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Garfield minus Garfield

Posted by Selbonaut On 2008-02-27 4 comments

Stumbled across this and enjoyed it greatly, hope you do too.

"Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolor disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against lonliness and methamphetamine addiction in a quiet American suburb."

Teachers' salaries --a new perspective

Posted by Kyro Sk On 3 comments

Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do--baby sit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked, not any of that silly planning time.

That would be $19.50 a day (7:00 AM to 3:30 (or so) PM with
just 25 min. off for lunch).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to
baby-sit their children.


How many do they teach in a class, 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 day s a year!!! We're not going to pay them for any vacations.


That's $585 x 180= $105,300 per year.

What about those special teachers and the ones with master's degrees? Well, I guess we could pay them minimum wage, and just to be fair, round it off to $7.00 an hour.

That would be $7 x 6 1/2 hours x 30 children x 180 days = $245,700 per year.

Wait a minute --there's something wrong here!

Average teacher salary:
$50,000/180 days
= $277/per day/30 students
= $9.23/6.5 hours
= $1.42 per hour per student.

A very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even try (with your help) to EDUCATE your kids!


So, those numbers seem a little inflated in certain places, so even if we take the conservative minimums, what the 'babysitting' cost would be is more like this:

$3/hour x 6 hours/day x 24 students per class = $432
$432 x 180 school days in a year = $77,760

(and this very low conservative estiamte provides zilch for extra curricular and prep time, which I'm sure almost doubles it)

As for the current cost per chilld, let's re-use these numbers to see the actual figure, again, this won't include any time outside of the conservative 6 hours / day that we used above.

Average teacher salary:
$50,000/180 days
= $277/per day/24 students
= $11.57/6 hours
= $1.92 per hour per student.

No matter how you crunch the numbers it's an amazingly good deal. And in my opinion, it's not just a theoretically good deal, it's an actually good deal. Investment in our children is the only way to have a shot over the long haul.

As the investment in our health and education for our kids goes down, so will the chances at having a better future for them to live in. Seems like common sense to me.

Ted Talks: Ideas worth spreading

Posted by Clockwork On 2008-02-26 0 comments

Faith Fighter Game (NSFW)

Posted by Rippin Kittin On 2008-02-25 2 comments

NOTE: Not suitable for work environments or for those who are offended by religious parody.

This is a fun little game that I stumbled upon and wanted to share - it's worth a play, just to unveil the boss :)

I'm speechless

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2008-02-24 0 comments

I guess it was inevitable...

Who is this guy? Maybe Colbert has it right:

The topic is ripe for ridicule: On The Colbert Report in January, host Stephen Colbert asked Levy, "Are these people who can't establish relationships with other human beings, are they by any chance people who write about love and sex with robots?"

Enemies Everywhere (Princeton)

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2008-02-23 4 comments

Those bastards at Princeton are back to undermining north americas security again!

Well, it looks like we can't protect our computer data after all (and using Linux vs. Windows is apparently no protection, that makes me laugh so hard that it actually hurts a little).

But here's the big question in my mind.

Imagine if some 15lam0faci0 group uses this technique to steal important security data from a stolen laptop, and then subsequently uses that information to carry out a successful attack. Does that make these researchers accomplices to that act of terror? Are they not helping the evil-doers (jihadis and black-hats alike) by making this discovery public? Where is the outrage?

More importantly, where can I get a copy of there Bitunlocker software to use to amaze friends and co-workers with acts of digital legerdemain (say that 5 times fast)?

PS - word out to Rippin Kittin' for Friday night.

"Murder Me" Elmo Soon To Hit Shelves!

Posted by James Davie On 2008-02-22 1 comments

A mother in Florida replaced the batteries in her son James' Elmo doll only to have it start uttering death threats.

"Kill James" it says, which the kid is now repeating. Fisher Price says they are looking into it, but to me it smells like angry employee revenge!

I bet sales for the item increase ten-fold as Goth kids buy them for their boyfriends and girlfriends with the hope of Elmo uttering some sweetly homicidal greeting.

Hit the link to view the news report.

Prelude to the big one?

Posted by Clockwork On 2 comments

Apparently, Southern Cal and Nevada have been experiencing quite a few earthquakes in the last week. I found this map interesting.

Maybe its time to start buying up land in eastern Nevada. 50 years from now, "Memorial Coast" will be the place to be. ;)

I Say We All Move to Dubai

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2008-02-16 4 comments

Really, what's stopping us?
What's going to be left here in North America if the US really falls? I'm a rat, and I will desert a sinking ship (every day of the week, and twice on Sunday).

If you can bear it:

The Fall of CRE

A real Tsunami that the world will feel

In Case You Were Curious...

Posted by James Davie On 2008-02-15 3 comments


Posted by Selbonaut On 2008-02-11 5 comments

What can you all tell me about these people?

Remember The Snit?

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2008-02-01 9 comments