So THIS happened this week…

September 27, 2014

I just don’t get it… Why do people still make decisions like this?

A mall in Guildford, BC, completely removed their physical playground for kids and replaced it wiiiith…. iPads.  I just don’t understand… With all the publicity out there, all the articles, all the journals saying that our society is getting too fat, our kids imaginations are crumbling, and our overall brain power is essentially dwindling to nothing… STILL companies do things like this; the complete opposite of every journal, every article, every news story.

What a nice camping theme.... There's a waterfall, a tent, a tree.  It's almost like you're outside!  Now keep in mind, this is the BEFORE picture...

What a nice camping theme…. There’s a waterfall, a tent, a tree. It’s almost like you’re outside! Now keep in mind, this is the BEFORE picture…

This seems like the typical playground… Kids playing, just overall ridiculously excited to be just… climbing.  I wish I could still get excited over simple things like that (even though sometimes I do), but I think it’s the fact that’s just so easy for kids to enjoy the little things, that they should be encouraged to do it!  Seeing as all the parents are sitting on the sidelines… Which, again, is typical, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that.  They’re tired.  So why the mall completely overhaul this playground…?

... And the AFTER.  No more climbing, jumping, romping... unless there's a sweet climbing/jumping/romping app on those iPads.

… And the AFTER. No more climbing, jumping, romping… unless there’s a sweet climbing/jumping/romping app on those iPads.

Liability.  We live in a world where everyone, everywhere is afraid of getting sued.  A kid’s not allowed to get a couple bumps.  A worker isn’t allowed to lift a heavy box without permission.  A coffee joint isn’t allowed to sell coffee without a warning to the drinker that the hot coffee is indeed…. hot.  Every action by a company and government, is to protect them from being sued.  And rightly so….. why?  Because there are people out there who wait like sharks for the chance TO SUE.  Because then all of their financial troubles will be over at the expense of someone else.  But they don’t care…. They slightly burned their hand with coffee, so they deserve it.

Seeing as I’m essentially leading into a subject that I’ll probably be writing about separately (and believe me, it’ll be long…), I’m going to leave it there.  However, there’s another blog written by a man who actually took his kids to this playground (before the transformation), and he wrote a pretty good post about it, more geared towards stupid parents, which I like.

Now, apparently a volcano has gone oofff in Japan….

Neverending climate change…

May 26, 2009

I’m in the midst of reading a really good article following 4 experts (I hate using that word) discussing the up-to-date ‘what’s going on’ with climate change.

… And I came across a wicked quote.  First off, there are so many different opinions with climate change, I probably shouldn’t even bother writing about it.  There are so many steps, it seems, into doing anything about climate change, or any global change for that matter.  Having people believe it’s actually happening, is step one.  Having governments to believe it’s happening is step two.  Having governments believe in what their people are believing, is yet another step.

gordon-brown-sleeping-6-17-08Personally, I think climate change is a total lost cause… Yes, I believe it is happening, but do I think we’re going to end up doing anything about it?  Definitely not… most ‘solutions’ that we hear about in the news, are very quick and very local fixes that basically put the public mind at ease.  Those will last for a few years, until people realize that nothing has really been done because the global effect is still occurring.  This is the reason I completely agree with this quote:

“… I’m also optimistic about our abilities.  Unfortunately I’m pessimistic about our wisdom.  We have the capability to do amazing things in a short amount of time, but it takes a political decision with follow-through.  I’m not confident we’ll get it.”

Ken Caldeira

While there are definitely a lot of skeptics out there, there are also many people who want to do big things, and yes if they have the motivation and drive to do it, then they’ll succeed and get scholaships and recommendations, and publish their work in journals and magazines.  Unfortunately, when it comes to contributing to a global society, you have to go through the politicians, and they’re most likely not as interested as you are.

So, my personal conclusion is that, yes, things will be done to help with climate change… will it change anything on a global scale?

Definitely not…