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Learning the electronic birds and bees – the hard way
Wednesday, 30 Mar, 2011 – 17:33 | Comments Off
Learning the electronic birds and bees – the hard way

I still don’t think that “sexting” – sending a suggestive or explicit picture via cell phone – is crime that rises to the level of lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the key, particularly when the perpetrators all are minors.
But neither …

When it comes to media use, I’m going to go down swinging
Wednesday, 20 Jan, 2010 – 19:55 | 2 Comments
When it comes to media use, I’m going to go down swinging

Just when the experts thought kids couldn’t cram a single second more of electronics time into their days comes a study that shows, not only that they can, but that they have.
According to research the …

Sexting and teens: The epidemic that’s not
Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2009 – 22:51 | Comments Off
Sexting and teens: The epidemic that’s not

Sexting among the high school set is a dangerous trend.
It’s bad enough that a principal in Virginia lost first his job and then his reputation even though he ultimately was cleared.
Bad enough that parents in …

It’s dangerous. Stop doing it. No bribes necessary
Monday, 19 Oct, 2009 – 22:42 | Comments Off
It’s dangerous. Stop doing it. No bribes necessary

Recent studies show that texting behind the wheel is more dangerous than driving drunk. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia already ban texting while driving. Federal employees can’t do it, and there already was …

How to become a gang-banger without even trying
Wednesday, 2 Sep, 2009 – 22:14 | Comments Off
How to become a gang-banger without even trying

Here’s one that’s going to be interesting in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that said school officials did not have the right to strip-search a teen accused of carrying ibuprofen:
School officials in …

Sure, teens text. But not nearly “everyone” yet
Wednesday, 26 Aug, 2009 – 22:04 | 2 Comments
Sure, teens text. But not nearly “everyone” yet

Has your teen been on your tail for unlimited texting because “everyone” is doing it?
Au contraire, you can say. Only 38 percent of your friends text daily. In fact, you can add, 42 percent have …

A SWAT for parents seeing dollar signs in the sewer
Thursday, 16 Jul, 2009 – 22:21 | Comments Off
A SWAT for parents seeing dollar signs in the sewer

In this era of texting-happy teens, it was only a matter of when, not if, someone would take a tumble while messaging on a walk – apparently there are no laws against that yet.
So it’s …

Hey, granny! You’re going to die!
Wednesday, 8 Jul, 2009 – 22:55 | 2 Comments
Hey, granny! You’re going to die!

I’ve been bored a few times in my life – bored enough at one point to play quarter bounce with coffee at 6 a.m. with a bunch of other people too bored and brain dead …

A SWAT for ‘tough on crime’ so tough it ruins a career
Thursday, 7 May, 2009 – 23:37 | 6 Comments
A SWAT for ‘tough on crime’ so tough it ruins a career

How on earth does it become right in anyone’s mind to indict a 60-year-old with a spotless professional reputation on possession of child pornography simply for doing his job?
Who can justify an employer abandoning a …

Reach out and text someone – 20,000 times a month
Friday, 10 Apr, 2009 – 23:16 | Comments Off
Reach out and text someone – 20,000 times a month

Dad, you are forgiven for consistently running up overage charges even though you swore for months that you’d quit yapping and there was no need to go to a more expensive plan that would save …

RU going to jail over TXT IM?
Thursday, 19 Feb, 2009 – 0:51 | 2 Comments
RU going to jail over TXT IM?

Rule of thumb for the guys: You won’t get in nearly as much trouble for what you do as you will for lying about it.
That’s what a 14-year-old Wisconsin girl found out last week when …

No texting while driving? WTH will I do now?
Saturday, 3 Jan, 2009 – 12:39 | 2 Comments
No texting while driving? WTH will I do now?

Now that California has closed the most stoopit legal loophole in the history of driving laws, I don’t know how on Earth I’m going to keep myself occupied on the road.
Since Thursday, it’s been illegal …

My cell phone, my albatross
Sunday, 7 Sep, 2008 – 8:26 | Comments Off

Three grocery bags were bursting their seams in one hand and a gallon of milk was sliding out of the other as the phone rang frantically on the kitchen counter.

Until a few years ago, I didn’t think phones could ring frantically. All rings were created equal, making it impossible for one to be frantic and another to be placid.

Ay, but not so today. Thanks to modern technology I now have a custom ring for virtually everyone who calls regularly, which lets me know immediately how high the potential is for a call to be a pain in the butt. And, indeed, allowing the phone to ring frantically.

As I predicted when I heard that particular ring, the call that disrupted grocery retrieval was a pain in the butt.

“”Where are you? The light’s on but