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Wait! The solution to supposed poor mothers being able to quickly purchase food is to supply them with a smartphone app.  How poor can you be if you can afford a modern smartphone and the associated data plans?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.govtech.com/Nutrition-App-Slices-Red-Tape-for-Low-Income-Moms.html

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The photos look great.  Good story telling too.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on The Sourland Mountain Visit

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I like this.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Black and White Photo Challenge – Day 2

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Hmm ... interesting that I never saw articles about the all the plastic 5" and 5.5" Android devices bending in skinny jeans.    I have the iPhone 6.  It does not bend in  jeans pockets. It does not bend in any pockets.  It does not bend.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Attention Hipsters, Your Skinny Jeans Are Bending the New iPhone

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@KelWay @khurtwilliams But they won't be hired to design said outer space device without a degree in engineering from a structured learning institution.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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@KelWay @JasonSullivan @The Sanity Inspector Please do.  I'm wating for the relegation that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and Mark Zukerberg were home schooled or un-schooled.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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@phillfire @jennadevi I have no interest in trading my passion for technology for a life feeding pigs and chickens.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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@KelWay @AngiDavisVining  I don't think you answered the first question about setting limits. "Wouldn't that go against the philosophy of unschooling?"

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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@benhewitt.net @RobertPondiscio What does cancer have to do with education?  Perhaps you missed being education all together with this ad-hominem bull crap.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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"Delegating the education of your children to the state is far, far, far more indicative of a "lazy parent"."


@KelWay @SeanPSullivan I suppose you think parents who decide to put their baby in day care while they go back to work have "delegated their child raising too". 


Stop the judgmental bullshit.



3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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I think it's possible to have the benefits of a structured education via schools while also encouraging the kinds of self-directed learning (and freedom) offered by "un-schooling" (stupid word.  Not doing something is an "un".)


I was born and educated in the Caribbean at both public and private schools.  But unlike most American kids today I spent most of non-school time playing or exploring my own interests. I was not driven from one structure activity to the other.


I spent most of my non-free time playing.  We built forts (learning physics). We bred tropical fish (learning biology).  We experimented with designs for paper airplanes (more physics).  When my parents bought me a Commodore VIC 20 in 1981 I learned programming on my own ( no Internet videos to teach me and no books) and wrote video games to sell to my friends (entrepreneurship).


Because my parents let me pursue my interest I spent one summer reading the Encyclopedia Britannica (no Internet) from one volume to the next.  I love calculus and my text book looked like a pack of cards by the end of another summer.


But mostly, I spent my summers and after school evenings doing NOTHING at all related to school.  My bothers and I spent time outdoors exploring and LEARNING.  In the process of undirected play we learned HOW TO LEARN.


From Kumon, to piano lessons to soccer practice etc. American kids have no time to play or do things that really interest them.  They are being FORCED to do things that their parents think will get them into a better college etc.  All these activities are meant to ensure placement at the best colleges.  Resume stuffers.


Of course, the kids are bored, stressed and (in some cases) rebellious. They are living the lives their parents want for them.  They don't have time to find out for themselves who they are.


Stop structuring your kids non-school time.  Quit forcing them to attend Kumon and Kaplan School.  Just let them PLAY.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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Calculus, trigonometry, algebra. All necessary for a career in the sciences, math or engineering. Can't send a human being into space, or develop medical equipment, etc. without those.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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What specifically did those people do? I think saying it's doable without giving some idea of how it might be done isn't useful.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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And what say you for the single parent home that has only one home and one income? Must that parent never have a break from earning a living?

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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My kids are attending public school in the USA. My wife attended public school in the USA. I attended both public and private schools in the English Caribbean. I see both pros and cons to the public school my kids attend here in New Jersey.

While I agree with some of what you wrote -- the potential lack of exposure to ethno/socio-economic diversity -- I disagree with what I think is your suggestion that we as individuals owe to society at large.

My kids were not born to serve the world and have any responsibility to "make it a better place". They should serve their own interests and desires (within the constraints of the law).

I have a lot I want to say about this article but I need time to cogently prepare my writing but I think it's possible to have the benefits of "unschooling" along with a traditional school curriculum.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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Lovely.

5 months ago on More Rain – More Drops

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Jurassic Park?

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Some of my favorite Landscape photos from 500px

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I can smell the sweet wet.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Some of my favorite Landscape photos from 500px

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Ok. So this isn't a landscape. It's a cityscape but ... wow! What a view!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Some of my favorite Landscape photos from 500px

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@kd2pm2  Pills is one of those app for which I'll actually have to read the manual.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Rock Brook

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Currently I inject my insulin using insulin pens. When I pack my insulin I always ensure that I pack enough needles and then a few extra. Nothing feels worse that sitting down to a meal and realizing that I forgot to pack enough needles or insulin.

Since this was written I have started using an insulin pump. I now have even more supplies to pack.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Winter Photography Tips For The Diabetic Photographer

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@kd2pm2 you can find this delicious @Green_Medley sandwich in the Moorestown Mall food court.  See yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/green-medley-moorestown

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Vegan Buffalo Wing Sandwich

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http://islandinthenet.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/wpid-5352e1f27cd480.43771594.jpg

I like the low-down shot.

7 months ago on Outside

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The Amish Country Store

I buy Smarties in bulk here. Cheaper than glucose tablets.

7 months ago on Tulips at the Trenton Farmers Market

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Trenton Farmers Market

I often eat lunch at Button's Creperie.

7 months ago on Tulips at the Trenton Farmers Market

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@Bhavana Raval Williams check out this blog post.

7 months, 1 week ago on Duke Estate

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We got really excited about one idea, and we believe it will change the face of commenting and soon become the kind of experience that people expect when they read content on the web. Starting today, that idea is a reality, and it’s called Livefyre Sidenotes.

What is socialsync?

7 months, 1 week ago on Say Hello to Sidenotes

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So instead, we chose to innovate on features like real-time streaming, and SocialSync, but we kept the same basic kind of interaction; users leave comments below the article in a single stream.

So because you see no use for something it's pointless?

7 months, 1 week ago on Say Hello to Sidenotes

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In the USA all dogs are pampered.

10 months, 1 week ago on Pampered Dogs of Midrand – Bhairav and Sinthu

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Small talk also includes the meaningless "good morning", "how ya doin'" phrases.

1 year, 2 months ago on It’s okay to hate small talk

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One of the things that Foursquare fails at for me is recommendations.  I live and work in the suburbs of New Jersey between Manhattan and Philadelphia.  Most of my coworkers drive 30 minutes to 1HR to work.  They don't live in or near the towns close to me and don't visit NYC or Philly often.  So my friends checkins aren't useful to me since I'm not likely to be visiting their towns and they don't visit NYC and Philly often enough for the recommendations to be useful.  Given that most people in the USA -- like myself -- live in the spaces between the big cities I found Foursquare less than useful and after two years abandoned the app.

1 year, 4 months ago on Foursquare Explore is amazing. But only for a very small group of people

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@MatthewCase LOL. The livedyre plugin on this blog does that. Funny thing is that's an old blog post.

1 year, 9 months ago on My 3-year-old nephew gets the Chromebook Pixel, why don’t you?

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His 3 year old nephew doesn't understand economics and neither does this writer. This Chromebook is over priced.

1 year, 9 months ago on My 3-year-old nephew gets the Chromebook Pixel, why don’t you?

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Looking forward to the next post.  I don't travel as often now as I used to in my youth and I waited until both my kids were school age before taking our first international trip.

1 year, 9 months ago on Our India Trip – The Preparation Phase

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I may be ms-understanding your article but your complaint seems to be "parenting my kids requires too much direct involvement".

My son (14)  had an iPad 2 and iPhone and my daughter (12) has an iPad mini.  Mobile devices are not allowed outside visual range of a parent.  Mobile devices are turned into parents before bedtime.  No access to a computing device before homework is complete.  We verify what the homework assignment via the online system the school provides. 

The iMac is in a publicly viewable location within the house.  No social media accounts are allowed.

All web traffic flows through an Open DNS filter.  The logs for each user log in are reviewed on a regular basis so we know which web site they are visiting.

If I see access to Google+ or Twitter or Facebook, I assume they have an account and they have to turn over the password or the service gets blocks.  I control which apps get installed on any iDevice. 

Does this take work and time? Yes.  But hey, that's parenting.

1 year, 9 months ago on How one digital dad has adapted

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@dhammer I like how you gave your self ( and Google an out). If Google Now succeeds it's because it was the right thing to do.  If Google's pulls it, it's not because they failed, it's "because it didn't generate the kind of usage they wanted".  Love your spin.

1 year, 10 months ago on Google Now: “That’s great, but how is Google going to pay for it?”

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Thank you.

1 year, 10 months ago on It’s a bad time to be a hacker in the United States

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 @MChak  Configuration information for OpenDNS can be found on the web site: https://store.opendns.com/setup/device/apple-airport-v761

2 years, 1 month ago on AirPort Utility 6.0 Released

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 @machsixer I'm glad you found the article useful.

2 years, 1 month ago on iOS 5 Secure Mail

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 @RichShumaker Thanks for the links.

2 years, 2 months ago on HDR photography with Raspberry Pi and gPhoto2

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 @koolinus I think my computer had something else happening that day. I recreated the bootable USB thumb-drive for OS X 10.8 and it took about 2 hours to complete.

2 years, 2 months ago on How to create an OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion install drive

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 @BillyScott The Gert board is interesting. I want one but not at that price point (almost $50 US).  I wish they had released the schematics so I could build my own.

2 years, 2 months ago on HDR photography with Raspberry Pi and gPhoto2

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 @medwards I look at using the "--wait-event" flag and the D40 is supported but ... I don't quite understand what sort of events trigger and event.  

2 years, 2 months ago on HDR photography with Raspberry Pi and gPhoto2

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 @GlennPhillips  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are successful in getting your D2H to work with gPhoto2 and the Raspberry Pi.  I'm hoping to refine the script and add a triggering mechanism ... soon.

2 years, 2 months ago on HDR photography with Raspberry Pi and gPhoto2

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Wow! How embarrassing. I don't know what happened here but thanks for bringing it to my attention.

2 years, 2 months ago on Setup Google Apps (Mail, Calendar and Contacts) on the iPad

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