December 7, 2017

NFL Should Not Be Convincing Parents To Let Kids Play Football

This article from ESPN about the state of the NFL under Roger Goodell had a line that made me go “hmm”.

NFL Convincing Parents To Let Kids Play Football? No

“How it will convince mothers that their kids should be allowed to play football.”

So… no.

First, is this article suggesting that fathers have no say in their children playing football? Or that fathers are throwing their children onto the gridiron whether they like it or not? I don’t think so. Can we at least start saying “parents” instead of “mothers” unless we’re talking about breast-feeding?

Second, and this is my main point — how the hell is it the NFL’s job to convince parents to “let” their kids play football? Answer: it isn’t. I suppose the idea here is that to keep a fresh supply of players in the pro league you need kids playing pee-wee football. (Pee-Wee!) To me, the NFL’s job is to make sure parents are informed about the dangers of playing football, and then parents can make their own decisions. If nothing else, the NFL shouldn’t be PREVENTING that information from coming to light, something they have almost certainly done.

Really though, is it the NFL commissioner’s job to “convince mothers that their kids should be allowed to play football“? Fuck no.



November 26, 2017

Cyber Monday Deals on Amazon Devices

 

Source: Deals and Offers on Kindle, Fire, Echo devices – Official Site


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November 24, 2017

Mark Hamill Thankful He Knew Carrie Fisher

Mark Hamill posted this lovely image on Twitter this Thanksgiving with the message “#Thankful4TheMemories”.

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher

Source: STAR WARS: Mark Hamill Shares Touching Thanksgiving Tribute To Carrie Fisher



November 17, 2017

I Guess It’s NOT Too Early For Black Friday Stuff

I’m usually the guy who’s cranky and says “Grr. It’s too early for Christmas/Chanukah/Thanksgiving ads.” In this case, though, I’m wrong. Black Friday is a week from today, so it’s not too early to think about deals and stuff, if that’s your bag. Link below to ZDNet’s Black Friday guide.

We’ve collected the best Black Friday specials all in one spot to help you with your PC buying decision.

Source: Black Friday 2017: All the best deals, sales, and ads on laptops, desktop PCs | ZDNet


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November 2, 2017

Free Thor Digital Comics On Kindle

Today only, get free Thor digital comics on Kindle. It’s THORSDAY! Get it?!?

Anyway, get free Thor comics today ONLY. Thursday November 2, 2017. THAT’S IT. Sorry for the late notice but I only just found out myself.

Thor

And for those of us who like it old school, check this out.

 

Source: Amazon.com: Thor Digital Comics



October 14, 2017

Goddammit

Really? We’re still banning books? Or are we BACK to banning books? Because “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a great book. While it is possible that the same issues/values can be learned from another book, this is a damn good one. Language makes you uncomfortable? Banning books makes ME uncomfortable.

EDIT: the book wasn’t BANNED per se. It was “removed” from the reading list. Still annoyed.

UPDATE: I read some of the responses to the story on Twitter. My replies are below.

Fine. As long as you aren’t saying that therefore the book shouldn’t be read. I don’t think that’s what the person is saying but if so, she misses the point. Let’s say you think this about Atticus. (I don’t but whatever.) USE THAT AS A JUMPING OFF POINT FOR DISCUSSION. If I recall correctly, Atticus’ stance was startling because of where he was in that particular era. But seriously, PLEASE disagree. Let’s talk about it.

Heh.

Low hanging fruit but OK.

I don’t know about the “lift us when we need it” stuff. But backsliding? Oh yeah.

Biloxi administrators pulled the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum after the district received complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.”

Source: School district pulls ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from reading list; ‘makes people uncomfortable’ | AL.com



October 14, 2017

Adults Suck


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