Day: January 11, 2019

Pervs kept stealing the ‘mile 69’ highway marker, so it was replaced with this

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2019 has barely started, and we’ve already suffered a great loss: A “69” mile marker is gone forever, and will not be replaced.

The Washington Department of Transportation is sick and tired of people stealing the marker (notably known as the ~sex number~) so it’s replacing the highway sign with one that says “68.9.” 

“Thieves show no signs of slowing down,” a local CBS station reported. Watch the mildly painful banter between the two anchors as they debate the accuracy of the sign without cracking up over its reference to a sex position.  Read more…

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How Toys Can Boost Your Child’s Development

How a child views their world starts from the arms of their caretakers. Their views are closely guarded with what you put in front of them. From the time they are in your womb until the end of their teens, they act like a sponge — absorbing everything around them and creating impressions that suit their mind.

This thing can be a boon and a bane in differing situations. However, if you do build the foundations strong, you would be able to inculcate the good values of being human into your child.

Nurturing them into a healthy and responsible adult is what all parents and caretakers want. If you identify yourself with this role, then read on to know how you can use toys as an important child development tool to pave a better way for them in the future.

Let’s explore how toys and child development are related:

Children learn more by playing than studying

This is why most of the playschools adopt a mix of play and learn to teach kids and it works!

Children who enjoy what they are doing learn more out of their activities rather than handing them a book and expecting them to absorb it all.

Visuals triumph over text

Yes, you might find that your child likes to read but they would enjoy something more visual. Be it pictures, videos or any brightly colored toy, they interact with visuals more.

This is why most of the toys aimed at kids are brightly colored. It helps them identify colors and things.

Toys enhance motor skills

When they play with something that would make them get up and play, they develop healthy motor skills. This would help them be active which is what their growing body needs. The more they play, the more enhanced their hand-to-eye coordination will become.

So, get them balls and doll prams that will get them moving. Find them at BabyUniqueCorn.

Toys enhance cognitive skills

Toy puzzles help children in their cognitive skills. The very challenge of figuring it out themselves enables them to become critical thinkers. Rather than throwing a book on them now, give them interesting and fun toy puzzles.

They help them understand relations

Children understand relations through role-playing. They look around their home environment and enact the same with their toys. They role-play with their toys and playmates to imitate what they observe.

Make sure you leave a good impression on them so that they understand the essence of relationships. Play with them sometimes to also guide them.

They help them understand the society

When you get them toys that represent a profession, they would be able to understand society little by little. With role-playing, they would understand the process, decorum, and manners that go with it.

Toys are instrumental in developing that attitude and learning curve. Make sure you have adequate toys that would develop their mental health.

It helps them express themselves

Toys, especially the ones they identify with, become instrumental in helping them to express themselves. Talking to themselves or personifying toys is a healthy way on how they express and understand themselves.

These internal monologues, which they express overtly, are a sign of healthy self-expression. Give them the toys, some colors, and a sketching pad and see their thoughts on canvas.

They generate stereotypes

Society and media mirror each other so much that sometimes it is difficult to tell them apart. Some toy manufacturers infamously generate negative body image or impose gender roles on the impressionable minds of the children.

Therefore, try to avoid toys that heavily stereotype people into specific roles. Instead, give them neutral toys that would help them understand that they are not defined by their gender but by their ability.

One study found that feminine toys enhance nurturing and caring personas through role-playing. The same study also found that such toys reinforce unnecessary obsession with external standards of beauty and lowers logical and mathematical skills.

In contrast, masculine toys or toys endorsed for boys promote aggression and violence but enhance spatial skills and logical skills.

So, the only way to break away from it would be to identify such toys and make sure you never purchase them. Get your children both types of toys. Expose them to empathy and balance in emotions and skills. Promote kindness and talent with the right toys!

Toys teach them about possession, maintenance, and sharing

When you gift your child with some toys, you are teaching him how to value them. In the process, he learns about possession and maintenance. It teaches your kid that if he fails to take care of his toys, he’ll lose or break them.

Apart from that, it teaches kids how to share and encourage their friends to care for their toys, too.

The toys you give your kids make a difference in the way they develop. Make sure you supervise what comes into your house and how your child interacts with it.

See Also: Connecting With Your Child: 5 Things You Can Do To Stay Close Despite Your Work

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Bryan Cranston and Lana Condor go back to school in ‘To All the Boys’ inspired song

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We all have secret selves, but you’ve just gotta let ’em shine. We’ve all got actual secrets too, but maybe some of those can stay well and truly buried. 

That’s what we’ve learned from a weird song performed by Jimmy Fallon alongside Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star (and heroine of our hearts) Lana Condor.

The unlikely trio time-travelled back to the ol’ high school cafeteria on The Tonight Show for a song dubbed “To All the Me’s I’ve Loved Before,” reminiscent of High School Musical‘s “Stick to the Status Quo.”

Yeah, Cranston makes it brilliantly weird. Read more…

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Improbable and Epic Games establish $25M fund to help devs move to ‘more open engines’ after Unity debacle

Improbable is taking a daring step after announcing earlier today that Unity had revoked its license to operate on the popular game development engine.

The UK-based cloud gaming startup has inked a late-night press release with Unity rival Epic Games, which operates the Unreal Engine and is the creator of Fortnite, establishing a $25 million fund designed to help game developers move to “more open engines.”

An incoming blog post penned by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney and Improbable CEO Herman Narula reads, in part:

To assist developers who are left in limbo by the new engine and service incompatibilities that were introduced today, Epic Games and Improbable are together establishing a US $25,000,000 combined fund to help developers transition to more open engines, services, and ecosystems. This funding will come from a variety of sources including Unreal Dev Grants, Improbable developer assistance funds, and Epic Games store funding.

This is pretty bold on Improbable’s part and seems to suggest that Unity didn’t give them a call after Improbable published a blog post that signed off with, “You [Unity] are an incredibly important company and one bad day doesn’t take away from all you’ve given us. Let’s fix this for our community, you know our number.”

Unity, for its part, claims that they gave Improbable ample notice that they were in violation of their Terms of Service and that the two had been deep in a “partnership” agreement that obviously fell short. The termination of Improbable’s Unity license essentially cut them off from a huge portion of indie developers who build their stuff on Unity.

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney was quick to jump on the news earlier today, rebuking Unity’s actions.

This highlights a point: In the ecosystem like Unreal, Unity or Godot, companies live and die by the ground rules that are established. Devs have put years of their lives into building something, and nothing is worse than changing the rules and confiscating their investments.

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) January 10, 2019

“Epic Games’ partnership with Improbable, and the integration of Improbable’s cloud-based development platform SpatialOS, is based on shared values, and a shared belief in how companies should work together to support mutual customers in a straightforward, no-surprises way,” the blog post reads.

In a way this is a positive development for Improbable, suggesting that Epic Games is committed to sticking with the startup, but at the same time, one wonders how Unity and Improbable’s relationship managed to sour so quickly based on what’s been said publicly today.