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News, Notes, Links for 11 January 2008

January 11th, 2009 . by 21st Century Dad

New Cell Phone

Sprint was offering a promotional deal so I was able to get an LG Rumor for free! The only string attached is my eternally indentured servitude to Sprint. The QWERTY keyboard is a nice upgrade. It better be. I sold my soul to Sprint once again for it. All it takes to stay connected to social media is the ability to send and receive text messages. Now my capabilities here have been improved dramatically.

My objective here is to maintain my presence on Facebook and Twitter via mobile phone while doing the bus thing. Busy Dad started his blog to pass the time commuting on the LA Metro. FB’ing and Tweeting on the go will free up time for other activities when I am sitting at the computer. Maybe I can update this blog more often. Maybe you can just catch up with me via Facebook and Twitter.

Ring Tones Are For Losers

I want to know why people balk at purchasing songs on iTunes or at Amazon for $0.99 but will pay up to $4 for a ringtone? The Amazon download is DRM-free, can be played at any time, and on any stereo system you have access to. With ringtones, you hear only part of the song out of a crappy little speaker when someone calls or text messages you.

Speak Up on Twitter About Your Woes

Cell phone carriers aren’t known for their top-notch customer service. I complained on Twitter about my recent experiences with Sprint. A Sprint rep on Twitter responded to me immediately and offered to help. I didn’t even have to pull out the big guns – “May I speak with your supervisor.”

More and more companies are on Twitter. They’re looking to keep their good names good by sending their sentinels out after us, er, I mean, they’re listening to us in the places we hang out online.

Alternative Transportation

My ride to work is on paternity leave. Looks like I’m taking the bus all week. I’m glad to have upgraded to mobile web access on my phone

A suburban setting is a tough place to live without a car. The landscape gets really sprawly as you go further west in Broward County. I am at the supermarket 2-3 times a week instead of making one big trip a week. Cargo capacity is limited when you’re on the bike.

Selling stuff on eBay presents a logistical challenge. There’s a limit to the number and overall bulk of packages I can haul at one time to the post office. When I first started selling on eBay 6 years ago, there were times when I chose to ride my bike instead of drive to the post office. I did it once before, so I know I can do it again.

Entre Card Users

I haven’t been active on Entre Card lately. I got a great boost in traffic when the blog was new and I found some great blogs. It’s one of the things I am choosing to let go of in the name of simplifying my life. Some of these bloggers have left Entre Card and some remain.

Without my active participation, I still accumulate credits. I already have a good stash I can give away to other Entre Card users. As I procrastinate on the task of running some sort of blog contest involving Entre Card credits, the credits continue to pile up. Look for some sort of giveaway or contest in the future. If you’ve left Entre Card, leave a comment and let me know what you did with your leftover credits.

The War Against Clutter

Getting the UHaul and taking a pile of books to McKay Used Books was phase 1 in the war on clutter. Phase 2 sees the use of eBay, craigslist, FreeCycle, Goodwill and word of mouth. Phase 3 is bulk trash day. I’m still a long way from reducing my belongings to what will fit inside a medium-sized SUV.

Perhaps foreclosure is like “the bomb” that ends the war. How appropos that I am looking to move to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Much of the work on the Manhattan Project took place in “The Secret City.”

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News, Notes, and Links

August 24th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad
Then and Now
young photographers

Earlier today, I set up the tripod. As soon as I unfolded the legs, Twilli ran right over and started messing with it. As a small child, I remember being fascinated by cameras and accessories. Twilli seems to share the same enthusiasm.

The Big News

My last post was about Twilli’s first birthday. Naturally, this is around the time that a baby starts walking. Twilli has taken her first few unassisted steps! For the most part, she defaults to crawling or cruising, depending on how fast she wants to get from point A to point B and the availability of something to grab on to.

No video yet. It’s coming soon. This is the time in a child’s life when video coverage starts to get interesting, especially since we have two cats.

We can learn a lot from watching our children grow. Twillil is pretty fast on all fours or while cruising. As she takes her first steps without holding on, I can see the trepidation on her face. She takes about 3-4 steps and defaults to methods she has mastered. Why should we learn this new way of doing things if it’s so difficult? As adults, we face challenges like this regularly. The short-term pain leads to long term gain.

The Links

I took a little break from the blog. Many mom and dad blogs follow this pattern of regular posts, a short break, regular posts, irregular posts, etc. Parenting comes first and blogging is somewhere farther down the list of priorities.

  • Please send your thoughts and prayers to Jared, Momma, and Ace. In the past, when I heard news like this, the most I could ever muster was, “oh, how unfortunate.” This time, I started crying less than half way into reading the post.
  • John at Modern Parent reviewed some of his son’s favorite toys. He also did a write-up of the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Home. My daughter enjoys hers immensely too. I didn’t have to assemble mine. It was a much-appreciated hand-me-down.
  • The Great Minivan Trade-Up – The Dad of Divas, Chris Lewis has started his own trade-up. He started with an old Kodak camera and is working his way up to a Toyota Sienna mini-van. How long will it take. Follow his odyssey here. He also posts regular video updates on his YouTube channel.
  • Five Myths About Simplicity Busted – Simplifying your life doesn’t mean an austere existence. You can be happy.
  • Ron at The Wisdom Journal shares his tips on reducing stress

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