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(KOMU Columbia)   Man who spent the past 60 years looking for his long-lost sister finds her thanks to an 8 year-old neighbor who did a Facebook search that took about five seconds   ( ) divider line 67
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2013-01-10 06:50:13 AM  

Eddie Ate Dynamite: But the answer to that is already on the internet.

but it's on Timecube.
2013-01-10 07:14:01 AM  

fusillade762: 60 YEARS? And he just now decides to give this fancy new internet thingy a try?

63 year old man asked me yesterday if the cable (ethernet) got connected to the computer or the tower.

Had to explain a basic computer is a set of pieces. The ethernet cable does not power the tv thingy and tower is where the data goes to send to the monitor.
2013-01-10 07:30:04 AM  

log_jammin: Eddie Ate Dynamite: If the answer to every question is available instantly

If the answer to everything was available instantly, my question of "how can I have sex with three, redheaded, bisexual, big titted women at the same time" would have been answered a long time ago.

That one's easy to answer. The question is, where to get $1,000,000.
2013-01-10 07:58:50 AM  

Supes: Then he wasn't searching very hard...

He had been too busy telling everyone to stay off his lawn.

/Gotta have priorities, ya know
//And slashies
2013-01-10 08:15:39 AM  

Eddie Ate Dynamite: You two are forgetting something. If the answer to every question is available instantly then what the hell do you talk about while you're sitting at a bar getting drunk and/or being old? After a while everybody you've ever met for more than 5 seconds has heard all of your cool stories and jokes, and knows all your lies and opinions. All that's left is arguing over the vagaries that nobody remembers for sure or somebody misremembers.

I guess you could go to a new bar and meet new people. But...nah. It's generally more comfortable to argue bullshiat with the people you already know. Just get rid of Google and smartphones. For the sake of conversation!

You're on fark asking what people argue about? Seriously?
2013-01-10 09:18:53 AM  

Eddie Ate Dynamite: log_jammin: Eddie Ate Dynamite: If the answer to every question is available instantly

If the answer to everything was available instantly, my question of "how can I have sex with three, redheaded, bisexual, big titted women at the same time" would have been answered a long time ago.

But the answer to that is already on the internet. I can't help it if you're too busy searching out the answers to stupid bar arguments rather than the important things in life.

There was an interesting conversation between Ray Kurzweil and Diane Rehm a couple weeks ago about things like Google and Wiki. Kurzweil claimed that they'd not only change the way we think but increase our intelligence. Even I went "What? Naw.", but he explained that once you become accustomed to looking stuff up instead of trying to remember it, you don't waste so much time arguing about what you THINK is the right answer, you find it, and then argue about its implications. He also implied you have more time to examine trends and subtleties and use critical analysis rather than spin your wheels wondering if that guy from that movie was Ed Lauter or James Rebhorn.
2013-01-10 10:28:27 AM  
Isn't an 8 year old on Facebook violating the terms of service? I don't think it mentioned who's account the kid was using...
2013-01-10 11:15:20 AM  


i forget the entire backstory as to why she never knew of any of them... but both her parents were born in the 19th century and they were *both* in their 50s when she was born. somehow.

Could be her "parents" were actually her grandparents, if the biological mother was very young/unmarried at the time. There are lots of cases of grandchildren passed off as children, growing up thinking that the biological mother was their sister to avoid a family scandal.
2013-01-10 11:18:20 AM  

Aidan: if that guy from that movie was Ed Lauter or James Rebhorn.

I think you mean James Rebhorn or James Cromwell. Ed Lauter always gets confused with Pete Postelthwaite.
2013-01-10 11:19:52 AM  
Within a week, the child found her on Facebook by using her maiden name.

I don't understand why it took a week if she was including her maiden name in her profile. It's irritating when women don't include maiden names. I'll get a friend request & have no clue who the woman is unless I can recognize her photo (not always so easy).
2013-01-10 12:19:56 PM  
Did the reunion look like this?
2013-01-10 12:34:15 PM  
haha, stupid old people
2013-01-10 12:54:09 PM  

Last summer I helped to reunite a coworker with a cousin of hers. I was bored one day helping out the mailroom sort mail. I was looking over some of the mystery mail and one of the pieces was from a bank and it had the wrong address for the office on it. The name on it was Nick (a very long greek name). I thought that was odd because in my building we have a Nikki (very long greek name). I brought it up to her to see if it was a postal screw up or some wierd coincidence. Turns out it was her cousin that she didnt see in years because their fathers had a real big falling out. She got excited and ended up meeting her cousin and they have stayed in touch. Told her I was going to charge her a finders fee. She punched me.
2013-01-10 01:22:22 PM  
This is what my computer-science class (a bunch of fifth and sixth-graders,) do on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

The school where I'm the IT consultant has an after-school program where senior citizens come in and mentor the at-risk and gifted kids two afternoons a week, and one of the big things we've been working on is developing a program where kids teach seniors to use computers and technology effectively and seniors teach kids etiquette, time management and values like perseverance and honesty, as well as other life skills. Along the way, the kids have been helping the seniors build these incredible genealogies, find lost relatives and even put some of our senior veterans in touch with old buddies from the service, among other community-spirited and volunteer-based projects, like making up the ads for the animal shelter and doing data-entry for old library records.

It's absolutely beautiful to watch these children who'd sooner curse the air blue than look at you before saying 'sir' and 'ma'am,' 'please' and 'thank you,' and all around them these seniors who couldn't work a cable box at the beginning of the year who are programming in HTML and using laptops and smartphones like it's no big deal. Attendance is up, grades are better, the kids are honest, resourceful and shockingly thrifty (they're learning from the generation who survived the Depression, after all,) and I've been letting them build their in-class projects for Computer Science around things they're working on with their senior mentors.

The day we went over advanced formatting in MS Word, they typed up flyers for the Senior Mentors fundraising bake sale and then handed them out to their folks and local businesses. Their first Excel spreadsheet was a personal budget that they could go over with their mentors, which eventually expanded into a household budget and crossed into the class that used to be called Home Ec but which has a fancy acronym now. And when I taught them photo-editing software with the Art teacher (the district is broke, so we only have MS Paint, PhotoFiltre and PhotoFiltre 7, as those are open-source and therefore free,) each kid took some of the family photos they'd scanned and digitally backed up with their seniors and made family-and-friends collages with hyperlinks behind each face to that person's page in each senior's genealogy as their big winter-holiday gift to their mentors. Not only was this something the seniors really loved, as it gives them a cover page for their websites, but it forced the kids to pay close attention to what the seniors were saying and take notes, a skill that will serve them well.

Meanwhile, the seniors, who are taking Computer Science for Seniors at the community center (which I also teach because it's a small town and folks have to double up,) designed and ordered personal business cards for each child, complete with their name, home phone number, cellphone number if they have one, the Professional, Grown-up Email Addresses I insisted each one get for applying to jobs and other Serious, Adult Business and a small monogram or professional logo devised by their senior that suits them well. To my surprise, the seniors also clubbed together and ordered little business-card cases for the kids, silver and black for the boys, silver and rose for the girls, and when each kid opened the case that held what I think might be the first really grown-up thing a lot of them have ever owned at the big holiday party, it was really heartwarming.

All the gentlemen (including the boys,) wore coat-and-tie and the ladies (which means the girls, too,) wore their Sunday-best dresses to our big holiday party, and it was such a change, seeing these rough diamonds and faded roses all polished up in their finery. One boy's family is so broke that he couldn't afford a dress shirt and tie, so I went and bought a suit in his size and claimed it was a hand-me-down from my kid brother I was trying to get rid of. He looked like a million bucks and wore it to church on Christmas Eve with his mother and little siblings, whom he seems to be teaching his newfound perfect manners. There was also a downright adorable swing dance in the school gym with lots of Glenn Miller for the seniors and Brian Setzer for the kids, since there's a couple in their early seventies who still teach it, and some of the kids actually succeeded in teaching a certain popular hip-hop dance to their seniors, which may have been the funniest thing I saw all year.

As for what I'm doing there, well, the district doesn't currently have a comp-sci teacher for middle school, so I've gotten my substitute-teacher certification and have been teaching it until someone better qualified applies for it...and it's been since late August, so I'm also taking classes to become a real teacher, just in case. All the kids are working toward their Microsoft and Online Safety certifications, whereas, in the absence of a proper advanced-user curriculum for them, I'm helping the gifted kids work toward their A+ cert. I figure it'll let them hold tech-support jobs in high school, which will help them afford textbooks for college dual-enrollment and save up a healthy tuition fund. That, and the high school will have some competent tech people, so they don't have to rely quite so much on us contractors.

Old people and kids really do benefit from each other. Considering that continuing-education and exercise are the only things currently known to help with Alzheimer's and adult mentoring is one of the best ways to help make sure a kid succeeds, I'm stunned that more areas aren't taking advantage of this natural, perfect fit.
2013-01-10 01:24:19 PM
2013-01-10 03:24:02 PM  

AgentBang: Isn't an 8 year old on Facebook violating the terms of service? I don't think it mentioned who's account the kid was using...

Facebook isn't allowed to retain information on anyone under 13.
2013-01-10 10:13:50 PM  

There might be more to this story than we presently know. If this is the same man, and it appears to be, then he shouldn't have been involving a young girl in his personal business like this.
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