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Going Offline

It seems like this blog just came back online. I am taking two weeks vacation, and have decided to go computerless for that time. The computer is so much a part of my work, it really would be hard to get away from work without getting away from the computer. And my body really needs [...]

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In episode #66 of the Brady Bunch, Great Aunt Jenny comes to visit. She’s a scary looking old person (played by Imogene Coca), and Jan freaks out because Aunt Jenny looked just like Jan when she was Jan’s age. By the end of the episode, Jan really hopes she will grow up to be just [...]

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Here’s something fun for kids and adults. plasq, the maker of the very popular Comic Life, has released an application for the iPhone, Comic Touch. I recently heard Keith Lang of plasq talking about it on the podcast MacJury. I was curious to see how it would work, skeptical that it could do much on [...]

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This is my first post in my series of travel tips gleaned from Camp Jean. I described in an earlier post how the iPhone is an indispensable part of my savvy aunt’s toolkit. A good chunk of my trip preparation time was spent downloading the latest software for iTunes and the iPhone so that I [...]

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Here’s a new site that is targeted to aunts! SavvyAuntie.com is “the first community for cool aunts, great aunts, godmothers and all women who love kids.” I learned a new term from their press release: PANK (Professional Aunt No Kids). Go check it out and register to take part in the community. It’s a nice-looking [...]

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I recently got a license to Doozla, a new program from one of my favorite Mac software developers, plasq. These guys are known for products that appeal to your inner child: Comic Life, which lets you create comic books from your own photos, and Skitch, which has elevated the mundane task of creating screenshots into [...]

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I save cute voice mails from all the kids. And I have saved them for almost a decade. Violet singing me Happy Birthday when she was 2 (she’s 9 now). Emily begging me for homework help when she was 9 (she’ll be 19 next month). I have heard the phrase “To resave this message, press [...]

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I found Dash hunched over my iPhone last night, unusually engrossed in something. I looked to see what he was doing. Playing with the Calendar app. Ack! Visions of my schedule scrambled flew through my brain. Until now, his iPhone activities have seemed relatively harmless. His favorite thing to do is add obscure cities to [...]

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My brother (aka Uncle Bob) and I have been plotting for some time to get a Wii for the niece/nephews. I have been wanting to play a video game called Guitar Hero for ages. Can you say “ulterior motive”? Now, Court (bro-in-law) says I only come over to play Guitar Hero, rather than to visit [...]

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Despite the craziness that is Macworld Expo Week, I had a chance to sit down on Wednesday with Megan Morrone and Leo Laporte on their podcast, Jumping Monkeys. The general theme of the podcast is “parenting in the digital age” and it’s one of my favorites. Even if you’re not a parent, you can pick [...]

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