As usual, we start with the Dots in Books. I’m happy to announce two… drum roll… likes! But who are those guys who like my counting books for children? David is the founder of jAlbum, the (free) software I use for presenting my photos. It’s because I got to beta-test their Blurb API that I published the Dots in Books with Blurb. Todd, as you can see, has a vested interest in my product selling – he works for Blurb… I guess it’s about time I return the favor and go like jAlbum!
[Done. That was easy!]
Other exciting news in the world of software is that Google Maps can now map indoors. Yes, that’s right: you no longer need to ask where the restaurant bathroom is, you can just whip out your Android and be guided there.
Of course, the exact same technology
is also was also used for other purposes, one case in point being tracking customers in a mall on the busiest weekend of the year. It made perfect sense on the drawing board, but ended up getting a US senator involved. I just wonder who else is triangulating phones without announcing it!
Here would be a candidate: CarrierIQ. For once, I’m happy I’ve got a Windows Mobile 6.5 OS on my phone.
So, let’s turn to impressive feats in the physical realm. I wonder how he practices.
Speaking of tossing, I frequently toss Joseph around, like most dads I’ve seen. It’s made me think about how dependence and trust act as a channel for greater joy, about how the greatest pleasures on earth (& beyond) come from trusting someone fully, and not from the independence that’s so highly valued in our society. Of what joys do I deprive myself because I dare not give up my independence? True community, in the family and beyond, requires interdependence. Independence stunts community.
The other day, we had a visit from the midwife. She showed us one position to massage Janet, and Janet made some groaning noises to get Joseph used to a louder mommy. What does Joseph do? He helps massage Janet’s back, and then groans himself. Joseph’s a great imitator. He observes us closely, assuming we are right, consistent, and worth imitating. There’s no skepticism in his mind, no doubt. Is it a sign of adulthood to approach other people with skepticism and the notion that they very well could be wrong? Or is that one of those traits we need to let go of in order to be truly childlike?
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