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(LA Times)   Remember the kid who built an arcade out of cardboard? The internets just got him $100k+ to go to college   (latimes.com ) divider line
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2012-04-13 04:05:52 AM  
Oh hell, it got dusty in here
 
2012-04-13 09:36:33 AM  
Wow. This story keeps getting better and better. I hope we get a follow up story in 25 years where he's cured cancer or something.
 
2012-04-13 09:36:48 AM  
We are nerd, resistance is futile. We will add your geekiness and technical skills to our own. Have a scholarship.
 
2012-04-13 09:51:40 AM  
i don't get it. what was so special about a bunch of card board crap stacked up?
 
2012-04-13 09:55:53 AM  
Trolled in four posts, nice.

/Dusty, etc
 
2012-04-13 09:56:04 AM  
So that will pay for a semester by the time he gets to college. Or at least half his books.
 
2012-04-13 10:10:50 AM  
I had been hearing about the Arcade out of Cardboard, but didn't watch the video until now. I am so glad that these little stories see the light of day.

Good job Caine. I wish I could play!
 
2012-04-13 10:14:22 AM  
Maybe a future Miyamoto. Awesome. :)
 
2012-04-13 10:23:13 AM  
D'aw hell it's dusty in the office today

/which is a nice change from the normal crop dusting around here.
 
2012-04-13 10:25:42 AM  
Oh and donated.
 
2012-04-13 10:31:15 AM  
Good for him. I'd hate to see that level of talent and intelligence go to waste working at daddy's parts store.

/Oh, and good for those people who donated too.
 
2012-04-13 10:31:51 AM  

I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: Trolled in four posts, nice.

/Dusty, etc


i wasn't trolling. can't see the video and was hoping someone would tell me what the deal was. if it came off troll-like, i didn't mean it that way.

so. what's the deal?
 
2012-04-13 10:34:34 AM  
This story is awesome. Thank-you, submitter for sharing it.
 
2012-04-13 10:35:28 AM  

frepnog: I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: Trolled in four posts, nice.

/Dusty, etc

i wasn't trolling. can't see the video and was hoping someone would tell me what the deal was. if it came off troll-like, i didn't mean it that way.

so. what's the deal?


Watch the video: Link (new window)
 
2012-04-13 10:41:03 AM  
And by the time he grows up, that'll pay for one semester of school.
 
2012-04-13 10:44:30 AM  

Glenford: frepnog: I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: Trolled in four posts, nice.

/Dusty, etc

i wasn't trolling. can't see the video and was hoping someone would tell me what the deal was. if it came off troll-like, i didn't mean it that way.

so. what's the deal?

Watch the video: Link (new window)


Glenford: frepnog: I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: Trolled in four posts, nice.

/Dusty, etc

i wasn't trolling. can't see the video and was hoping someone would tell me what the deal was. if it came off troll-like, i didn't mean it that way.

so. what's the deal?

Watch the video: Link (new window)


well, I don't get why that is worth a scholarship, but good for him.
 
2012-04-13 10:45:54 AM  
The original video, while long at like 11-12 minutes, was pure awesome, with a little joyful dustiness.

This is so cool to hear...thanks Subster.
 
2012-04-13 10:54:55 AM  
so farking what, i built shiat like that when i was 8 and that was before the era of internet whoring. why does this kid deserve this attention? because some white guy from the suburbs needed a cheap car part and found a person to "help" through exploitation?

also, how much administrative fee comes out of the donated money, you know, to recoup the costs.
 
2012-04-13 11:10:31 AM  
Ohh, the joyful Republican comments:

Milquetoast at 2:56 AM April 13, 2012
Such a cute kid ..................
And to think he had no help from
big government!

The only thing he "occupied" was
his garage and his imagination!

This is what this country needs more of,
not the poop squatters of the Progressives.

More ingenuity in this one kid than
in all of Solyndra! Or Obama.
 
2012-04-13 11:13:08 AM  
This story was a big deal on the BYOAC forums. Cool to see it gets some play elsewhere.
 
2012-04-13 11:13:33 AM  

frepnog: Glenford: frepnog: I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: Trolled in four posts, nice.

/Dusty, etc

i wasn't trolling. can't see the video and was hoping someone would tell me what the deal was. if it came off troll-like, i didn't mean it that way.

so. what's the deal?

Watch the video: Link (new window)

Glenford: frepnog: I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: Trolled in four posts, nice.

/Dusty, etc

i wasn't trolling. can't see the video and was hoping someone would tell me what the deal was. if it came off troll-like, i didn't mean it that way.

so. what's the deal?

Watch the video: Link (new window)

well, I don't get why that is worth a scholarship, but good for him.


Creative insight into problems. Entrepreneurship. Tenacity. People donate because they want to nurture and grow those qualities. A kid like that could make and do wonderful things if he is supported a bit along the way.
 
2012-04-13 11:16:30 AM  

asciibaron: so farking what, i built shiat like that when i was 8 and that was before the era of internet whoring. why does this kid deserve this attention? because some white guy from the suburbs needed a cheap car part and found a person to "help" through exploitation?

also, how much administrative fee comes out of the donated money, you know, to recoup the costs.


Wow. Troll much?
 
2012-04-13 11:26:54 AM  

bluefelix: Creative insight into problems. Entrepreneurship. Tenacity. People donate because they want to nurture and grow those qualities. A kid like that could make and do wonderful things if he is supported a bit along the way.


Awesome that the kid gets a scholarship outta this, but c'mon now, you could say that about thousands of other kids out there who have built entire cities with big boxes (I did a few when I was young) yet didn't have internet access or a way to show other people, they were just having fun.

That just seems like a hell of a lot of money for one kid who's not even going to college for close to a decade. Is it just gonna sit there? I'd like to see a contest for some other kids to come up with their own inventions, then split the donations 3-4 ways, put it in a college fund/trust to build interest, and use that to fund more than just one kid who's video went viral.

Again, I'm happy for the kid that he got this attention and people went to play at his arcade, but a $100,000+ college fund before you've even hit age 10 is a little absurd.
 
2012-04-13 11:31:55 AM  

frepnog: i wasn't trolling. can't see the video and was hoping someone would tell me what the deal was. if it came off troll-like, i didn't mean it that way.

so. what's the deal?


You really need to see the video. If you can't watch it now because you're at work, wait until you get home. I presume you have somewhat easy access to Youtube *SOMEWHERE*. If not, then you may have more issues than understanding the video.

Once you see the video, you will understand.

And as to the "not worth a scholarship," that's not for you to decide. Assuming the average donation was about $5, then about 25,000 people each decided the video was enough to give $5.
 
2012-04-13 11:37:33 AM  
I don't get the big wave of $ coming in either. It's just a kid using his imagination and some marketer saw it - lots of kids are imaginative. I also don't get the crying comments. The kid isn't going to die.
 
2012-04-13 11:48:19 AM  
All the assholes in here who say the kid doesn't deserve the scholarship or attention for "building a couple of cardboard stuff" either have no soul, or haven't seen the video.

fark all of you who came in here to shiat on this. This was an amazing moment that demonstrated how the internet can come together to help a kid who might not have had the kind of opportunities that are now available for him in a country that has long since stopped caring about kids like him.

So fark you trolls. Get back under your bridge.
 
2012-04-13 12:03:10 PM  
This thread is an Aspergers diagnostic tool.
 
2012-04-13 12:18:19 PM  
Caine? Is he a comic book villain?

/cool video
 
2012-04-13 12:35:55 PM  
That is pretty awesome.

My only fear would be with all the publicity and knowing they've got some money, some douche in the local government will try to fine them for operating the arcade as a business without permits. Not for the scholarship itself, but rather for selling of games and passes.

/Hope I'm just pessimistic
//That'd show the other side of the Internet real quick
 
2012-04-13 12:53:40 PM  
Not wishing to be snarky, but why this kid? I'll admit that I don't know everything, but I don't get the impression that this kid is way below the poverty line or anything. It's entirely possibly that he'd have been able to attend college anyway, just that he may have needed to take out a loan or 2, basically like millions of other people.

What about the hundreds (or thousands) of other kids who are way below the poverty line, will never get to college (maybe not even school) but who still do stuff like this? An intelligent kid will create, even if all they are surrounded with is dirt and rubbish. Why not help one of them actually get an education and see what they can achieve?

Sorry, but this all seems a bit silly too me.
 
2012-04-13 01:02:26 PM  

ProfessorOhki: That is pretty awesome.

My only fear would be with all the publicity and knowing they've got some money, some douche in the local government will try to fine them for operating the arcade as a business without permits. Not for the scholarship itself, but rather for selling of games and passes.

/Hope I'm just pessimistic
//That'd show the other side of the Internet real quick


Not pessimistic, cautious due to past events. Try looking up lemonade stands being shut down. That's depressing.

I remember doing as many bake sales as possible in elementary school and how it really helped me grasp basic math. I even went as far as taking into account how much was spent in materials and what we Really made from the sale which was way more than "how much is 13 quarters" that my teacher was expecting. Pretty sure bake sales are no longer allowed.

Still, he has initiative and drive. Imagine what a kid with that mindset can do. Good on the kid, and kudos to the dad too.
 
2012-04-13 01:07:12 PM  

Knight of the Woeful Countenance: All the assholes in here who say the kid doesn't deserve the scholarship or attention for "building a couple of cardboard stuff" either have no soul, or haven't seen the video.

fark all of you who came in here to shiat on this. This was an amazing moment that demonstrated how the internet can come together to help a kid who might not have had the kind of opportunities that are now available for him in a country that has long since stopped caring about kids like him.

So fark you trolls. Get back under your bridge.


seriously, calm yourself. this kid here has done nothing that hundreds of kids have not done, and probably better. I mean shiat - almost every kid alive has tossed all of his christmas toys into a pile and then played with the empty boxes or made a fort or a box city. this kid's "arcade" looks like crap even for a little kid; it looks like trash piled up and taped together. sorry, just bringing reality to the situation. as I said, good for the kid for the money, but come on.
 
2012-04-13 01:07:15 PM  

The sound of one hand clapping: Not wishing to be snarky, but why this kid? I'll admit that I don't know everything, but I don't get the impression that this kid is way below the poverty line or anything. It's entirely possibly that he'd have been able to attend college anyway, just that he may have needed to take out a loan or 2, basically like millions of other people.

What about the hundreds (or thousands) of other kids who are way below the poverty line, will never get to college (maybe not even school) but who still do stuff like this? An intelligent kid will create, even if all they are surrounded with is dirt and rubbish. Why not help one of them actually get an education and see what they can achieve?

Sorry, but this all seems a bit silly too me.


Hmm, maybe this story is uplifting because some of us would like to provide a college education to every intelligent kid creating out of dirt and rubbish, but we feel powerless to do so. Then, we read this story, where a child wins a sort of lottery. We know he isn't the only child who deserves to win such a lottery, but we're still glad that he won. We're happy that one of the thousands, maybe millions, of kids that deserve to win a you-get-to-go-to-college-debt-free lottery has, in fact, won.
 
2012-04-13 01:23:08 PM  

mikem004: The kid isn't going to die.


I thought his name was Caine, not Jesus.
 
2012-04-13 01:26:42 PM  

frepnog:

seriously, calm yourself. this kid here has done nothing that hundreds of kids have not done, and probably better. I mean shiat - almost every kid alive has tossed all of his christmas toys into a pile and then played with the empty boxes or made a fort or a box city. this kid's "arcade" looks like crap even for a little kid; it looks like trash piled up and taped together. sorry, just bringing reality to the situation. as I said, good for the kid for the money, but come on.


It's hard to remain calm when people such as yourself come in here to shiat on the kid who was only passing time, and thought it would be fun to use whatever materials that were available at his father's store to create an arcade that maybe he could make some money from to play real arcade games at Shakey's.

The whole point is to encourage the kid to continue dreaming and creating things that people derive enjoyment from. If you say there are a thousand other kids who did it better, great, point me in the direction of their college fund and convince me they need donations. Don't come in here and project your own personal disappointment that no one ever encouraged your dreams when you were growing up onto this kid.

Just because this kid won the internet lotto doesn't make it right for you to say he doesn't deserve it and what he did is nothing special.

/Also, by saying that all you're doing is "bringing reality" to the situation only shows the complete lack of imagination and empathy in your life, and to be perfectly honest, I feel sorry for you.
//Also, look at the post below yours... Lunaville said it much better than I and in fewer, less ragey words.
 
2012-04-13 01:30:25 PM  

frepnog: seriously, calm yourself. this kid here has done nothing that hundreds of kids have not done, and probably better. I mean shiat - almost every kid alive has tossed all of his christmas toys into a pile and then played with the empty boxes or made a fort or a box city. this kid's "arcade" looks like crap even for a little kid; it looks like trash piled up and taped together. sorry, just bringing reality to the situation. as I said, good for the kid for the money, but come on.


Seems pretty good for an 8 year-old (now 9) kid. Heck, even the pricing scheme with a fairly fool-proof funpass code using the square-root of the ticket number is downright genius. Again, let alone for a kid who was 8 at the time he came up with it, in a run-down area of East LA.

Also, most kids would try something like this for an afternoon, and after not getting any customers, give up and tear everything down. From my understanding, Caine kept up with it all summer long, without any customers, even down to designing and creating that T-shirt himself to look more like a legitimate proprietor. Sure, his engineering skills and materials aren't amazing, but the tenacity, persistence, obvious ingenuity and overall demeanor of the kid is more than noteworthy.
 
2012-04-13 02:04:43 PM  

s1ugg0: Wow. This story keeps getting better and better. I hope we get a follow up story in 25 years where he's cured cancer or something.


more probably built the first robot that kills people intentionally.
 
2012-04-13 02:05:22 PM  

quickdraw: This thread is an Aspergers diagnostic tool.


Bazinga!

Good on the kid and everybody who helped.
 
2012-04-13 03:14:03 PM  
Thank you Subby! And well said Lunaville... Trollers going to troll.
 
2012-04-13 03:44:35 PM  

The sound of one hand clapping: Not wishing to be snarky, but why this kid?


Why not this kid?


I'll admit that I don't know everything, but I don't get the impression that this kid is way below the poverty line or anything.

I don't see why a person needs to be destitute before others can help.


It's entirely possibly that he'd have been able to attend college anyway, just that he may have needed to take out a loan or 2, basically like millions of other people.

True. But you cannot imagine what a little confidence boost can do for someone so young. He will always know that the opportunity exists for him to go to college, no matter what. Plus, who knows what student loans are going to look like in a few years, much less by the time this kid graduates high school.


What about the hundreds (or thousands) of other kids who are way below the poverty line, will never get to college (maybe not even school) but who still do stuff like this?

Don't fault this kid for the system that screws all kids over.


An intelligent kid will create, even if all they are surrounded with is dirt and rubbish.

An intelligent kid surrounded by dirt and rubbish did create something. Haven't you watched the video yet?


Why not help one of them actually get an education and see what they can achieve?

That's what the scholarship in TFA is all about: helping a kid get an education to see what he can achieve.


Sorry, but this all seems a bit silly too me.

I agree. It is silly, but, sadly, as you have stated above, there are hundreds (maybe thousands or perhaps millions?) of children who don't get many opportunities. Education shouldn't be like this. Which is why I think people are happy for this one kid. We'd like to be happy for more, but our "Queen for a Day" educational system doesn't seem to allow for every child to succeed.

/Something about socialism, or something ...
//Subby.
 
2012-04-13 03:46:27 PM  
Waiting for the followup where Paypal keeps it all because the guy isn't a registered non-profit.
 
2012-04-13 03:47:52 PM  
And one day, I hope to see when he builds his first Gentlemen's Club out of cardboard.
 
2012-04-13 03:52:05 PM  

Lunaville: This story is awesome. Thank-you, submitter for sharing it.


Optimus Primate: The original video, while long at like 11-12 minutes, was pure awesome, with a little joyful dustiness.

This is so cool to hear...thanks Subster.


justanothersumguy: Thank you Subby! And well said Lunaville... Trollers going to troll.


You are all welcome.
/*bows*
 
2012-04-13 03:57:13 PM  

laststarfighter: So that will pay for a semester by the time he gets to college. Or at least half his books.


Tyrone Slothrop: And by the time he grows up, that'll pay for one semester of school.


Heh, heh ... great minds, etc.
 
2012-04-13 04:06:57 PM  

quickdraw: This thread is an Aspergers diagnostic tool.


Nice, now my office suitemates want to know why I'm giggling to myself. That was unexpectedly funny and awesome.
 
2012-04-13 04:07:03 PM  

ProfessorOhki: That is pretty awesome.

My only fear would be with all the publicity and knowing they've got some money, some douche in the local government will try to fine them for operating the arcade as a business without permits. Not for the scholarship itself, but rather for selling of games and passes.

/Hope I'm just pessimistic
//That'd show the other side of the Internet real quick


Jclark666: Waiting for the followup where Paypal keeps it all because the guy isn't a registered non-profit.


Aww, hush you two!

j/k
 
2012-04-13 04:21:19 PM  

The sound of one hand clapping: I don't get the impression that this kid is way below the poverty line or anything.


Sure, his family wasn't living in a car, but he spent the summer in the auto parts store with his dad. He didn't have a back-to-back schedule of stimulating extracurricular summer camps and enriching activities.
 
2012-04-13 08:49:32 PM  
I watched that and saw how persistent he was. He kept his little arcade open even when he only got one customer. I thought that, at the very least, he has the chops to run a small business, even taking over his family auto parts business that his dad inherited from grandpa.

The video and flashmob were whimsical and cute. It's nice the film maker opened up a site to take donations for the kid's future education. The very same people who are in here with onions on their belts arguing with mailboxes would probably be having a hissy fit if the film maker didn't open up a site for donations. OMGEXPLOITATIONWHARGLEBARGLE.

In a nutshell. I filmmaker was amused at a kid's little cardboard arcade, he had a flashmob, he filmed it, people on the internet thought it was cute and send some shekels the kid's way. I just can't see getting worked up about it or comparing it to saving the whales for Jesus or mailing your leftovers to "The starving kids in the third world".
 
2012-04-13 08:54:04 PM  

quickdraw: This thread is an Asperger's diagnostic tool.


FTFY.
 
2012-04-13 10:32:47 PM  
There's lots of things in that video that show the kid is bright and determined, but that thing with the "Fun Pass" and the calculator in particular is insanely clever.
 
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