Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

Horses at Play

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Take a warm blooded mare, 2 mustangs and a donkey and give them a pond in the summer and this is what you end up with:

Horses at Play

Building Blocks

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

What makes the web so interesting for me is that different pieces from competing interests can work together – a bit like building blocks, they just need to be carefully packaged. When the job is well done it can fit together to create something new!

In case the media did not find you this week – Lego turned 50. I was hoping they would sell a box of gold bricks, instead they brought back the original Lego town set. I think a more suitable set for the anniversary might have been the Eiffel Tower set:

Eiffel Tower

I like how it adds complexity with style. Just think of all the budding young minds who can be exposed to some French culture while working out the structural challenges of this landmark tower.

Thinking about building blocks, a lot of websites are starting to use WordPress for their ‘base layer’. Google is supporting them and that helps a lot, but what I like about it is how they can be modified with plugins to bring out cool new features with very little setup time. You want to add a reviews section, no problem just plug it in. Need some link building tools, there they are waiting to be used. With a tool like this there is no reason any small business can’t have a presence on the web. And while I am thinking about it, in case you have not registered your own name as a domain, now is the time to check if it is still available.

Replacing your TV with the internet

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Last night we received a call from a woman taking a count on the number of people who thought children have too much access to violent/sexual/swearing content on TV. Her argument was time shifting mature content was too easy and children could get exposure to it now when before they might not have.

Our answer was obvious – we don’t have television so we did not know. Meanwhile I was watching two of my kids downloading videos on youtube and watching their own selected content. I know it is very easy for them to find mature content on youtube and it made me take notice that revolution had just taken place.

Kids are not even interested in ‘feed me’ content anymore. They want to pick what video, when, and how many times in a row to watch. I am hearing a lot about Apple computer having a movie service now and it surprised me that Amazon – the bringer of all web purchasing goodness was not involved. So today while I was checking on a few things I came across this:

Compare that to the kiosks you find in front of McDonald’s and remember how painful it can be to bring the disk back on time or get charged an outrageous rate. I would like to hear your experiences on it if anyone has a chance to try it out. Here is the link again so you don’t need to go searching for it:

Update: So what are we doing about filtering content for our kids?  The best way is still to keep their media in our space so we can actively guide them as they are watching.  They have become very aware of what is allowed and what is not, and they are helping each other with keeping the rules in place (it can be a bit strange the first time you see a child tell another child what is not allowed to be watched.)