Video Games: Help Boys More Than Girls. Should Dems Tax Softwear Cos?

19 04 2009

Seriously, who cares!?

I mean, isn’t this why Barbie, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Easy Bake Ovens were invented?

Do we really want our women to mimic male “vidiots” and end up looking like this…fan?

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*As usual, I will atone for that.

Popsci with a report that’s sure to enflame liberals into a frenzy of worthless, fascist-like, legislation like the proposed ban on big HDTVs in California:

A new study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University suggests that playing video games helps foster the development of visual-spatial skills among middle school students. Cultivating the ability to think visually is crucial to excelling in fields like engineering and surgery, and the hand-eye coordination attained through gaming is increasingly important in our digital world. But the total lack of games tailored to girls could be providing boys with an academic advantage over their female counterparts.

“Girls are at a disadvantage by not having that three-dimensional experience,” according to a statement by professor Linda Jackson, who led the three-year long study. “So when they get to medical school and they’re doing surgery in the virtual world, they’re not used to it.”

That’s it.  It’s the game-maker’s faults.  They’re chauvinists.  It has nothing to do with boys and girls being different (even if the sum of their parts are equal).

Redemption time!

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The Highlands

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Related:

From LiveScience:

Women, accept a present and really enjoy it, while men unwrap a gift and immediately feel a sense of obligation to the giver.

Ruth Marcus writing for RealClearPolitics:

In performance on a standardized math, science and reading test given to 15- and 16-year-olds in 40 countries, girls in every country performed far better than boys in reading. Conversely, boys in all but three countries did better, but by not nearly as much, in math. In all but three countries — Britain, Thailand and Iceland — more boys than girls scored in the 99th percentile in math.

ScienceNews:

Males typically outperform females on spatial-ability tests by age 4, especially on tasks that require mental rotation of objects perceived as three-dimensional. Yet, two studies of 3- to 5-month-olds, both published in the November Psychological Science, conclude that a substantially greater proportion of boys than girls distinguish a block arrangement from its mirror image, after having first seen the block arrangement rotated. Babies who prefer looking at the mirror image are presumed to have mentally rotated the block arrangement, recognized it and chosen to gaze at the novel mirror image.

Popular Mechanics on video games as military simulators:

But the guts of Gears of War 2, an updated version of Epic Games’ widely licensed Unreal 3 game engine, could introduce a new level of realism for military simulations. Its previous iteration, Unreal 2, served as the core of America’s Army, the United States Army’s family of popular first-person shooters. America’s Army serves both as a recruiting tool and a starting point for actual training simulators. Unreal 2 and now Unreal 3 have also been adapted by other branches of the military. In Gears 2, game balance and gamer satisfaction trump the opportunity to create ultra-realistic virtual firefights. But as the most high-profile showcase for the newest iteration of the Unreal engine—Epic Games owns the engine and the franchise—Gears of War 2 is a peek into the future of better, more advanced military simulators.

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Which Came First; Childish Thinking Or Liberal Thinking?

27 12 2008

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Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette commenced a new series that will continue through inauguration day.  Throughout the month, readers will be indulged with hope as they read child-like children’s suggestions to the President-elect.

Now, when OutOfTheBlu was a youngster, he was a bit of a Marxist; thinking he could work at a Ferrari factory while his friends worked as  mansion builders and other friends cooked baseball-shaped, filet mignons.  Then, we could all share for free and really live it up!  So, while we’re certainly not surprised at the overwhelmingly liberal themes of the letters, we are concerned that the usual naive (see liberal) nature of children is being used by educators as an incubating device for the Democrats.

Unfortunately, the letters are so deranged and so smothered in liberalism, it begs the question of who is teaching who.  Fix up the grammar and vocabulary, and these 10 year-olds sound exactly like Ivy League professors.

Hey, all we ever really needed to know, we learned in kindergarten!

Here’s an up close look at tomorrow’s adorable Marxist, fascist liberals.

Dear President-Elect Obama,

I am a fifth-grade student at Liberty Elementary School. I am writing to you for a school project. These are some things I think you should do while you’re in office.

My family discusses alternative energy a lot. I think you need to look into it, such as solar panels and wind power. We need to get them at lower, less expensive prices so more people will be willing to buy it. We should also get more organizations that sell alternative energy. It would be nice to get totally electric automobiles, but that can’t happen quickly so you could start with having a law that cars, trucks and other things like that have to have a certain miles per gallon.

Another thing I think is very important is to get out of the war in Irack. Many lives would be saved and it would show that the government cares for its people. Families would be happy to be together again and they would thank you and the rest of the government. There would be a lot more money going to other things such as alternative energy, schooling and libraries.

The last thing I encourage you to do is put more money into schools. There is one school I go to on Fridays. The work there is more challenging and interesting. I think school should be fun for everyone, not just the advanced kids. These are the things I thought of to raise grades and make kids not despise school days.

You could put people into level groups. The high- and medium-graded people would work together, and the low and rest of the medium people would work together. One of my teachers told me there was research about group teaching and kids learned most this way. The medium-level kids brought their grade up to an advanced grade and the low-level kids brought their grade up to a medium level.

Teachers should be able to improvise more. They could make it more interesting. If it is interesting kids will want to go to school, not dread it. It will also make them pay closer attention.

The last way I thought of to help raise grades is having a few periods in each day when medium and advanced kids go to a different class. Then the teachers can focus on kids who take a little more time to really learn the lesson well, and not be distracted by the kids who finish their work quickly. At the same time, the other kids can be doing more challenging work so they are learning, rather than doing the same repetitive things over and over again.

I hope, even though I am just a child, you consider what I have said. It may prove helpful to you in the future.

Maya Lapp, age 10

Dear President-Elect Barack Obama,

This letter is to give you some ideas about what you can do to help our country’s economy. One thing you can do is try to stop the Iraq war. It would be a good idea to stop the war because a lot of money goes into the war, which means taxes have a 95 percent chance of going up.

Besides that, we are losing lots of people in the war, which means that a lot of children are being left behind without a parent. Also, a lot of young adults are being killed in the war.

One more thing that can help to improve our economy is to prepare children for the future by improving the school system and its technology.

Thank you very much for your time.

Sincerely,
Maria Vaccarello, age 10

Dear President-Elect Barack Obama,

Here are two major problems in the U.S. that you can try to fix.

The first one is pollution. A lot of animals are dying because of pollution. Fish are dying from garbage being dumped into their habitat. People are dumping barrels of toxins into the oceans and many sea animals are losing food.

Another problem in the U.S. is global warming. In the future, all the land will be flooded with water because the icebergs are melting and the sea level is rising.

Anna Devinney, age 10

Thanks to Newsbusters.org







Dick M. Pounds Bush

21 11 2008

Go ahead and slap my wrist.  That headline had to be written.  Don’t let it fool you.  This Dick and Ellen Morris article is dead serious.

“Will Obama govern from the left? He doesn’t have to.

George W. Bush has done all the heavy lifting for him. It was under Bush that the government basically took over as the chief stockholder of our financial institutions and under Bush that we ceded our financial controls to the European Union.

At the G-20 meeting, Bush agreed to subject the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and our other regulatory agencies to the supervision of a global entity that would critique its regulatory standards and demand changes if it felt they were necessary. Bush agreed to create a College of Supervisors.

According to The Washington Post, it would “examine the books of major financial institutions that operate across national borders so regulators could begin to have a more complete picture of banks’ operations.”

So, Bush is a “far right winger” and a “fascist who’s going to stay in office past his term” huh?

This type of behavior, all too common for Dubya of late, re-energizes the complete disdain I had for the man when I was running around Madison, Wisconsin yelling at Nader fans that they were going to help elect a President’s son, village idiot, chimp looking, drug addict, bit%&.

Mr. President, if you wanted to be a liberal, you could have done us all a huge favor and come out a long time ago.  Truthfully, if you were one of them, the left would have loved your war in Iraq and your crusade that freed oppressed women.  And really, who’s afraid of conservative anti-war protesters?  But it’s pretty clear you’re a beaten man who is looking for love in all the wrong places.  And a massive fool for wooing the world’s left.  You’re only proving them correct about your lack of leadership and wisdom.  Please Mr. Bush, don’t do anything else before you leave office.