Bracing against the wind  

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Eurotrip and Memebot status update

Well, we're one month into our 3 months of living in Europe.

I'm taking an online German course, which has already helped a bit. All my old web tools, like Google and Craigslist aren't very useful here. Try Berliner Stadtplan instead of Google maps. I still haven't found Craigslist or Yellow Pages replacements (we use paper for a phone directory, yuck).

Today I said to Noakai, at 14 months, "How do you like the trip so far?" And he looked at me, and then got sort of shy and played with his feet. I said, "I don't really talk to you eye to eye like I used to when you were a little baby. I just read books to you, or point thing out, or try to teach you things." Then he started laughing and handed his crocodile book to me.

I guess even one year olds don't seem to go for the "heart to heart" stuff. But, I'm going to keep trying. Maybe over the next few months I can make up for it by being realy honest with him, telling him what's on my mind, etc.

Because of my contract with the people who acquired ZoneEdit, I've had to stop advertising for Memebot, adding new features, etc. So the site's on autopilot. Seems OK for now.

I might have to close it for new sites, if it gets abused in a way that isn't already secured against. Dozens of people try to abuse and ruin that site every day. Maxim of human nature: the more generous you are with people, the more you have to police them and be strict about the rules to avoid abuse.

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