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August 2007 articles

August 04, 2007

Daisy's $4,250 bid for a comic book

In my day-to-day job I work to design eCommerce online applications that are easy for anyone to use. Don't make me think checkout flows, smart navigation, tools that will help you make a purchase decision. The simple interface atop ever more complex business rules is an every day challenge for me. Now, while I've been doing this for about eight years, yes, that long, I don't think I've ever built an interface easy enough for a two-year old. I discovered just that this Saturday morning...

I was following a comic book auction in real-time via their web site. I had just placed a bid for a book and won it and then briefly stepped away to let Sam know the price of the book. That's where I made a mistake.

While I'm not completely innocent here, since I did leave the computer up and running, Miss Daisy did what she does best at this point. Climb onto the desk chair, grab the mouse and click like a mad woman. When I got back to my desk I noticed I had placed another bid. Uh oh. Now keep in mind some of these books have gone for over 200k in certain cases and bidding is a binding contract. I started to sweat - what book did I, WE, just bid on!? OMG - it was a $4,250 bid on Mary Marvel Comics #1! I freaked to say the least. Before taking a closer look I prayed (as best a Catholic can) that we had been outbid. WE HAD! Happy dance! Happy dance!

So there you have it, an interface that's easy enough for a two year old to place a $4,250 bid for an old comic book. Hey, at least that kid has awesome taste :)

Posted by paul at 10:30 AM in Paul rant


August 01, 2007

Kung Poop Master Meets Dragon Eater

Sounds like a really bad Kung Fu movie doesn't it?

It all started last Friday morning, while Paul was playing Kung Fu with Daisy. They were busy karate chopping each other like mad, Paul picked her up and started to swing her around me. He helped her karate chop me and suddenly he goes, "Sam, what's on your shoulder?"

Now this is gross, but I must share...

I look down and at first I thought it was pulpy orange juice. Oh no ladies and gentleman... it was poo. Daisy had worn a nightgown to bed and only had a diaper on. She had made a LARGE poo which proceeded to leak out of her diaper during their dual, hence ending up on my shoulder. We had to put her in the tub because the poo was EVERYWHERE. That's why she is now the Kung Poop Master.

Caleb is Dragon Eater - I can't seem to keep him full. He is eating 4-5 oz every 2-3 hours, and sometimes it's not enough. I called the nurse to ask if there is something I can do to help him stay full, and the first thing she said was, "Wow, that's a lot of formula."

NO KIDDING. Paul has decided that I'll need a second job to pay for all of the formula he eats.

She suggested putting rice cereal in his bottle... we'll see if that works. Who'd have thought I'd have a child that eats this much? I used to worry so much about Daisy who could have cared less about food.


Thanks as always for checking in with us, hope you're well!
- Sam

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Posted by sam at 07:56 AM in Sam rant