Seattle’s Dark Knight rescues stolen bikes
“Bike Batman uses Bike Index to cross reference suspicious bikes for sale on Craigslist, then arranges a meeting with the suspected bike thief. To ensure safety, he usually informs the police of his actions. Like Commissioner Gordon’s team in Gotham, the Seattle Police complement Bike Batman’s work. In more than half of the successful attempts to retrieve a stolen bike, the culprit has been arrested by the police. As exciting as his work is, Bike Batman maintains important differences from his namesake. “I’m not out fighting crime and punching people,” he says. “I’m telling people: this is not yours.”
Children spend less time outside than prison inmates
“Children spend less time outside each day than prison inmates do in the United States. Inmates are guaranteed two hours of outdoor time daily, whereas one in two children is outside for less than an hour. A recent survey of 12,000 parents in 10 countries, who have children aged five to 12, found that one-third of kids spend under 30 minutes outside each day. The initial survey was conducted by laundry brands OMO and Persil, which, upon realizing how dire the situation is for children, launched a new campaign called “Dirt is Good – Free the Children.” The U.K.-based campaign is headed by Sir Ken Robinson, known for his work in the area of creativity and innovation in education, and Dr. Stuart Brown, head of the National Institute of Play.”
But you know, Monday through Friday they’re in school till, what, 3-3:30? How many are expected to come straight home and do their homework? That same homework that can take hours. So of course by the time they’re done it’s dark outside and is no longer deemed “safe” to go outside and play. So that leaves the weekends. Some people go do things, some people are tired and need the weekend to recover/reboot/ re-energize from the busy weekdays. Not to mention how attached so many people have become to their screens. Most would rather stay home and play games on their consoles while being connected to other people that way. So I can’t say I’m surprised by this, but in my opinion, it’s still super sad.
Update your Kindle by March 22 or lose access to books and more
“It will be possible to update an older Kindle after March 22, but it will be much more difficult. Instead of updating the device when it’s connected to the Internet over a wireless or Wi-Fi connection, you’ll have to do it manually with your computer and a USB cable.”
You’ll have to excuse me, I’m just happy I have yet another reason to be glad I stuck with real books.
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