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I enjoy working in C++, C#, Java as well as Python and JavaScript. I am early in my software career and enjoy reading and developing my skills.


Feb
27
comment How to handle different rules about video games at friend's house?
At 8 I was playing Doom - and I don't believe ratings even existed. Anecdotal "I turned out fine" aside, have you considered an alternative to prohibition? Most video games have some kind of narrative, even if it's not winning any awards, and often the player is put in positions to make difficult decisions. This isn't unlike real life at all - why not use it as a vehicle for discourse? The best way to keep your child from playing these games is to make him find them uninteresting. The best way to do that is to find ones that are more interesting. The rating system leaves a lot to be desired.
Feb
27
comment Why is my child always tired?
My 4.5 year old needs to be in bed before 8 - like 7:30 at the latest. Any later and she exhibits similar symptoms and is, quite frankly, a total bitch. Have you tried an earlier bedtime? Does he have a decent bed (e.g. pocket coil)?
Mar
5
comment At what age can you leave the child in the bathtub?
I have never slipped and fallen around my house. What kind of accident-prone household do you keep? Then again, I've also been so brave as to walk with an untied shoelace for more than a few steps. Maybe I was meant to be a ninja?
Dec
8
comment Should I monitor my child's internet usage?
No down vote, but I don't think the world is that much different. That's an illusion.
Dec
8
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
I didn't mean to offend you. I'm merely trying to point out that these kind of studies are spun out of control by anyone who wishes to advance their particular agenda. There's virtually no effort to actually address things like... does playing video games make people have poor relationships, or are people who have poor relationships drawn to play video games? There's a difference, despite the argument that they perhaps should work on their relationships instead of playing games, because the later applies to a subset of the population, whereas the former is cross-cutting.
Dec
8
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
I know what you mean.. I try to see everything as an opportunity. If they really like playing computer games, I should come at them with "want to see how they work? want to make your own?" -- travel WITH them as opposed to against them, know what I mean?
Dec
8
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
Correlation does not equal causation. Next up: Going to College causes kids to drink!
Dec
7
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
My point with that wasn't that I turned out OK, it was that as an adult, I still have a healthy desire for variety and "life" - my teenage years of indulging didn't "ruin" me and it seems very common for parents to think it will.
Dec
2
comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
(I'm not saying religion is racism or anything like that, but they share the common trait of defining, to a young mind, what is and is not, true). I think it is unfair.
Dec
2
comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
@DA01 Atheism is not a relgious point of view, because it is not a religion. You have one religion in your house from the sounds of it. Simple facts are either right or wrong (What are dinosaurs? - not necessarily applicable because you did not disclose your wifes religion). I think that just as you should respect your wife's religion, she should respect your lack, and I think that children should be "off limits" during development. It's no different, to me, than indoctrinating a child with racist views. Yes, they can unlearn it or even self-correct, but not always.
Dec
2
comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
And circumcision. That's a pretty binary discussion in certain religious doctrine.
Dec
2
comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
+1 impossible based on the outright conflicting definition of certain facts. It's school project time: How long has the Earth existed for?
Dec
2
comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
@Peter DeWeese - perhaps, but religious indoctrination is a very powerful thing. I think it is irresponsible and manipulative to subject young children to religion. You're shaping their world.
Dec
2
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
Is that any different than a person watching sports all day under the guise that it's improving their social abilities because they'll be able to interact with other sports fans? The root of my question is the why computers and computer games are perceived inferior than sports or book reading or music lessons.
Dec
2
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
There were plenty of horrible and unimaginably cruel things said (and done!) in late elementary and high school according to my memories; I understand the anonymity and the liability (the GIFT from Penny Arcade). To me, this is a difference of frequency, not magnitude and the solution is still preparation and learning to brush it off. Yes, I spent way too much time arguing with people in FPS chats when I was a teen, and I see how you are saying it is taken seriously. Are you saying it is the exposure to uninhibited people, or the concern of what (our) children will say/do when uninhibited?
Dec
1
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
Are you phrasing that from the receiving or the sending end? Are you saying that it's a drawback because preteen/teenage children can say things they wouldn't normally say? Or because they would hear things they wouldn't normally hear? Or both? In either case, what does limiting computer use address - given that these objectionable things exist in the real world just the same. Isn't preparation and education the answer, because it is cross-cutting? It sounds like you're relying on censorship to accomplish what could be better achieved through lessons of right and wrong.
Dec
1
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
I like this answer. Very good.
Dec
1
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
So I understand your perspective, but I don't understand how you arrived at it. Perhaps you can elaborate.
Dec
1
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
So, in the vein of purely anecdotal discussion, don't you think that on-line interaction in video games can (depending on the game) ecourage problem solving and socialization? How are books preferable in that context? On-line interactions are notoriously uninhibited - don't you think that adds value in terms of learning to deal with all differnet types of people? I spent a good portion of my childhook talking to people from other countries and continents and the "how does [x] work over there?" discussions are limitless and very eye-opening.
Nov
30
comment How long should I wait before I permit my children to have access to caffeine?
A very level-headed answer that cites a source. +1