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Sunday, November 04, 2007

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Cousins, Cousine

My first Flawed But Authentic post is up today. I hope you'll go read it and let me know that you found your way there. —k.

One of the best things I have ever done, gadget- or technology- wise, was to invest $50 in a webcam & install Skype. My boys' sole surviving grandparent lives at the edge of the world, yet they get to hang out with her at least once a week, singing songs, making faces, holding up new pets & toys. All the things that grandparents and grandchildren need and love to do, and that don't translate well over the telephone.

My sister, nephew & niece were all at my mother's house Saturday morning (not unusual, since they live around the corner from each other). Nanny had found two stray kittens in the snow, and they were hiding under her bookcase. My crew got to share in the excitement. I almost felt like I could nip down to the grocery store, and leave them all with Mum (this should't necessitate a "just kidding", but, JUST KIDDING).

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, if you have little people in your life with long distance loved ones, don't wait one more day to hook them up. It's easy*, inexpensive, and will make you glad you lived long enough to see such miracles.

*Okay, there were a few minor kinks to be ironed out in the beginning. See related post, Ground Control to Major Tom



Blogger Marie said...

This is soooo cool. My parents invested in two webcams and sent one with my sisters family when they lived overseas for a year. We had a viritual birthday party for my niece's birthday, etc. It was a hoot! It's wonderful that your kids get a weekly visit with relatives.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Jennie Thomason said...

Is it $50 for one set? I'd love to do this once we have a kid. We have a few family members sprinkled around the globe. These sound like great Christmas presents.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

jennie, the cam for my ibook is an iMage. It is great, about $50, super easy to set up & use. Great tech support too.

On the kids' & my mother's pc's, we have logitech quickcam STX. it looks like an eyeball. you can get them on sale for well under 50$. also pretty easy to set up & use, although anything running on a pc is less easy in my opinion than a mac.

But if my mother can install & run it, trust me, anyone can.

(no, I am not compensated by or connected to either company)

10:12 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

I can't believe she found the kittens in the SNOW! Already? Was this part of the hurricane? It is sunny and warm on this part of the island.

I will haul the Skype back out when we have a kid, but until then I remain a luddite long hand MSN Messengerer.

11:20 AM  
Blogger witchypoo said...

I loves me some Skype!
Did you know that you can record both sides of the conversation with a third party recording thingie?
The storm here blew and rained, but no snow, and we didn't even lose power.
Newfoundland usually gets the tough noogies of the weather stick.
Makes for some hard working salt of the earth kind of folks.

12:09 PM  

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