7 Quick Takes Six

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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!]

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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.

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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!

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Here would be a candidate: CarrierIQ. For once, I’m happy I’ve got a Windows Mobile 6.5 OS on my phone.

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So, let’s turn to impressive feats in the physical realm. I wonder how he practices.

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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.

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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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1 thought on “7 Quick Takes Six

  1. SursumCorda

    1 – I’d like it, too, if I could figure out a way to do so without turning on FB platform applications.

    2 – If I had the right phone and service, that could be really handy in foreign airports. And that includes U.S. airports I’m not familiar with.

    3 – Such technology could certainly be misused, but this particular fuss is a lot of much ado about nothing. For one thing, it doesn’t work if the phones aren’t on; do we really need to be connected 24/7? And as for this comment, “If I turn off my cellphone to avoid being tracked, then I am less safe if anything were to happen to me while shopping” — just what does she think is going to happen to her in a crowded mall that having a cell phone will ameliorate?

    6 – “Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly.” — George MacDonald. I’ll agree with you that interdependence is important to community, but I’d say the requirement is more for a good balance between independence and interdependence, a dance. In addition to exhibiting trust, Joseph is (rightly) doing his best to grow in independence: to walk without holding your hand, to eat without being spoon-fed, even to clean the bathroom.

    6 – I don’t know if it’s a sign of adulthood (maturity) or not, but skepticism is certainly a sign of experience. Joseph trusts you because you have been sufficiently worthy of his trust. If you’d hugged him and kicked him on alternate days, I’ll bet he’d be pretty skeptical about your touch.


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