Definition: Family Flexibility, Alopecia, Sashiko

A mixture of terms today from some odds and ends from previous posts…

 

Family Flexibility

in common speak, flexibility in attitudes about when a person needs to start or have a family, size of family, divorce, familial structure, etc. whereas scientifically, it is a family’s ability to adapt to change

 

 

 

Photos of Canadian Navy Flying People in Sea Kings for Questionable Fun

When I went out for my run at 10 AM this morning (Saturday October 22nd), I noticed the choppers were constantly flying relatively low overhead in the Halifax South End. When I got to Point Pleasant Park, I noticed they were flying just above the tree line out on the water next to the park, and did the same thing along the waterfront. Seemed like some serious military exercise was going on!

Being a spy for the Chinese, I got the call to get my digital SLR down to the waterfront for some high shutter speed shots (1/8000th of a second) of what was going on. Turns out, it was all for fun cause there were kids and adults hanging out the opened side doors of these things as they flew by. Must have been Family Day at CFB Shearwater or something.

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What Will Be the Next Real Big Royal Event? Vote!

OK. So the Willie Kate British royal wedding is over. What do you think is going to be the next real big royal event?

By real big, I mean something with either a lot of shock or pomp and circumstance. The examples are in the survey below so please do take a moment to cast a vote!

We’ll see the people can predict the future! 🙂

If you think it’ll be William and Kate’s first child, why not take a vote at how long they should wait in my poll earlier today?

Why Chinese Mothers are NOT Superior (aka Why Chinese Fathers are Not Needed)

Amy Chua with daughters Louisa and Sophia

Yale Law Professor Amy Chua recently released a memoir called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Talk about cheesy titles. Essentially, it was about the so-called “Chinese” method of raising children that was very strict, and why it was superior, as her Wall Street Journal essay (Why Chinese Mothers are Superior, Amy Chua in WSJ, Jan 8 2011).

Essentially, it’s how one clever woman is playing the race card in on offense, in a sly way to keep tension from building while generating debate and getting her lots of money and attention. This book would be nothing but for the hype generated by these racial insinuations.

If you want the details on the no sleepover, no dates, trashing your children, threatening to burn your children’s toys, forcing them to take either piano or violin and not settling for As in school, you can read the WSJ link above or the multitude of other related articles like this one from Canada’s Globe & Mail (Why Chinese Parenting is Best, G&M Jan 11 2011).

Note again the racial insinuation in the title.

That’s because its supposed “self-deprecating” nature that was in good jest, according to Amy, is all hear say and not backed up by anything but her opinion. She is presenting an argument on what isn’t “visible”, concentrating on what is, which is the successful products of the method. But how many have been failed by the method and had their lives ruined, and who will never be known?

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Over 250 Cartoon Pictures for Facebook Profile Pics Campaign Against Child Abuse

Until December 6th, there is a global campaign on Facebook where people replace their profile pictures with their favourite cartoon character/s, then encourage their friends to do the same. Now this campaign I like! Too bad it’s way too short but it’s gone viral globally after just a day’s notice!

I’ve got over 250 cartoon pictures made for Facebook profile pics at the bottom, arranged in alphabetical order with names, which include some modern and some old cartoons.

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