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    Filed at 8:16 am under by dcobranchi

    Thanks to Tim, I now have access to the site again. Just a quick post here while I still get established in NC–

    Under the category “Whatever Happened to American Parenting,” I saw this scroll on CNN yesterday:

    Parents may want to resist their middle-schoolers and junior-highers demands for a cell phone, scientists say, because long-term health effects are not understood.

    Demands?! The day my kids demand anything from me is the day they will rue for a very long time. Come on, folks. We’re the grups, remember?

    16 Responses to “IT IS ALIVE!”


    Comment by
    Alex Haas
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 8:46 am

    Anyone know a little girl named Miri?


    Comment by
    Chris
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 9:46 am

    On the list of reasons to not give junior a cell phone, I think health risks from radio waves are somewhat far down the list anyway.

    Not that I’ m saying the risks aren’t present, they might be. I don’t know.


    Comment by
    Jason
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 10:29 am

    Best way to short-fuse that argument: “You can get a cell phone as long as you can find a cellular service provider that will honor your signature and accept your (cash) payments.” That should do it.


    Comment by
    Jason
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 10:36 am

    Er – what’s a ‘grup?’


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 10:38 am

    Jason: Refer to the first comment.


    Comment by
    Daryl
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 11:23 am

    Grups=grownups. From Star Trek TOS: Miri memory.../Miri_(episode)


    Comment by
    Daryl
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 11:25 am

    And aren’t you embarassed about your low GQ (geek quotient). 🙂


    Comment by
    Andrea R
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 2:34 pm

    Not to mention, they’re not allowed to be on in class…

    And demand? Yeah, I’m with you. They demand it, I demand they get a job to pay for it.


    Comment by
    Chris
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 3:10 pm

    Ah yes – the beaker of death. I had forgotten that quote.


    Comment by
    Sam(antha)
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 6:04 pm

    My mum wanted both my younger sister and I to get phones, and offered them to us a number of times. We both refused.

    I didn’t get a mobile until I moved out last year, and Julie still doesn’t have one. I always thought they were unnecesary if you have a land-line.

    Of course, no that I have one, I find it useful. But mainly to SMS my friends when I’m running late.


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 6:29 pm

    Of course, no that I have one, I find it useful. But mainly to SMS my friends when I’m running late.

    There was a great piece a couple of years ago, either in the New Yorker or the Times Sunday magazine, that analyzed the redefinition of “late” in the cell-phone age — in urban areas, anyway, you can now be up to an hour or so late for a social appointment (not business) as long as you’ve called and informed the other party that you’re on the way.


    Comment by
    Gene
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 11:00 pm

    Is someone here a Trekkie?


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 11:08 pm

    Probably the more salient question is: Who around here isn’t?


    Comment by
    Gene
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 11:28 pm

    Awesome!


    Comment by
    Alex Haas
    March 23rd, 2005
    at 6:55 am

    As much as I adore the original series, Picard was clearly a superior captain. (though it always bugged me that he had a English accent)

    And if you want a true test of your GQ, tell me how many episodes of the original series there were.


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    March 23rd, 2005
    at 9:29 am

    Soixante-dix-neuf.