Sometimes I wonder why I click on articles. “Click bait” articles. One today: 10 Things You Don’t Know You Can Do With Facebook.

I clicked. I read. Yeah, I knew all of those things. I work on Facebook as part of my job. I have lived online for 20+ years. I keep on top of industry news–because that is MY JOB. So, why when reading a non-tech site would I click to find out the “secrets of Facebook?”

Because I am curious. Because I am just like everyone else and there might be something worthwhile. I will resist viral videos and titles for a long time. “You won’t believe what happened when this father and daughter…” but if enough people share it–I will look. Usually I believe it. I also enjoy it many times. Sometimes I wonder if all the world is mad and my friends are just too far from being me because I won’t get it. At all.

What I don’t understand is people who click into articles they feel are click bait and comment on how horrible it is for a site to use such techniques. Why not? You were curious enough to click. Just because you didn’t learn something or agree–that doesn’t make it a bad article. The 10 Things You Don’t Know You Can Do with Facebook piece was like that. It was probably a good article. It just wasn’t helpful to me.

Apps I Would Design

For many years, I’ve been apathetic about apps. I know the rest of you have hundreds. I am edging up lately myself.

If I decided to learn how to design and market apps well–these are some apps I’d PERSONALLY like to own or to have had in times past:

  • An app that automatically records into my calendar any time someone says to me “Mommy” “Tarrant” I have an appointment/show/class on x date at x time. Bonus features: If it also automatically figures out that there are special wardrobe, medication, snack, or other needs. No, I don’t want to type it in myself. I want it to KNOW that someone has said that and records it on my calendar. It should also be able to scan in any syllabi, course schedules and school calendars.
  • An app that tracks the names of kids friends and their particular association with my child. This would be especially useful during car rides where an Emma is invoked. You know, my friend Emma. The one that is in band with me. She’s having a birthday party on Saturday. (Cue app 1 to record the Emma, birthday, sleepover, get gift, child needs to arrive at 3 pm)
    This is fairly easy to remember when you have small children or one child with a small circle of peers. But, again, kids get older and they start high schools, sometimes LARGE high schools and you may not meet EmmaY until Senior Awards. Then they go off to college and have a new set of friends with a confusing mix of names that change (Emmas become Kat, Kevins become KLarge, and Miguel just shows up one day in a reference in a text message.) Sue me. Yes, I need an app to record the name of my kids friends, who they might be dating, crushing on, what kinds of interests they have, and how the heck do they know my child again? (Urban Lit class? I went to high school with him MOM, REMEMBER?!)
  • A 5-minute chore app. “I see you are randomly scrolling your social accounts or playing Candy Crush. Did you know that you could use these 5 minutes to clean the junk drawer instead? You asked me to remind you of this need.” It could also auto-generate messages just based on your meaningless surfing. “Do you have a load of laundry to turn over? I see you are at home and not presently doing anything besides flipping around your apps looking for something to do.”
  • Adding to the “Mom, I have a need for your presence/taxi service need” app– I want an app that listens to when someone in the family says “Mom, next time you are at the store, can you pick up a 12 pack of organic, vegan, gluten-free, cheese crackers for my lunches?”
  • Also useful, an app that would remember which kid or adult states “I don’t like bananas” “Don’t buy x Brand of granola bars anymore” “Please, don’t make chicken again this week” “I hate blueberry yogurt” (Trust me–it is all fun and games when they are small. When they are adults and young adults or your elderly parent–things change and you might find yourself more willing to bend to the absurd)
  • An app that keeps track of far flung family and close friends as well as children. It would be keyed to the news and before you even had the news, it would text saying “You are about to hear x bad news. Good news: Your sister/mother/coworker/Emma in that area is safe.”

Ok, please tell me I am not alone in wanting at least one of these apps. Or tell me which apps you’d like to smooth your world.

Kindle Fires by the Six Pack

Once upon a time we had a house FULL of tech desiring children. Ok, they still desire tech–but are pickier now. I want to point out that our family has SIX children. SIX. So, yes, they got some tech. Santa has his ways. But, identical? Never.

But, today when I saw that there is now a Kindle Fire so cheap that you can buy a six pack? 150916225906-amazon-fire-six-pack-780x439

I wondered for a moment if I could sub out Christmas Pajamas on Christmas Eve for Kindles. (Have you seen the prices for pajamas? Nightgowns? And no, I never can manage to find some in the price range I want to spend online from Amazon in sizes for all the children.) Instead, the Prime fairy could deliver me SIX Kindle Fires for…250.00. Yes, buy 5 get 1 free.

No, that won’t fly. Traditions you know.

Quiet Suburbs?

Those of you living in cities and those of you believing in the idea of your living in a bedroom community, I have words for you. The suburbs are not quiet. At all. On any given day, there are garbage trucks, mail trucks, delivery trucks, contractors, utility workers, landscapers and MORE. None of these are quiet. They also stir up dogs. (ours and everyone’s dogs)

Not to mention those cats you let out for the day…dogs just love to bark at those as well. And your AC unit goes on and off all day while you aren’t even at home.

Then you come home, bringing with you banging doors, shouting at your children, shouting at your dog, shouting children, banging your mailbox.  Then you turn on your TVs and music. I think that every person in the suburbs should head for hearing checks immediately. Or maybe those cathedral ceilings in your McMansion only direct sound OUT of the house? I don’t know. But it is all loud.

In any case, just in case you were wondering, suburbs aren’t quiet.

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