@Max... "when I see some young drongo being an obnoxious plonker....."
And there are so many of them these days, aren't there? Even if you have the will to stop your kid becoming one, societal pressures may push him (or her) that way. I don't envy people becoming new parents these days.....
@mkentley: ...my mom told me that youth is wasted on young people...
Your mom was a wise woman ... when I see some young drongo being an obnoxious plonker (if you'll forgive my French), one of the things that keeps me going is thinking "one day you'll be where I am" (but not as witty or good looking, obviously LOL)
I seriously recommend paracord for shoelaces. It can be trimmed to whatever length is convenient, and then the ends heat-sealed. Slides easily through the eyelets, and knots well. In an emergency, you have some seriously stout cordage at foot.
Yeah, it seems to be. Look, my parents had me when they were about 20. My wife and I had our son when she was 44 and I was 33. People are living healthy longer. Our careers and whole lives seem to be on an arc where a lot of really cool things are going to happen in our 50's and 60's. In theory, we'll have the brains, life experience, and the financial resources to make the best of it better than previous generations. This is a side effect of the advances made by previous generations. My wife and I are doing a tech startup. She's the CEO. She turns 60 in April. I'm involved in another project where the lead engineers are a number of years older than me, and they seem to be having the time of their lives in startup-land. One time, my mom told me that youth is wasted on young people. I think she was right.
When I was younger I could just about focus on something as close as the tip of my nose. When I hit 50 I had to get new glasses and I could only focus up to about 6 inches out. A couple years later, I got Bifocals. The next year, Trifocals. Today, if they made quadrupliheptifocals I'd probably be wearing them.
....And then there are magnifiers. My collection seems to be getting exponentially larger as I age. I have jewelers' loupes that clip on my glasses frames, headband magnifiers, stand-mounted magnifiers, a USB microscope, and a Bausch and Lomb 3D zoom microscope. On top of that, all those surface mount parts keep getting smaller.
My wife asked for a scanning electron microscope for Christams. Now it's got me wondering what that says about her vision!?!