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October 27, 2009, 4:26 pm - James Farrer

I just watched a keynote address from a conference that I thought was excellent. The address is here and I think is worth the few minutes to watch: http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/010218.html. Here is my favorite quote:

"I was having dinner with a group of friends about a month ago, and one of them was talking about sitting with his four-year-old daughter watching a DVD. And in the middle of the movie, apropos nothing, she jumps up off the couch and runs around behind the screen. That seems like a cute moment. Maybe she's going back there to see if Dora is really back there or whatever. But that wasn't what she was doing. She started rooting around in the cables. And her dad said, "What you doing?" And she stuck her head out from behind the screen and said, "Looking for the mouse."

Here's something four-year-olds know: A screen that ships without a mouse ships broken. Here's something four-year-olds know: Media that's targeted at you but doesn't include you may not be worth sitting still for."

In general he talks about how we are moving towards participating during our free time (e.g. blogging, editing wikipedia, contributing to open-source) instead of just sitting and watching TV. It had some very insightful thoughts.

Having moved a month ago and not hooked up our TV yet I can definitely see where he is going with it.

Abby's quotes of the day

October 24, 2009, 1:00 pm - James Farrer

"My socks really want me to have a sandwich right now!"

Abby-I know what movie we should watch, we should watch Barbie Swan Lake
Daddy-No, I don't want to watch that one
Abby-Why not, there's bad parts in it, you like the bad parts. (bad parts referring to the scary parts that she doesn't like)
Mommy-You're a man, you can handle it right?

Abby-What are we doing today?
Mommy-I'm going to a Relief Society activity and you're going with Daddy to the store.
Abby-No, I want to be with you, either I'm coming with you or you're staying home.


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