It’s another installment of the Reactionary Hurl, the series that makes useless comments about things you may or may not care one lick about. You are
encouraged implored to take part by commenting, sending us tips, and spreading the word. In this edition, we’ll cover Dean Heller’s first bill to get through Congress, who Curt Schilling thinks should be the next president, American Gladiators, smart kids, and more! Missing reading on will cause you to be stupider.
- ‘Officials want to revitalize the downtown area through economic development projects. They say the transfer would give them more say in how to develop the property.’ Did we miss this, or just conveniently ignore it? Dean Heller got a bill through the House getting land around and above the train trench given back to Reno. Nice work on that. (RGJ)
- Curt Schilling has finally endorsed someone. Whew. Since the end of the World Series I have been on the edge of my seat waiting to hear who Schill wanted to be the next president. Turns out it’s McCain. Endorsements should be forthcoming from other Red Sox heroes in the next few days, although I don’t think any of them has ever pitched mere hours after ankle surgery and put paint on a sock to make himself look tougher. (Google News)
- About McCain and Google News: I get a feed of all “U.S. News” from Google. So I get a lot of political stuff in there. One thing I’ve noticed, and it’s evident in that picture, is that Google never capitalizes McCain’s name. In that pic, there are three instances where it’s completely lowercased. What’s that about? It has happened when it’s the first word in the headline and when it’s deeper. I just find that strange. (Me)
- American Gladiators is back. Almost. I loved that show when I was a kid. I once was on the Universal Studios Tour and they were taping when we passed that soundstage. I felt like that was my brush with the glory of the show. I’ll never forget the nondescript black building with a red light above the door set in an alley with crappy old props strewn about like garbage on Tuesdays (in my neighborhood). Super bonus points for the reference to my favorite Schwarzenegger movie of all time (and a pretty good book, too). (Kottke)
- How to raise smart kids. I realize that I might be the only person in the world that has to think about these things, but just in case I’m not, here is some helpful information. I’m pretty sure that The Boy is afflicted with the problem of having cruised on his gifts alone. He becomes difficult when faced with tough challenges. We try to focus on the hard work, but I also find that the schools are a major part of the problem. The gifted program facilitators have told us that the hard-working kids can often be mistaken for gifted kids because they overachieve. It seems to me that the gifted program people are conceding that they don’t have to focus on making the kids work harder. We’ve always demanded more than the minimum for larger assignments and required that our kids always practice the “bonus” words and such, but they spend too much time at school—under the supervision of people who are supposed to know how to deal with them—getting what this article deems improper treatment and expectations for us easily correct that. It never ends. And to think, all I was going to say was that I tried to read the article, but it was hard so I gave up and got depressed. (Scientific American)
- Wireless keyboards are unsafe! Hahaha. I always thought people who used wireless keyboards were weird. Where are you going? Seriously. Now you’re getting pwn3d while looking like a dork. (PowerOn)
And just to be clear, please read the initial Reactionary Hurl so you can understand the context.