Just a quick reminder folks that I don’t really post here anymore. I’ve pretty much moved my social online-ness over to Google+.
This week Google announced and started rolling out their social network called Google Plus (or Google+, or G+) to directly compete with Facebook and Twitter and all the other social media services out there that don’t really matter. It isn’t completely public yet, but I’ve had access to it since Wednesday night and I can see this becoming my primary social network. Google does a fine job of explaining the features on their site and in their videos so I’m not going rehash any of that. Check it out for yourself if you’re interested and let me know if you’d like an invite.
Sure I’m an admitted Google fan, but there’s so many things that frustrate me about Facebook and Twitter that are fixed in Google+. As I’ve written previously Facebook overshares because that’s how they make money. Sure you can group your “friends” but that’s buried in the horrible interface of Facebook lying underneath the easy-to-use front page. You can limit your shared content to those groups but again, it’s not easy to get to (by design IMO).
Twitter at least is unapologetic about oversharing. It is by form and function a one to many medium which is fine if you’re famous or even internet famous but for people trying to stay in touch it’s a blunt instrument.
Google+ requires you to organize people into Circles which is a fancy name for tags. People can be added to as many circles as you want so I can put Dave in the “Friend”, “InfoSec”, and “Out of Town Friends” circles. It’s got a pretty drag and drop interface that’s easy for non-techie people to understand and use. The brilliant thing is Dave only knows that I’ve added him to my circles but not which ones. So if I demote Dave from “Friend” to “Acquaintance” or “Jerk – Ignore” he doesn’t know that and I don’t have to awkwardly explain it to him.
Once you add a person to your circles then their information starts showing up in your Stream, which is familiar to anyone who uses Facebook. You can easily filter your stream by circle so I can get my Twitter analog by looking at my “Following” circle, and my Facebook analog by looking at my “Friends” and “Family” circles.
When you share something with Google+ you are required to choose which of your circles will get that information. My “Out of Town Friends” don’t care that restaurant week is next week. My “Co-Workers” don’t need to know about the latest game I’ve been playing. So I can pre-filter and control my content to the audiences that I define.
Oh, and I almost forgot you have very granular control of your profile information, limiting who can see what. Which again, Facebook wants to make very public.
This is why I encourage everyone to jump on board with Google+. Yeah they’ve got some interesting other features like group chats, easy picture upload etc. but for me the “killer app” is the ability for me to control the audiences that I share information with and filter what in turn is shared with me.
Eve’s approaching 18 months of age and we can’t remember for certain what her first word was. I’ve been mentally writing a list of interesting things Eve has been up to of late but now that we’ve forgotten this particular fact – I have decided that my brain is an increasingly unreliable place to keep such important information. We’ll see if the my “second brain” proved any more reliable in 50 years.
I am 95% certain that Eve’s first word was “doggie.” It is certainly her favorite word. For some reason now that she has figured out that our doggie Roe has a name, she calls him “Roe Roe” and Paul “doggie”. While her Dad is somewhat put out by this – I think she’s bequeathed upon him her favorite word. He gets hugs, squeals, nose kisses and a big ole “HI DOGGIE” when he walks in the room.
Eve has excellent manners. She says “thank you” for every little treat or favor no matter how small. She also asks for “more” music when the songs are changing track. I have decided I might as well perpetuate the myth that mommy is amazing so at the end of each song when she says “more” I reply that I am getting her more music and when the song starts up – I get a thank you. Some day she’ll realize what I am doing but for now, she’s in awe of my ability to take credit for the work of the CD player in the car.
In addition to having good manners, she is very tidy. She will pick up her dirty clothes – or our clothes – and put them in her dresser drawer. If the cabinet doors are left open, she will shut them. Last week she kept pointing at the door and going “close” while refusing to eat. I eventually realized she wanted the cabinets shut before she would eat. Door shut, oatmeal consumed. The first time she organizes canned goods alphabetically, we will be excited to see the cupboards cleaned – the second time we’ll be concerned.
Eve is very attentive to our family routine. On several occasions, she has brought me my coffee – in the bag ground – and a metal travel mug and said “bye bye.” Apparently whenever I make coffee I leave for work. Once she figures out the part where you add water she’ll be able to get rid of me at will.
When you ask Eve to be more gentle she responds by patting you softly on the check and saying “meow” several times. Apparently she believe cats are gentle and imitating one is the best way to show you she’s being gentle. More interestingly, to the best of my knowledge she has never actually SEEN a cat in real life.
More fun to follow.
Eve 0.11 is not much of a snuggler. She’s a baby on the move and she feels there is little time for more than a 30 second hug before she’s off on her next baby adventure.
It was a rare precious moment when after reading her the last bedtime story, she snuggled up to me with her little baby head in the crook of my neck. Ahh – the love. She was still “wiggling” a bit – but I was enjoying the snuggles. That is until a little while later she broke the hug and proceeded to start playing with my cell phone that she’d been pilfering out of my pocket. The hug was merely to distract me from her endeavors.
You may not hear much from me in the next three weeks. Work is busy and my evenings taken up prepping the new house for move in.
Will try to keep you all posted perhaps through pictures or interpretive dance.
Well at least mobile-y online. I’ve got my replacement outboard brain* 80% up to speed. Upgraded to 2.1, downloaded a minimal set of apps and loaded up the data from my 16G micro-sd chip and the Google cloud. Should be back up to 100% tomorrow. It’s nice being able to offload addresses, calendar, email and phone numbers out of my headware and dead trees and back into my pocket. Didn’t go far or do much so I didn’t need the GPS or directory services but I feel less lost anyway.
*Term shamelessly stolen from Warren Ellis.
I had a great holiday weekend. Except for that bit at the end where my phone intersected a large body of water. The replacement is on its way next-day shipped from TN, but the holiday pushed it back which means for the next 24 to 36 hours* from this post I’m phoneless. Although I’ve been with Sprint long enough to warrant early phone discounts it hasn’t been 12 months so it’s a replacement not upgrade.**
Email is the best way to get a hold of me. If it’s urgent my wife’s phone still works.
*Depending on delivery schedules up to 48 hours since the phone actually went dead yesterday afternoon.
**That’s okay. By the time I’m eligible for an upgrade in October I’m pretty sure the Android 3.0 phones will be out. Which means in 12 months Android will have gone from 1.6 to 3.0!
Here is Eve 0.6 working on her rolling skills. Most of these posted pictures are done from my camera phone so apologies in advance for the quality of the picture and the skill of the photographer but hey, pixels are cheap.
We took her in for her half-year check up this week. Everything is very healthy and moving along as expected. She’s in the 51st or 52nd percentile for height and weight but shows her father’s lineage by having a head in the 86th percentile.
Her easy smile continues to charm strangers, and we’re trying to get her out an about as much as possible to have new experiences and fill her brain. She can balance sitting very well until she extends for something out of reach and faceplants unless we’re quick enough to catch her. She rolls over readily but always a half turn to the left and rarely back.
She’s still not sleeping all the way through the night, but she can go 7 or so hours (bedtime at 8:30, awake at 3:30). She’s been fussy as all get out today so we’re concerned about an upset tummy or maybe the beginning of teething.
All in all she’s a delight and I love playing with her, singing to her, and the quiet times.