Saturday, August 25, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

Photoset from Germany

I've uploaded the pictures from the Germany trip. Dumb flickr has a 200 picture limit, but I think all the recent trip pictures are still visible. Note that most of the pictures were taken with my iPhone.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Back in germany

I enjoyed seeing Paris, truly I did. Yet I left early to return to Germany. I simply enjoyed Germany more. I'm back in Frankfurt now and have enjoyed wandering around the city. This town certainly has the buildings. It reminds me a lot of wandering around the business district of San Francisco. Lots of tall and new buildings. Lots of glass. Hope they don't get an earthquake here anytime soon.

Paris was good. I saw Le Louvre and Mona - she was the main attraction, yet there were far superior paintings in my humble (and totally uneducated) opinion. What wasinteresting was to see how may people were packed in front of her. Of all the exhibits she drew the most.

I also wandered around the streets and stopped at shops. The coffee was great and though there were rude and impatient people (like most of the drivers) I found the people charming. The waiter at one of the shops moved so quick I hardly saw him. I asked for a coffee and he was gone before I could ask for a menu. He dropped my coffee off while I was looking the other way and was gone by the time I tuned. A minute later I was wondering if I would need to hunt him down to pay and turned and my bill was sitting on the table - when he came with it I don't know. He didn't bring it with the coffee. It reminded me of the butler in that Garfield movie (woosh).

I'll upload pictures later. The iPhone won't work (for some reason) with the wireless in this cafe. Oh, and speaking of iPhone: if you travel by train from Paris to Germany - be sure to turn off and back on your phone. It won't automatically find the new carrier...

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Webkinz are fun

My son jumped on the Webkinz bandwagon. Actually, I finally bought him one after trying to keep him away after having other parents tell me it was like crack for their kids. As a one-time EverQuest II player, I totally understand.

I also have my own webkinz per Blake's request. Actually, it's a neat environment. Here's my room so far:
We've planted gardens: Blake has harvested his tomatoes:

Froggie's gonna be eating some nice juicy tomatoes. That's "Puggie" next to him.

My garden's coming along too. I already harvested a Pumpkin but didn't capture a pic.

It's a pretty neat business idea. Take a 50 cent stuffed animal, partner with a software environment and sell the animal for $12-14. The software is all flash and mostly pretty simple, but neatly designed for kids. It's safe since there is no possibility of free-form chat communications. (I guess they had it initially but have closed that area.) It crashes sometimes and Blake has a plant floating in space and can't move it. But over all, pretty neat. It's sort of a Second Life type of environment, but on a much smaller scale.