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Hazards

June 9, 2021 by Tim


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Johnny 5
Johnny 5
5 months ago

It is inevitable.

DanVzare
5 months ago
Reply to  Johnny 5

You sound like a random citizen on Dwarf Fortress.

Ian
Ian
5 months ago
Reply to  DanVzare

aren’t we all, though

he who rages
he who rages
5 months ago
Reply to  Johnny 5

Although inevitable, I believe young kids shouldn’t be allowed on the internet unsupervised and need to be taught the proper skills to avoid simple dangers and misinformation out there (teach them to ask you to confirm the “facts” they read online etc.). There are parental locks/firewalls and such you can have at home, but this doesn’t limit their access when out and about (or to a friend’s house). But yea, inevitable. Keep them innocent as long as you can, because ignorance is bliss and you don’t want to burden a kid with the weight of the world’s problems

Jim Pickens
Jim Pickens
5 months ago
Reply to  he who rages

I agree. I also think that “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins is, in my opinion, an evermore relevant poem. It’s just balance, I guess

HonoredMule
HonoredMule
5 months ago
Reply to  he who rages

Might be a good idea, but first we need to figure out how to teach the parents.

Dodgy
Dodgy
5 months ago

Add Gold Diggers
“Don’t touch, you’ll go broke!”

Timmeh
Timmeh
5 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

Thank you Dodgy, for consistently being an example of why the internet is terrible with your misogynistic comments 🙂

Mark
Mark
5 months ago
Reply to  Timmeh

To be fair, his comment didn’t specify gender. Men can be gold diggers too! I’m male, and i have met a share of absolute gold digging scum who absolutely wouldn’t hesitate to shack up with a strong independent female and let her do ALL of the heavy lifting…

CTOWNS
CTOWNS
5 months ago
Reply to  Mark

“Independent” types would be tricky to bait into this trap.

Richard II Weatherfield
Richard II Weatherfield
5 months ago
Reply to  Timmeh

But you’re the one who assumed he was talking about women…

foducool
foducool
5 months ago

one of us, one of us

MasterofBalance
MasterofBalance
5 months ago

Hey, my soul is just fine thank you very much *tries to ignore rotten soul smell*

Bwauder
Bwauder
5 months ago

If “the book” was being written anew today, it wouldn’t be an apple to tempt Adam with, it would be the wifi password.

Mike
Mike
5 months ago
Reply to  Bwauder

Instead of apple it would be Apple products…..

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Went straight from “Knowledge of Good and Evil” to “Deliciously Evil.”

GraySkye
GraySkye
5 months ago
Reply to  Bwauder

Still see it as an Apple, just the new electronic ones

The rAt
The rAt
5 months ago
Reply to  GraySkye

There’s a reason there’s a bite taken out of the Apple logo.

DanVzare
5 months ago
Reply to  GraySkye

Technically it was never an apple to begin with. It’s an unspecified fruit. Probably a peach, since China has a similar story with a peach tree.

Frederic Simard
Frederic Simard
5 months ago
Reply to  DanVzare

I read an article about it. It was probably a fig or a date in the mind of the writers.

7eggert
7eggert
5 months ago

It’s always been a metaphor for something that causes big heads that can’t pass a small opening painlessly.

Khan Kaizhu
Khan Kaizhu
5 months ago

13 years of Catholic school here … it was understood to be a pomegranate, due to the “fecundity” of blood-red seeds within, each edible seed representing a facet of knowledge. Since God interrupted the couple in their “sin”, Adam and Eve never finished off the fruit and thereby never truly learned all of God’s wisdom … which is another reason humans suffer: We know enough to be both a benefit and a burden, to help and hinder.

David.
David.
5 months ago

I heard pomegranate. I sometimes think biblical scholars just make it up.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago
Reply to  David.

It doesn’t make sense for it to be any fruit we’ve ever seen. Two fruits – tree of life, and tree of knowledge of good and evil. Man chomps on one of them, and God basically blocks anyone from returning, and drowns the whole thing in a flood. If you believe in this sort of thing, why do you think that would be a species existing today? And if you believe this is just mythology, why believe that ancient Hebrews were like, “Yeah, it’s a pomegranate, now shut up and eat your pomegranate, Billy.” Like, did Stan Lee make Spider-Man… Read more »

Digi
Digi
5 months ago

Quite accurate

Guest
Guest
5 months ago

No worries, by the time the soul is dead, the brain will be long gone and you don’t fill a thing.

7eggert
7eggert
5 months ago
Reply to  Guest

You’ll fill a grave with your body and a tictoc channel with your not-so-great ideas.

nealithi
nealithi
5 months ago

The last one is funny. But won’t work. We put too much warning on things that harm slowly. Alcohol, drugs, the internet. But then children see people drink and using the internet they get suspicious. So they try it and when it does not instantly smite them like a hot stove does. They believe the adults lied about the risk. This stuff is cool etc etc. The truth must be taught. Alcohol and drugs harm slowly but far more deeply than a little burn. And the internet is much like cities. It has some nice safe places. And some places… Read more »

Pulse
Pulse
5 months ago
Reply to  nealithi

one trip to the library and spotting some dude in just his underwear using the public computers might end any interest in the internet.

Shawn
Shawn
5 months ago
Reply to  nealithi

I agree with your sentiment and intended message here. However, I also felt the need to politely call something out that is in your message but probably wasn’t intended. People live in those dangerous neighborhoods and need to learn this lesson too. Classifying neighborhoods as ‘dangerous’ rather than ‘under-supported’ will paint perspectives that create further division. I believe associating the internet back to people would’ve been a better analogy to continue with. Some people will want to trick you, trap you, use you for their own gain and will not care one iota for your feelings, personal safety or welfare.… Read more »

nealithi
nealithi
5 months ago
Reply to  Shawn

I understand the intent of your point. But I think I was accurate. Not all under supported neighborhoods are dangerous and not all adequately supported ones are safe. And even then danger can be very relative.
I suppose the problem with the statement is the broad brush effect. Neighborhoods like people vary greatly.

Pulse
Pulse
5 months ago

now now, you can always toss them to youtube kids. it is for kids right?

Snowfae
Snowfae
5 months ago

Now see, I had an ace up my sleeve. I worked for Walmart in the early 2000s during high school. I don’t have a soul to erode anymore! 8D

Kenju
Kenju
5 months ago

After the first two, I was honestly expecting to see an EA game for the third lol

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
5 months ago

Thankful to have a gas stove. I’d rather my kid make the mistake of touching flame than super hot metal.

7eggert
7eggert
5 months ago
Reply to  FITCamaro

I hope it’s one of those that don’t release gas without a flame.

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
5 months ago
Reply to  FITCamaro

Wanna hear a story about a hot stove?

You asked for it
I wasn’t strictly speaking a kid back then, more like a teenager. I was going to have some tea, so I put the kettle on. Upon doing so I waltzed right out of the kitchen and, of course, I forgot about it (playing video games takes a lot of attention, as it so happens). Now, that kettle wasn’t an electric one, it couldn’t turn itself off automatically when the time is right. It was an old kettle whose whistle was broken. Eventually I did remember that the kettle was on (the first “oh shit” moment of that memorable day) and that it had been on for a while. I flew to the kitchen and turned the stove off. As you might expect, there wasn’t much actual water left in the kettle by that point – plenty of vapor, though. I went to pour what was left of the water out of the kettle and into the sink.
Long story short, I learned two valuable lessons that day:
1) If you put something on the stove – YOU STAY RIGHT THERE and watch the damn thing;
2) Steam can burn your skin about as effectively as any fire if the temperature is high enough (the second “oh shit” moment).
To this day (my 30s are looming menacingly right in front of me) I follow that first lesson vehemently: if the stove is on – I’m in the kitchen; if I’m out – stove is not on.
As for the second lesson, I’m not testing physical properties of hot gases, especially not on my own skin, thank you.

Last edited 5 months ago by GUNnibal
nealithi
nealithi
5 months ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

Keep that vigilance. My poor mother sometimes forgets to turn the stove off then goes to bed. I don’t tell her how often I check behind her.

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
5 months ago

While I feel like you’ll get no argument, the irony is your living is made there. 😉

Ben
Ben
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I heard recently, and admittedly I did no further research into it but, with the advent of various social media algorithms it now only takes about 6 weeks to radicalise someone. Now this could be terrorism, but it could also be any political belief, or even product affiliation. Democrat, republican, green, vegan, that VPN all the videos you watch are sponsored by, whatever. So it’s not just trying to avoid the bad stuff but also trying to avoid only seeing 1 type of stuff. The internet it would seem is like food intake We need a good balanced diet of… Read more »

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago
Reply to  Ben

Nah, that’s a real thing. I’m sure “six weeks” isn’t a very scientific term, but it’s well-known that the Internet’s algorithms (and Google in particular) match you up with content that it thinks you like, and pulls you away from content you don’t. Tame when it comes to things like boating and knitting and softball. Downright manipulative when it comes to things like news and political opinion – especially as the rabbit holes go pretty deep there.

Jack0r
Jack0r
5 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I actually encountered that issue before. I am politically quite left-leaning (Central European left, not Democrats), but I am also quite aware of the issues in left-wing politics. So one day a few years ago a came across the Rubin Report. In almost all of his videos he talks about how he was hard left but then got thinking deeper. So the algorithm showed me a few videos that were rather in line with my thinking. So for example the ugly side of #metoo or how many fathers are struggling hard to see their kids after a divorce. So I… Read more »

Kix Acelot
Kix Acelot
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim

There is a reason our kids aren’t allowed to have social media, that of our five children only the 16 1/2 old has a phone, that just about everything on the internet is blocked at the router, etc. We are teaching our kids about the internet the same we do about teaching them money. When they are very young they get no money of their own. It’s all mine. Any money that Grandma or whoever sends for birthday/Christmas becomes mine. As they get older I slowly let them have a little bit of money that they can spend basically how/when… Read more »

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago
Reply to  Kix Acelot

I do hope that if Grandma gifts your child $30 on their birthday, you then take “your” $30 to spend it on a present for your child.

Karrde
Karrde
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I found that chores for allowance was a good means of establishing a work ethic connected to income at an earlier age. My father would have me and my brother do stuff like laundry, oiling wooden furnishings, vacuuming, etc, in exchange for an allowance.

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
5 months ago
Reply to  Kix Acelot

I sincerely hope that by “Any money that Grandma or whoever sends for birthday/Christmas becomes mine” you actually mean “Any money that Grandma or whoever sends for birthday/Christmas goes into a savings account for their future use”

If you’re just straight up stealing their money, spending it on yourself and they never see it again, you really suck.

Last edited 5 months ago by no thanks nintendo
Felix Winterhalter
Felix Winterhalter
5 months ago
Reply to  Kix Acelot

As others here have said I really hope you are just saving it for them. Here in Germany a kid can do what they want with their allowance as long as its legal for their age. I think not giving your kid access until 16 years is dangerous for the same reason not allowing them alcohol until 21 is harmful. They need to make mistakes and still have you there to help them. If they are too old they won’t. Also they’ll go behind your back anyway.

Pulse
Pulse
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim

a slight bit of coincidence that i was that old when i first found your comics and been reading them ever since. quite a few went over my head having no experience with the subjects, but i liked them all the same.

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Yeah my son loves to watch Youtube videos of LEGO builds. We try to tell him we don’t want him just watching anything on there. Try to play the balance between the two.

When it comes to parental controls, Youtube and most of these other streaming platforms due a miserable job. They’ll ban OG Duck Tales from child accounts on Disney+, but won’t let me flag a show/movie as something I don’t want my kid watching.

And funny how life changes you. 😉

Hydrohead
Hydrohead
5 months ago

Dating through his early 20s will cause far worse damage to his soul.

Will B.
5 months ago
Reply to  Hydrohead

Glad I’ve been married 25 years. Dating. Eww.

Kalbi
Kalbi
5 months ago

When I was little, my mom told me that touching a hot cookie tray she made quesadillas on would burn me. I didn’t believe her, cause she used the same cookie tray to make cookies the night before. Let’s just say I learned what “hot” was the practical way.

Halosty
Halosty
5 months ago
Reply to  Kalbi

I’m glad I was the kind that was like “okay I won’t do that thing”… for the most part. There was *one* really cute and clearly soft little cactus.
And I got dozens of tiny not particularly soft spines in the tip of my finger.

Brian
Brian
5 months ago

So true

The Schaef
The Schaef
5 months ago

Ah, the Internet: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.

raven0ak
raven0ak
5 months ago

long as you steer clear from cancerous platforms like twitter, facebok,reddit,instagram etc some platforms, your soul wont erode badly

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago

“Oh yes, you had,” said Gandalf. “You knew you were behaving wrongly and foolishly; and you told yourself so, though you did not listen…But if I had spoken sooner, it would not have lessened your desire, or made it easier to resist. On the contrary! No, the burned hand teaches best. After that advice about fire goes to the heart.”

Coel
Coel
5 months ago

He’ll find a little bit of everything, all of the time.

BPC
BPC
5 months ago

Welcome to the internet, have a look around…

(If this isn’t inspired by Bo Burnham, GO WATCH INSIDE, it’s INCREDIBLE 😀 )

Karrde
Karrde
5 months ago

What is a soul?
Seriously.