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On the recent Camp Jean trip, I brought along a box set of The Monkees, Season 1. I bought this a while back on eBay because I thought the kids might like it. I was wrong. They LOVED it. They would watch the Monkees all day, if left to their own devices! It’s always great [...]

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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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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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It’s been just over a month since I moved into the new house. I’ve been traveling a lot in addition to moving, and it’s been hard to find the time and mental energy to keep up with the blog. However, now that I’m ensconced, the niece/nephews have started coming over to play, and there should [...]

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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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I’ve been a bit behind on the blog. I’m in the process of moving. A major motivation behind wanting to move out of my small studio and into an actual house is to have more space for nieces and nephews to visit. When I was trying to decide about buying this house, I showed some [...]

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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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Over Christmas, I got to spend time with my best friends, who live in Seattle. Charlotte, their daughter, and I like to make goofy videos for YouTube. Photo Booth is great for taking “photo booth” style snap portraits, but in the latest version of Mac OS X (Leopard), Photo Booth can make videos as well [...]

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If that title makes you squirm, sorry, but that’s what I saw last night. I was playing with Violet and Dash, when Jack-Jack calls me to look at him. He was holding his right hand out, and it was literally dripping blood. I have seen a few scrapes with kids before, but not that much [...]

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