Archive for the ‘kids’ Category

¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?

December 24, 2015

“¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?” written by George Scheck, Rod Parker, and Al Greiner, recorded by 12-year-old Augie Rios and the Mark Jeffrey Orchestra in 1958.

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Can Hackers Hijack Wi-Fi Barbie Doll to Spy On Your Kids?

December 4, 2015

Can Hackers Hijack Wi-Fi Barbie Doll to Spy On Your Kids?

The Mattel corporation has introduced the Hello Barbie ™ interactive doll that not only talks, it listens. And records your kid’s conversation with her. And connects to Wi-Fi so her recordings can be analyzed by the ToyTalk ™ voice-recognition software, and the information shared with parents or … who knows.  What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty, say Matt Jakubowski of LookingGlass Cyber Solutions and Andrew Browne of Lavasoft’s malware lab. Like Wi-Fi baby monitors, the dolls can be hacked by 3rd parties, and we’re not talking about Barbie’s Princess Tea Parties here, but persons of bad intent. ToyTalk says that’s not so, that Barbie’s software cannot be hacked. Frankly, we will reserve judgement until we can ask Hello Barbie ™ about this in person.

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Paris: Père et fils

November 17, 2015

A father and son outside the Bataclan Theater (Le Petit Journal / Canal +.).

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Capitol Hill: Small Victory for the People

March 5, 2015

Capitol Hill: Small Victory for the People
Kids have a snow day and want to sled on their neighborhood’s only hill. That’s winter in America, right? Wrong, if you’re one of the 600,000 American citizens who lives in the District of Columbia, and the the hill in question is Capitol Hill.

One Capitol Hill neighbor, Eleanor Holmes Norton, asked the Capitol Hill Police to let the kids go sledding on The Hill. You’d think that would count for something, since Ms. Norton is a duly-elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, elected to 13 terms by DC voters whose federal income taxes help pay the Capitol Police. Nope. But then again the U.S. House of Representatives doesn’t let Ms. Norton vote on behalf of those taxpayers, either.

So sledding on Capitol Hill remains officially forbidden. But do you want to tell that to the neighborhood kids? Neither did the Capitol Hill Police. Kids: “Wheee!

More:

“Children bravely defy sledding ban on Capitol Hill, because freedom,” German Lopez, Vox

“Heroes Defy Cops, Sled on Capitol Hill,” Daily Beast

“Children Defy Police, Sled On Capitol Hill Grounds,” Matt Cohen, DCist

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In France, you can’t name your baby ‘Nutella’

January 27, 2015

In France, you can't name your baby 'Nutella'

A court in Valenciennes has ruled that a French couple cannot legally name their daughter “Nutella.” The court suggested “Ella” as an alternative.

Until 1993, French law decreed which first names were acceptable for children, but now judges rule against parental choices only if they feel these would subject the child to teasing, disparagement, or ridicule.

More:

“Why France won’t let you name your child ‘Nutella,’” Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post

Related:

“8 Countries With Fascinating Baby Naming Laws,” David K. Israel, Mental Floss

“The 30 Most Popular Baby Names That Are Also Foods,” Chris Wilson, TIME

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Boo! Halloween Crosses Class Lines.

November 1, 2014

Boo! Halloween Crosses Class Lines.

What were all those kids from … other neighborhoods doing, trick-or-treating at your house last night?

“Imagine living in a neighborhood where it’s too dangerous to knock on a door at night, or next to neighbors who are too poor to buy a bag of candy.”

— “Halloween carpetbaggers expose the fault lines between the haves and have-nots,” Petula Dvorak, Washington Post

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Breaking: The Latest Word

September 6, 2014

Newscasters Huntley and Brinkley John Oliver and Cookie Monster, the latest word in TV journalism. A  Sesame Street/Mashable collaboration.

Words fail us ….

Related:

“Words Are Here, There, and Everywhere,” Sesame Street

WORD-TV News out-takes

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School Supplies

June 8, 2014

School Supplies

“One way to curb mass shootings in America’s schools would be for Congress to pass gun control legislation. But since that plan failed miserably, an enterprising father in Oklahoma is offering another solution—equipping children with bulletproof blankets.

The Bodyguard Blanket™ was developed by Steve Walker, a father of two elementary school students who was horrified by the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead. In the 14 months following Newtown, there were at least 44 school shootings. ‘We wanted our children to have a layer of protection immediately,’ Walker told Oklahoma NBC affiliate KFOR. ‘They can be stored in the classroom, and, when seconds count, they can be easily applied.'”

— “Gun Control Measures Are Going Nowhere, So Here’s a Bulletproof Blanket for Your Kids,” Dana Liebelson, Mother Jones

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Paul Ryan, School Lunch Expert

March 7, 2014

Paul Ryan, School Lunch Expert

Yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) addressed the faithful and told them of his new platform. He wants to steal school lunches from poor kids.

Mr. Ryan told a story he says he got from Eloise Anderson, but the story was stolen, too.

“She once met a young boy from a poor family. And every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. But he told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch—one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids’. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him.”

“The left is making a big mistake …. What they’re offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul. People don’t just want a life of comfort. They want a life of dignity, they want a life of self determination.”

Mr. Ryan’s policy is neatly summed up by Paul Krugman: “Let Them Eat Dignity.” Oh, and the book the story was swiped from? A portion of sales goes to a campaign that “connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals” and opposes Ryan’s cuts to food stamps.

Mr. Ryan knows nothing about lunches for the poor, but he’s an authority on a poor lunch. Nutrition-poor, anyway. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “One of his summer jobs in college was as an Oscar Mayer salesman in Minnesota, peddling turkey bacon and a new line called ‘Lunchables‘ to supermarkets.” He once drove the Wienermobile for Oscar Meyer, and that was his last honest job. He’s peddled his bologna as a DC political hack ever since.

More:

“Paul Ryan accidentally makes the case against means-testing,” Ned Resnikoff, MSNBC

“Paul Ryan’s Soul Food,” Ed Kilgore, Political Animal

“A story too good to check: Paul Ryan and the story of the brown paper bag,” Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Fact Checker

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Shirley Temple, 1928 – 2014

February 12, 2014

Shirley Temple, 1928 - 2014

Shirley Temple Black, a former Meglin Kiddie whose mamma afflicted her with Mary Pickford’s hairdo, passed away yesterday. A Depression-era child laborer, she toiled in the film industry until she no longer resembled the effigies of her likeness sold to parents of millions of girl children. Divorced from John Agar, she married a decorated intelligence officer, raised a Republican family, hosted a TV show, and was U.S. Ambassador to a European country that no longer exists.

The artistic highlight of Mrs. Black’s career was, undoubtedly, her memorable pas de deux with master dancer/choreographer Bill Robinson:

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