January 26th, 2014

Today's Activities Include: A. singing "Never Give Up", halfway through _The Greater Journey_

The horse was cancelled for cold today, so R. took A. to go see Frozen. She has been singing something about never give up. I don't know any more about it than that. She's also somewhat annoyed that we missed the Doc McStuffins clinic yesterday; we were supposed to go see Frozen then, but instead, the kids got bang cuts (we couldn't see their eyes so that sort of implied there might be vision problems for them as well) and then went to open gym to jump on trampolines and land in a foam pit. Also, I spent my GymBucks (and many more) at Gymboree (hey these loyalty reward programs exist for a reason). Then she wanted to go home and play restaurant (definitely not eat at a real restaurant! I checked) and refused to leave the house again.

I'm halfway through the book club selection and feeling optimistic that I might finish it in time for book club. It's pretty good, altho there are some odd lapses: failure to refer to Wendell Holmes publication on the subject of puepural fever -- I know he was overshadowed by Semmelweis and Lister, but he kinda had precedence and it seemed relevant, all things considered. So far, Morse's position on slavery hasn't gotten much mention -- his Know Nothing positions are given as the reason for his dismal political performance, but I bet his position on slavery was more salient. And Moreau Gottschalk's mother and younger sibs are mentioned as coming to his Paris debut, without any mention that most of those younger sibs were not the children of his mother.

You could argue that these are all kinda minor details that don't matter and, hey, scope, but scope in this book is a pretty nebulous thing anyway.

But it's an interesting read and a great lens to think about the 1830s, '40s, etc.

A Bit More About Chromebook

So, thanks to my 8 year old autistic son's obsession with having every account I have on all of his devices, I got around to visiting Amazon Cloud Player on my Chromebook. (I've taken to telling him he's going to grow up to be a project manager. Because he has no power, except the power to nag, and yet he can get me to do all kinds of things that I just don't think are really worth bothering with. Just like a project manager In Real Life.) I cannot say I am impressed with the quality of the speakers Samsung selected to go into this $258.63 (IIRC) device, however, given that it is only $258.63 (IIRC), well, I've really got no basis for complaint. At some point, I'll bring the device and the new Sennheisers to the same place and see how they play together.

Speaking of Chromebook, I recently (probably another attack of ADHD like symptoms, altho unlike the B.O.C. attack, I failed to resist this one successfully) purchased the digital download of French levels 1-5 of Rosetta Stone. I had this crazy idea that since French is a language R. and I both kinda know, and we're planning on going to France in the next few years, maybe we could get T. and even A. to learn a bit of French also. It Would Be Cool, and there are 5 licenses on the digital download, so, cheap! Alas, only two computers, so that's a bit of a bummer and, inevitably, it didn't activate properly so then phone call. But the guy I talked to in tech support was awesome, and the version they emailed me was just fine and I now have something I can work at mindlessly for 10-30 minutes at a time.

ETA: The Sennheisers and the Chromebook play together Just Fine. So I guess that answers the what about music on the Chromebook question: buy some semi-decent headphones and Enjoy!

But I haven't figured out a way to use Rosetta on Chromebook, so that all happened over on the Mac.