"The Password Journal combines game technology and secret-keeping, making it of interest to young girls who like neat gadgets...and privacy. In addition to functions for setting important dates, times, and other data - the Password Journal has a secret compartment inside for treasured belongings (promise rings, phone numbers, photos, etc.) Also includes a night-light that allows for transactions that can be made only under the cover of darkness (whatever they may be). Key and voice-coded access guarantees privacy after setting the password. Don't bother trying to jerry-rig it, parents; once the password is entered, the machine only opens at the command of its owner."Now that is too freakin' cool! We have a niece that turns 9 next month so she's a bit young for it still, but it's definitely one to file back to up my cool aunt-o-meter in the future!
"So, ladies, if you wanna rob a bank, but you don't want your cooter poked, head to beautiful Minnesota. Land of 10,000 lakes."Oh wait...wrong entry!
"IIIIIIIIIII'M NOOOOOORRRRRMAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!"Oh yeah, he'll make a good blogger soon.
You know, there are people you can literally spend years of your life hanging around with them and never really "click" -- no matter how well you (think you) know them. And then there are people you meet face-to-face for literally a number of hours and it feels like you've been friends forever. We caught ourselves laughing at more than one 'inside joke' last weekend -- and we'd been in the same room together for less time than most new NBC sitcoms last.
Funny how today's society works out that you end up meeting some of your closest friends in 'real life' on the Internet...but it really seems to have worked out that way this time... And I couldn't be happier. Bring on the drinking and silly board games!Anyone else think they can take me at Trivial Pursuit? Do you feel lucky punk?
So when I read this article interviewing Matt Stone, I didn't believe they were really going to kill Kenny off once and for all and add Butters to the South Park foursome. But watching the show right now, it looks like they've done just that. For now...at least...Good thing everyone knows it's Butters. That's me!
Humans will begin a voyage to the nearest star this century, a NASA researcher says. And the crew might more resemble a tribal society than the chain of command of traditional space missions. Procreation would be required. The crew that arrived would be descendents of those that left.
Sending humans out into deep space over a period of generations probably means a one-way trip for those aboard, researchers say, and would require the development of reliable power sources and closed-loop life support systems. [Geoffery A. Landis of NASA’s Glenn Research Center] has even suggested sending out crews consisting only of women to save on weight, replacing men with frozen sperm to ensure reproduction later down the line.I just can't quiet the cynical side of me that's thinking, "Just great... We've screwed everything up on our own planet. Parts of Antarctica are breaking off and melting. But oh yeah, let's go screw the cosmos up as well!" One thing's for certain. Our children, and our children's children, face an interesting road ahead.
In 1998, the plaintiff's school district asked students who engaged in extracurricular activities from 7th through 12th grades to consent to drug testing. Miss Earls wanted to participate in the school's vocal choir and marching band. Her lawsuit "could help decide whether school districts can require drug tests for students who want to participate in after-school activities from cheerleading to chess squad".
If this becomes law, what's to stop law agencies from one day beating down our doors, forcing us to take a drug test to see if we're fit to be on the PTA or run the school's bake sale? Lord knows what we could slip into the brownies!
Now don't get me wrong...I have never tried illegal drugs myself (although my husband has)...so it's not a test I fear personally. But this just smacks of lost freedoms that can never be recovered.
Students aren't going to avoid a drug problem because of these tests. If anything, it will only succeed in making them more introverted, left to camp out in front of their computers at home alone. The ones that potentially need the "help" that policies like these are trying to catch are the very ones least likely to get "caught" in such a scenario in the first place. Education needs to come in the form of discussions with parents and authority figures -- not by lining our kids up like cattle outside of the school restroom doors for pee parties, with the fear of "did my bagel have poppy seads on it" looming over their heads each day.Although I think there is a place for drug-testing in certain athletic competitions, I find it very hard to believe such tests are necessary in order for my child to play the flute, sing in the choir, or (God-forbid) join the 4-H club. With every little bit of liberty that vanishes, this country seems to forget the very principles on which it was founded. Because this one time, at band camp...