these annoying people because you paid good money to be there. It also doesn't come with the risk that the movie will be crap and you'd rather just have it on in the background while you did something you want to do.

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