Grow a Head – HeadSprout

Yes, surprisingly that’s the name – HeadSprout. If you were to take it literally, it means growing a head. If you are some weird alien without a head, this will be...

Yes, surprisingly that’s the name – HeadSprout. If you were to take it literally, it means growing a head. If you are some weird alien without a head, this will be a great site for you to become more human, by growing a head. But for the rest of us humans, this is a site to help youngsters learn to read. What they provide is an interactive program which encourages children to read and to learn through the Internet. So students from school or from home can login to HeadSprout and start the interesting and fun lessons at their own pace. Teachers and parents can also monitor their students or children’s progress. Oh, and HeadSprout guarantees results!

Anyone tried this service before? I mean, it looks like just another one of those online sites which offers stories and reading materials. Nothing special to me. In Singapore, I have seen such programs offered by big commercial schools which cost several thousand dollars and requires like 3 hours per day. I myself thing that such programs are highly ineffective. Sure, it looks like they are offering a lot of materials and lessons (mainly to impress brain-dead Singapore parents who are too busy shopping) but does it work? Will young children be able to concentrate on so many things for such long period of time? I don’t think so. Heck, spending 3 hours on lessons? I doubt that 90% of Singapore parents can even stay awake for 15 minutes, let alone listen to lecturers for 3 long hours.

So please come on, let your children enjoy life for once. Let them play in the sun instead of stuffing them full of books and interactive DVDs or maths quizz or tuition lessons or what other shit so that you can spend your time shopping. I really pity the children nowadays. Singapore parents are probably the worst kind of parents you can find in the entire world. Thus you can look at the next generation of Singaporean young and the society that resulted from it.

It shouldn’t be HeadSprout, but HeartSprout. Singaporeans, especially the parents should all grow a heart and stop being childish and know that parenthood requires some effort.

I Love Akismet. Marry Me Please.

If you don’t what or who Akismet is, which rock are you living under? We could perhaps join in partnership and sell that piece of rock as a lucky charm or...

If you don’t what or who Akismet is, which rock are you living under? We could perhaps join in partnership and sell that piece of rock as a lucky charm or some precious religious object to millions of devout followers. Akismet is a joint effort by the blogging community to stop spam comments. What it does is to create some sort of safety net between you and spammers by sending all comments to their servers for “checking”. So if the comment is found to be spam, it will be tagged as so and you won’t need to bother about it. But if you are a control freak, you can go and manually check each and every comment yourself.

For me, the results have been great. Please see the below screenshot. It is taken today.

It’s only been online for like 1 month or so and it has already blocked 141 spam comments, saving me hours of work to remove them from my WordPress blog. So, thanks Akismet, I really love you. The time saved by Akismet I had spent getting badly drunk and sleeping more. You should really try this too, especially if you are using blog scripts, as Akismet supports a variety of them scripts. However, if you are a professional blogger, you should buy the commercial license (or the commercial API keys) and help out the community. Of course, poor lowly untalented bloggers like yours truly can use the free API keys.