Not signed in (Sign In)
  1.  (846.1)
    So. I'm in a Developmental Psych Class. Go me.

    It's not as easy as Abnormal, because I've had little experience with sprogs*. In any case my problem isn't the class. It's the book. First off it came pre-highlighted. Not as in someone had the book before me, but in that the book has words and sections already highlighted in it straight from the printer; I suspect the book was created and mainly formated in some version of WORD. The thing is, highlighting stuff in warm colors is part of how I learn, and are we really that stupid that we need other people to highlight our crap for us, now?

    *Sprog: a Small Child.
  2.  (846.2)
    Because the book was highlighted in powder blue, I must highlight it in green for it not to look like crap, and go over things a lot more, because my mind doesn't really give a damn about the color green. It's not an 'alerting' color, and neither is blue, for that matter. We're drawn, naturally, to certain warmer colors- reds, yellows, oranges, because of the survival importance of such colors; mainly because they mean food, injury, danger, or other things that we should pay attention to. Do most people find their eyes drawn to vast fields of pale green or powder blue? No, not really; though dark blue is next to red as one of the most preferred colors in the US. Pale, powdery colors calm the eyes, and generally don't catch one's attention too well. So, what I'm saying is, in my book's attempt to get my attention, they've succeeded in visually failing. Honestly, I expected more from a pack of rabid phDs.

    Secondly, the 'introduction tales' are badly written pieces of tripe, leaving you exposed to a variety of families in a flash in the pan style. 5 families, 20 million kids, all doing pretty much the same thing in a 2 paragraph blur of text that leaves you going: What the Fuck Just Happened here?

    Thirdly, I wish the babies in the developmental photo montage didn't look the same, and have the lovely names of Amy and Andy. When it's 3 am and you're tired, Amy and Andy look pretty much the same: like children of the corn. The next day, caffeinated, I would like to report that Amy and Andy ....still look the same. A girl and a boy, blue eyed, with curly blond hair. While the text assures me these two are not genetically related, I'm dubious. And the older the kids get, the creepier they look, especially when compared to chimpanzee babies, as they are in one of the charts.

    All I want is a straight, simple, to the point book with relevant imagery. none of these fables about parents with the 20 billion kids named Amy and Andy, no mid-chapter quizzes with such lovely questions as: "What is imitation?" I want my book to be black text on white paper, matte finish, possibly with a deckled edge, because the high-gloss cut-edges of this text have succeeded in giving me more papercuts than I've had in years.
  3.  (846.3)
    More fun. These mid-chapter review sections? Flaming Neon Orange text boxes. Visually it says: OMFG something important here. But you know what? It's those boxes that hold such gems as:
    "What is Imitation?"
    "What is Psychology?"
    "What is a Toddler?"
    or Study Tips such as:
    Studying helps people remember things!

    ... and with that, I'm done ranting. Because I need to go back and figure out just what the million family montage actually meant, if anything.
  4.  (846.4)

    Iron Helps us Play.