What the hell is up with our kids today?

If you think our future is doomed you’ve gotta meet this 14-year-old.

Meet Daniel Brusilovsky. 14-year-old geek. “No budget” podcaster.

We talk about tons of stuff. I’m damn impressed. Anytime you think our future is doomed come back and replay this video.

He’s one kid I want to buy a new computer for. Anyone want to kick in some bucks? He’s using a really old crappy computer and doing amazing things.

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143 thoughts on “What the hell is up with our kids today?

  1. Daniel (who I chat with semi-regularly now) inspired me to actually give podcasting a big shot.

    Because of him, I went down to B&H and spent $100 on a podcasting kit (no hard feelings Daniel; it’s money well spent).

    And because of him, I now have the courage to get my voice (my physical voice, which happens not to be the best-sounding one ever, and mental one, which doesn’t seem to flow as nicely as Daniel’s) to the world.

  2. Daniel (who I chat with semi-regularly now) inspired me to actually give podcasting a big shot.

    Because of him, I went down to B&H and spent $100 on a podcasting kit (no hard feelings Daniel; it’s money well spent).

    And because of him, I now have the courage to get my voice (my physical voice, which happens not to be the best-sounding one ever, and mental one, which doesn’t seem to flow as nicely as Daniel’s) to the world.

  3. yeah… i gotta agree with #71. Calling him a genius is like calling all us technologists stupid. If you think a 14 yr old that ‘could install MS office’ sums up everything we’ve learned in 4+ years in university, you’re sadly mistaken. Most of the tasks he’s describing is crap that could be learned through google in about a week.

  4. yeah… i gotta agree with #71. Calling him a genius is like calling all us technologists stupid. If you think a 14 yr old that ‘could install MS office’ sums up everything we’ve learned in 4+ years in university, you’re sadly mistaken. Most of the tasks he’s describing is crap that could be learned through google in about a week.

  5. I am not surprised at this Kid at all. Why call him a child genius that just makes us Technologists and Software Engineers look stupid. Of course he knows how to install Office, Ghost Images, write html and work with various other Software Packages, all you have to do is read a manual or look for some howtos on google. You would have to be stupid to not know how to do all the things this Kid has said he can do. My Mum can even do these things. If this Kid is a child genius I was a Child Prodigy and Genius writing my first Basic Programme in Year 7, without any help from the Internet, Mummy and Daddy.
    All this Kid knows are the things us Technologists and Software Engineers have spent years and years working on. Useability!

    All Software Engineers give yourself a pat on the back our programmes are so user friendly, even a Kid knows how to use them.

  6. I am not surprised at this Kid at all. Why call him a child genius that just makes us Technologists and Software Engineers look stupid. Of course he knows how to install Office, Ghost Images, write html and work with various other Software Packages, all you have to do is read a manual or look for some howtos on google. You would have to be stupid to not know how to do all the things this Kid has said he can do. My Mum can even do these things. If this Kid is a child genius I was a Child Prodigy and Genius writing my first Basic Programme in Year 7, without any help from the Internet, Mummy and Daddy.
    All this Kid knows are the things us Technologists and Software Engineers have spent years and years working on. Useability!

    All Software Engineers give yourself a pat on the back our programmes are so user friendly, even a Kid knows how to use them.

  7. re: 61.

    I am impressed at how you have managed to twist this to your own agenda Victor, but perhaps this is not the best place for it!

  8. re: 61.

    I am impressed at how you have managed to twist this to your own agenda Victor, but perhaps this is not the best place for it!

  9. one thing i want to say about this kid , he should continue with the way he is doing now and try to do best out of him .

  10. one thing i want to say about this kid , he should continue with the way he is doing now and try to do best out of him .

  11. He impressed me a few weeks ago when he interviewed me for his show at WordCamp. And then followed up a fe days later to thank all those he interviews.

    Yes, he’s stuck me as a kid who will go far.

  12. He impressed me a few weeks ago when he interviewed me for his show at WordCamp. And then followed up a fe days later to thank all those he interviews.

    Yes, he’s stuck me as a kid who will go far.

  13. In #35, Daniel wrote: “My parents have never used the Mac OS X operating system”

    Their loss. And I say this as someone who has used Windows on a daily basis since version 3.1 (1.0 and 2.0 were too immature).

  14. In #35, Daniel wrote: “My parents have never used the Mac OS X operating system”

    Their loss. And I say this as someone who has used Windows on a daily basis since version 3.1 (1.0 and 2.0 were too immature).

  15. In #34, Rod Trent wrote: “Sometimes parents just have to make a stand against Apple products.”

    Another platform bigot, apparently. Sometimes, parents just have to make a stand against arrogant ignoramuses who pollute the blogosphere. Daniel at least is open-minded enough to look at the merits of Apple technology, which is more than we can say for you, judging by your asinine remarks.

  16. In #34, Rod Trent wrote: “Sometimes parents just have to make a stand against Apple products.”

    Another platform bigot, apparently. Sometimes, parents just have to make a stand against arrogant ignoramuses who pollute the blogosphere. Daniel at least is open-minded enough to look at the merits of Apple technology, which is more than we can say for you, judging by your asinine remarks.

  17. In case Robert (and everyone else) is wondering why I have such a visceral reaction to his blog post titled “What the hell is up with our kids today?” — oh, you mean the ones who were allowed to live? Consider that Bill Gates was born into a wealthy family, and he dropped out of Harvard. Steve Jobs was born to an unwed graduate student, who gave him up for adoption instead of aborting him. Now, try to imagine how different the world might be if his mother had instead chosen to kill him in her womb. Daniel Brusilovsky is, quite literally, missing many of his contemporaries, because they were never allowed to live. How many “Daniels” are not here today because of this?

  18. In case Robert (and everyone else) is wondering why I have such a visceral reaction to his blog post titled “What the hell is up with our kids today?” — oh, you mean the ones who were allowed to live? Consider that Bill Gates was born into a wealthy family, and he dropped out of Harvard. Steve Jobs was born to an unwed graduate student, who gave him up for adoption instead of aborting him. Now, try to imagine how different the world might be if his mother had instead chosen to kill him in her womb. Daniel Brusilovsky is, quite literally, missing many of his contemporaries, because they were never allowed to live. How many “Daniels” are not here today because of this?

  19. KC wrote in #1: “this kid is plain awesome”

    Compared with an average kid who attends regular public school, perhaps. I went to a high school filled with kids like him, and many of my former classmates are now neurosurgeons, physicists, molecular biologists, and so on. But Daniel seems like a pretty good kid, and I pledged $50 towards the charity he designated. Talk (and blog posting) is cheap. We should put our money where it can do some good, instead of being used to kill babies.

  20. KC wrote in #1: “this kid is plain awesome”

    Compared with an average kid who attends regular public school, perhaps. I went to a high school filled with kids like him, and many of my former classmates are now neurosurgeons, physicists, molecular biologists, and so on. But Daniel seems like a pretty good kid, and I pledged $50 towards the charity he designated. Talk (and blog posting) is cheap. We should put our money where it can do some good, instead of being used to kill babies.

  21. jmgoldstein wrote in #28: “Hopefully more can be done in our school systems to foster this kind of enthusiasm for technology”

    No, hopefully more can be done to foster enthusiasm for clear thinking instead of media sound bites and infotainment. Schools are often purveyors of intellectual pap dressed up to look like mental nourishment. Don’t take my word for it, read what an award-winning schoolteacher discovered over a 30-year career:

    http://www.johntaylorgatto.com

  22. jmgoldstein wrote in #28: “Hopefully more can be done in our school systems to foster this kind of enthusiasm for technology”

    No, hopefully more can be done to foster enthusiasm for clear thinking instead of media sound bites and infotainment. Schools are often purveyors of intellectual pap dressed up to look like mental nourishment. Don’t take my word for it, read what an award-winning schoolteacher discovered over a 30-year career:

    http://www.johntaylorgatto.com

  23. Daniel wrote in #39: “in your generation, college was a lot cheaper.”

    Indeed. That’s why we’ve set up an investment account for our son, who’ll need it to fund his university education. I don’t want him going into debt – I didn’t have to take out student loans when I was in college because I had saved my high school scholarship money to pay for college tuition. My son uses an Apple iBook because I refuse to pay for Microsoft products that will be used to help fund donations to Planned Parenthood. The deliberate destruction of innocent human life has got to stop.

  24. Daniel wrote in #39: “in your generation, college was a lot cheaper.”

    Indeed. That’s why we’ve set up an investment account for our son, who’ll need it to fund his university education. I don’t want him going into debt – I didn’t have to take out student loans when I was in college because I had saved my high school scholarship money to pay for college tuition. My son uses an Apple iBook because I refuse to pay for Microsoft products that will be used to help fund donations to Planned Parenthood. The deliberate destruction of innocent human life has got to stop.

  25. @GC: “I would rather spend $200 than $2000 for the same spec any day – and thank the lord I don’t have to use a MAC!”

    Try to find a modern Core 2 Duo PC for $200. That’s right, you can’t.

    It’s moronic statements like yours that make me uncharitable enough to entertain the thought of having ignoramus platform bigots banned from the Internet. I use XP and OS X everyday, and in case Windows bigots didn’t know it, Bill and Melinda Gates have donated enough money to Planned Parenthood to pay for over 80,000 abortions, which surely must have culled some future kids like Daniel from the human gene pool. Think about THAT next time you pay for Microsoft products.

    Daniel, IMO, deserves praise for his ability to see a bigger picture, which is more than I can say for the lazy thinkers posting ignorant comments here.

  26. @GC: “I would rather spend $200 than $2000 for the same spec any day – and thank the lord I don’t have to use a MAC!”

    Try to find a modern Core 2 Duo PC for $200. That’s right, you can’t.

    It’s moronic statements like yours that make me uncharitable enough to entertain the thought of having ignoramus platform bigots banned from the Internet. I use XP and OS X everyday, and in case Windows bigots didn’t know it, Bill and Melinda Gates have donated enough money to Planned Parenthood to pay for over 80,000 abortions, which surely must have culled some future kids like Daniel from the human gene pool. Think about THAT next time you pay for Microsoft products.

    Daniel, IMO, deserves praise for his ability to see a bigger picture, which is more than I can say for the lazy thinkers posting ignorant comments here.

  27. @48 good point, Shelley. I didn’t realize this was Scoble’s dumb idea, not Daniel’s. My aologies to you, Daniel.

  28. @48 good point, Shelley. I didn’t realize this was Scoble’s dumb idea, not Daniel’s. My aologies to you, Daniel.

  29. I find this so refreshing. I have been worrying about my 16-year-old neice’s hijinks lately-and the grief she is causing her parents. It’s good to remember all of the potential that youngsters have. I know that they’re not all this amazing, but this young man gives me a much needed fresh perspective. Thanks!

  30. I find this so refreshing. I have been worrying about my 16-year-old neice’s hijinks lately-and the grief she is causing her parents. It’s good to remember all of the potential that youngsters have. I know that they’re not all this amazing, but this young man gives me a much needed fresh perspective. Thanks!

  31. Shelley is right. This was my idea, not really Daniel’s and I didn’t check with his parents first.

    Daniel’s sending any donated funds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fund. Which even furthers my belief that Daniel’s a great kid.

  32. Shelley is right. This was my idea, not really Daniel’s and I didn’t check with his parents first.

    Daniel’s sending any donated funds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fund. Which even furthers my belief that Daniel’s a great kid.

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