Why does my mom strictly prohibit me from gaming?

Den här artikeln har ett roligt upplägg på temat vuxengenerationen har alltid förfasat sig över vad ungdomarna gillar att konsumera. Det är formulerat som ett brev spelaren kan ge till sin mamma.

Why does my mom strictly prohibit me from gaming? by @GAMENaturalst

Answer by Shejan Shuza:

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Dear mother of this household,

Your son or daughter has made it apparent that your medieval ideologies against the gaming hobby is sincerely bothering them internally. Kindly put as ‘Too dramatic’

Gaming is a hobby, which is commonly mistaken as a ‘waste of time’. The act of gaming is an entertainment type, similar to watching movies, watching TV, Facebooking (or social media-ing for that matter), keeping up with your favorite celebrity, listening to music, et cetera (the list can go on for miles).

Now, I know what a gamer-hater thinks, I am a TV-hater. Hence, I know the commonly used anti-(insert hobby here) thoughts and methods to manipulate someone into not gaming. You are a gamer-hater because it is a un-natural act from your generation, and watching TV is a un-natural act in my generation. So let’s go through all the misconceptions that a gamer-hater have and re-assess. (I have done this to TV in my own time, I know the reasons why TV is still popular).

  1. Gaming makes you dumber/more stupid
    You know what else makes you more stupid than gaming?
    Purple drank
    A hallucinogen devised by using prescription/off the counter medicines and whole bunch of Mountain Dew. (All of which can be acquired in most home environments).
    Now, any smart chemistry student would realize that many common medicines are made with chemical formulas, hence realizing that many use the same ones (in this case, prescription cough syrup consisting of Codeine, also used in lower dose painkillers, some of which is off the shelf).

    That student figured this out from STUDYING WAY TOO DAMN hard in the fears of their parents BURNING THEMSELVES IN FREAKIN’ KEROSENE. The student would secretly use this drug to take some edge off from the consistent stress the parents devise.

    What’s the solution? Get the kid off of that textbook, and hand over the controller. Yes, that student may just become a little dumber, may get a 98 instead of that 100 on the test, but the possibilities of the entire process backfiring SIGNIFICANTLY drops. Out with the drank, in with the Mario Kart.

  2. Gaming is bad/too controversial

    Ok, this one pisses me off for one reason, and one reason alone. BECAUSE IT'S BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION BY EVERY GODDAMN MEDIA STATION ON THE PLANET!!!!!!!

    Here is an example of overblown gaming controversy (one that still today pissess me off):
    Online gamer asked to join ISIS
    Now, I want you to watch that news clip (and the description if you like) 3 times.
    The first time, honest attempt, it's a 1 minute 30 second clip of a alleged ISIS recruitment attempt made through the MMO system Roblox.

    The second time, consider that the game is directed to kids under 13, where there was (at the time) no censorship to keep the freedom of speech available to the younger audience and lesser harassment because of it. Seems ok right?

    The third time consider this, how the hell will a ISIS member justify acquiring a new member in a game where most of the populus of the game does not even know the American-Islamic conflicts. How would ‘Kill the infidels’ make sense to someone who does not understand what an ‘infidel’ is. Why would Allah be the force in the name of Jihad to the members, if the recruit does not know what ‘Jihad’ or ‘Allah’ is?

    It was clearly a joke against the recent news (at the time, April 2015) that ISIS would attempt to use outside connections (the internet) to acquire new members FROM SURROUNDING COUNTRIES like Turkey, Iran, Iraq (ISIS is in Iraq, I know, stop complaining), Syria, Jordan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.

    And what happened, one not-so-informed family in Indiana thought that ISIS attempted to target their son, it was taken to the Homeland Security of Indiana, the gaming industry were laughing their asses off, and nothing ever happened afterward.

    WHAT HAPPENED? All the families of Indiana are scared of ISIS, Gaming was shunned, when in reality no one was really in danger. It was all just fake controversy for that extra click.

    What’s the solution? READ INTO THE TOPIC AND STOP FREAKIN ASSUMING CRAP LIKE NORMAL IDIOTS DO, AND CONSIDER THE CULTURE OF THE PEOPLE IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND HOBBY.

  3. There are no big people in gaming, only figs (gamer short for faggots) play games

That is Terry Crews, also known as one of the Old Spice guys from their widely well-recognized commercials.

And that is also Terry Crews, receiving a Gaming PC as a gift from Mass gaming PC extraordinaire JayzTwoCents, (cut off to the right) to play games with his son. A task he himself has been aiming to accomplish for quite some time. He has also stated that secretly he is a die hard gamer. He continues to stream and upload gameplay on Twitch and YouTube respectfully, as well have nice gaming moments with his son, growing a stronger connection between the both of them. (ahem, something you are not doing, and in fact avoiding).

So newly informed mother, please let your child play some games, it for damn sure won’t make him a home-devised druggy, he won’t be affected by any Radical Islamic Terrorist group, and he may get to meet the big man Old Spice, Terry Crews. Stop avoiding something that to you is bad, and let others enjoy it, just because you hate it doesn’t mean others you know do too. In fact, I promise that gaming will actually make you grow closer to your family, and bring more happiness into the household. It does get controversy, so does TV and Facebook. Doesn’t mean that it stops people from playing, same for Walking Dead viewers.

I implore you to let your child play games, and sometimes stick in and play a little yourself. It will really help your child remember you as a better mother and make you a little bit happier on your deathbed.

Best Wishes,
The Gaming Community

Why does my mom strictly prohibit me from gaming?

Despite sleeping for 7-8 hours every night, I feel extremely sleepy each morning. How do I change this?

Despite sleeping for 7-8 hours every night, I feel extremely sleepy each morning. How do I change… by Maikon Neitzel

Answer by Maikon Neitzel:

I used to have sleep time similar to you (12am to 7am), so based on my experience I have a tip where you can really improve your life (not only your sleep quality):

Now I sleep 9pm – 5am. I started to work 8am, and leave my 3 years old boy at school at 7:30. It means I have from 5 to 7am 2 hours only for me, for my own purposes in life (knowledge, exercises, reading, etc). This is the best time for me, because it’s quiet, I’m refreshed and well-disposed. It also boosts my mood and joyfulness all-day long.

Before that change in my sleeping habits I was always indisposed, tired, accumulating undone work and even needing crushing time to overcome that work backlog. Now my work is better than ever, with nothing piling up and I’m happier than ever! Waking up earlier also has an important psychological aspect: you are in full control of your life, the world responds for you because you started the day before everyone, before everything seems to be ahead of you because you are late…

There is a Five Club App that can help you to start with this simple and painless habit that can boost your life in so many more ways than I even mention here.

Wake up earlier (and go to bed accordingly of course)!

Despite sleeping for 7-8 hours every night, I feel extremely sleepy each morning. How do I change this?

What life advice would you give to a 17 year old?

Det här inlägget på Quora berättar väldigt bra vad jag försöker förmedla till mina elever och barn. Jag brukar i och för sig ha en tidshorisont på tre år och tala om hur bra man kan bli om man lägger ett par timmar om dagen. För den tiden anser jag att de har om de fokuserar. Och tre år är en tid som är lättare att greppa.

What life advice would you give to a 17 year old? by @ToddBrison

Answer by Todd Brison:

You are probably going to hate what I’m about to tell you.

If you are 17 right now, what if you decided you are going to follow an interest you have for the next 20 years?

Here’s what your life would look like at 37:

  • You would be a true master of your craft
  • You would be able to mentor people and grow your influence
  • You would be doing something you love every day

Before half your life is over, you will reach a place most don’t find in their lifetimes.

The advice I’m supposed to give is “have fun! Live life! You’re only young once!” That is true. Here is another thing that is true:

The sooner you start building the life you want, the easier it is to do so.

I don’t want you to do whatever you want for a while between the ages of 17–37.

I want you to be able to do whatever you want every single second from 37–107.


A) MONEY

Last night I ate possibly the best cake I’ve ever had.

“Who MADE this?” I asked.

“Our daughter Lily,” said another couple at the table.

“Do you have business cards??” I asked Lily, joking.

“Yep, I sure do,” she said.

Turns out Lily has been making cakes and selling them to fund her half-marathon this summer. She is 12.

Money is not everything. But it certainly opens doors which would otherwise be closed.

There is not an age limit for earning an income. Start now.

B) SKILLS

Is 20 years too much a commitment? Okay do this instead:

> Find something you are sort of good at.

> Then do it every day for 30 days.

> Move to the next interest. Do that for 30 days.

Despite what career lore suggests, specialization is not the only way to success. You are more than one thing. People who can do anything they want from 37–106 are typically really good at more than one thing. They are irreplaceable.

A master in animation is called an “animator.” A master in animation AND storytelling is called “amazing.” A master of animation and storytelling and business is called “Pixar.”

Be Pixar.

C) PASSION

By caring about what you do, you are already ahead of 75% of the people you will work with.

Here’s the funny thing about caring – it’s a domino.

Don’t know the answer? If you care, you will find it.

Make a mistake? If you care, you can fix it.

Don’t like how your team does business? If you care, you can change it.

Passion is derived from massive amount of action based on an interest. You typically don’t just wake up and have it.

Build a passion for something and keep it burning. The career/money/people to help you will come.

(See Also – Dear Young People Looking for a Career – Do This)

D) PEOPLE

The people you surround yourself with build your habits, your mindset, and your values – directly or indirectly.

> Be around people smarter than you – they will make you smarter.

> Be around people richer than you – figure out how they did it.

> Be around people braver than you – courage is contagious.

> Be around people older than you – perspective is irreplaceable.

All of these have the underlying effect of humility. With a dose of humility and the right people, you can be unstoppable.

E) FUN

Try something for me.

Exhale for as long as you can, and then try to walk around before taking another breath.

Spoiler alert – you won’t be able to do it.

The 24/7 hustle thing is a myth. Even if you’re doing something you love every day 15 minutes a day for 20 years, the momentum and consistency you build from that will be enough for a great career.

Fun is dull without work. But work is abysmal without fun. Humans were made to balance both.

F) CREATIVITY

I don’t know if you noticed, but machines are kind of taking over the world.

Why buy a person when you can buy a robot? Robots can do everything cheaply, perfectly, and endlessly.

Here’s what people uniquely offer (for now):

Ideas.

There are three steps to infinite ideas:

1 – Find problems everywhere.

2 – Find solutions everywhere.

3 – Connect as many as possible.

You are a digital native. This means you have a completely different mindset when it comes to what can be done.

Show us what is possible.

Show us your world.

What life advice would you give to a 17 year old?

Kursen CAD med SketchUp blev riktigt lyckad

turning_gland_700De första två dagarna av höstlovet bjöd på regn och rusk när vi träffades på Thorén Innovation School vid Stadion i Stockholm.

Deltagarna hade vitt skilda bakgrunder och motiv för att lära sig CAD. Där fanns läraren som ville ta in det i teknikundervisningen, entreprenören som ville skaffa sig fler verktyg för kommande projekt, äventyraren med idéer till ett fiffigare vindroder till sin världsomseglare och egenföretagaen som brukar ta någon kurs på vinterhalvåret för att lysa upp i mörkret.

Alla lärde sig CAD. Deltagarna gick hem efter dag två med en kompetens som gör att de kan skapa det mesta av vad de ser för son inre syn och de vet vad de ska göra om det inte fungerar som de önskar. De vet hur SketchUp ”tänker” och de vet var de hittar hjälp om de kör fast. Jag har också lärt mig lite mer om CAD med SketchUp. Första gången jag undervisade om SketchUp för fem år sedan kunde jag ingenting och lärde mig tillsammans med eleverna. Nu kan jag mycket mer men jag lär mig fortfarande ett och anat genom eleverna.

Dennis som är en av mina elever kom in på tisdagseftermiddagen för att svara på frågor om SketchUp och visa hur han även jobbar i Fusion 360. Dessutom visade han ett projekt där han hjälper en entreprenör med produktutvecklingen av ett cykelställ.

Kursen fick en bra utvärdering. Det är skönt. Skillnaden mellan vuxna elever och tonåringar är inte så stor som man tror. En första tanke är att det är viktigare att ha nöjda kursdeltagare än elever men den tanken studsar tillbaks så fort jag tänkt den. Och med den insikten går jag till skolan på måndag och tar varje lektion som den första och sista på samma gång, ser eleverna som dyrt betalande kunder samtidigt som jag vill att var och en ska uppnå vad de drömmer om.

Det finns redan efterfråga på en ny kurs till våren. I den nya kursen tar vi även in TinkerCAD

WordPress för företagare

Wordpress_Blue_logoWordPress för företagare är vår populäraste kurs. Den marknadsförs på kursportalen kurser.se. Det är inte en helt vanlig WordPresskurs utan inriktningen är på företagande i bred bemärkelse. Vi kommer att skapa hemsidor för befintliga och startande företag, för organisationer och föreningar, för projekt och idéer.

Kursen kommer att ha ett innovativt arbetssätt där vi lär oss grunderna samtidigt som vi bygger våra sajter. Fokus kommer att vara på kreativ användning av tillägg för at skapa nyskapande funktionalitet.

Läs hela kursbeskrivningen här.

Skärmtid är ett ointressant begrepp

Elza Dunkels sammanfattar den senaste debatten om skärmtid i sin blogg. Som vanligt är det moralpanik över ny teknik i ena lägret och få med kunskap i det andra. Hon beskriver vikten av att  stå upp för våra unga.

Det kan tyckas som att de här märkliga vuxna som är rädda för skärmar är rätt många men så är det knappast. De är för det första en utdöende art eftersom de stretar emot en utveckling de inte kan stoppa. För det andra är det en lättare ståndpunkt att ta och därför hörs de mer. Det är svårare att stå upp och försvara sitt barns skärmtid eftersom det finns såna moraliska och känslomässiga dimensioner på frågan. Därför tror jag att det är viktigt att dra lans för ungas (och föräldrars) rättigheter och inte bidra till den vidriga, moraliserande bild av unga som pumpas ut av såna som psykologen och barnläkaren.

På SVT Opinion sammanfattar hon det på ett sätt som jag instämmer i till fullo.

Forskning visar dessutom att tid inte är någon bra indikator på hur barn påverkas av skärmanvändning. Studier har visat att vad vi gör vid en skärm är viktigare än hur länge vi gör det.

Det är vad vi gör vid skärmen som är det viktiga.

DN-artikel om Pokémonjakt och skärmberoende

Pikachu costumeI en artikel i DN, Jakten på Pikachu hotar våra sinnen, skriver Katarina Bjärvall om en ny bok, i-Minds – How cell phones, computers, gaming, and social media are changing our brains, our behaviour, and the evolution of our species, av den kanadensiska psykologen Mari S Swingle.

Till en början förfaller artikeln nyanserad och välmenande och skribenten Katarina Bjärvall skriver så här om skärmtid:

Användningen är oproblematisk om den är underordnad den verkliga verkligheten, men blir ohälsosam om den är överordnad.

Det verkar ju vettigt. Det tycker jag verkar vara ett oproblematiskt förhållningssätt. kombinera gärna med en strävan efter att skärmtiden skall vara varierad, kreativ och social. Men sedan klämmer Bjärvall tid med följande råd:

Konkret betyder det: Ingen skärmtid för barn under fyra eller helst sex år. Max en timme, plus arbets- och studietid, för äldre barn, ungdomar och vuxna. Den som är spelberoende måste sluta spela helt.

Då blir det riktigt galet. Bokförfattare tar ut svängarna ännu mer och skriver:

digitaliseringen hotar så viktiga värden som människans känslighet, sinnlighet och varseblivningsförmåga; vårt minne, tankekraft, inlärning och intelligens; vår kreativitet och innovationsförmåga, ja, i grunden hela vår utveckling och fortlevnad som art.

Artikel är enligt Elza Dunkels illa underbyggd med svagt stöd i forskningen och henne litar jag mer på. Läs hennes twitter och blogg där hon sågar artikeln.