What Time is it?

12 05 2012

 

 

I had a very interesting couple of conversations with some friends of mine about clocks this past week. The first was with Michael, a Vietnam Vet I know who owns a little store. He gets teenagers in there constantly and they will ask him what time it is. He tells them the clock is over the door and they stare at it. He said sometimes they stare for 5 minutes before they ask him again, “What time is it?” It seems that they can’t tell time on anything that isn’t digital. I found that hard to believe. I mean granted I’ve reached my 40’s but I distinctly remember being a kid and having to do all sorts of worksheets with clocks on them.

 

Sometimes I had to draw the hands of the clocks to represent the time given. Other times I had to write down what time the clock was showing me. I had a digital watch and couldn’t understand why I needed to know that stuff (it turns out I was right about a lot of the stuff being useless and outdated but I’m still glad I learned it).

 

That led to my second conversation with Joy a 4th grade teacher. I asked her if they still had the clock worksheets. Joy has taught every grade from 1-6 so I thought she ought to know. She said that she hasn’t used those sheets for 20 years at least. It seems that learning how to tell time on a standard clock is no longer considered a necessary still. This despite the fact that standard clocks are still in use…oh everywhere!

 

As a result, many kids today cannot tell time unless it’s digital. No wonder so many of them are chronically late…..all those clocks and no one can read them…..

 

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Technomancer Wizard Hoodie

1 04 2012

 

Ok, I totally need this. Really. I could finally channel all my vast occult knowledge gleaned from my years of playing Warcraft and rain fine down on people! I really could!

This is an offering from those wacky code monkeys at Think Geek and man is it ever cool!

Wild Mage. Wizard. Sorcerer. Illusionist. Enchanter. Invoker. Necromancer. There are so many words to describe people who wield magical powers. We have one word: badass. Let’s look at your average adventuring party: The fighter swings her greatsword, cleaving through two orcs. Sweet. The rogue pops out of the shadows, backstabbing the hobgoblin. Nice! The ranger fires an arrow through the throat of The Bandit King, right in the middle of his monologue. Love it. The cleric is adept with both a mace and a bandage. Phew! But the wizard sets entire battlefields on fire without so much a singe on his velvet robes.

You have the Will to be a spellcaster in real life, and ThinkGeek is here like a wizened oracle to deliver you the way. Introducing the Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie. Donning this unique garment will transform you into a powerful mage ready to blast off spells at a moment’s notice. The sleeves of the Technomancer contain dual accelerometers which sense the movements of your hands. Move them in one of the pre-programmed spell sequences and the sleeves of the hoodie light from within, the internal speaker booms, and the hood illuminates your face in an eerie glow.

Of course, a seasoned wizard has a variety of spells in their repertoire. The Technomancer Hoodie offers ten different spells including fireball, healing, and lightning bolt (lightning bolt, lightning bolt!). Each spell is accompanied by unique light and sound effects powered by the embedded speaker and over two dozen bright multicolored LEDs. Of course, you’ll have to train daily to learn the right sequence of movements to cast each spell. We hear the College of Winterhold is accepting applications.

Product Specifications

Transform yourself into a powerful mage with this hoodie

Dual accelerometers in the sleeves sense your hand movements

Move your hands in the right sequence to cast a specific spell

Internal speakers will create the spellcasting sound effects

LEDs in the hood and sleeves light up with the appropriate color

Ten different spells including: fireball, healing, and lightning bolt

Illustrated directions included to teach you the movements for each spell

Patent pending technology designed by ThinkGeek

Machine Washable: Electronic components can be removed for washing