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Sammy has started doing this exciting new thing this week. When he has to do something he doesn’t particularly want to, he scrunches up his shoulders, screams and shakes his little fists back and forth. When he’s really pissed he turns red and smacks himself in the face. At first this was pretty hilarious, but then we started to realize that the “things he doesn’t want to do” includes, but is not limited to, getting in his carseat, getting his diaper changed, going to sleep, eating anything but cheese, going home from the park, not being allowed to press his face up against the tv, and not being allowed to put his fingers in an outlet.

So I’m wondering, what does a good parent do in a situation like this? Do we discipline him or just ignore it? We’re not opposed to spanking, and giving him a little swat on the bottom once or twice worked wonders when he was trying to roll over during diaper changes, but is he too young to understand what we’re spanking him for in this situation? If we just ignore it are these furious little episodes going to escalate into full blown temper tantrums?

Gentle reader, what would you do? Or, for those of you that have successfully raised your own children, what did you do?

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Sammy and I played around with the camera on the computer while my shirt was in the dryer this morning. Here’s the result:

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We went to the park today and, as always, Sammy got very upset when he had to get out of the backpack. He loves riding in it. Here’s some video of him fussing and taking a few wobbly steps. The bonus video is a close up of him crying, I know his Grandpa Richied loves it.

As you may already know, I am a geek about Apple computer products. A big geek, and I am very excited about the new iPod touch. My nerd-lust is raging, and as soon as I can sell a couple of aging gadgets on ebay and save up a little cash I’ll have my very own to drool over.
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There is one feature that I find particularly fascinating however, as it opens the door to a whole world of possibilities that I’m a little apprehensive about. Apple has a new partnership with Starbucks, and from now on when you take your iPhone or wifi enabled iPod to a Starbucks location an extra button will pop up on your device. If you click on that button you can purchase whatever song Starbucks is currently playing over their house speakers.

Now, that sounds like a pretty harmless thing, useful even if you like the kind of music you hear at Starbucks. What I wonder about is where this kind of advertising might eventually lead. How else could companies use dynamic, personalized, location specific advertising? How about when you’re watching TV and your cell phone says “Hey, want to buy the entire season of this show on DVD?” Or when you’re at the mall walking past the GAP and your iPod pauses your music to let you know about a sale on multi-colored scarves. What about when your wife goes to the grocery store and your TV says “Hey, I noticed your wife just left. Want to watch some pornography?”

Remember that scene in Minority Report where those billboards scan Tom Cruise’s eyes and start yelling at him and using his name? Coupon dispensers at the grocery store already have motion detectors and speakers on them, how far away from something like that are we? How long until the Coco puffs start saying “Hey Sammy, if your mom really loved you she would buy you chocolate breakfast cereal.” One thing’s for sure, we can’t put anything past big corporations when it comes to advertising. They’d be tattooing logos on newborn babies if they thought it would generate revenue.

And now, to counterbalance my insane theories here are some pictures of Sammy playing with his own little iPod knock-off at the park this morning:

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I have a laundry basket from the Dollar Store that turned out to be a little too flimsy for actual laundry usage. I was going to throw it away, but Sammy discovered it and it has become his new favorite toy. He likes for us to sit him in it, then he crawls out and thinks it’s hilarious. (It doesn’t take much to amuse us around here.)

Here are some pictures from play time this morning.

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We went hiking yesterday morning and took a bunch of pictures. Sammy had such a good time he cried when we took him out of the backpack!

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