Learning to code and the argument for bribing our kids to read

Our son's new interest in learning to code prompted me to think about how I could link this hobby to persuading him to read more. In doing so, it seems to me that there is a strong argument to be made for bribery.

Feminism from a tone-deaf male’s perspective

A discussion about feminism and a blog post by Gretchen Kelly got me thinking about what feminism and gender equality means to me. I wanted to share some of my thinking, even though it may offend many.

The history of Humanity’s #JourneyToMars

I'm really looking forward to the movie, "The Martian". The latest trailer looks awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3ioOneTy8 As cool as the movie looks, the real-life #JourneyToMars is even more spectacular. NASA JPL released a retrospective video titled "50 Years of Mars Exploration" showcasing highlights from Humanity's 50 year history exploring Mars. 50 years! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwipxdQ74pU NASA's Jet Propulsion…

Cool volcano stuff for your kids

My son is fascinated by volcanoes and he asks me something about volcanoes several times a week. I came across a really cool National Geographic video about how their camera crew used drones to film an active volcano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFIWWM0Iv-U I found a couple more links to volcano stuff on the National Geographic site which are…

Could the old Apartheid government have saved us from Zuma's ANC?

Someone I was chatting to after the 2014 elections, last week, made an interesting comment. He said that if the old Apartheid-era National Party had educated all South Africans better (and not just white South Africans), the ANC under Jacob Zuma would have had a more challenging time selling themselves with all the corruption in…
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