Today, the piano tuner came over to do his magic on our upright. Though I was away at work all day, I heard stories, stories such as the piano being completely open, its guts showing.
Another story about the tuner's tool bag being open with lots of cool gadgets being splayed about, and how Harold was being shy though he really wanted to get close, check out those tools.
Stories about how Penny was asked by the tuner to play some tunes, to give it a try (she played two songs, Lady and the Tramp and Do-Rae-me). And how Penny was quite distracted from her homework by the novelty of having someone in the house working on her instrument.
I would bet it was still pretty chaotic, as normal, around here despite the shyness and the homework time.
I just got an email (auto mail, no doubt) from Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn's founder and chairman, thanking me for being an early adopter. According to his mail, I was one of the first 100,000 members of the site, and they recently passed the 100 million member mark.
That was a long time ago that I joined that site. And I still use it. It's really the only "social networking" site that I take seriously. My main uses of it are to stay connected to former co-workers and keep an eye out for what they are up to, where are currently may be. Related and secondarily, I use it as a way to get in touch with those folks without having to keep my address book(s) up to date. If another LinkedIn member and I are connected, I am able to either pull out their listed email address and send mail directly to that person, or use the function within the site to send them mail.
That's always been a difficult problem to solve, keeping people's contact info up to date. In fact, when I was at AOL years ago, I worked on a project to improve the AOL member's address book experience. Even there, within their walled garden of membership, it was not an easy problem. Even though a user may have had a 'central' address book, it could be updated from various locations and clients, online and offline. And one of the major sources of frustration was the fact that the original, legacy AOL address book had a limit of 5000 entries. And by the time I was having to pay attention to it, the service had millions of users and going above 5K entries in your contact list was not unheard of.
But back to the topic of socially networkables. LI is ok, it strives to remain professional. All the others? I don't really see the point unless I am really willing to give away all my personal information and current goings-on. Just not worth it.
Between the time we got back from our snow weekend and early March, I was laid out. Pretty bad. I think I had back to back cases of the and a nasty cold that acted a lot like the flu.
I started to feel it coming on one Tuesday night, and the next morning, it was in full swing, with a fever, aches and pains, the works. In fact, the fever lasted a good five or six days or more, depending on how you count it.
Somehow, miraculously, the kids did not get it. Maybe the vaccines were spot on this year, so they were spared? If that's true, that's really cool. I would not have wanted them to go through this.
The reason I said that it was a back to back flu/cold is because after about four days, I just barely started to feel better again, and it lasted nearly the entire day. But the next day, I was down yet again. And the feel of the sickness was a bit different. Fever wasn't as high, my nose started to clog up, etc. There were different symptoms. It's amazing how the human body can "translate" the characteristics of one bug versus another.
Of course, it could have been just one bug the entire time and I just was riding along. Either way, it's a manifestation of this particular illness and its microorganism that causes it.
Since I recovered, I started to hear about lots of other people getting hit by the flu. The symptoms have been very similar to mine, so I imagine that this thing is just getting around quite well this season. I tell folks to just take it easy and ride it out. And that there will be several days toward the end where there is a fogginess in their head, and that there is no quick bounce back from it. It's a gradual recovery.
Well a couple weeks after the fact, I am happy that I'm now past it. And I sure do hope that my immune system took full advantage and I have plenty of antibodies against that bug!
Today was our latest Adventure Guides outing. We went with the other father-daughter units to The Tech Museum in downtown San Jose.
We arrived not too early, but early enough to kill some time designing our own roller coaster ride before the movie started. Our plan was to go to the 1PM showing of Under the Sea in their IMAX theater. It was cool, as most all IMAX movies are, and the girls loved it too.
Next, we had lunch in the museum's cafe then went around checking out the rest of the exhibits in the museum. One thing that struck me, stayed with me really, was the fact that people who are not lactose intolerant, actually have a genetic mutation. They are technically defective. What they were saying in the genetics area of the museum is that babies are supposed to be ok with drinking milk and all the lactose that comes with it, but as they grow up, they are supposed to become intolerant of it, a way for nature to make sure babies move away from milk and toward solid food. But if you can still drink milk as a child, an adolescent and an adult, there's something wrong with you.
(Boy, now I completely agree that this gene causing intolerance is a good thing!)
We kept exploring The Tech, and discovered the downstairs area, where they have a really cool earthquake simulator. The kids treated it as a ride, but it's really meant to show you how an earthquake really feels. And not just any temblor, but a specific one. They have a schedule as to which famous earthquake, such as Northridge in 1994 or Kobe in 1995, will be simulated, and when. Pretty cool! And pretty scary, too. Those first jolts do a good reminding of how much energy is involved.
The downstairs of The Tech also has a huge tank with underwater robotic explorers that you can drive. And moving on, they also had some space features, too, but I didn't notice them until it was time to leave. Darn! Well, I guess that's a really good excuse to go back soon.
Recommend The Tech? You bet. From my seven year old, too!