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CryptoKids Say the Darndest Things about NSA Surveillance

Over the summer, a lot of news has come out exposing the U.S. military’s massive warrantless surveillance of innocent people’s communications. But to actually spread the word about what’s going on, we can’t just rely on the news. There are a lot of people who give up reading for the summer, sort of like other [...]

New Kid Danger: Squishy, Bubbling Feet

Those pretty, teeny, tiny, swirly packets of commercial detergent on the shelves in America’s grocery stores are the hottest new consumer product — and a source of peril for America’s vulnerable children.

Nearly 10 people across the country have called the hotline of the National Fashion Association after small children placed the packets on [...]

It Still Isn’t a More Dangerous World for our Kids

Three and a half years ago, amid declarations from fellow parents around me that “It’s a more dangerous world out there for kids these days” and “It’s just different from when we grew up,” my first-grader came home from school informing me that they’d had a “lockdown” drill at his elementary school to practice in [...]

Foil Wrappers on Bubble Solution. Useful? An Empirical Test

Last year, I made brief and horrible fun of the foil wrappers they put on bottles of bubble solution. I snarkily asked whether there was a terrorist plot to inject bubble bottles with cyanide. In a comment, the ever-thoughtful John Stracke suggested that “it probably improves the shelf life, by keeping air out better than [...]

CafePress Boom! New Ethical Design Possibilities with Sweatshop-Free Dark Cotton Kids Shirts

For us here at Irregular Times, selling shirts is like licking fingers: we like to know where they’ve been. We sell shirts made by American Apparel because the company is transparent and reliably regulated when it comes it its workforce and compensation practices. Most apparel producers work very hard to hide the information about their [...]

The Greens: A Hilarious Rotting Pile of Education

PBS’ ongoing segment The Greens is hilarious.

“Yes, there are squirrels out there. With pointy teeth! But we shall face them together.”

Chess Bingo: Educational Tool for Young Kids Learning Chess

For about a year now, I’ve been volunteering at a local elementary school to teach chess to kids in the 2nd through 5th grade. Over that time I’ve come to realize that teaching young children is not at all like teaching an adult. I could tell you that a knight moves either two squares horizontally [...]

Beat Cabin Fever With Online Geometry Software and Projects

Is your family snowbound in Saskatchewan? Heatbound in Gila Bend? Stave off cabin fever in entertaining and educational fashion with some geometry activities that are free of charge and available at the mere tapping of your fingers.

HyperGami offers a series of colorful projects to print on cardstock, cut, fold and glue into the shapes [...]

Game Review: Jishaku, Game of Irregular Magnetic Force

When you’re taking high school physics and all objects are portrayed as dots or perfect spheres, then on paper at least it’s not too hard to predict the interplay of forces. But off the page, objects and the fields in which they interact are not regularly shaped, so while rough predictions are possible there’s always [...]

Obama Pumpkin T-Shirt for Kids in its Natural Habitat

Here’s how our Pumpkin for Obama T-Shirt for Kids appears in our Skreened shop:

And here’s how the kids’ shirt (made sweatshop-free in Los Angeles, California and printed sweatshop-free in Columbus, Ohio) looks in its natural habitat:

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Folsky-Talk Sarah Palin Took Away Shelter for Homeless Teenage Moms

Boy, that Sarah Palin sure can talk like she’s folksy, especially when someone writes a speech for her. But enough of the talk. But what about her action as Governor of Alaska? What did she DO to the people of Alaska?

I’ll tell you what she did: Sarah Palin cut out $1.1 million worth of [...]