Out of the Blue

As I mentioned yesterday, we are babysitting this weekend, playing host to a pair of boys, one six, and the other just shy of four. Luckily we have Hudson the wonder dog to assist with this, as she is great with kids, and can match even the most sugar-fuelled youngsters' energy levels. So with a little trepidation, we are looking forward to the experience... I'll let you know how things go (I'm guessing a couple of you parents out there are already amused by what they know we are in for here).

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Re: Babysitting fun
May 29, 2004, 09:06
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Re: Babysitting fun May 29, 2004, 09:06
May 29, 2004, 09:06
 
I guess that's what happens when you make recreational sex immoral.

> Holy crap that's a lot of children... Are you sure they're not rabbits, ffs? That's just not right!

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Re: babysitting
May 29, 2004, 08:47
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Re: babysitting May 29, 2004, 08:47
May 29, 2004, 08:47
 
Dave & Busters has a lot of games, but they're expensive as hell and they let them fall into dispair. If you can forego the steak and beer for the time the arcade in that mall is smaller but much more affordable.

> Blue , i know about where you live , so take them to the "Palisades mall " ( off 287 ) ..once there head to the top floor ( 5th ? ) and take them to Dave & Busters !

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Re: $132K Grant to Combat Goth Returned
May 29, 2004, 03:34
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Re: $132K Grant to Combat Goth Returned May 29, 2004, 03:34
May 29, 2004, 03:34
 
That Goth program was a stupid idea. I have no interest in gothic culture, but I'd cetainly not regard them as any more of a menace than kids that skate, kids that play computer games, kids that play football etc. Where the hell was that $273k originally intended to be spent? Thankfully it has taken a more sensible direction - counselling for the kids that become goth after something terrible has happened to them.

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Re: $132K Grant to Combat Goth Returned
May 28, 2004, 22:08
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Re: $132K Grant to Combat Goth Returned May 28, 2004, 22:08
May 28, 2004, 22:08
 
They couldn't find a Goth problem in Blue Springs, Mo? Funny, I thought Goths thrived in the state of Misery.

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babysitting
May 28, 2004, 16:02
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babysitting May 28, 2004, 16:02
May 28, 2004, 16:02
 
Blue , i know about where you live , so take them to the "Palisades mall " ( off 287 ) ..once there head to the top floor ( 5th ? ) and take them to Dave & Busters ! it has a midway like the pier down the shore ( every arcade game , skee ball , ferris wheel , simulators... ) and you can have a beer AND a good steak at the bar while chasing them from game to game . its clean , new and a BLAST . i buy each of my kids a D&B credit card that can be upgraded at any time in the future , then let em go wild ....they sleep like logs that night

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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 15:49
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 15:49
May 28, 2004, 15:49
 
Never screwed with MT, but Gallery is reasonably simple
I've been reading about Gallery since you gave me the link, and for the Windows version, anyway, it looks like YellowTip Web Server bundles everything necessary (including Gallery) to get a site up and running relatively fast and easy. I may have to run the installer tonight and see what happens to my Windows 2003 Server.

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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 15:31
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 15:31
May 28, 2004, 15:31
 
I like www.ofoto.com, personally.

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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 15:28
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 15:28
May 28, 2004, 15:28
 
Gallery looks no harder to set up than say, Movable Type.

Never screwed with MT, but Gallery is reasonably simple (I've installed simpler php apps, but they didn't do as much either). Most of the stuff can be left at default unless you want to do something wacky.

Of course, you do need the pre-requisites, which if you're not running a recent version of Linux, may be problematic (Apache, php, ImageMagick, etc). My server's running RH9, so no problems.

I'm just too lazy to spend the time with the layout to make it look like the rest of my site.

Gallery pretty much is my site, so no problems there

Hell, if you surfed to the root of my home server (as innumerable script kiddies and viruses do) you still get the default "this isn't setup" page from Apache.

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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 14:33
Bronco
 
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 14:33
May 28, 2004, 14:33
 Bronco
 
Can I get a link for the Gallery that you're talking about?

Gallery looks no harder to set up than say, Movable Type.

The main thing to be aware of are the requirements. My host has everything I need to do it.

I'm just too lazy to spend the time with the layout to make it look like the rest of my site.

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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 14:30
Bronco
 
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 14:30
May 28, 2004, 14:30
 Bronco
 
We're at the top of our game now, and our children will think we're dumbasses. NOT cool...

This will only happen if we let it happen.

My grandfather was an engineer. When he died I organized his papers. At 74 he was teaching himself programming languages.

If you let the mind go it will get soft. If you stay interested in life you will keep up.

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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 14:29
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 14:29
May 28, 2004, 14:29
 
I've only set it up under Linux, but it should work just fine under Windows too
Thanks. I've installed Apache on Windows before (not hard), but didn't do any configuring beyond that before the machine it was on died. I notice on the site it mentions PHP has to be working too. Something to do, I guess.
Does anyone else here ever worry about what technology we will be completely, utterly, and hopelessly clueless about when we grow old?
Every single time I deal with my parents. I'm doing my best to stay on top of things, but 'simple' stuff like Linux is already getting away from me. I can install it and get X running, but I have nowhere near the intimate knowledge of its guts like I do with Windows. That alone scares me.

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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 14:22
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 14:22
May 28, 2004, 14:22
nin
 
Does anyone else here ever worry about what technology we will be completely, utterly, and hopelessly clueless about when we grow old?

"No Dad, you don't eat the nanite-pill! Just hold it in your hand until it dissolves, put your hand up to your ear, wait 5 minutes, and then wash your hands off! Jeez! It's so simple!"


I think about that a lot, and it scares me. We're at the top of our game now, and our children will think we're dumbasses. NOT cool...

"What's wrong with grandpa?"
"Oh, he's used to typing everything in on the computer."



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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 14:15
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 14:15
May 28, 2004, 14:15
 
Can I get a link for the Gallery that you're talking about? It might be something to use for myself.

http://gallery.sourceforge.net/ (which insta-redirects you to a much longer URL).

I've only set it up under Linux, but it should work just fine under Windows too (as long as you use Apache, which is also quite easy to setup under Windows). Between it, dyndns.org, and a couple ports on my firewall opened to my server I no longer have to email out pictures of our kiddo.

a USB plug will fit in an RJ-45 port

The mind boggles.

Does anyone else here ever worry about what technology we will be completely, utterly, and hopelessly clueless about when we grow old?

"No Dad, you don't eat the nanite-pill! Just hold it in your hand until it dissolves, put your hand up to your ear, wait 5 minutes, and then wash your hands off! Jeez! It's so simple!"

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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 13:49
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 13:49
May 28, 2004, 13:49
 
Adobe does one as well.
Oh right, I forgot about Photoshop Album. Looks like I'm going to have to test a few out and come to my own conclusions.
I hate the thought of teaching either of my parents anything about computers whatsoever.
I feel your pain. My dad is ok, because he just doesn't care to know. He has Solitaire and Hearts, and thinks the web is Google, he's all set. My mother, though, no matter how many times I tell her something, she just doesn't retain the info. Even if she writes it down she doesn't understand what to do later when she reads her notes.

btw, a USB plug will fit in an RJ-45 port... "is the camera plugged into the computer?" ... "yes, but nothing is happening." That required a visit to fix, oi.

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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:46
Bronco
 
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Re: Babysitting fun May 28, 2004, 13:46
May 28, 2004, 13:46
 Bronco
 
That doesn't really seem like the logical progression of thought, there. I'm going to have to agree with your 'insane' diagnosis.

I didn't provide enough detail with regards to the episode. The two main characters decide to add to their family after nearly undergoing a vasectomy.

I wish you nothing but good luck talking your wife down from her reproduction tree.

Thanks.

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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:42
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Re: Babysitting fun May 28, 2004, 13:42
May 28, 2004, 13:42
 
Will you be sharing your pr0n with us?
As if anyone here needs my help to find pr0n.

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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 13:41
Bronco
 
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 13:41
May 28, 2004, 13:41
 Bronco
 
I was looking at Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album, it seems like it might do the trick, but who knows.

Adobe does one as well. Here is a link to a trial:

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopalbum/starter.html

I hate the thought of teaching either of my parents anything about computers whatsoever.



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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:33
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Re: Babysitting fun May 28, 2004, 13:33
May 28, 2004, 13:33
nin
 
Amish men get married early, their wives have kids until they die (generally during or as a side effect of childbirth), remarry, and repeat.

As they say in Fight Club (First Rule or Fight Club, blah blah blah) "He's setting up a franchise!".


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I have broadband, yes, but I'm already on my ISPs blacklist for using "too much bandwidth" (don't get me started).

Will you be sharing your pr0n with us?



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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 13:32
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 13:32
May 28, 2004, 13:32
 
I have broadband, yes, but I'm already on my ISPs blacklist for using "too much bandwidth" (don't get me started). Can I get a link for the Gallery that you're talking about? It might be something to use for myself.

At this point, I'd rather not have to introduce my mother to another new internet concept. She's having a hard time grasping that if they cancel their second phone line, they can still use their dial-up account on the main line, so...

What I'm looking for is what I described earlier, but in an offline format that resides entirely on my parents computer.

I was looking at Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album, it seems like it might do the trick, but who knows. I'm still soliciting recommendations in any case.

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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:29
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Re: Babysitting fun May 28, 2004, 13:29
May 28, 2004, 13:29
 
Are you sure they're not rabbits, ffs? That's just not right!

They're Amish... up to you to decide the degree of sexual differentiation between them and rabbits

As the story goes (and I have no reason not to believe her -- her grandfather was Amish but left the church and was shunned, even at his funeral) the only reason the cousin hasn't had more is because at various points she physically banned her husband from her bedroom for a year.

Amish men get married early, their wives have kids until they die (generally during or as a side effect of childbirth), remarry, and repeat. It's a very pre-Industrial revolution mindset, since you need a lot of hands to work the farm (and they still do, although as I understand it they work a very small plot of land nowadays and sell the rest out to modern farmers), and child mortality was high. Thing is, neither child nor mother mortality is that high now -- many Amish will still accept modern medical care (if you can get them to a hospital in time that is), and we can prevent most of the deaths that would have occurred otherwise.

So now, instead of having 10 kids before your wife dies, and only having 5-6 of them survive to adulthood, everyone lives. Except, perhaps, the poor mother who has to take care of all the rugrats (er... woodrats? No carpeted floors after all...).

Yes, I now know far more about modern Amish than I ever thought I would thanks to my coworker.

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