Archive for October, 2005

Will The Flock Browser Revolutionize Online Communication?

I got my hands on a new Mozilla-based browser called Flock tonight. The Flock browser aims to convert the traditional web browser into a communication and community tool. Adding special functionality to browsers is not new. For example, Firefox uses Extensions to expand functionality, and Opera has an integrated email client. What’s different about Flock is its approach. Instead of adding extensions or clients that enhance only the user’s Internet experience, they’ve built in features that enhance the experience of all Internet users.

Flock Address Bar

Flock seamlessly keeps track of your favorite websites, and then shares them with the world (currently via del.icio.us). The social impact of this is that content and popularity is decided democratically, instead of through advertisers, and those who control media outlets. The idea would be that a user could not only contribute to del.icio.us, but also browse and view websites based on certain tags (keywords) and popularity.

The Flock browser also has a built in blog editor that connects to the most popular blogging tools, like Blogger. Although the tool isn’t as seamlessly integrated with the browser as I would like, it has an intuitive and simple interface that makes it easy to post messages to blogs.

It would appear that the Flock team’s goal is to revolutionize how users interact with the web via the browser. Instead of making the browser a one-way interaction with other websites, they allow the user to contribute to the online community using built-in, easy to use tools. If the Flock team can continue to seamlessly integrate more communication tools into their browser, like VOIP, then Flock may become the de facto application used to communicate, share, and contribute on the Internet.

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Being A Father Can Sometimes Be Stupefying

Whenever I’ve been in a crisis, I’ve always had the uncanny ability to remain in control, and to do whatever needs to be done. However, I’ve found one crisis that renders me totally ineffective and useless. That special moment comes when my 2-year-old daughter throws up, or has explosive diarrhea that shoots out her diaper.

If it were me that was sick, I would rush to the toilet, and try to minimize the mess. I would then take off my clothes, and jump in the shower. So why do I freeze when my little daughter starts puking all over the couch, and all over me?

When she does this, I feel frozen in time. I don’t want to move her, because I’m afraid she’ll spew chunks elsewhere in the house, but I also don’t know what else to do. As I sit there holding her, I look at her, and she looks at me, and we’re both asking the same question with our eyes — “What’s daddy going to do about this?”

Visions of stripping her down and hosing her off in the back yard come to mind, but that would probably be too cold, and the spray might hurt her skin. When I do feel like it’s safe to move her, she spews more chunks on the carpet, the hall, and all over the bathroom. Once we finally make it to the bathtub, most of the damage is done, and again, I find myself frozen. Now what do I do?

Visions of puke on the chair, the couch, the wall, the carpet, the wood floor, my shirt, and my face run through my mind. I ask myself, “How will I ever clean this up?” I look down at my daughter, who is as frozen as me, again, wondering to herself as I am, “What’s daddy going to do about this?”

Some resemblance of intelligence returns to my brain, and I turn the tub water on. I then turn the shower head on, and try to wash the throw-up down the drain. I then redirect the water again through the tub’s faucet, and begin to fill the tub up with water, while adding soap. I strip my daughter down, and place her in the tub. I look around, and all I can see is a trail of puke coming from the outside hall, and leading to the tub. I grab some bath towels and throw them on the ground, so we can at least walk safely to her room to get her dressed after her bath.

I can’t help thinking how lame I am. I’m a grown man who knows what to do in most situations, but when my 2-year-old daughter pukes all over the place, I’m turned into a stupefied moron.

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Pediatricians Offer New Recommendations To Prevent SIDS

USA Today reports on new pediatrician recommendations for preventing SIDS

To best protect babies from sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, they should be offered pacifiers and should not sleep on their sides, pediatricians advised Monday…

…”We’re no longer recommending the side position because infants often roll over onto their stomachs,” says John Kattwinkel, a University of Virginia neonatologist who chairs the academy panel that wrote the new policy.

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