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Jan. 22nd, 2008 @ 06:03 am calling to a trout
Last night I was explaining to kathleen what nymphs are, and said that fishing is huge during the nymph hatching season because the fish are go nuts for them. "They practically jump into your net," I said, as if I actually knew.

At that point ivy interjected with "Sitting on a water lily, calling to a trout."

I didn't quite hear her, so I asked her to repeat it, and she did. "It sounds familiar but I can't place it... is it a song or a book?"

"It's in Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden," she said. And then of course I remembered it because I've read her that book at least a dozen times, just not recently.

Sally Sally, you're so silly
what are you about?
Sitting on a water lily,
calling to a trout!

And there's a picture of sally sitting there with a huge fish jumping out of the water toward her.

So not only is she memorizing faster than I am, she has better recall and applies it in context. Also, she has far better vision - whenever we're in low light and have a disagreement about what color something is, I lose. I expect her to best me in everything by 2012.

Parental units! If you don't know Jack Prelutsky you are hugely missing out. I often have to dispose of books that attempt rhyming because the word choices so badly suck. Kids' books written by a poet are the standout champions in all categories - especially the all-important re-readability.

I bought delicious library and scanned all of ivy's books in - was surprised to find there are almost four hundred. I had expected a feature where I could create a web page out of my high-rated books so I could share a few more of her favorite authors and show book covers with it all nicely linked to amazon purchases, but no such luck. I'll share a less thrilling version of our favorites at some point.
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From:mdweezer
Date:January 22nd, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)

Web exports

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Hey Paul, you might find these links helpful...

http://homepage.mac.com/imaxinc/DeliciWeb/ <--- Export your library to a nice webpage.

http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2007/10/05/delicious-library-2-details-leaked-html-export <--- Nice look at Delicious Library 2 and how it will have the feature built in.

Enjoy and keep up with the great posts. Any new Cocoa developments?
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From:extempore
Date:January 23rd, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Web exports

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Thank you for the deliciweb link! How specifically useful. I did have an idea DL2 would have such features, and I actually bought DL1 because the author's writings have been so helpful in learning cocoa.

I have no cocoa new developments, I'm kind of in a holding pattern waiting for the iphone SDK.
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From:mdweezer
Date:January 23rd, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Web exports

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Yes, Wil Shipley's writing is extremely profound (especially his "Pimp my code" series). I too would like to learn Cocoa some day. I actually wrote a small poker clock application using Cocoa+Quartz Composer to get myself introduced to Cocoa. I would like to do a re-write of it using some of the Leopard interface guidelines and I have also though of an iPhone version once the SDK hits. But it was fun and the application is functional. The code is super sloppy, but if you're interested in the source, feel free to ask. Here's a quick screenshot. The "Shuffle Up" text is changeable as is the background color and the spade images in the background float in a nice 3D space. Quartz Composer is so cool.... I can't imagine what could be pulled off with some of the new Core Animation API's.

Shuffle Up

I'm still waiting for DL2 as well, my wife and I have a huge library of scanned books, dvd's, games and CD's. From what I've seen, DL2 will pretty much inventory ANYTHING, from tools to board games. I've been trying to get in on the private beta for a while.... I beta tested later builds of DL.

Anyway, keep up the writing and if you continue your Cocoa development, be sure to blog about it (the insightful writing on fatherhood are excellent as well though I do admit I miss poker writing but I too have faded away from the game aside from a small monthly game).

Take care Paul.
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From:im_jayistheman
Date:January 22nd, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
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As someone who hates to be mentally bested, I can't help but wonder what it would feel like to be surpassed by my own children. I don't have any yet, but I'd imagine it would be one of the paramount moments of one's life.

And yes, a major mayfly emergence is an absolutely awe-inspiring sight. If you do it right, you could easily land 50+ trout in a day. It is so special to me, that I actually had a mayfly adult tattooed on my arm so that I can keep the memories of the outdoors a little closer, whilst stuck in this bloody cubicle.
From:howardtreesong
Date:January 22nd, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Their brains work much differently than ours do, and in many ways more effectively. On stuff that's in their conceptual zone, I'm waaaay behind both of them on recall, memory and cross-contextual application -- although because my knowledge base is still much larger, I can still hold my own in some contexts. For example, Nicole and I are about halfway through these:

http://www.amazon.com/Quiz-Quest-2/dp/0753460785/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201011594&sr=8-1

We each study for as long as we want, then take the quiz. They're usually 18 questions, ranging from the trivially easy to the very detailed. She hasn't beaten me yet but she tied me once, and I think there's an upcoming quiz on ballet that she'll beat me on easily.

She likes doing them, too. It's a good-natured competition.
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From:d_c_m
Date:January 22nd, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
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:) It is most joyous and good to read your parental joy and pride. Thank you for sharing being a good father with us. Your daughters are very lucky.
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From:badblood44
Date:January 22nd, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Admit it, she can out-bench you too. :)
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From:extempore
Date:January 23rd, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Don't think I have forgotten your challenge/taunt! I am still working toward a milestone worth announcing. In the meantime, her gymnastics teacher has us bench press our kids a few times during warmup, so as long as I can bench her I bet she can't bench me.
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From:krizazy
Date:January 27th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)

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I grabbed the demo and found that it recognized only one of the books I tested (only tried 10 or so). 4 more got incorrect lookups. I don't know if my books are too old, or what.

Did you have any issues with this? I think it would be painful to manually enter 10,000 books into it. I was very excited about the potential of scanning bar codes and moving right along.
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From:extempore
Date:January 27th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)

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It recognizes 80-90% of my books, which in ivy's case have all been purchased since she was born so of course it skews toward the recent. To enter by hand I call up the amazon page and drag the book image into DL, and it does all the rest.

I was going to write a script to parse my amazon confirmation emails and auto-add the books to delicious library, but now that I've looked at bookpedia I might just switch. It's a lot better in just about every way, and it'll look through many sites besides amazon.

Also, I just received the DL bluetooth scanner, which makes scanning way easier and faster than does the isight. You don't even have to be in range of a computer - it'll save them for when you are - so you can cruise through a bookshelf at high speed.
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From:krizazy
Date:January 27th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)

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OK. Bookpedia is far better. I'm getting a lot more hits with this one.

Thanks!

My use case is to get all of these in here quickly with the iSight and then list them all on Half.com to free up about a room of space. I'm replacing things as I go with digital copies.