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Tomorrow is Jane's first birthday. With my usual inimitable sanity, I have made party hats for the party we are not having. Note that there are in fact more hats than people to wear them. Also, I took long enough at the store choosing the paper that I made the baby cry. Excellent parenting. Steve and I put the hats on ourselves, of course, while she was sleeping. Soignée. Admirably focused on his work. Then I put everything away before Jane could wake up and participate in any way herself. No birthday hats for you, baby. It's not your birthday... Continue »
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Blog: nataliepo
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Yeah, you heard me right: I'm a coder who has zero desire to ever step foot in events known as "Hackathons". Jeffrey To's article has reminded me that some developers find it puzzling that female developers aren't going to these... Continue »
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Okay, so it's been a couple-few weeks since Louis's actual birthday, but Vivienne turned 3 months old today! Here are a couple of pix from Lou's birthday (which stretched out over a week or more as gifts kept coming in... Continue »
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Blog: sippey.com
Khoi Vinh’s post on An Archive for Interaction Design is worth reading. Vinh argues that… Every time a site or an application gets a major upgrade, every time an interface is overhauled, it represents something learned, knowledge accrued to advance... Continue »
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... it’s weird to me, as a long-time internet-only news reader, to pay money for a bunch of content I don’t care about. More than half of each issue is sports news, entertainment gossip, ads, and little newspaper games (crosswords,... Continue »
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Last night, I said this: Writing Perl after months of coding in Python is really frustrating.less than a minute ago via web Benjamin Trott btrott And I thought I'd expand on it, as a couple of people had questions and/or... Continue »
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Last summer I was bored one day and searched the app store for solitaire apps. I admit, this is like telling the universe you give up, you're so bored that you'd like to play the most boring game known to... Continue »
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Blog: sippey.com
It's patently unfair to judge it after just one issue, but the conceptual hangup I have with The Daily is the overall package. I don't have issues with the details -- those will get fixed over time. (The carousel, the... Continue »
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Blog: nataliepo
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Really, really warms my heart. Continue »
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Blog: Megnut
Jason's got a nice little write-up about Ollie's digital camera use. Of course when he writes "we" gave him the camera, and "we" set-up the Flickr account, and "we" hooked up the Eye-Fi card, dear reader, you can insert "Meg",... Continue »
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Blog: Megnut
My grandmother died quite suddenly on Veteran's Day. Since she was "only" eighty-eight, and the youngest of my four grandparents, all living until 2009, I wasn't prepared. In retrospect it seems ridiculous to not be prepared when someone's eighty-eight, but... Continue »
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Blog: nataliepo
I love -- no, I LOVE THIS VIDEO of Lady Gaga walking through the new Polaroid products. Glasses that take pictures and video: awesome. Sending your cell phone's stuff to a printer or a usb stick: good. Telling the crowd... Continue »
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My daughter (Penelope) is learning her letters. One of our favorite activities is to use the built-in say command in the OS X terminal: she types in a word, presses [return], and the computer speaks. To make this easier, I... Continue »
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Blog: Stingy Kids
The earliest post that you'll find on this blog dates to late March 2003, and fittingly, it is a poem titled "The International Congress of Fear." During a major redesign in early 2007, I backed up the blog and left... Continue »
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Blog: Stingy Kids
I started this post on 5/28/2009. Judging from my notes, I had intended to make this a very long entry. It's unfinished and mostly unedited. I just have to let it go now, despite its rough edges. Perez later published... Continue »
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Blog: Stingy Kids
I remember telling my mother that I had a "corazonada" (a hunch) that the baby would come early. She was happy to hear this, and I was so sure that my instincts were on target that I started to wrap... Continue »
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Every year when the calendar makes the big flip end of year lists fill the last two weeks of the month. One trend I'm noticing is that people love their iPads, but not their iPad apps. And people really hate... Continue »
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Blog: Stingy Kids
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