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Tuesday, December 25, 2007
All Omars Considered: GPS stuff
I went up to Austin on Thursday to record a segment for NPR about GPS units -- I didn't realize they were going to air it so soon after. It was on Friday and I didn't know until today.
This one went a lot better than the first one, I think -- last time they were running late and had to rush to get the interview done in the allotted studio rental time. This time out, it was a lot more relaxed. I got to chat via ISDN line with Michele Norris (I have a bad feeling I didn't pronounce it exactly right even though I was trying: it's MEEEEshell.) and it turns out she's been desperately searching for a Nintendo Wii. I talked her ears off about Rock Band and other videogame stuff until it was like, "OK, great talking to you -- (click)."
Anyway, here the segment on GPS units, something I hadn't really done much research on until they asked me about it. That's me: geek-on-command.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Gag my kid with a spoon
Lilly just ate with a spoon!
I feel like shouting it from the rooftops, but in Texas, that kind of thing can get you shot.
We've been trying for a few days to get her to eat rice cereal because the breastmilk/formula diet just isn't keeping her full anymore. She wakes up once every hour or two all night, hungry. She needs something to sit in her belly, and we don't want it to be formula if we can help it.
So, we combined the breastmilk with the flaky rice mix (which, truth be told, looks like something you'd see on a fake-snowy movie set) and tried to feed it to her. No go. She screamed her head off and we had to go back to the bottle.
Today, I alternated the bottle with the spoon and figured out a neat trick -- if I get the rubber spoon in her mouth a little, she'll start sucking on it and downing the cereal. I also cut the rice portion of the mix in half, so maybe it's not as filling as it could be, but it seemed to do the trick. She sucked on the spoon, eating a little of the cereal, then sucked down on the bottle. She got pretty antsy toward the end, but I think that's because she was getting full, which... yay!
I don't know if this is just a temporary fix or what, but right now, I'm just thrilled that she ate any of it. It's a Christmas Eve miracle!
Next lesson: steak knives!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Kids 'n toys and the Internet and virtual worlds
A story I wrote ran in today's newspaper, a story about toys that get kids to connect online and the future of virtual worlds for young people. You can find it here.
It was one of those topics where I soon found myself drowning in information and it was only a secondary. My editor and I agreed that there are probably a lot more stories to be done on the subject in the next year.
On the non-work front: we're staying home this year. We didn't want to travel and our family is very understanding about this. We're keeping it a little low-key this year, but I did get to take some time off, as did Rebecca, so it's been a lot less stressful than usual.
If I don't talk to you again before Tuesday, have a lovely Christmas. I'll be poking around here before New Year's, I'm sure. It's taken me a few days to get in the festive spirit, but I'm finally there and enjoying it all.
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