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  • 31Oct

    Geeky Pumpkin Carving

    For years, when my kids were small, we lived in a third floor apartment, so we did pretty much no Halloween decorating. We didn’t even hand out candy, because who would walk up all those stairs just on the off chance someone was handing out goodies? One year, I went to a pumpkin-carving party, which was a blast, but then I had to go put the pumpkin on my parents’ porch so that it wasn’t totally wasted. The problem with that was that I didn’t get to see my own creation very much. This turned me off of pumpkin carving for a long time. All that work, and I didn’t even get to enjoy it! Even though I have lived in a house for 3 years now, I haven’t tried it again. Until now. First, I had to go out and find the best patterns. It was easy to find

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  • 31Oct

    Seventeen percent of children ages 5-8 play games everyday

    Common Sense Media’s recently-published “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America” study notes that small children are playing games in droves. Seventeen percent of children between the ages of 5 and 8 play games everyday, while a much larger number — 81 percent — have played games during their lifetimes. Of course, narrow that down to the whole study’s focus, and 51 percent have played a video game at all. Still a sizable amount. Sixty-seven percent of children included in the study have a console at home, with 24 percent having their own handheld and 29 percent with some other “educational gaming device.” Boys’ and girls’ habits differed, as well, with more boys having played console video games (56 percent versus 46 percent, though that is likely not a statistically significant difference), having a video game device in their room and playing games every day. Follow

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