Zen Thought for the Day:
"You should each individually clarify your own mind, getting to the root without pursuing the branches. Just get to the root, and the branches come of themselves. If you want to get to the root, just get to know your mind. This mind is basically the root of all mundane and supramundane phenomena. As long as the mind does not become obsessed with all good and bad, you will realize that all things are basically just so."
- Ta-mei (ca.805)
* When I was a student at one of the top private schools in Hawai'i (Kamehameha Schools) the administration did not push technology onto its students which I can understand since the objective of the Kamehameha Schools is to make Hawaiian kids industrial workers. At the time I wasn't exposed to computers AT ALL. Unfortunately many people's paradigm is that having access to a computer is the norm when it is not. In fact I never had a computer during high school nor in college but I learned how to use a computer at Seattle University while I was attending the University of Washington. I also studied computers at UW but it's atypical for Hawaiians. Nowadays I have four computers: two desktops, one laptop, and one desktop with UNIX which is atypical of Hawaiians.
That is primarily why many people are so surprised about the website http://www.RealHapas.com Geez. Hawaiians have been offended for YEARS yet it receives attention only when it's put on the Internet LOL Seriously... my grandmother who was Hawaiian, Chinese, and Portuguese despised Haole people especially Haole men which I can understand because of what some Haole business men did in Hawai'i. That is, they didn't keep their word, they lied, then they imprisoned the Queen, Queen Liliuokalani. I mean... would YOU trust Haole men if that happened to you? *LOL* ANYWAY she is the one who would always tell us, "Learn how to use the computer." Of course I would always roll my eyes at her :) (Note: While Portuguese is "white" they were/are not considered "Haole.")
Looking back... Hawai'i is still very much behind in many ways but that is what makes Hawai'i unique and I would rather have Hawai'i since it's down-to-earth compared to the continental U.S. so when newcomers move to the Islands they disrupt people, places, and things which I don't appreciate and that is why I don't/won't do certain work when it comes to computers because computers CAN destroy nature and/or indigenous people. This article describes a program that exposes children to computers which I think is great especially for girls. There are disadvantages as well such as a decrease in reading books, chatting too much, etc but overall I like how children are being exposed to computers because they are a part of our world. I just don't like how they can destroy the earth and/or indigenous people. ANYWAY here is the article:
Scott Belford, director of the Hawaii Open Source Education Foundation, looks away as Nicole Nartates, 11, types her password into the new computer she acquired through her work with the foundation. Nicole attends Holomua Elementary School in Ewa Beach.
Equipped for success: Youngsters learn computer skills and earn a free machine in a class that taps their motivations
By Pat Gee
Scott Belford is on a mission: Show youngsters how to get what they want out of life by teaching them everything they need to know about using and putting together computers.
He teaches Computer Guts for free to nonprofit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii because he always wanted to be a teacher. Belford tells the youngsters the course could lead to the job of their dreams so they could afford that special car.
"Sixteen percent is giving someone a computer. The other 84 percent is building their self-reliance on sustainable skills that unlock so much potential that they never really knew they had," Belford said.
Two years ago, Belford started the nonprofit Hawaii Open Source Education Foundation, through which he offered a free recycled computer to any student who graduated from his class. He refurbishes the computers, discarded and donated by organizations and individuals.
Most of his time is spent installing computer labs in schools, charities and churches free of charge, and teaching classes with volunteers. But Belford, formerly a computer systems director for a large business, is also committed to developing technology knowledge in the "most needy areas" of the state.
This week, he starts a course for 14 at-risk young men in Waianae who were eager to begin once they heard him ask, "What kind of car do you want?" He then outlined what they would have to earn per hour to get it.
"Giving them this opportunity -- that's the magic. Probably no one else has given them this opportunity and said, 'Keep your record clean, learn computer skills from me, build on these skills, and when you graduate from school you will have the opportunity to work the kind of job to pay for that Hummer you want.'"
Most recently he has been teaching a class of several 11-year-old girls at the Ewa Beach Boys and Girls Club who "really seem to relish it. They learn quickly."
"Whatever stereotype you have, whether it be age, gender, ethnic group or being from Ewa Beach, these young (girls) defy them," Belford said.
Two of them, Nicole Nartates and Nina Jones, were the first of the group to graduate last week.
Nina Jones, 11, acquired a new computer through her work with the Hawaii Open Source Education Foundation. Nina, who goes to Ewa Beach Elementary School, knew nothing about computers before taking the class.
Of the 40 children who have taken his class over the years, Nartates and Jones have been the most "tenacious" about sticking through the five-part class, which meets twice a week for two hours.
They finished the course in about a month.
Jones, who goes to Ewa Beach Elementary School, knew nothing about computers before taking the class, but things came "easy" for her. She wants to be a computer technician.
Nartates, who attends Holomua Elementary, wanted to take the class "because it was boring at home. I wanted to play games," but she was not allowed to use the computer at home.
Now her brother and two sisters want to use it and are going to the class, too.
Time to read the manual for my other digital camera LOL Which amuses me because someone bought it for me for about $500 and I don't know how to use it yet hehe