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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

I’m going to take a little time right now to declare my gratitude for technology.

Watching old stuff

Today, I took Jaden to Extreme Fun, one of those unlimited-bouncy places where he actually gets a ton of exercise and loves it.


While he pumped up his adrenaline, made friends and sweat it up like a 7yr old should, I was able to watch episode 3 of The Fantastic Journey on my laptop.  I’ve written about this old 70’s TV show before, and I’m FINALLY making the time to catch up on it.  There were only ten episodes made of this show, and I remember it from my childhood.

I’m thankful that technology lets me do this kind of reminiscing.

iPhone video

I’ve mentioned a few times the lack of mobility my wife has due to recent knee surgery.  It still sucks, but she’s healing up about as fast as you can from that kind of thing.  Because of this temporary mobility impairment, she can’t see everything she normally would, like Jaden having fun being a robot.

Jaden is a robot on 12seconds.tv

 I was able to take all sorts of video with my iPhone of Jaden sword fighting, lazer tagging, robot-ing, and a bunch of stuff like that.   My wife would never get to see those moments, and it was kind of special, laying in bed that evening and me showing her a bunch of video of Jaden having a great great time.

I’m thankful that I can share these memories with my wife.

Online school things

Our school district gives us three cool online things – GradeSpeed, MyMealtime and Transfinder.

GradeSpeed gives us a login to see our kids grades and homework.  I can interact with their teachers, see what test scores are, homework scores, and evaluate everything that makes up my kid’s report card.  I can nip problems in the bud, and there aren’t any surprises come report card time.

MyMealtime allows me to deposit money in their school lunch account and get alerts when it runs low.  I can also set limits.

Transfinder is the online bus routing system that gives me reports, notices, weather and alerts about our kids’ bus.  We can even get notifications for late arrivals.

I’m thankful that our school district is ahead of where I thought they would be by this time.

What technology are you thankful for?


And lo, the people did comment thus:


  1. Avitable says:

    I’m just grateful that I can use cellphones and Instant Messenger to stay close with people who live far away.

  2. Hilly says:

    I’m just really thankful for both my Tivo (to keep my mind off of some of my sadness and also to bring me entertainment when I am bored) and my iPhone. That iPhone makes so many things about my life easier and without it, I’d be a little bit lost.
    .-= Hilly´s last blog ..Snackie Sunday: Loquacious Lullabies… =-.

    • whall says:

      Hilly – in my Blackberry heyday, I never would have caught myself saying something similar about the iPhone, but now that I’ve gone to the dark side, I most wholeheartily concur. I mean, iConcur. iMean iConcur.

  3. LeSombre says:

    Definitely my DVR. It has changed the way I watch TV – I now do it on my terms!
    The other piece of technology I couldn’t live without? My dishwasher.
    Funny enough, as much as I love my laptop and Blackberry, I could probably live without them. I call those my e-leashes. 🙂
    .-= LeSombre´s last blog ..Yearbook Myself =-.

    • whall says:

      Our dishwasher (the plug-in kind, not the 15-yr-old daughter kind) gave out a couple of years ago and we’re like “meh”. But the DVR? That would be something that’d get fixed ASAP. In fact, we got a 2nd one for the other bedroom just so we could record more than 2 shows and have a backup in case the primary one went south.

  4. Sybil Law says:

    Hmm… so many things, but probably most is the computer and cell phone. 2 things I really don’t want to do without. Although I could live without the cell phone, I like it for emergencies.
    .-= Sybil Law´s last blog ..Sybil Homemaker =-.

    • whall says:

      Sybil Law – I suppose “computer” and “cell phone” qualify, but I was looking for something more specific… like a website you love or a cell phone feature (like auto-dial or voice dial) that you absolutely can’t live without.

  5. Finn says:

    I adore my iPhone, my digital camera and my iMac. They make my life much less complicated.

    I would LOVE that MyMealtime thing. We have lunch accounts at school, but I have no clue when it gets low until it runs out and Lil’ M has to bring a note home (which invariably gets shoved in his pocket and forgotten about). We have one of the largest school systems in the country and I have no idea why we can’t do this.
    .-= Finn´s last blog ..The Space Between =-.

    • whall says:

      Finn – there are many things about our school district that they do “right”. I’ve been very impressed with them for the 10 years our kids have been going there.

  6. Kim says:

    Whoa, that is some pretty nifty stuff with the school. I’ve got a few years until mine starts school so I’m curious to see what things will be like for him. I can go all “back in my day we had Apple IIes and fought over the couple of copies of Oregon Trail.”

    I sort of want to go play at Extreme Fun myself…I cannot lie.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..I am making a huge commitment to myself =-.

    • whall says:

      Kim – OMG “Oregon Trail”?!?!?! What a blast from the past!

      btw, I tried commenting on your blog post but I got errors. Specifically, I get “Your request could not be processed. Please try again” I seem to recall getting this last time I tried too.

      It’s too bad, too. My post had the winning lottery numbers for the next day in it.

  7. Janna says:

    I’m grateful for my cell phone.
    It means that if there was an emergency (car trouble, health issue), I can call for help wherever I am… and that’s crucial when you have back trouble like mine. It’s hard for me to walk very far at all.

    I’m also grateful for the Internet in general, because I would certainly shrivel up and die without it.

    Once we develop Zap-O-Ray guns I can aim at the people who tailgate me, I’m sure I will be grateful for those too.

    • whall says:

      Janna – I knew you had some back issues, but I didn’t realize they were so worrisome or severe. Now I can add to the list of things I promise to do if, no when you come to Austin is a trip to Relax The Back Store. And a massage from my mother-in-law physical therapist.

  8. Janna says:

    Hey there!
    I thought of you a couple days ago, while I was house-sitting and watching The Travel Channel.
    There’s this show called “Man Vs. Food”, and the host went to Austin TX. He ate breakfast tacos (!!!) at a place called “Juan In A Million”.
    I couldn’t help wondering if that’s the place where you get your breakfast tacos every week. 🙂
    If you can eat nine of them in one sitting, you can set a new record and get your picture on the wall.
    The host tried, but could only finish four, if I remember correctly.

    Here’s a video where he talks about it…
    .-= Janna´s last blog ..My week of vegecide =-.

    • whall says:

      Janna – actually, I’ve never been to that place, but have heard of it many times. Jen has recommended it and still I have yet to go. Now you’ve given me a good idea to invite her out to breakfast! (Maybe Ren will want to go too). And maybe I should change my name to “Wen” so we all can go and be a rhyming trio.

  9. Miss Britt says:

    My favorite thing in life, next to my iPhone, is my laptop.
    .-= Miss Britt´s last blog ..Decoder Rings Do Not Come With Comments =-.

  10. marilyn says:

    I love COVA… which is Colorado’s K12. In fact, I’m going to go write a blog post about it.
    .-= marilyn´s last blog ..IF: Magnify =-.

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