Archive for June, 2010

 First, how are they even going to police that?  Are they going to have someone collect and review each students cell phone records?  Collect and search all students actual cell phones?  I’m pretty sure there are some right to privacy violations in those situations, unless they can get the parents to somehow wave that right.  We’ll touch on the parent’s bit a little further down.

Second, what the hell!?  Off school hours and grounds?  What right does a school have to police what a child does out of school with their own property?  Before you answer that, think about the slippery slope this potentially creates.  What about Instant Messaging between students?  Emails?  Phone calls!?  I can certainly understand the need (and the right) to prevent such behavior within the walls of the school.  As far as I am concerned, students (outside of the college world) probably don’t even need to have their cell phone in school at all.  That’s fine.  Set policy that no cell phones are allowed in school.  I understand the concern over teen pregnancy and sex.  However, why, for the love of Bruce Campell, is a school trying to dictate what a kid can do outside of their walls?  Parents should be guiding the moral fiber of their children, not schools.  Sure, schools can help, but technically, it’s not what they are there for.  Which brings me to one of my biggest gripes….

Parents.  Specifically lazy parents.  I’m reminded daily how stupid and lazy some people are these days.  How it’s never “their fault” and are always looking to someone else to do their job for them.   Suck it up.  You’re a parent.  Pay attention to what your children are watching, playing, sayin, and texting.  Talk to them for crying out loud.  Get involved instead of just letting someone else raise your children for you.  This plague spreading across this nation of a sense of entitlement and selfishness is, in my opinion, the number one reason why this country….nay, the world, is in decline.

But I digress, it’s nor the school’s responsibility or right to police what students do on their free time outside of school.  It’s the parents job.  This movement is stupid….and anyone supporting it in it’s current form needs more than a couple good slaps.

Real Lightsaber?

WickedLasers reveals “lightsaber-ish” laser powerful enough to blind/burn  (Courtesy

Wickedlasers unveiled a new device that pumps out a 1 watt laser beam.  While “1” is generally not a very impressive number, it’s more than enough power to blind you instantly and very quickly cause flesh to burst into flames.  This cute little device retails at a mere $200 and requires you to sign a “Class IV Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form.”

I’d like to start out by saying this is pretty damn cool.  It’s a real life laser beam.  Star Trek geek, Star Wars geek, whatever…we’ve all wanted one of these since we were kids.  Geekasm aside, I’m afraid the current state of the people of this planet is just too stupid to wield one of these things like it’s some fantastic new novelty or movie prop.  How long before some jackass decides to just shine this out of their bedroom window at a crowd full of people.  How annoying is that idiot in the movie theater with the laser pointer circling some guys crotch?  Now imagine that same moron has one of these.  Whoops, set the screen on fire……or your actual crotch.  And I’m sure, just like that annoying laser pointer moron, you won’t be able to tell where that damn flesh burning dot is really coming from.  This just seems like a bad, bad, bad, bad idea.

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