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Old 01-22-2007, 12:50 PM   #1
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I look on-and-off for volunteer opportunities. Not because I am a sweetheart who feels a debt to society, but helping people makes me feel good, and sometimes I find good company to hang with.

Often, I quickly get disillusioned by politics, weird agendas, or hard-to-deal-with personalities.

This weekend, I went to check out our local robotics club. Oooh, neat gadgets all over the place. A room filled with geeks!

Once I fended off the head geek who couldn't stop talking about the crossbar supercomputer and dataflow language he invented as a younger geek, I helped a super-smart 12 year-old hack a C program, cross-compile it, download the new firmware to his self-built bot, and watched it go. He was seriously jazzed, emitting monotone utterances of delight.

Later in the day, some 8-year-old corrected me. Massive blue stars aren't massive due to high density, it's their high *volume* that makes them massive. He was right.

I think I found my spot.
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Old 01-22-2007, 01:28 PM   #2
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Out of the mouths of babes! ENJOY the none agenda persuit of fun and knowledge.
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:31 PM   #3
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Hmmm...intellectually at home with 8-12 year olds. Sounds about right.

Bwaaahaahahahaha!

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while w*rking i became interested in the guardian ad litem program ( www.guardianadlitem.org ) but i didn't have the time what with w*rk & becoming mom's guardian and all. don't know how my future is going to go. but if i don't become a perpetual traveler any time soon i might look into involvement there. will that mean i'll have to wake up before noon?
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Bwaaahaahahahaha!
I expose my soft underbelly, and you strike!

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That's OK. I would have done the same.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:24 AM   #6
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Hey, what are friends for.

If we didnt love each other, we wouldnt care enough to properly eviscerate.

Actually it sounds like you're having a lot of fun, keep up the good work.

I think i'll do my part by gathering the neighborhood kids together tomorrow and show them how to light bacon on fire and let it cook itself.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:48 AM   #7
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I do a lot of volunteer activities these days. Is it really a "selfless pursuit" if you get personal satisfaction from it? I know I've phased myself out of volunteer activities when they weren't fun.
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Good for you Wab. You might never know the difference that you will make in one of those children's lives. Could make a huge impact!
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Later in the day, some 8-year-old corrected me. Massive blue stars aren't massive due to high density, it's their high *volume* that makes them massive. He was right.

I think I found my spot.
There is a podcast available on the iTunes store Astro 10 that you might like. It is a college level course - good stuff.
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Later in the day, some 8-year-old corrected me. Massive blue stars aren't massive due to high density, it's their high *volume* that makes them massive. He was right.

I think I found my spot.
There's hope for the future.............
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Sounds like your having fun, go for it! Myself, I'd be more comfortable with Homer or Bart Simpson, than Lisa, the smarty pants.......shredder
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Good for you Wab. You might never know the difference that you will make in one of those children's lives. Could make a huge impact!
Like in a "War Games" kind of way.
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Please post this in the recipe thread.
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