The Weekly Nerd – Thursday Edition – July 19th

Welcome to the Thursday Edition of The Weekly Nerd! Today, this afternoon, I will be teaching some kids to bake pizza from scratch! Or maybe cookies. I haven’t completely decided yet!

Thursday’s Top Read:

The Deterioration of Teen Mental Health
Everyone who works with children and youth needs to read this article and the linked paper.
In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background – more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country. All told, our analysis found that the generation of teens I call “iGen” – those born after 1995 – is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.”

Terrifying Details of Thai Cave Rescue
““I was confident of getting myself out, I was confident of not losing control of the line, I was confident of getting the kid out [but] I wasn’t a 100 percent confident of getting him out alive,” Mallinson said.”

Digital Lego Creations to Lego Reality!
This is like Build-A-Bear for Legos!
“The best way to get your kids into Legos is to hand them a tub of Lego bricks and say, “Here, go wild.” But eventually, they may want to think even bigger and work with more bricks than they own. This free tool lets them build virtual Lego models with about 10,000 different parts, and then purchase the bricks to assemble their creations in real life if they want to (and yes, they will want to).”

Confession ≠ Repentance
This is a trap that many fall into with good intentions, myself included.
“Perhaps it’s because we don’t understand that confession and repentance aren’t the same thing. In our genuine desperation to be done with the shame and the shackles of our sin, we confess. But then, sometimes, we foolishly exhale and believe our work is done. Not wanting to talk about or be bothered by our sin again, we fail to realize that confession is just the beginning. This failure is why many people experience false transformation.”

I Tracked My iPhone Usage For A Week and This Is What I Learned
This was an interesting read. As I probably won’t install the beta versions, I’ll be eagerly awaiting trying this feature out when it’s released sometime in (presumably) September.
“With all the talk of smartphone addiction, I was curious to find out just how often I actually use my phone and why, so I took Apple’s new Screen Time phone-tracking tools for a spin, installing the latest iOS 12 beta. What I discovered is that I pick up my phone every seven minutes during the day – far more than I imagined, and not just at the prompt of a notification.”