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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Kids
May 28, 2004, 12:38
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May 28, 2004, 12:38
 
I'll say a little prayer for you.

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Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 12:47
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Babysitting fun May 28, 2004, 12:47
May 28, 2004, 12:47
 
I expect we won't hear from Blue again until Monday.

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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 12:50
Bronco
 
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May 28, 2004, 12:50
 Bronco
 
(I'm guessing a couple of you parents out there are already amused by what they know we are in for here).

Add one more at 2.5YO and you have what I have everyday.

Godspeed to you sir!



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Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 12:50
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Photo album software May 28, 2004, 12:50
May 28, 2004, 12:50
 
I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations for some good, simple, photo album software. Something that will organize pics that is nice and fast, with the ability to resize large photos to make them more appropriate for emailing. Other features are good, but not necessarily needed. It must be simple to use, because it's for my mother, and she still doesn't understand the concepts introduced in Windows 95. Yeah, I know, that's almost 10 years now...

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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 12:52
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May 28, 2004, 12:52
 
Add one more at 2.5YO and you have what I have everyday.
Hey Bronc, remember the vasectomy portion of the conversation from yesterday? Unless you're going for the baseball team, of course.

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A GC question
May 28, 2004, 12:54
Bronco
 
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A GC question May 28, 2004, 12:54
May 28, 2004, 12:54
 Bronco
 
I see that the price of SC II has dropped. I also want to pick up another GC title for my son (backyard football for the GC).

Anybody know of any free shipping coupons or other dealies that the major/minor retailers are offering right now?

$45.00 for two titles at EBgames including shipping is the best I've done so far.

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APOD
May 28, 2004, 12:59
Enahs
 
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APOD May 28, 2004, 12:59
May 28, 2004, 12:59
 Enahs
 
That APOD rocks, rocks on!


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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:00
Bronco
 
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May 28, 2004, 13:00
 Bronco
 
Hey Bronc, remember the vasectomy portion of the conversation from yesterday?

Funny you should say that.

No not that! My wife and I watched the season finale of According to Jim: http://abc.go.com/primetime/accordingtojim/

She thinks it's funny. I watch for the outfits they put Courtney in...

Anyway, the episode revolves around sterilization. This put the idea of adding to the family into her head again.

I don't know what to say to her....

I think she might be insane.

Four?

Right now they outnumber us. Add one more and it's a massacre.

Unless you're going for the baseball team, of course.

Five gets me a basketball team. Baseball is what? Eight?



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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:01
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Re: Babysitting fun May 28, 2004, 13:01
May 28, 2004, 13:01
 
What the hell???

Danish IT firm gives workers free Net porn

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/05/27/danish_free_porn/

Forget luncheon vouchers, Danish IT outfit LL Media has set a new benchmark in worker welfare by handing its workers free subscriptions to Net porn sites. The company hopes that the freebies will stop randy Scandinavian employees from accessing Web smut while at work.



Nielsen apparently also expressed the hope that the initiative will make his staff "more relaxed on the job".


Those crazy Danes! I remember one of my old work collegues once getting his porn power point slideshow mixed up with his work power point slideshow during a meeting in front of the boss and 20 others! At this place, that'd be the lunchbreak!

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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:12
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Re: Babysitting fun May 28, 2004, 13:12
May 28, 2004, 13:12
 
the episode revolves around sterilization. This put the idea of adding to the family into her head again.
That doesn't really seem like the logical progression of thought, there. I'm going to have to agree with your 'insane' diagnosis.
Baseball is what? Eight?
Nine! Unless you're going with American League rules, then you also need a designated hitter. You could just split the difference and go for 6, put together a hockey team.

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


edit: stupid tags! & tenses!
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This comment was edited on May 28, 13:14.
A message of hope to those who choose to hear it,
and a warning to those who do not.
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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:13
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May 28, 2004, 13:13
 
Five gets me a basketball team. Baseball is what? Eight?

Nine.

Better get to it. There's that lady in Arkansas with 15. And one of my co-worker's wife's cousins is on #21 in 23 years (her relatives are Amish) -- enough for two teams and umpires! Of course, she has grandchildren older than some of her children...

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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:18
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Re: Babysitting fun May 28, 2004, 13:18
May 28, 2004, 13:18
 
one of my co-worker's wife's cousins is on #21 in 23 years (her relatives are Amish)
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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O for a voice like thunder, and a tongue
To drown the throat of war!
A message of hope to those who choose to hear it,
and a warning to those who do not.
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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 13:19
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Re: Photo album software May 28, 2004, 13:19
May 28, 2004, 13:19
 
Do you have broadband? Are you willing to host pictures for her? If so, I've been using gallery for a few weeks now and love it. It's easy for you to setup (not for her!!!), at least if you already have a web server setup. And there are a variety of ways to add pictures to it that are pretty easy.

May be completely not what you're looking for though, but I prefer it to mailing out pictures.

Other than that, I dunno. The Pricelessware (http://www.pricelessware.org -- highly recommended freeware for Windows) site recommends MyAlbum (http://perso.wanadoo.fr/myalbum/MyAlbum.html), but I dunno that it's very friendly.


Edit: made pricelessware into a link
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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:21
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Re: Babysitting fun May 28, 2004, 13:21
May 28, 2004, 13:21
nin
 
Worlds Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction.

Oh dear Lord. I used to drive past that Giant Whale (on the Oklahoma page) all the time. I seem to remember a kid drowned there a number of years ago...

BTW, that whale is right next to a nudist colony...FYI, for when you make your travel plans.



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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:29
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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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Re: Photo album software
May 28, 2004, 13:32
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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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A message of hope to those who choose to hear it,
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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:33
nin
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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!".


edit:
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, 13:41
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, 13:42
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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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A message of hope to those who choose to hear it,
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Re: Babysitting fun
May 28, 2004, 13:46
Bronco
 
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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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