Saturday, April 03, 2010
Just this morning I've been reading various blog posts about how the iPad is designed for "your mom" (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2358599,00.asp), by which it appears the bloggers mean their mom, who is older than 55 and is just trying out this new Facebook thing. I'm curious to see how it works for this mom. My dad gave me my first pocket PC when my husband and I adopted our three nieces, bringing our family at that point for 4 kids and two adults. We've since added two more kids, as well as two iPhones, a family Mac Mini, an HP laptop for me and a work-issued laptop for my husband. I use those devices in all the ways people would expect: to manage calendars, shopping lists, to-do lists, photos, correspondence, music, research, word processing, etc. Why my use is considered different than my husband’s is interesting to me – he does all of the same tasks, with more word processing and powerpointing, but somehow my use is considered different. Is this because I don’t use my devices all day every day, because I actually have to converse with people face-to-face, cook, take care of kids, drive, etc.? Oh wait, my husband has meetings, cooks, takes a lunch break, drives to work… Or because no one has figured out if men and women actually do use these devices differently. Or does it have more to do with the fact that my husband has a job out of the house, while mine is home-based…
I’m unsure on all counts. But I am interested to see if, as one who is dependent on her laptop, iPhone, and GPS, if the iPad can fit in there somewhere. I’m pretty sure it will, and not in a “mom” way – but in a dominant-use kind of way.
And by the way, I don’t let my kids play games on my iPhone, and I’m not so sure they’ll be using my iPad, either.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
From Burlington, VT on July 18, a story called "Yo, ho, ho and a long, long wager to go" (http://www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080718/NEWS01/807180361/1002/NEWS01). Two guys are competing to see who can stay dressed as a pirate the longest. At that point it'd be going on for a month; the winner gets $500 and a black powder pistol... the loser gets Tasered. My favorite part:
Graham said his girlfriend broke up with him since the contest began, but that it had nothing to do with piracy."I was kind of surprised, but a lot of girls seem to like the pirate attire," he said. "I think it would be different if we were dressed up as 'Lord of the Rings' or something."Abraham said he has become involved with a young woman since the bet started and that she is all for his participation."I keep waiting for him to get a life for (the bet) to interfere with," Graham said."That it will not," Abraham shot back.
On that note, there were a couple guys interviewed in Entertainment Weekly a couple weeks ago about how they dressed up as Batman characters and waited in line for like 15 hours to see the new movie. A quote from one of them: "This sort of explains why I don't have a girlfriend right now." Why yes it does, my man...
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
You know how this story is going to go, without even considering the onset of digital photography. But the topic for me is baby books: You get a baby book for your first and do a pretty good job of filling most of the pages until age one, then it tapers off. You get another baby book for baby #2, and do a mostly pathetic job of getting even the basic information in the pages. For baby #3... all bets are off, you might not even buy a baby book.
I'm trying to make sure I get at least the basics for #3 done within the first few months of his/her life. For my first two, I bought "Oh Baby! A Journal" (http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Baby-Helene-Tragos-Stelian/dp/B000EZ8ERM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202235844&sr=8-1), which is actually a very easy book to use; I just never bothered with the repetitive information such as family tree, etc., for my second child. Maybe I'll do that once he's in kindergarten.
The other day, I bought "The First 1000 Days: A Baby Journal," by Nikki McClure (http://www.amazon.com/First-1000-Days-Baby-Journal/dp/157061508X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202235860&sr=8-1). I've seen her artwork before and find it charming, warm, emotive. Instead of lots of lines and forms to fill in, it has mostly blank pages for each month, other pages with things such as "first boat ride, first city, first swim." McClure's artwork is sprinkled throughout. My thought was that without the format to follow, I might actually just jot down my train of thought on certain topics as I get to it. Since this is actually kid #6 to come into the house, I'm sure all bets are still off... but my intentions are good.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Take that, teenagers.
Friday, January 12, 2007
The day was my worst ever... I got soaked putting the chains on... freezing rain and sleet fell the entire day (of course when we left it started to turn to snow)... by the time I got the kids (including crying O) into their lessons, I missed mine... we were soaking wet in the first 30 minutes... when I took my coat off for lunch I inverted the sleeves to let them dry a bit, and as I put it down the sleeves fell into a 1 inch puddle on the floor (which I of course didn't notice until we left lunch)... I actually rang out the water before I put it back on... needless to say, everyone was thrilled to leave at 2pm. Here's hoping the next one is a bit better : )