Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Short Stuff

TV's Effects

REUTERS - The more television 4-year-old children watch the more likely they are to become bullies later on in school, a U.S. study said on Monday... Bullying can now be added "to the list of potential negative consequences of excessive television viewing along with obesity, inattention and other types of aggression," said Frederick Zimmerman who led the research.

Delivery Man Stuck in Elevator for 3 Days

REUTERS - A Chinese food delivery man was found trapped in a broken elevator Tuesday, more than three days after he was reported missing, police said. Ming Kung Chen, 35, who worked for the Happy Dragon restaurant in the Bronx, was reported missing late Friday when he did not return an hour after setting out on a delivery. Police said he was found about 6 a.m. on Tuesday and was hospitalized with dehydration.

Red ink falling out of favor with teachers

AP - The color has become so symbolic of negativity that some principals and teachers will not touch it. "You could hold up a paper that says 'Great work!' and it won't even matter if it's written in red," said Joseph Foriska, principal of Thaddeus Stevens Elementary in Pittsburgh. He has instructed his teachers to grade with colors featuring more "pleasant-feeling tones" so that their instructional messages do not come across as derogatory or demeaning...

"The human eye is notoriously fickle and is always searching for something new to look at it," she said. "If you use a color that has long been used in a traditional way, you can lose people's attention, especially if they have a history of a lot of red marks on their papers."

Purple may be rising in popularity, Eiseman said, because teachers know it is a mix of blue and red. As she put it: "You still have that element of the danger aspect -- the red -- but it's kind of subtle, subliminal. It's in the color, rather than being in your face."

Google Goodness

Google Maps has added Satellite Imagery. It's pretty nifty.


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