6:52 PM yesterday
commented on Teacher: Pot Party Sent Bad Message to Kids
I think my problem with this letter is that the teacher is conflating "dabs" with all marijuana use. As a THC enthusiast, I have heard stories of these "dabs" from friends who are more connected to the medical MJ scene, and apparently these concentrated MJ formulations are qualitatively different than just smoking a hit of nature's own pot. Fine. But that's like saying, "You had a party where alcohol was openly enjoyed. Now kids are going to start chugging [insert nastiest, highest proof alcohol here]"
It's not a valid argument.
To be fair, this person may have a lot of direct, personal contact with young people who have been harmed by this, so maybe we should try to be nice to her, even as we talk her off the ledge. There's no way teen pot use could be as dangerous as teen alcohol use.
commented on You Can't Smoke It in Public
This shit makes me hate our puritanical state. I voted for pot to be legal, not "legal". We've managed to legalize pot in a way that guarantees people will continue to produce, buy, and consume it illegally.
Note the Oxford comma above..
commented on Why Did Stephen King's Shining Adaptation Suck So Much? And Why Did He Hate Kubrick's Shining So Much?
That was a great article.
I think King's main critiques are essentially valid- deemphasizing the supernatural aspects changes the story, and Jack Nicholson starts out looking like a psycho, so the changes he undergoes in the movie are less of a transformation.
That said, the movie is a classic, and is undeniably successful. And Stephen King's writing doesn't age that well. I reread one of his older books awhile back and was struck by how adolescent the writing seemed.
commented on Modular Phones Seem Like a Good Idea to Me
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This sounds like a good idea, but good design involves integrating the components together in a way which this would never allow.
In this system, if you decided to "upgrade" one of your parts, you would very likely interfere with some other component, regardless of the hardware manufacturers' best intentions.