September 3, 2019

How To Stop Calendar Spam

This happened to me recently and it’s super annoying. Here’s how to fix it.

Source: Spam In your Calendar? Here’s What to Do. — Krebs on Security


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August 30, 2019

What is a fantast? Depends who you ask

Today’s word of the day is fantast. Which spell check does not think is a word but the Internet does.

I was trying to type “fantasyguru.com” and typed “fantast”. The definitions intrigue me.

Dictionary.com says a fantast (or phantast) is “a visionary or dreamer.”

Merriam Webster says:

1 : VISIONARY
2 : a fantastic or eccentric person
3 : FANTASIST

TheFreeDictionary says “someone who predicts the future” (if you scroll down).

Not bad for a word I didn’t know was a word.


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May 14, 2019

Man finds parents 33 years after he was abandoned at Gatwick

Amazing:

A man who was abandoned as a baby at Gatwick Airport more than 30 years ago has tracked down his parents.
Steve Hydes was left in the airport’s south terminal in 1986 when he was just 10 days old and was found wrapped in a blanket in the women’s toilets.

Mr Hydes has spent 15 years trying trace his family and now, after genealogists tested DNA samples, has discovered that his mother passed away but his father is still alive.

After making contact with his father, Mr Hydes found he had siblings who did not know he existed.

Man finds parents 33 years after he was abandoned at Gatwick

Source: Man finds parents 33 years after he was abandoned at Gatwick


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May 9, 2019

Justice League cartoon helps my kid answer a science question

My son just made me very happy.

One of the greatest cartoons ever

He was taking a physics exam and said something from the Justice League cartoon helped him answer a question.

It had something to do with x-rays not being able to pass through lead, and that’s what they did with Superman.

So there you go! Superhero animation is educational.



May 6, 2019

Chinese Boot Camp Turns Boys into “Alpha Males” to Fight Rise of K-Pop Culture

This story pisses me off.

Children in China

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Let’s start with the premise: “K-Pop Culture” is making boys less masculine. OK, sure. Because that’s a thing. Maybe in China it is. But music and fashion doesn’t “make” anyone anything. It doesn’t alter levels of masculinity. It may call some of those notions into question, just as it did in the 60s here in the States. Men with long hair! Oh noes!

Then the term “alpha males”. This is lauded by a surprising number of people. Presidential candidates are “alpha males”, and some are mocked for not being that — one right wing dig at Beto O’Rourke is Beta O’Dork. Clever. (Note: not that clever.)

The term comes from the animal kingdom. An alpha male is “the dominant male animal in a particular group” according to the Internet.

It’s right up there with “winning”. So much winning.

You would think that we have progressed as a society past outdated notions of masculinity. You would be wrong. Look at the current Democratic Presidential candidates. There are real discussions about whether or not “a woman can win”. Lots of men have lost! For fuck’s sake if the best candidate is a woman give her a chance. Hillary lost. All that means is that Hillary lost. It doesn’t mean a woman can’t win.

At some point, everybody can’t be the alpha. Someone has to do the work. I’m a big believer in roles. Sports metaphors for the win! Someone is the coach, someone is the quarterback, and someone is on the offensive line. When the offensive lineman decides he should be the quarterback, it all falls apart.

What about teaching kids to be good people? To be nice? Is there any room for that at Real Man Camp? I’m guessing no. It’s probably a lot of chest beating and playing football. Football I’m in favor of, although maybe not because of head injuries.

What message do camps like this send? That there is one way to be a man. That if you do not conform to these notions of what a man is you have less value as a person. How is that positive?

Source: Chinese Boot Camp Turns Boys into “Alpha Males” to Fight Rise of K-Pop Culture 


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May 5, 2019

Japanese Device Allows Fathers to Breastfeed Their Babies

BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!

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This is so ridiculous. A friend and I used to joke about a certain baby book for dads: “I wish *I* could have the baby.” (I don’t remember which book it is.) You’re not a woman. You don’t have breasts. Dads don’t breastfeed. Relax. Bottle feeding is fine. It’s a nice thing to do but really it’s about getting food to your kid. Stuff like this is just dumb.

Source: Japanese Device Allows Fathers to Breastfeed Their Babies



May 5, 2019

9 Muppets Kicked Off Sesame Street | Mental Floss

In over four decades, Sesame Street has featured over 1,000 characters. Although we’ll always have mainstays like Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, many Muppets have been forgotten or deemed unnecessary. Here are a few Sesame Street residents who were evicted.

Two of these characters were my favorites when I was little. Roosevelt Franklin was so damn cool. And Don Music was hilarious. Hitting his head on the piano.

Why were they banned? Well, head hitting is bad. And Roosevelt Franklin? “Parents wrote to the Children’s Television Workshop to complain that Roosevelt was a negative stereotype of African-American children, citing his rowdy nature and the fact that his classes closely resembled after-school detention.” I mean… OK. But he was so cool! And fun! Ah, hell. It’s not like my childhood was ruined because it didn’t have Roosevelt Franklin in it anymore. But was it really such a negative stereotype? I was too young to know what detention was so even if that part was valid, who cares?

I’m a big Sesame Street fan and I loved watching it with my kids, even if it wasn’t as good as it was when *I* was a kid. Like so many things.

Source: 9 Muppets Kicked Off Sesame Street | Mental Floss