Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Handcuffed 5 Year Old Girl

I'm sure you've heard about it by now, for those who didn't: a 5 year old who was totally out of control in school was sent to the office where she proceded to rip things off the walls throw things and trying to strike the assistant principle. The mother could not be reached so the police were finally called, upon arrival they handcuffed the girl and placed her in the cruiser. This was all taped by the school.

Now there are some claiming the obligatory racial descrimitaion. Others claiming the proper action was taken, and a number of other stances. The police were in a losing situation no matter what, if they grab her and leave a bruise they get sued, if they do nothing they are scrutinized as well. All that needed was to place the girl in an unused classroom or room without items to destroy and leave her there until a parent could be reached with supervision but no contact. What were the police going to do? arrest a child?

I think there was poor judgement by the school the whole time, and also not the best response by the police, but there is no racial element in my eyes. In fact the parent should be held accountable for the damage done and suspension/removal of the child to a facility that can better handle her needs and counseling for the child and parent as there are apparent issues.

What's your take?

Thursday, April 21, 2005

A Blog About Nothing

OK, feeling a bit Sienfeld today, I got nuthin'. Man, day two of this Blog stuff and I'm already faltering. Don't care about the Pope, I still think Michael Jackson is Innocent (I know I'm one of the few, but that don't stop me.), Tried to start watching the Dune mini-series on DVD last night and it is pretty damn boring stuff... that probably just insulted a large number of fans... I mean C'mon a movie about an obscure sci-fi political system and a spice? I think I'm one of the only geeks alive who hates Sci-Fi, give me a good Medieval Fantasy story/movie anyday over interplanetary travel and the inevitable boring political element of any sci-fi film. And I'll say it, I hate Star Wars! There it's out in the open, tough. Lame-o movies in my book, I kinda dig the Ewoks and land speeder deal in the one but that's about it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Nintendo Revolution Delayed Beyond E3

http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=58675

Having been a long time member of the gaming media, beginning at the Atari 2600, I generally have a finger on the pulse of the industry and I think things are about to change. This is a bit counter to the common opinion, and even though the DS seems a bit flat, I personally am starting to become bored with the current state of Sony and Microsoft.

Videogames were never about wowing hardware specs. and that is all that is pushing Sony and MS into the "Next Gen" consoles. Nintendo is the only company staying out of this arms race and concentrating on innovation. I don't want to be playing Gran Turismo 8 on the PS3 and GTA 7 I want innovation and fresh new ideas. Katamari Damacy proved the success of innovation on the PS2, and while it does exist on these two platforms, Nintendo has the track record of fresh new ideas in games and interfaces (even though there are the same parallels to be drawn with Zelda, Mario, etc. they all tend to be new and fresh each time out of the gate)

Coming from someone who never purchased anything past the SNES and GBA from Nintendo, my feelings are changing quite rapidly toward the Revolution. I think it is finally going to reach a point where gamers are ready for a change, and I think that time is closer than most think. I want Nintendo to succeed, I want gameplay and attention to detail to reign supreme, and it isn't going to happen with the PS3 or Xbox 360 they are just beefed up editions of what is available now playing the same games and the same franchises with little to no advances aside from graphics.

I'm ready for a revolution after covering Sony for 10+ years.

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