I really just want to get the kids off of the street. There are lots of kids here that don't have two parents that care if they succeed or not. Teach them things like how to deal with their emotions and things like conflict resolution. When I was a kid I had "play all day" arcades for $5. I can't imagine the trouble I would have gotten into if I didn't have that arcade or our library wasn't accessible. I'm in a position now where I can either leave the hood and fend for myself and my family. Or I can try and do something to make a difference. I've even considered quitting my job to pursue this. If income was no worry, I would do this.
Agreed, But until you can outlaw owning a gun and criminalizing bad parenting we won't see any realistic change.
>Why should a kid take your lecturing and conflict resolution seriously if he/she hasn't been raised knowing their actions will lead to very real and immediate consequences.
It because the incentive would be admission to the center. It would be part of the experience. If they're not taking it seriously or behaving inappropriately privileges will be revoked. My hope is that they will receive this type of risk reward reinforcement at the center.
>The prison and juvenile detention systems encourage criminality not correction. Maybe the needed education is for parents. Social shaming of abandoning your child raising spouse might help too.
Agreed. Maybe national ad council money can be used for this social shaming of sorts. But sometimes it's not as simple as everyone abandoning their children. But again no one criminalizes bad parenting.
>I'm just saying,it's always best to address the disease instead of the symptom and that at the foundation of a child's life. Just my humble opinion.
Agreed. We needs to attack the disease and not the symptoms. Things like passing more gun laws aren't going to help this city. We have some of the strictest laws in the country. Criminal don't follow laws. This is known. The key is to reach these kids before they're picking up guns. We need to find out what drives their urge to rob, maim, and kill. Sure we can say it's bad parenting but it also goes a lot deeper than that. I had bad parents, grew up in a single parent home, and I don't feel the need to rob or kill. Sure it's anecdotal but it just a small piece of evidence that some kids turn out fine with shitty parents.
As far as gun laws,even in boston the US constitution applies so people get guns. Look at japan,their gun laws are so strict,their gangs(yakuza) very rarely keep guns. Sometimes cop's don't even bother to bring guns when raiding gangs! Gun laws work,so long as it isn't half baked with all sorts of exceptions and short prison times. " No guns for all civilians" with a "7-15 year prison term upon violation" is what I meany by gun laws.
Anyways,I hope you prove me wrong and do great by the kids in your city.
We have an equivalent of Child Protection Services here in my country, and what they do is take away the children from bad parents.
It's not a great solution, there's a massive overpopulation of children in foster homes if lucky, group homes if unlucky.
I wish they did something to the parents (my radical solution would be some kind of reversible sterilization until they prove themselves able to raise a kid)
BTW there was a thread where people complained that Child Protection Services threatened some HackerNewser parents to take their children away because they left them to play in a park alone, yet they don't do anything in Baltimore?
I think bad parents should be punished but I'm wouldn't go as far as to say they're criminals. It's a very slippery slope. I feel like a voluntary reversible sterilization subsidies from the government would be a pretty good idea.
I have a very hard time imagining children voluntarily attending classes on "how to deal with their emotions and things like conflict resolution". You're also assuming that things you were interested in as a child (arcade) will be interesting to children now. None of these attack the root causes of crime, but rather try to deal with the symptoms. Which is great, but is not a solution.
I’d probably keep programming, because some programming is fun. And I’d spend more time working at my theater even though they don’t pay me because I care about it in a way I will never care about my day job.
But also define “taken care of”. Currently I make more money than my parents combined yet I can still barely afford a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco. Any nationally reasonable level of universal basic income wouldn’t be nearly enough to get by with a comfortable life in the city. So maybe I would have to move? Not the worst thing in the world, but something to think about when people propose universal basic income, what’s the definition of universal?
If I had more money, I'd love to do an accelerator to invest in marginal ideas. These dumb ideas that have no intention of going past $1M. The kind of things that regularly appear on Indie Hackers, like Ghost. They may not be growth oriented, they can have single founders, they can be done part time and more importantly, without an expensive team. No pressure to become a unicorn. I think it's an untapped market that also doesn't have to worry about competing with Silicon Valley.
Set up businesses:
+ Wireless charging at distances of 2-3 meter. This will start a revolution of chip-based things for real. The main obstacle now is that no one wants to charge these all the time.
+ Artificial meat. It has the potential to reduce animal suffering tremendously.
+ Aquafarming. Create robotic infrastructure at sea that autonomously harvest algae. The 3D space potentially grows many more crops than on land.
+ 3D farming on land. If we don't rely on green houses and normal land we are much more resilient against the sun going dark by supervulcanos or comet impacts. I also think we should keep fossil fuels as a backup plan for those dark days.
+ Combine road, solar, and shadow infrastructure in North Africa. Tap the sun in such way that it benefits the continent.
+ Organizing UAV airlanes above roads. By licensing these to private companies the government can get a lot of money as with the 4G auctions. Plus, we finally can get to autonomous flying in logistics.
+ One popular science on tech. One attempt of literature.
Learn Arabic and Chinese.
Try to make Europe democratic again.
Fly to talk to people I admire and spend time with them.
But from a long term perspective, I just take a much more relaxed attitude towards what should be a work day and what should be a day off. Sometimes, I have weeks where I'm in the office 3 days in a row. Other times, like when conditions are right for bouldering in the forest, I go entire months without doing much more than answering the odd customer email.
I still have the two main SaaS products that replaced my day job salary ticking away in the background, but they're feature complete and have long been automated to the point where they don't take up any time to keep running. I can dev out new features when the mood strikes, but nothing is ever all that pressing.
Mostly it's all about finding the things that are important and making them a priority. It's basically just the lifestyle of most retired folks, happening 25 years earlier.
I would invest all my energy and anger, 25 hours/day, using every contact and connection I have, in an attempt to displace the current shitshow of "software engineering" with a true engineering society. Or to put it in another way: I would not rest until the vast majority of HN readers are out of their job writing software. Too much is at stake.
I expect to get on this in 5~10 years either way: I sadly had to take a break from tilting at windmills when my debts crossed into 6 digits. Hopefully it is not too late by then.
 Note - I literally mean "time". Not security/privacy/safety/property, but more fundamentally and simply "time". Or in way better words: https://youtu.be/upu0gwGi4FE?t=1548
1) I teach programming to beginners and mentor juniors to help them bridge the gap to become employed faster and in more interesting jobs. I currently run a pro bono mentoring program and would expand that a lot.
2) I run a meetup group for frontend developers and would spend bit more resources on growing that and creating more opportunities for developers in the area to learn from each other.
3) I organize a tech conference and would continue doing that, devoting even more of my daily time for it.
4) I help young entrepreneurs with their ideas and offer mentoring for them (and access to my network of contacts) but hate when I have to say no due to not having enough time.
5) I would also spend more time playing board games and enjoying time with my game buddies.
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Also more Dwarf Fortress.
Once they're at school or similar I'd likely return to school myself "just because." I cannot answer more fully without understanding what my income situation really looked like (e.g. how secure, static vs. inflation adjusted, etc).
I can't say what I would do after, since this kind of experience changes someone deeply (and I'm saying this as a non religious person).
I didn't walk the trail myself, but it was amazing to steep in these stories during the editing process.
More open source contributions.
More larpwriting and fiction writing. To some extent this one's always sunk by procrastination, though. :P
Visit my family more. I should do this anyway, but I'm on a lowish income and it's expensive to visit them.
Oh, more political involvement! All the current meetings of my local party's group are scheduled immediately after work. Free time would really help with that.
In addition, I ll spend more time doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and improving my body.
I think I have a path to commercialising the software, but if money was no issue I'd probably build a lionfish vacuum cleaner and gobble the suckers out of the Atlantic. More fun than hull inspections.
- Help causes for endangered animals
- Design basic utility systems for 3rd world
- Design more efficient hydroponic systems
- Research & document hydroponic best growth conditions based off various variable such as apparatus, medium, and plant
- Design better ecology systems for land restoration
All these would be done over a lifetime as they're all pretty in-depth and timely endevours.
When something is "taken care of," that implies that someone else is doing the thinking and choosing. Look at where this leads:
What would you do if your meals were taken care of?
What would you do if your clothes were taken care of?
What would you do if your travel arrangements were taken care of?
What would you do if your hobbies were taken care of?
What would you do if your home were taken care of?
What would you do if your reading was taken care of?
What would you do if your romantic life was taken care of?
What would you do if your choice to have and/or raise children was taken care of?
What would you do if your whole life was taken care of?
I have a lot of specific ideas for sustainable affordable housing, artificial muscles, AGI, a 3d programmable libretro frontend (already started), a skid-steer hotrod, and a new type of restaurant.
Right now the Bitcoin trading startup takes most of my time though.
I'd spend more time growing my own food, tending to the garden, and raising animals.
I do all of this in my spare time anyway, it'd be nice to dedicate more time to it though. Alas.
I'd probably consider doing another degree after in either history or politics.
Teach more workshops at community maker spaces and training programs.
Mentor more kids.
Scuba dive more.
Improve data literacy / education