Recently, a status update ran around Facebook asking people to "List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than a few minutes, and don't think too hard. They do not have to be the 'right' books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way." Facebook's data scientists went though 130,000 responses and came up with a list of the 100 most common entries.
http://www.motherjones.com/mix... Were these only 'public' Facebook accounts, or private accounts or both? Did anyone think it was creepy that they are scraping Facebook posts for research without informing the subjects that they are being researched on?
"Your assignment this week - every time you are in the grocery stop in aisle 6 and stare at the capers for 45 seconds, then move on. Extra points if you don't actually buy anything at all"
"Your assignment today is to move one can of tomato paste to the beer section"
"Tomorrow please run quickly through aisles 2 and 7, then stop to pace back and forth in front of the adult diapers for 10 seconds"
"This week, wear heat-shielding on just the top half of your body."
"Stand very still in front of the instant coffee area and move your eyes quickly from top shelf to bottom shelf 5 times, then sprint away."
Kiera Wilmot is a Florida high school student with a perfect behavior record and good grades. She was recently arrested, hauled from school in handcuffs, expelled, and now faces Federal charges — all because of shameful over-reaction by school officials and law enforcement.
Out of curiosity and the scientific spirit, she mixed some common household chemicals together, creating a vigorous reaction that blew the top off the container she used. No one was hurt — no damage was done. But instead of appluading her boldness of spirit and connecting her to a science teacher that could mentor it, she is being treated like a criminal!
This travesty of justice and education must be stopped. Reinstate her, and wipe her records clean. Then celebrate her!
More on the story: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/04/florida_teen_girl_charged_with.php Her principal's email address: Ronald.Pritchard@polk-fl.net
Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?