Category Archives: Wild Card

Something interesting, but not necessarily typical on this blog.

The Dark Side of Science: The Bobo Doll Experiment 1963 (Short Documentary)…

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Date: September 15, 2021

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“The Bobo doll experiment is the name for a series of experiments performed by psychologist Albert Bandura to test his social learning theory.

Between 1961 and 1963, he studied the behaviour of children after they watched an adult model act aggressively towards a Bobo the clown doll.

The most famous version of the experiment measured the children’s behaviour after seeing an adult model rewarded, punished, or experience no consequence for physically attacking the Bobo doll.

The results of the experiment would be used as the justification of the anti video game movement of the 1980 and 1990s.

The study was considered controversial but not as bad as the Baby Albert study.”

There’s something inherently strange, about taking a well known toy that was created for aggressive and violent play [the Bobo doll], and expecting that a child’s interaction with it would be anything other than aggressive and violent.

Of course they’re going to punch, kick and shove around the doll…That’s explicitly what it was made for, and how it was marketed.

As I recall it…this toy was an acceptable method, of letting out your frustrations and hyper energy…That’s the point behind it’s very existence.

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Why great architecture should tell a story – Ole Scheeren…

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Date: September 09, 2021

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“For architect Ole Scheeren, the people who live and work inside a building are as much a part of that building as concrete, steel and glass. He asks: Can architecture be about collaboration and storytelling instead of the isolation and hierarchy of a typical skyscraper? Visit five of Scheeren’s buildings — from a twisted tower in China to a floating cinema in the ocean in Thailand — and learn the stories behind them.”

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The Puzzle of Picket Farm (South Perrott, Dorset)…

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Date: September 07, 2021

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“Time Team heads to South Perrott in Dorset, inspired by the intriguing discovery of Roman brooches and coins in a hilltop field. The Team are pretty sure they’re going to uncover a Roman Temple, but the search gets off to a bad start when all the pottery turns out to be medieval and there’s no sign of any buildings. Something has clearly been going on in this field, but it’s not what they thought. The trenches gradually reveal their contents, painting a very different picture from a very different period. Have the Team stumbled across a Stone Age burial site that had, extraordinarily, been honoured for thousands of years right into Roman times? Prehistory specialist Miles Russell explains some aspects of Bronze Age features.

Series 12, Episode 10”

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Why aren’t there more Native American restaurants? – Sean Sherman…

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Date: August 23, 2021

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“When you think of North American cuisine, do Indigenous foods come to mind? Chef Sean Sherman serves up an essential history lesson that explains the absence of Native American culinary traditions across the continent, highlighting why revitalizing Indigenous education sits at the center of a better diet and healthier relationship with the planet.”

It’s tragic that this was lost to our people.

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Online, 1989 style: Dialing into BBSes with a vintage Tandy 1000 modem…

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Date: August 04, 2021

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“Many old PCs come with an internal modem. They’re useless, right? No! There are still Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) which you can dial into and relive the online experience from 30+ years ago. Here I try out the internal 2400 bps modem in my Tandy 1000SX.”

This is so cool!…

…I almost remember this sort of thing…but I never had my C64 connected to a modum.

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