My Lytro Camera: Ship It Ship It Ship It…

My Lytro camera is a wonder of modern technology. It allows you to refocus pictures after you take them, just by clicking. That is very cool. Try it out here:

Package tracking is also a wonder of modern technology. I can watch the object of my gadget-lust as it leaves the warehouse, on its way to the distribution center, and on its way to me. That is very cool. And very disturbing. It drives me nuts with anticipation. I keep hitting refresh, hoping something will change, but it doesn’t change fast enough. Continue reading My Lytro Camera: Ship It Ship It Ship It…

My Lytro Camera

I have seen a lot of cool tech through the years, and for a long time gadgets had me firmly in their grip. I had the first iPod, and before that the Rio MP3 player. I had a first and second generation iPhone, too. I am a standard-issue Silicon Valley propeller head. Heck, I even repaired my iPhone and made a video about it, I was that into them. (not anymore, though, I’m over it, have a Windows Phone now). Continue reading My Lytro Camera

Good For the Ladies

We’re not talking about the bird and the bees… yet.

My 8 year old son asked me about facial hair. Bedtime hugs can be a scratchy business. So I was explaining how when he gets older he will have a beard like Daddy, and he will learn how to shave. I also told him he will get hair on his legs, maybe on his chest, and his arms.

He showed me his arm and told me he already had hair. I said that his arms had peachfuzz for now, but in time he would have real hair. He nodded,  smiled and said, “Good for the ladies.”

California Kids: $125,000 to incarcerate, $8,000 to educate.

Where we spend tells a lot about what we value.

California prison spending for juveniles is reportedly over $370 million a year. That works out to anywhere from $125,000 a year to over $200,000, depending on where you get your report. Spending on education hovers just under $8000 per student. Which is 45th lowest in the nation. Even if the estimates on prison spending are way off, that is still an awful multiple: we spend 10 times as much to lock them up as we do to teach them.

What is that overspending buying? Not much. The California prison system is in such bad shape it is in danger of a Federal takeover. The inmates are treated badly, not rehabilitated, and learn the wrong skills, which leads to 75% recitivism rate. A life of crime. California now spends more on prisons than on the entire university system.

Schools themselves are a gateway to prison. Some have their own police. Misbehaviors that used to get a student in trouble have become punishable offenses. Not quite the conditions for success. Schools in poorer communities fare worse. Parents do not have the extra money or time to donate to their schools, depriving their kids even further. The class divide begins early.

This is what we get from feckless politicians that don’t want to appear ‘soft on crime.’