Daddy's Pride / Technology

  • Oscars

    We watched the Academy Awards last night, and I have to admit, the event makes me want my son to be a future film director. He would get to be creative, tell stories, shoot footage all over the world, and last but not least, have fun everyday. So, note to myself....buy him a video camera. :)

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  • Keyboard

    If you want my son to chase after you, just show him your laptop. He loves them. However, its not because of all the fun stuff you can do on a computer from surfing the internet to creating spreadsheets. He really just wants to bang on all the keyboard buttons. He tries very hard to use all the letters, numbers, and symbols. Also, my son has so much passion for the keyboard that he sometimes tries to eat it. He will pop out the buttons, analyze it, and taste it. Hopefully, his love for keyboards will translate into learning the piano or bongos. Or he might just be the fastest typer in the world. Let's see.

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  • Footage

    My wife and I take pictures of our son all the time via digital camera and smart phone. We have thousands of images of him that are stored away on the hard drive. However, I have yet to make the full leap in using a video camera to film our son's special moments. For some strange reason, trying to film our son has been a real challenge. It's not because he doesn't want sit still or anything. It's a simple matter of just using the video camera. This challenge, which I plan to beat in the near future, actually started 8+ months ago. First, we had planned to buy our video camera before our son was born. Well, that did not happen. It should have, but unfortunately it was not meant to be. I started looking into cameras after he was born. I researched video cameras for a few weeks even though it's pretty basic. I googled the camera's price, lighting, weight, whether it has a flash drive or moving parts, and who builds the best camera. Around the 6 week mark of our son's birth, my wife and I decided to go to Best Buy and see what they had in stock. This was around Christmas time. We found a camera that met our requirements, however it was not available. The salesman recommended buying the video camera at another location which was about an hour away. We never got around to do this because we were kind of busy being new parents. A couple of months go by and we still have yet to buy our video camera, but we did use our digital camera's video feature to capture some footage. I know it's not the same, but I guess something is better than nothing. We did manage to go back to Best Buy, but we faced the same problem about their lack of inventory. I tried to buy it online, however the camera I wanted was only available at retail stores. Again, I was told to go to the store that was an hour away. Now I began to question the camera I wanted to purchase. Am I trying to buy a camera that has a high demand or a camera that they want to stop producing. So, I do more research. Finally, around my son's 5 month old birthday we purchased a video camera. We did not buy the one we wanted, but we were kind of lucky in that regards. They stopped producing it. We bought something, and that's all that mattered. I would love to say we have footage that can last months to watch. However, I would be lying. For the past three months our camera has sat on the shelf. So, as of this week, I will start filming. I need to capture our son crawling because sooner than we know it, he will be walking and think that crawling is for babies. I plan on using our video camera at least once a week. A few 30 second clips here and there. I think my goal is reasonable because it's doable and I simply don't see myself filming hours of footage. Let's see how it goes.

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  • No Technology

    The other day I decided to sit at the park and just enjoy the tranquility. No cell phone, internet, social media, etc. I needed a break from all the information that we obtain from technology. I enjoyed my peace even if it was only for 15 minutes. As I was sitting there, I was pondering whether or not my son will truly understand life without gadgets and social technology. No cell phone rings/texting every hour, no sharing pics with random people, no Facebook/Twitter updates, and etc. The answer is simply no, unless I decided to isolate him from society by living in the woods. I did this small personal exercise of just taking a break from my virtual friendships because I recently read an article about how families try to encourage their children to play outdoors or they have a no cell phone policy at the dinner table. I find this situation to be both silly and frightening. As a kid, all I wanted to do was play outside and hang out with friends. I loved that part of my life. The part that I find scary is that I know my son will not have the same experience that I had has a child. He will definitely think being without technology is weird. Hopefully, I can encourage him to simply enjoy the outdoors and playing with people as much as possible. I know I will one day have to set some rules about all this technology stuff. At the moment I don’t plan on having a strict no technology rule in my house because I think it will deprive him from the advantages of having technology. However, my goal will make sure he can have balance. I want him to embrace technology, but don’t let technology prevent him from achieving his goals. I want to make sure he works efficiently. He enjoys exercise, sports, working on a hobby, etc. Last, but not least, I want him to live life in the present and the enjoy the people he is with. For now, my only struggle with technology and my child is prying my phone from his mouth.

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  • Smart Phone Pics

    I love getting pictures of our son via smart phone. Whenever I am away from home, my wife sends me pics of our son either sleeping, playing, or smiling. It simply puts a smile on my face, and I am sure it does for everyone that has a little one. It will be pretty cool when he really understands facetime technology, and we can start talking to each other.

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  • New Vending Machine

    My son saw his first interactive soda vending machine today. He was mesmerized by the moving bottles and touch screen. Who knows what future vending machines will be capable of??? Perhaps they will read your mind and dispense your selection after you pay by placing your thumb on a fingerprint scanner that deducts money straight from your bank account. Or maybe bottles will just fall from the sky. Only time will tell.

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  • Old Vending Machine

    The vending machine I grew up with looks something like this.

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  • Smart Phone as Baby Monitor

    I found another use for my smart phone. I used it as an interactive baby monitor. I placed my wife’s phone in his crib, and kept my phone with us. We were able to watch our son while being in another room. He entertained himself by watching his mobile and cooing. When we heard him whimper, we talked to him via face time. However, he eventually realized that we were not really in the room with him. What a smart little guy. We could not pull a fast one on him.

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  • Flashlight

    Our smart phones are officially used as flashlights during the night. Whenever our son makes some type of noise or we are simply curious to see how he is doing, we reach for our phones to illuminate his face. We do this because we think that turning the room lights will wake him up. Who knew cell phones had another purpose.

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  • Words With Friends

    Last week I started dumping all my “words with friends” competitors. I love this game, but it has become a distraction. It is taking time away from hanging out and talking to my kid. I have a strong feeling that my son will benefit from this decision. He does not need a daddy that plays with his smart phone over him.

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  • Camcorders

    Yesterday my wife and I started doing some research on digital cameras. We want a nice camera once the baby comes so we can take millions of pictures. As we were looking at all the various types of brands from Nikon to Sony, we slowly went towards the camcorders. Looking at the camcorders made me think about my dad. Will I start being like him and carrying a bunch of technology devices around my neck? Will I start shooting hours of footage? I will keep all of you posted, and tell you if my child makes me want to capture moments that happen once in a lifetime.

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  • Tech Usage

    The other day I was talking to a grandmother who took her grandchildren on vacation. She implemented a no cell phone and no computer policy for two days during their time away from home. When she told her grandchildren this rule, they reacted by saying “now what do we do?” She said “play board games, go outside, walk around, talk to each other…” I found this amusing, but I do think it is serious. Since I too am attached to my technology, will I show my child that it is okay to start and end your day looking at a screen? Or be anti-social when you have family and friends right in front of you? Do I need to make personal changes? Do I need to limit my usage to make sure that he will have a childhood that I had, such as playing sports outside or just walking without looking at a cell phone? I know that technology has its pros and cons, but how can you minimize the negative impact that it has? By the way, the grandmother will implement a no technology policy for one week next year.

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  • E-Readers

    I was talking to my neighbor about tangible books vs e-readers. He mentioned to me that his granddaughter prefers tangible books over e-readers. This made sense to me. As most of you know I enjoy holding a book and turning the pages. We continued our conversation, and I learned that he was encouraging his granddaughter to switch over to e-readers. He says that once she gets to high school and college she will have to learn how to study from an electronic device. Learn how to take notes from the machine, highlight and bookmark information, and simply get used to the screen. He wants her to learn now than later. I found this interesting, and it kind of scares me. Do I need to get accustom to e-readers or some type of learning tablet so I can teach my child? I know that technology has moved fast over the past ten years, and I am sure this pace will continue for the next ten years. So, have any of you noticed the learning process transition from pencil and paper to tablets?

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  • Children's Books

    This past weekend my wife and I were window shopping for fun…well, it was subconsciously for the baby. We came across this quaint little kids store called G.Willikers! in Portsmouth, NH. It has all the toys that boys and girls would enjoy from puzzles to dolls. I fooled around with some of the merchandise, but then went straight to the children’s book section. I love this section because I enjoy reading, and I hope my kid does too. I strongly believe that books provide knowledge and inspiration. There are so many classic and new stories that kids and adults will enjoy. For those that don’t know me, I used to work in the publishing industry as a designer. So seeing all the different types of book covers, drawings, and illustrations at the store was a wonderful sight for me. I enjoyed holding the tangible products and flipping through the pages, especially the interactive ones: pop-up books, coloring books, puppet books, and books that have different type of textures. Lot of fun! While appreciating the book section, I wondered whether children’s books would co-exist with technology in the future. Most of us have transitioned from hard copy to soft copy. We are accustomed to reading anything on the internet such as email, forums, and literature. This behavior will continue to grow as time passes on, however when it comes to young children, I see parents still buying books for them. I think parents will still want their children to hold a book and flip the pages rather than doing a finger swipe on an ipad. Perhaps I am wrong, and technology will take over. I hope not. I just cannot see myself reading a children’s story from an e-reader.

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