Close to real time. There’s a lag that’s socially acceptable but it’s really short. I had a bad stutter as a kid. Too many words wanted to pour our at once. Had to slow down vocal muscles and brain. Speech therapist put strawberry paste on the back of my throat for some reason and showed me how to create a little ‘void’ in my head to sort words out quickly before speaking them. The shortest speed of the world is 13ms. Anything shorter than that is instant. Mutliplayer gaming programmers and network engineers try to work with that 13ms as a golden goal to reach when they can.

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Funny. I thought I’d have strong opinions about this but I don’t. Schools operate on an ancient schedule. Who needs to go home to tend the fields after 3pm in 2019? They also need more funding. Yet, school sucks. Then again, some kids like it. My nephew, now 14, loves school for the socializing. He also doesn’t mind learning but he sees them as two entirely separate functions of school. If it were me, I’d have kid and teen social centers with teachers available, scrap the whole “we have to teach them how to listen to their future bosses” thing. But that probably wouldn’t work so it’s good I’m not in charge of things. So, no strong opinions from here.

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Cops in crowded Eastern areas like NJ metropolitan area don’t have the space, time or patience for 2nd amendment stuff. They need to know “shots fired” = “bad” immediately. It’s not that you can’t get it – it’s your right – but you’re going to know how to use it if you do. None of this guns-flow-like-water Texas buddhism thing.

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Indeed. I go back and forth on it when it comes up in conversation. Guy was a master of public relations with a well practiced innocence . Was it real? Who knows. Was he playing or preying? These days, I lean towards plying and preying but he though it was innocent playing and convinced of his own innocence, he wasn’t lying just a warped view of things.

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I was looking at a meta-study about development of language and I wondered where the test subjects came from. All I can say is “Oh wow…” “When Nicolae Ceausescu banned birth control and abortion in 1966 to increase Romania’s population, many overwhelmed parents left children in state institutions. By 1989 this social experiment led to more than 170,000 children living in these facilities18. The institutionalized toddlers did not receive much personal attention and were discouraged from vocalizing. In many instances, these toddlers grew up in environments void of any rich linguistic stimuli. In the 1990s a group of 136 toddlers free of neurological, genetic and other birth defects were randomized and half of them were assigned to a foster care, while the other half remained in such an institution. Because the toddlers were randomly assigned to foster care or to remain in an institution, unlike previous studies, it was possible to show that any differences in development or behavior between the two groups could be attributed to where they were reared”

I was looking at
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