Hands up – Disabled kids show host draws criticism, praise

February 28, 2009
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My friend Katheryn at RyHigh has an interesting blog post, Hands up, where she talks about Disabled kids show host draws criticism, praise – CNN.com. Here’s a snippet from the CNN post A children’s show host who was born with one hand is facing criticism from parents over her disability. The BBC is receiving complaints […]

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Fluffy Toilet Paper Said to Be Worse for Environment Than Hummers

February 28, 2009

This is from FOX new: Fluffy Toilet Paper Said to Be Worse for Environment Than Hummers That super-soft toilet paper you’re fond of using? It’s an ecological disaster, environmentalists say. Millions of trees are harvested throughout the Americas – including rare old-growth forests in Canada – to sustain the United States’ obsession with quilted, ultra-soft, […]

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Police Shoot Tibetan Monk Who Set Self on Fire – washingtonpost.com

February 28, 2009
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Police Shoot Tibetan Monk Who Set Self on Fire – washingtonpost.com A young Tibetan monk was shot by Chinese police after he set himself on fire Friday, the third day of the Tibetan New Year, at a market in Sichuan province’s Aba prefecture, Tibetan activist groups said, citing eyewitnesses. Chinese authorities, determined to avoid a […]

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Facebook et al risk ‘infantilising’ the human mind | Media | guardian.co.uk

February 28, 2009

I saw this on mind hacks about Susan Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield talking about Facebook et al risk ‘infantilising’ the human mind. The blog post sort of laughs at her for making these statements without evidence. I’m skeptical of the safe until proven otherwise model that has driven the use of chemicals in food and products […]

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Simsim

February 27, 2009

Yuka and I had Simsim over for dinner… to chat about new media and adaptive design. Nice to spend time with people who get how cool it is to make things out of cardboard.

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The Disappearing Male – Doc Zone | CBC-TV

February 26, 2009
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The Disappearing Male – Doc Zone | CBC-TV “We are conducting a vast toxicological experiment in which our children and our children’s children are the experimental subjects.” Dr. Herbert Needleman The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive […]

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The Teenager Audio Test – Can you hear this sound?

February 26, 2009

The Teenager Audio Test – Can you hear this sound? Clicking the play button below will produce a tone that is generally only heard by people under the age of 25. It has been used as a deterrent device to keep teenagers from loitering in malls and shops, and sounds similar to a buzzing mosquito. […]

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Designer Babies are here

February 26, 2009
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Slashdot | Designer Babies “The Fertility Institutes recently stunned the fertility community by being the first company to boldly offer couples the opportunity to screen their embryos not only for diseases and gender, but also for completely benign characteristics such as eye color, hair color, and complexion. The Fertility Institutes proudly claims this is just […]

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My new sense of guilt as a selfish working mother

February 24, 2009

FT.com / UK – My new sense of guilt as a selfish working mother On Monday The Children’s Society published a report based on interviews with 35,000 people in Britain that concluded children such as mine may not be as happy as they should be. The main risk for British children, it said, was that […]

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Deathwatch: The End of Second Life

February 23, 2009

Deathwatch: The End of Second Life talks about how SL is dead and useless and only good for education and the like. Great! Now that people move on to create something ‘better’ it can fall below the hype-radar and we can get back on to learnification. Blogs, after the hype, could grow and mature as […]

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