Jun 26 2014

Google Exec Wants People To Watch Their Kids Graduate On Their Phones

Buried within a New York Times article about cloud storage for businesses is this rather odd quote from Amit Singh, the president of Google Enterprise.
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Android logo via Wikipedia

“You’ll be videoconferencing with someone, while editing a supply chain document with someone else in Hong Kong, while he watches his son graduate on his phone,” Mr. Singh said, noting, “you’ll need a lot of infrastructure to do that.”
(emphasis added)

No disrespect meant to Mr. Singh, but, um, what the hell? Is he actually comparing “editing a supply chain document” with a child’s graduation?

What Mr. Singh was attempting to explain, as far as I can tell, is how a businessperson (I’m going gender neutral here; apologies to Caesar and any other intelligent non-human creatures of the future) could make use of the Android operating system on multiple devices at once. But if his idea of quality parenting is not only working while your kid graduates but squeezing it in as if it were just another activity in the stream of a business day, I have to disagree. Strongly.

Google, Microsoft and Others Delve Deeper Into Cloud Storage for Businesses – NYTimes.com.

Jun 24 2014

Forms, Forms, Everywhere The Forms

Forms, forms, and more forms. Parenting is all about the forms.

Maj. Gary Ruesch completes medical forms as hi...
Maj. Gary Ruesch completes medical forms as his patient draws. (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)

Not ALL. But there are a lot of forms.

(A note on the photo: isn’t it cute? It’s from here.)

School forms. Camp forms. Other forms. School and camp are the big ones. They won’t let your kid go to either place until you submit a medical form, which requires a visit to the doctor, which requires making an appointment to take your kid to the doctor. Not saying these are the hardest things a parent has to do. But it does require some scheduling.

I’m going to make a form to help parents with these forms. Sound a little meta? Perhaps. But I think it would help me, and if it helps someone else as well, that’s even better. Pay it forward and all that.

As usual, I barely have time to write this post before I need to do dad stuff. The form will come later. But I will do it. Hopefully.

Jun 24 2010

Spencer Pratt’s Dad ‘Wishes He Had Worn A Condom’ [Quality Parenting]

If you want to see some quality parenting, look no further than Spencer Pratt’s dad. The father of the reality show nitwit says that he wishes he had worn a condom.

Well, that’s what Spencer says. Or rather what he tweeted. On Father’s Day.

According to Us Magazine, Pratt’s parents removed all photos of him from their home (via HuffPo). This, of course, may or may not be true.

What is true is that commenters at Huffington Post made the obligatory “we wish your dad had worn a condom too” joke. Which is soooo funny.

One comment was worth quoting:

Anyone consider he was at one point just a moldable blob…and those parents of his failed miserably to make him much more than that?

A good point, that. Sometimes the parents are to blame. Spencer Pratt must have had help becoming so utterly useless.

Spencer Pratt’s Dad ‘Wishes He Had Worn A Condom’ (Us Magazine via HuffPo)