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January 2010

Bring Us the Soap

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Polite Language
  • Terror Reactions
  • 3D HDTV at CES
  • Tablets Everywhere

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Four Months in the World

A day after my Four Years in the Jungle post, it is time to note that a little less than five minutes after I make this post, at 10:35 UTC (2:35 AM Pacific, 5:35 AM Eastern) Alex will turn four months old. (Keeping in mind of course that a “true” month is 30.4368499 days… :-) )

As with last month, I’ll let Alex share a few of his thoughts on this milestone. This time his comments were recorded during a video chat he was having with his Grandmother B at around 3:45 UTC on the 9th.

He would like to add that over the last month he has gotten to really like his mushy foods in addition to his milk… especially that apple stuff… that he really can figure out how to get the spoon in his mouth by himself, and he prefers it when we let him try, even if he sometimes (OK, often) misses his mouth. He likes his toys quite a bit thank you and he really doesn’t understand why it seems we can’t always understand what he is saying when he talks. He also appreciates the help standing and stepping, because although he’s working on it, he doesn’t quite have those things down yet, but practices whenever he can. Oh, and he particularly enjoys pulling his sister’s hair. That makes him laugh.

Four Years in the Jungle

In just under 10 minutes at 16:45 UTC (8:45 AM Pacific, 11:45 AM Eastern) it will have been exactly four years since I first walked in the door at my current employer. On the whole it has been a good four years. I like it. Looking forward to the next year. There is more fun stuff to do!

Four years! Woo! I’ve been here as long as a Presidential term in office! Woo!

January’s Favorite Toy

Maybe Next Year’s Tree

Launching a Christmas Tree with rockets!

(via Boing Boing)

Live Action Start Blazers!?!

This was one of my favorites when I was a kid!

(via i09)

Allergic to Clean Starts

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam talks about:

  • Properly Proportinate Reactions
  • New Computer Migrations
  • Never Enough Time

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Gruber on the Apple Tablet

I’m a few days late mentioning this, but the following is a good piece with some thoughts on the potential for what Apple’s Tablet might be. Worth reading.

The Tablet
(John Gruber, Daring Fireball, 31 Dec 2009)

Do I think The Tablet is an e-reader? A video player? A web browser? A document viewer? It’s not a matter of or but rather and. I say it is all of these things. It’s a computer.

And so in answer to my central question, regarding why buy The Tablet if you already have an iPhone and a MacBook, my best guess is that ultimately, The Tablet is something you’ll buy instead of a MacBook.

I say they’re swinging big — redefining the experience of personal computing.

It will not be pitched as such by Apple. It will be defined by three or four of its built-in primary apps. But long-term, big-picture? It will be to the MacBook what the Macintosh was to the Apple II.

And Goodnight Mouse