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The Treasure Chest of Terrible Toys: iPotty

9 Feb

February 9, 2013


Great Shades of Satan! (Ah ha!) This falls under the category of educational toys. At least I think it does. This is for either potty training or training to waste time on the potty. Maybe both. Remember yesterday’s imponderable about the guy who broke into a home and twice defecated on the floor? I wonder if he used this.


I have to admit that when I first saw this, I misread the author’s name as “Simon Crap.” It is an easy mistake to make.

Before you ask (not that I can hear you), the iPad is not included and no, there are no apps to help the kid learn to use the potty. I guess the secret is that the kid will sit there and forget his anxiety about popping by playing Angry Birds or watching funny kitten videos on YouTube. Personally, I wouldn’t mind if the kids surfed over to Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride. Sure, it would be a different demographic but I could really use the clicks. If it took off, I could totally see myself pandering to the pre-K group- lots of articles about Nick Toons, even more poopy jokes, etc.

As far as I can see, all do is A-teach kids to spend more time on the toilet and B- create an iPad that I would not touch without rubber gloves and disinfectant. Little kids are not exactly neat and do not wash their hands. Plus they play with the most disgusting things.

Truth to tell, this isn’t any different than putting the kid on the throne and giving him a book or a magazine to pass the time. That always works for me.

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And Don’t Forget to Breathe: The Nanny State in Action

24 Aug

August 24, 2011

I think the writer hit it on the head, but I’m not as upset with the money as he is. I can’t believe this cost much money, but on the other hand this is the government so it probably cost more than my apartment building’s entire combined yearly income for the decade.

My issue is that I simply can’t believe that government feels the need to micromanage our lives so much, and thinks so little of us, that it feels that it has to tell us when to come in out of the rain, so to speak. As much of a nanny as NYC Mayor Bloomberg is, I have to believe that even he would find this silly.

Even worse, it is totally redundant. In order to use this, you have to know what the humidity is. Unlike the temperature, humidity isn’t something that is easily known. Hygrometers and psychrometers are nearly as common as thermometers so to use the app you need to look for the humidity in a weather report, which will also give the heat index. So if you go to get the information to use the app, you also get the information to make the app unnecessary.

The app also gives information on what to do, but that info isn’t even on the front page. You have to waste more time standing in the heat to load that page. And what information does it give? Drink water and take breaks. What government employee needs to be reminded to take a break? Most of them need to be reminded to do some work once in a while.

Again, it is just another example of how the gov’t thinks it needs to micromanage everyone’s life and treat them like babies. I’m not upset about the cost of the app, I’m offended that anyone thinks I am stupid enough to need it.

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