Chartwell is a fabulous typeface that uses OpenType ligatures to interpret data into visual graphics – like pie charts, bar and line graphs. While stunning for graphics, its license also has support for @font-face use – although Firefox 4 is currently the only browser that supports ligatures.
This is on my list of things to buy when Friday’s paycheck rolls on through.
I remember having a conversation with my friend, Mike, about how we were little shits in middle school and high school – but not quite as dumb as teens seem to be today. If kids are sending nude photos to each other in 8th grade, what will 8th graders be doing in 10 years?
And are digital news pay walls to blame?
The new study, published in the journal Child Development, suggests that, for girls, lack of interest in mathematics may come from culturally communicated messages about math being more appropriate for boys than for girls.
My best friend, Michelle, graduated early with a degree in mathematics. She taught two years, each ending with her losing her job because of budget cuts – a plight of many young teachers in the New Jersey public schools system (and throughout the rest of the country, I’m sure). With her unemployed, that’s one less strong intelligent woman with the power to change “culturally communicated messages” like the one in this study. It’s a damn shame, too, because I don’t see the situation changing any time soon.
This also has an effect on the rest of STEM fields, too – Michelle, like many high school math teachers in public schools, was assigned to teach biology and computer science courses, as well as math. On a related note, I tell that story to answer the question I get from math majors all the time – “Why do I need to take Computer Science?”
News like this reminds me of how grateful I am to be making a living in Web development. It’s hard for me to get really into mobile OS development when it’s on Apple and Google’s terms.
“Facebook removes 20,000 people a day, people who are underage.” Of course, there are probably even more kids that lie about their age and continue to use the site. And it’s not Facebook being a hard-ass for the sake of being a hard-ass, it’s the law. Websites simply cannot collect information from kids under 13 years old.
My family got its first computer when I was around 15 years old, probably in 2000 or something like that. We were allowed a half hour a day to AOL-it-up (hell, it took about 20 minutes to start-up the computer and sign on). It wasn’t long before I figured out my AOL password, though – giving me the opportunity to sneak on when I was home alone. Back then, the only “social networking” I did was via instant messaging with friends and talking about music and html in AOL chat rooms and IRC. My sister was 12 at the time, and she was doing the same (she had caught me “illegally” online, so I had to figure out her password to keep her from outing me to the stepmother).
Had Facebook existed then, I’m sure my sister and I would be on it. I’m also sure that, if I was under 13, I would lie about my age so I’d be allowed an account. Also, I wouldn’t tell my parents about Facebook, because I wouldn’t want them getting on my case. If you’re a parent and you’re not savvy with the Internet, you’re not being proactive enough. It’s already been made clear that there are child predators on sites like Facebook.
If you want to learn about sites like Facebook and Twitter so that you have a better idea what your kids are doing, make them teach you. If they don’t help or are a pain in the ass doing it, then block their access to the Internet at home. You’re their parents for crying out loud.