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Isaiah 62:10

What Dale instructed about going out of our way to treat the Mainland Chinese well resonated within me. To be sure, just as the Koreans have gone out of their way to bless me so I must step out to bless and to love my Mainland brethren.

After the first meeting, Ed and I wandered off campus and found inside a shopping mall a cha chaan teng where we had a late-night snack. And hardly had we tucked into our meals when in walked several dozen volunteers, all locals, who were overcome, it seemed, by the same munchies that infected Ed and me. It’s surprising how such a primal urge, at such a time, drives everyone to no less than the same, impossibly far location.

I thus far have met so many people that, had I not brought along my iPod, I would have already lost track of the multitudinous names flying around like fireflies at night, sparkling luminously one moment and then disappearing the next. And this is only the beginning: more and more people will arrive both today and tomorrow so I had better stay awake, alert, and writing.

I am working with a partner who really challenges me, and indeed that is why I chose to work with him. From the first words that came streaming out of his mouth, I knew he would be a special one, and as if to conifrm my conjecture, indeed, the more he spoke, the more confused I became. The challenge, I have realized after much ruminating, isn’t so much the pace of his speech as his choice of words, which fall outside a normal lexical range; that is, at least with me, when he talks, he doesn’t use familiar collocations to communicate; besides, he has an uncanny Tin Shui Wai accent; those, along with his amazing resistance to Chinglish, which impresses me, by the way, have made our communication tedious, since I am bombarded by peculiar lexical constructions that I generally never encounter in Cantonese conversation and must therefore stop our flow to clarify his speech. It’s too bad that he doesn’t speak English as I would love to hear how he structures ideas in my native language to determine whether or not this strange lexis has spilled over into his other modes of communication.

Regardless, in being with him, I have learned to be patient, and if I am truly to walk away from resentment, I must continue rather to engage him than to keep him at arm’s length. It helps us, then, that he is a congenial fellow, prone more to expressing love, much in the same way that I do by warmly grabbing a forearm or a shoulder, than to venting his frustration, which with me could certainly be great. He is verily a good guy, and so long as the Lord keeps him — I am sure Daddy will — Tin Shui Wai, that small patch of concrete moon colony, is in capable, faithful human hands.

Sau2 muhn6 je2
Mihng6 dihng6
Kyuhn4 lihk6
Lihk6 leuhng6
Chong3 yi3 adjective
Chong3 jouh6 verb

Romans 5:3-5

Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

I cried this morning when I read these words, because they are true, and comfort my soul as water to a dry, parched land. However many times I’ve lamented this place and its people, I am still inextricably tied to this rock, per God’s will for my life; and God really is faithful in providing a way out not from this place but from these spiritual hindrances. These past few days, what with communication failures and fatigue setting in, I could have more easily give into my rationality, in defense of my weaknesses, than resisted this bait of satan. Thank God, hence, for the words which are like fuel for the refiner’s fire that burns up all my expectations, my pride and my flesh. I can survive, nay, rejoice, indeed, because of God, who, in me, day by day teaches me to suffer long with a smile.

This is what the gateway is all about, I believe: jumping head-first out of my comfort zone to confront the nations, for my brothers and sisters and I must face each other if we are to raise the banners together. Battling through enemy strongholds of mistrust ad resentment, we demolish carnal thoughts and dig deep in the Spirit for the unity that shall overcome as much language as culture; God, after all, is bigger, even, than the battlefield. In these ways can my brethren and I love each other as ourselves, as we shall be one in the Father, with audacious power and boldness laying hands on His kingdom which advances, in this kairos moment, over all of China, including, no doubt, Hong Kong. No longer will there be curses thrown upon the nations; but rather the river of life will flow through the city, and the leaves of the tree on each side of the river will be for the healing of the nations.

1) Welcoming the Father
2) Unifying the body
3) Partnering with the Chinese
4) Serving the city
5) Supporting the Chinese

Isaac and I have worked quite hard this morning, putting up signs all over campus, and as if to reward me for my assiduity, he offered to buy me a drink, an offer which I took up. Indeed, this man’s care and concern for others, genuine, doubtlessly, fills me with joy, for, to be sure, the joy of the lord is his strength. My friend is indefatigable, always encouraging and never slighting, no matter the circumstances, rain (that has happened a lot today) or shine. Praise God!

Much like my relationship with Isaac, my relationships with my other team members have improved considerably since, even, this morning’s briefing during which, the code-switching, happening too fast and too furiously for my comfort, vexed me so terribly that if Isaac had not put a generous arm around my shoulder immediately afterwards, I surely would have blown my top in frustration at the perplexing language option. Thankfully, my team and I settled our language arrangements: Isaac, Dorcas and I will intractably speak Cantonese to each other whereas my other group mates and I will use English with as little code-switching as possible; and I, along with Ed, no doubt, am satisfied. It’s best to avoid misunderstandings.

Lihng4 Mahn4 (soul)
Sihng4 jeung2
Muhng6 Seung2 (dreams)

The Lord’s mercies are new everyday. Just now, during the morning rally, by His Spirit, hundreds of brothers and sisters received a new anointing, to be spiritual mothers and fathers of a new generation so as to minister to the next. This outpouring of the Spirit was sudden, and so captivated me that when the call came to reap, I rushed to the front to ask my father for this anointing, and naturally, my life was transformed. In the same way, the pastor called up a new generation of spiritual children to receive the love, care and support of these new parents; and likewise, so many young men and women heeded this call that verily, the pit in front of the stage was soon awash in hugs and tears between generations that, once lost, were now found. Indeed, no sooner did these people embrace their father than Dad immediately swept them up in his strong arms and showered them with audacious encouragement and support. Praise God!

An Outburst

I was angry this morning during our team time. I temporarily lost my ability to be merciful and to live in God’s grace. When my team leader began to address me in English, yet again, I couldn’t help but berate him for doing so when Cantonese, I argued, would be a more economical medium of delivery. And then I compounded this already incendiary situation by ranting about the hypocrisy of Hong Kong being a gateway to China but not a gateway into its own neighborhoods teeming with Chinese people, 97% of whom, according to one of the pastors at this camp, do not know the Lord Jesus. Cantonese will matter, I posit, if anyone dares to take on the onerous mission in this vexing place.

To be sure, even my brother announced that language was a prohibitive barrier to closer relationships with these local people, and therefore, since he neither speaks Cantonese nor is going to give learning the language a go, he is relegated to the outer walls of the gates into Hong Kong.

In hindsight, I thought I cared enough about God’s purposes for me in Hong Kong, but I realize now that I still care a lot about myself, and resentment. Though I have prayed and declared boldly that God is bigger than language and culture, I know I don’t believe it; and that’s upsetting. For the time being, I don’t verily believe in my heart that I can have deeper, closer relationships with Chinese people without the benefit of language and culture, patterns of action.

OK. This is actually an opportune start for my spiritual parentship, for now I have an opportunity to put aside my very compelling arguments for the necessity of language and culture in deep and close relationships, these conclusions born out of my reason, and to step out in faith, to trust in the Lord who, I pray, will show me deep and close relationships sans language and culture, and with whom my deep and close relationship shall obviously be the key to this victory.

I’m thinking about events at this camp that heretofore demonstrated loving relationships without language and culture, and I recalled two acts: the first happened yesterday when I spontaneously joined a line of ushers to high-five and to cheer the audience as they flooded out of the auditorium, the morning rally having scarcely finished; and the second, this was my meeting Yao, a man from the Ivory Coast, whom I befriended in those first, fleeting, if not frantic moments before the opening rally on Friday evening. That encounter was immediate and sudden, neither words nor habits needed; Yao and I simply high-fived, hugged and sat beside each other; and wow, that was terrific companionship — praise God!

Finally, however hard my diatribe may have struck my team members’ hearts, my merciful group mates still forgave me, not only on an personal level, but also, as I had sought forgiveness on behalf of all foreigners who have ever cursed locals or stood passively outside the gateway, on a corporate level, thereby releasing countless non-Chinese people into the freedom of these Hong Kong people’s forgiveness; just as brothers and sisters had so recently been reconciled to each other in my church, so local and non-local people have received the others’ freedom of forgiveness; more than a homecoming, that, indeed, is a breakthrough.

In listening to this morning’s sermon, I hear such verses as I know God is speaking to me through His word. 2Corinthians 4:16-18, this scripture in particular carries a buoyant, hopeful currency in my heart. My spirit soaks in this divine revelation as a sponge soaks in water and thus becomes malleable, able to be formed and shaped according to its holder’s will: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Disagreeable

I don’t know why my brother and I undermine each others’ comments; why we no more know consensus than the deaf music. Our interactions have been especially abrasive recently since we have spent so much time together without the benefit of our other brother to act as a natural, vociferous buffer; and as a result we argue like pieces of sand paper being rubbed against flesh, which inevitably leads to significant soreness. I feel sore now.

I think back to my outburst this morning and can appreciate my role in this evening’s embarrassing outcome; I am certainly not without fault, for I choose these days not only to venture my opinions but to do so passionately, if not emotionally. People consequently who otherwise are phlegmatic at best are put in a discomfiting position by my impassioned pleas. Besides, I recall Interrupting my brother prolifically, which understandably would not make him a happy camper; just as a hyperactive child doesn’t know when to stop pestering his sibling, so I don’t know nowadays when to hold my tongue. Indeed, I would rather not respond at all to my brother, even after he has fired off his rejoinder, than to strike him down in mid-speech.

In view of this latest incident, I have resolved to take the former course of action. To be sure, I simply stopped our petty dispute about a stupid basketball game by, awkward as it was, taking out my book and perusing it as fixedly as my tattered mind would allow. I will try my best to stay away from my brother for a spell, to create physical and spiritual space between us, so hopefully, in this way at least one of us will be able to come to his senses about this matter; better yet, now would be an opportune time for our father in his mercy to reveal to us the fault lines in our flesh so that we could surrender these tremulous spots in our soul, crucifying them to the father for our healing and the redemption of our relationship. I will pray about this.

…Praise God. If I had not separated myself from my brother’s presence, I wouldn’t have been sitting at that bench at the exact moment when Isaac came over to me in a plaintive mood. Obviously upset, he had been so recently wronged, he lamented on the verge of tears. And at that, mercy swept over my countenance, for my brother felt as aggrieved as I did earlier; and this appointment, per God’s unfailing, obstinate love, had at last come for me, convicting me to be very, very agreeable, sympathetic and kind to my fellow long-suffering brother. In this instance, thank God, language did not matter so much as empathy, carrying each others’ burdens and thus fulfilling the rule of Christ. We prayed and blessed each other in Jesus’ name, and then boldly went forward into the rally.

I suspect the enemy has infiltrated our team what with my outbursts and Isaac’s failing out as evidence. My group mates and I must be more vigilant in prayer and in digging deep into the Father’s word if we are to overcome the spies in our camp that have planted incendiary devices in our mouths and in our hearts. We certainly need such encouragement as the Lord provides for the edification and encouragement of each other, even more so, in fact, in the face of adversity, despite our fatigue and other physical ills that befall us like a hail of arrows. In faith, I’m sure, faith will see us through; and per what the pastors exhorted at the rally, we will become as if the smooth stone in David’s sling, ready to fly into the air to crush the Goliath in this world.

Sihng4 jauh6 achievement
Ngwuih misunderstanding
Nggaai2 to misunderstand
Yuhn4 leuhng6 forgive
Gaan2syun2 chosen

The Security Guard

At the morning rally, a security guard left an indelible impression on my heart what with her showing of unconditional support and her proffering of words of encouragement, which like a waterfall fell in force and power over my friends and me. To my amazement, I first saw her out of the corner of my eye stepping out of her role as a security guard to pray as a spiritual parent to two spiritual children during the morning rally’s prayer time; there she was, clad in her blue uniform, laying hands on those weeping kids; finally, I had witnessed someone courageous enough to step out of that rule of law, her boundary in Hong Kong, to be bound to that which is ethereal, the rule of Christ to carry each others’ burdens. Later, as the audience passed through the exit, I had time to confirm her love for the Lord and at that, we broke into a torrent of encouragement and followed this with a flurry of picture-taking. Indeed, never have I stumbled upon such good will from a dragon security guard in HK so I am hopeful, therefore, that this is but the the start of a greater movement within that particular demon-worshipping core, that at this time, God is opening up the heavenly armory and placing his prayer warriors inside that particular stronghold in Hong Kong to demolish every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and placing in its stead a profusion of love, gentleness and kindness. I look forward to the day when wisdom, and not languid stares, shall emanate from all the people who man the facilities in these universities.

Reconciliation

This is special. No sooner had Isaac and I stepped into the auditorium than we heard the plaintive cry of the mainland Chinese on the stage forgiving the Hong Kong people for their trespasses against their brethren from the north. A flurry of hugs, replete with a few tears, ensued. That was, as Dale announced from the stage, a delicious moment. Jesus must have been breaking out the good champagne in heaven for a rousing celebration in view of this victory.

Sex Talk – Part One

The kids finally received the sex talk this morning; a fiery pastor delivered the message which was as much shocking as informative; and gasps and wincing abounded in the audience.

While I have recently heard the sex talk at the men’s retreat, and have furthermore by God’s grace been inoculated against this particular area of struggle, it was nonetheless refreshing to hear the news, as shocking and as sensational as it was. I am willing, in addition, to believe that some of the atrocious acts that the pastor referenced, such as gruesome abortions and bizarre sexual acts, are more prevalent than my reason will believe, because my scope is limited by experience, but as the Father witnesses everything, if the Spirit has convicted this man and has told him that the world is heading closer and closer into the mouth of Jezebel in this way, I accept this. In fact, believing this is important if I am to be a good spiritual parent who will not only protect but educate the new generation from the prowling enemy that lurks these days, even, in our computers.

Prayer

The Holy Spirit fell over me this morning during my group’s team time. He convicted me to pray in Cantonese for the first time, and so I did without fear, those Chinese words pouring out of me as if perfume from an alabaster jar. Praise God: he is good; and this was the moment I have been waiting for.

I think about what happened, and am amazed at the Father’s favor; despite my critiques against this culture, and in spite of my recent lamentations, the Lord, ever faithfully, provided a way out under which I could stand and by which I could be protected from the bait of Satan. Little did I know that the escape route would, in fact, ironically, direct me to the very thing that heretofore has stood as an obstruction, a spiritual roadblock, in my mind.

A missionary on the stage just spoke into my life when she said about her experience learning Putonghua in China: the difficult part was not learning the language but learning to love those people as Jesus loves them. This will always be my mission, no matter where I am.

Keuhng4 jong3
Lai1 hei2 (pull up)

In the afternoon, my team had a reconciliation meeting during which, in small groups, each team member at last was given an opportunity to share alternately their joys and struggles. At that time, though having staved off an open rebuke for several days, I could no longer hold back this challenge to my small group: to step out in faith to be a gateway to the nations; and second, per the morning’s message, to on their guard against the sexually explicit, insidious media. I laid out my argument with much cogency, and such a response as I saw fit knocked my group mates into a stupor, because they certainly didn’t have much to say afterwards.

Oscillate between…and…
Vacillate…
Equivocated
Prevaricate

Sex Talk – Part Two

1) Jesus came to show us the Father; John1:18
2) Grace First, Truth Second; John 1:24:25; 16-18

Pahn4 mohng6 (hope)

Do you believe that Jesus can heal you? Then lay hands.

Dale and I are men who have shared similar struggles. His testimony is riveting.

Suddenly, I realized that this rally is, in fact, a continuation of yesterday morning’s sex talk, because we ended the previous rally praying more against the shame of abortion than against personal sexual immorality. Notionally, what is being discussed will enable people to really experience the love of the Father such that to change permanently our behavior. So when we are tempted:

1) Call for help; Romans 10:13
2) Escape Plan; 1Corinthians 10:13

Remember not to stand and rebuke the enemy with your own strength; move physically from the situation.

3) Run Away; 2Timothy 2:22
4) Into the Father’s Arms; Hebrews 4:14

I like this talk. This might be the first time that these young people get straight sex talk from their leaders; and there is no better time than now for these young people to break through in this particular area of struggle, just as the young men of SP broke through these obstinate barriers during our men’s retreat.

5) Confess and be Healed; James 5:16

I hope these young people find faithful accountability brothers and sisters in this service.

6) Walk in Transparent Accountable Relationships; 1John 1:7
7) Resist the Enemy; James 4:7

Apple iDontcare
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From Thank Sucrets, a Steve Jobs fan site, comes news of a revolutionary service: Apple iDontcare. With this offering, users will finally be able to rent commercials through the iTunes Music store.

Instead of being forced to skip free commercials at home with a confusing remote control, iPod owners can now pay to borrow commercials and skip them with their friendly click wheel instead. This action has been heralded by experts as "a paradigm shift" in the way people are able to waste their money.

Apple has already filed a lawsuit against Thank Sucrets, claiming that Steve Jobs was deprived of the wind for his m yacht (due to the leak). iDontcare will continue to roll out at Apple's WWDC, otherwise known as the "What Will Developers Chew?" conference.

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As many of you are already aware, we created the Pudú mascot for the One Laptop Per Child campaign in Chile (Un computador por niño). While the Chilean initiative does not call specifically for the OLPC hardware developed by Nicholas Negroponte and his team at MIT, it was inspired by the work done there. So, for a lomg time we have been following news about the OLPC machine which is named the XO. Having now lived with an XO for about three weeks, this is our preliminary review of the software and hardware including the story of why we bought our children a computer and how we decided on the XO over other options. For a shorter version, just skip to the parts about the XO as an e-book reader and Scratch. I must apologize in advance for the poor writing, but I'd rather get this up now than later. More photos in the OLPC set.

----------- Background -----------

A few months ago I posted about our experience with programming. At the time we were staying at my parents house and had access to a total of three computers: ours (a Mac laptop), my father's laptop (running Vista) and my mother's desktop (running Windows Me). We actually had our old swing-arm-display iMac with us, but didn't bother setting it up for lack of space in addition to the fact that the other computerss were available for the kids to use.

Meanwhile we were gearing up for a six month trip overseas. Knowing that we would have limitations with regard to luggage weight and would unlikely have regular access to lending libraries, we decided that it would be a smart decision to find some sort of e-book reader for our travels. This was especially important after a summer and fall reading binge that amounted to having checked out at least five hundred books. Sophia alone was consuming a thousand pages per week. (We know this because in October she was curious about such. So we sat down with the receipts from the library, searched for the lengths of the book on Amazon, and plugged them all into a spreadsheet (including the URLs for each book) which spit out a total of 23,507 pages for the previous twenty-two weeks.)

OLPC had recently announced the Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada during the holiday season and the ASUS Eee PC was becoming available as well. We also looked at some handheld devices that would serve for e-book reading like the iPod Touch, the Nokia N800 or N810.

Considering that the price of the handhelds were either the same or not much lower and that they didn't offer the same chance to continue dabbling in programming, it seemed like a better option to get one of the two laptops that would allow them to further explore. We talked it over with Sophia and Enzo and they decided that one laptop for two children would be a great gift. The bonus was being able to have one sent to a child somewhere else in the world who wouldn't likely have a computer otherwise.

At the time we placed our order, the estimated delivery date was for mid January and that was to their grandparents home in Washington State. Of course, the G1G1 program was only shipping the computers to addresses in the participating countries meaning that my parents would have to send it to us in South America when it arrived, so the kids also had to agree to wait until as late as February to receive their XO.

We eventually left Washington, spent two and a half weeks in Argentina and on December 21 having just arrived in Chile, we received an email from OLPC (dated December 21) letting us know that the XO had shipped on the 19th. The message included a FedEx tracking number and when we plugged into the FedEx website it showed that the package had been left at my parents' front door. The good news was that it arrived much earlier than the anticipated delivery date. The bad news was that my parents had gone to visit my brother and were not planning to return home until the 27th.

Since they were also unlikely to be checking email, I sent off an email to all of my siblings asking for them to either contact my parents or if they knew anyone in the area to ask them to bring in the XO from the cold and possibly the rain as well. We quickly heard back from my sister and confirmed after a few days that someone had been able to give it shelter.

Eventually, my parents returned home, made arrangements to pick it up, tested it out, and got it in the mail around mid-January. It arrived here in Chile eleven days later and the kids have been loving it ever since.

----------- Review -----------

There have been plenty of reviews lauding the hardware. The XO is solidly built and includes a few technologies that are not found in other laptops. Everyone who has seen the kids' machine has marveled at what has been packed into it for such a low cost. (Yeah, we know it was supposed to be a 0 laptop, but if you consider inflation since that target was set, the current price of 8 is getting pretty close.) For example, not having a hard drive makes each minor and major jolt the machine takes much more bearable to someone who is used to handing computers with care. Speaking of handling, the handle is great for kids and the two smaller holes allow for them to add some sort of strap which we haven't gotten around to doing just yet. Finally, most people are not used to having a built-in webcam (although that is fast becoming standard issue on most laptops).

Screen
I have not a single complaint to report about the screen. The low power setting works like a charm for reading outside with strong sunlight as we have been experiencing just that with the clear skies and long summer days here in Viña.The fact that it swivels around and folds flat is another plus that can only be found in tablet computers at this time, the Eee PC did not offer this and that too helped make our decision.

Keyboard
This is perhaps the major hardware drawback, but I am really the only one complaining and not much at that. The sealed keyboard is designed for a purpose and meets the goal. The kids are hunt-and-peck typists (as am I) with petite fingers (here's my problem), so they haven't had much problem as they go about inputing text and keyboard commands.

Wifi
The wifi reception has been walking all over our Mac and has given us a pretty impressive picture of the wifi penetration here in Viña del Mar. We would love to try the mesh networking features built into the XO software, but will have to wait until we find some other XO users to do that.

Expansion
We added a 16MB SD card (that came with our camera) to it which is primarily used for transferring files from our Mac and for save the most important files that the kids create, a sort of backup system.

Software
There are too many activities to touch on each one as this review is much longer than it was intended to be, so here I'm mostly mentioning some of the kids' favorites and giving some more information on those that they've used the most.

Sugar Interface (XO's GUI)
First off, the user needs to be willing to adjust to a new way of considering the operating system. Sugar has been criticized and laughed at by many, but the kids have picked it up without delay and even I have come to appreciate many of its charms. Do note that they had played with the interface previously when I let them run it off a CD on an old Dell laptop from work that was headed for the trash. There is room for Sugar to improve, but when you consider the true target audience is going to work with these computers without much (if any) prior experience on any computer, the readjustment pain is instantly removed from the equation.

Draw and Write (pre-installed)
There are no frills in either of these activities. They serve exactly the purpose that their names imply. When the kids want to write a story or other document, Write (which I believe is a version if AbiWord) steps in swiftly and does the job. If they need an illustration for said story or some other purpose, Draw works more or less just like Paint in Windows.

Browser (pre-installed)
The kids have few complaints, especially after upgrading from system 650 to 653 which appeared to deliver considerable speed improvements in the browser, although that may have been the result of something else - no definitive proof there. I created a little web launch pad we call Soen - Nose for the kids (a text-only page so that it loads quickly) that contains links to many of the sites that they frequent on the web. A somewhat clunky version of the Adobe Flash plugin can be installed and we did at first, but as we upgraded the system software we didn't install flash again.

XO as an e-book reader (pre-installed)
One of the reasons we chose an XO over other options like the Asus Eee PC, was it's ability to work as an e-book reader.

Before leaving on our trip, Sophia had read H.G. Wells's The Time Machine which I had recommended to feed her science fiction addiction. So, after the XO arrived we immediately downloaded several science fiction classics from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne as e-books in different formats (.pdf, .txt, .html). So far our favorite sources are manybooks.net and Project Gutenberg. The kids' launch pad has links to several other sites as well.

Many Books is especially nice as it offers many different formats for each book including HTML, large print PDFs, PDFs formatted for the iPhone (which Sophia likes on the XO) and even better (in my opinion) an option to create custom PDF and HTML files. The XO can handle both. While the Reader icon does not appear at the the bottom of the screen like the other activities, it is pre-installed and launches when a PDF file is opened. HTML files open in the Browser. TXT files

Here are some of the books we've got loaded on the XO at the moment:
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, The Mysterious Island, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and The Invisible Man.

eToys (pre-installed)
I'm not sure how to describe eToys. For the kids it wasn't exactly new having already played with Squeakland (on which eToys is based) using both Mac and Windows machines. The activity allows them to play with and combine a variety of media.

TamTam (pre-installed)
Both of the kids enjoy the four TamTam activities which allow them to create music in different ways.

Turtle Art, Pippy and Turtle Art with Sensors (first two pre-installed, last one add-on)
Turtle Art is an XO version of Seymour Papert's Logo which allows students to write programs (series of instructions) directing a turtle around the screen and leaving a trail (the drawing). Pippy is a version of the Python programming language for the XO. Turtle Art with Sensors allows for the turtle to be controlled with sound level and pitch and (through a connected device) resistance an voltage.

Scratch (add-on, must download separately)
When a version of Scratch for the XO appeared for downloading about a week and a half ago, the kids were elated. Scratch is by far their favorite programming environment and while they enjoyed playing with Turtle Art and Pippy, nothing could compare to Scratch. They have not been disappointed as they have spent countless hours working on a variety of projects either alone or as a team. I might go as far to say that if the XO was no more than a portable Scratch machine it would be worth the price, but of course it is much more, so that stretch doesn't need to be made.

Sim City (add-on)
SimCity is a classic. The version available for the XO is the original release and aside from the small text which can be a bit difficult to read, it works wonderfully. Since loading it on the XO, the kids have spent many hours learning the ins and outs of the game.

Guido van Robot, Ruler, Stopwatch (add-ons)
These are some of the other activities that we've downloaded and installed. The ruler and stopwatch are practical for exactly what you would expect them to be. Guido van Robot is another programming type activity which we've tinker with a bit.

Acoustic Tape Measure and Chat (pre-installed)
These are two activities that we'd love to try out but, like the mesh networking, we'll need to wait until we have some more XO owners around to do so.

Warnings
Not all has been perfect with the XO, but we knew going in that the software was still in something of a beta state. Although our first attempt to get online was an easy success, we subsequently had a few snafus connecting to wifi which have since been resolved. We also have met with some frustration regarding some of the additional software (none of the items mentioned above) that can be added. Finally, we had some issues with the volume being set to zero and not being able to readjust it. All that said, we have successfully upgraded the system from the version 650 with which it shipped to 653 the day after receiving it and eventually version 656 which is currently the latest stable version released. At this point everything is working well.

----------- Conclusion -----------

The XO is not for everyone. If you can afford a full-blown laptop, if you are looking to do extensive touch typing, if you have no interest in experimenting with a new interface, or if you are unwilling to deal with beta-ish software, it's most likely not the machine for you and you should look elsewhere. The target audience for this machine is a child who is eager to experiment and learn. The XO fits that bill splendidly. It also serves as a great, albeit a little heavy, e-book reader.

UPDATE
One important point I forgot to make was that the kids are asking for a USB mouse because the built-in trackpad seems to be too sensitive to make drawing on the XO a pleasurable experience.

See anything strange?
iPod News
Image by inju
Read about this funny story on HardMac

What?!? Microsoft's stock price dropped ? Is Windows 7 *that* bad?
iPod News
Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: moments after this photo was uploaded to Flickr, it was published as an illustration in an undated (Mar 2010) Squidoo blog titled "The Most Random Lens Alive." It was also published as an illustration in an undated (Mar 2010) EveryBlock NYC blog, titled "zipcode: 10025, as well as a related EveryBlock NYC blog page titled neighborhoods: upper west side." And it was published as an illustration in an undated Squidoo blog titled "Penny Stocks: A Helpful Primer." It was also published in an Apr 20, 2010 Penny Black Rubber Stamps blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jul 4, 2010 blog titled, "How to Trade Penny Stocks." And it was published in an undated (mid-Oct 2010) blog titled "Tips for New Stock Market Investors." It was also published in a Nov 15, 2010 blog titled "Hot Penny Stocks > Best Cheap Stocks to Buy – Good OTCBB Micro Cap Picks," as well as an undated (late Nov 2010) blog titled "Penny Stocks To Watch." And it was published in a Dec 10, 2010 blog titled "Cheap Penny Stocks Picks > Hot OTCBB Stocks to Buy Right Now." It was also published in a Dec 13, 2010 Black Hat Networker blog with the same title and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (mid-Jan 2011) blog titled "A Penny Stock Trading Formula That Turned ,000 into 00,000 in 1 Month With Just 38 Penny Stock Trades!" It was also published in a Jan 18, 2011 Articles Directory blog, with the same title as the caption that I chose for this Flickr page. And it was published in a Feb 15, 2011 Latest Cheap Stock Trading News blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Apr 15, 2011 blog curiously titled "Marketing Timber for Handle Stock in Indiana, 1937." And it was published in a Jun 5, 2011 MetaSwing Training blog with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Aug 2, 2011 blog titled "What the Heck is a Penny Stock?" And it was published in an Aug 15, 2011 股票明牌 blog, with the same caption that I used for this Flickr page, but with no detailed notes at all. It was also published in a Nov 1, 2011 LightEffect blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Nov 9, 2011 blog titled "How Does Pairs Trading Work?"

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jul 6, 2012 blog titled "Nice Investing In Penny Stock photos."

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008 (which you can see in this Flickr set), and continued throughout 2009 (as shown in this Flickr set): a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. These are the people in my neighborhood, aka "peeps in the 'hood."

As I indicated when I first started this project, I don't like to intrude on people's privacy, so I normally use a zoom telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they're still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what's right in front of me. Sometimes I find an empty bench on a busy street corner, and just sit quietly for an hour, watching people hustling past on the other side of the street; they're almost always so busy listening to their iPod, or talking on their cellphone, or daydreaming about something, that they never look up and see me aiming my camera in their direction.

I've also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting -- literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I've learned to keep the camera switched on, and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture ... after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it's pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject. Indeed, some of my most interesting photos have been so-called "hip shots," where I don't even bother to raise the camera up to my eye; I just keep the zoom lens set to the maximum wide-angle aperture, point in the general direction of the subject, and take several shots. As long as I can keep the shutter speed fairly high (which sometimes requires a fairly high ISO setting), I can usually get some fairly crisp shots -- even if the subject is walking in one direction, and I'm walking in the other direction, while I'm snapping the photos.

With only a few exceptions, I've generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don't want to be photographed, and I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage of them. There have been a few opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. This is one example, and here is another example.

The other thing I've noticed, while carrying on this project for the past three years, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They're probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I've photographed ... but there was just nothing memorable about them. They're all part of this big, crowded city; but for better or worse, there are an awful lot that you won't see in these Flickr sets of mine...

Latest IPod News News

Crime summaries for the April 15 Milpitas Post
The loss included two pump-action shotguns, power tools, a digital camera, an iPod, a laptop computer and 20 silver rings. The total loss was valued at $ 12,830. No suspects are known. The case remains under investigation, police said. Vandals tag ...
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Hearthstone's new hero can only be purchased on iOS
Well, one bit of lame news, a few bits of good news. We'll start with the lame. This new hero, a Mage named Khadgar, can only be purchased on an iOS device playing Hearthstone. That means you'll need an iPhone, iPad or iPod to snag him. Now, for the ...
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A few nice iPod News images I found:

Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week / walkman vs iPod
iPod News
Image by Daniel Semper
Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.

de la BBC:
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8117619.stm

It's over...
iPod News
Image by AndYaDontStop
give it up for HOVA.

30 Songs in 30 Days

Jay Z - D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune)

For me, this video and rap and what it stands for means everything about hip-hop. Jigga is the fucking man. There is no doubting it. With this track he is basically calling out all these motherfuckers who have cultivated the same old tired ass sound over the last few years...

"i know we're facin' a recession, but the music y'all makin' is gonna make it the great depression, uh, all your lack of aggression, pull your skirt back down and grow a set men"

...the auto-tune sound, yeah, you know it, the sound where they all sound like Peter Frampton on the vocoder shit...

"you rappers singin' too much, get back to rap, you T-Pain'n too much"

...which is the best line of them all, tellin' all of them to quit bitin' the style that T-Pain made a hit and get their own fuckin' shit.

Yeah, I like this album. And guess what...it's not out until tomorrow and I've been listening to it since a few days ago...yeah. I said it.

In other news, i just read that Apple updated their Ipod shuffles to include...guess? an FM radio???

WTF? They said people had been "begging" for it for years now. WTF? You people have all this fucking music available to you to download and buy, let alone many download illegally, yet you still want to listen to the motherfucking radio???

Wack.

I'm out.

Nokia or iPod - Creative - Zune? 🙂
iPod News
Image by aburt
Nokia phone (with headphones) or iPod that is the question 🙂 ?

I wonder what Finnish law is like when it comes to advertising to kids? I wonder if our advertising watch dog bodies over here in the UK would find issue with this or not if this was a UK brand of bread? being that food and designer goods / brand name products seem to be hot topic in the news, if they are some how advertised towards kids.

Cool IPod News images

Some cool iPod News images:

Obama and Palin Dancing With The Stars
iPod News
Image by Photo Giddy
Danicing With The Stars audition.

As seen on www.iphonesavior.com

Barack Obama and Sarah Palin "Dancing With The Stars" has become one of the most recognized and beloved images in America, featured on both ABC News and CNN.

www.iphonesavior.com/2008/10/america-loves-obama-and-pali...

iPod touch applications home screen pg 3
iPod News
Image by danieljohnsonjr
In response to a question on the Dancing with Elephants family podcast (http://dwithe.com), here are some apps that I have on my iPod touch.

Crippled
iPod News
Image by 'SandFlash
Today was a nationwide strike called by opposition parties to protest the fuel price hike, and in turn caused a loss to the Indian economy to the tune of 0 million in one day. Damn politics!!!

In other news, I did my first wedding shoot for a friends over a period of 2 days last weekend. It was fun until my camera decided to give up on me. On troubleshooting, I found out that the shutter assembly had failed, so I had to get it replaced at the Canon service center. It costed me Rs. 4330 in all.

I also had my car jacked 2 days ago in broad daylight. Lost an ipod, mp3 player, my favorite Oakley sunglasses and a Ray Ban. Felt so helpless and angry....

Update: I recovered my stolen item miraculously!! The cops caught the thieves, who turned out to be 10-13 yr old kids

Yo, baby, this is the best news ever! [112/365]
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Image by Lab2112
Manhattan-bound F train, approaching Smith 9th St. subway station, Brooklyn, New York.

Steve Jobs Refused to Bring iPod & iTunes to PC Without Walt Mossberg's Blessing
Tony Fadell, known as the godfather of the iPod for his role in its design, recently sat down Appvance CEO Kevin Surace at the SV Forum Visionary Salon Dinner to reminisce about Steve Jobs and his time at Apple. VentureBeat attended the event and has ...
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Ottawa man charged after police find child pornography on iPod
Ottawa police arrested the man Friday after getting a tip in November a registered sex offender was in possession of child pornography, stored on an iPod. A forensic examination of the iPod found 76 images of prepubescent child pornography, police said.
Read more on CBC.ca

Arrest report: Punta Gorda teen pregnant after rape, kidnapping
She was able to contact a few people through Facebook using Dampier's iPod and told them she thought she was near Edison Mall, reports said. A Charlotte County deputy spotted the teenage girl and Dampier on his way to Fort Myers and arrested Dampier.
Read more on Wink News

iPod touch (2nd)

A few nice Apple TV News images I found:

iPod touch (2nd)
Apple TV News
Image by MIKI Yoshihito (´・ω・)
iPhoneじゃありません。iPod touch(32GB/第2世代)です。
ケースは第1世代用のレザーケースを用いてます。
↓コレね。
www.ray-out.co.jp/products/t1lc1/
第2世代iPod touchに第1世代用のケースを使うと、
光受センサーが使えなくなるのと、
サイドのボリュームボタンが押しにくくなる問題があります。
・・・が、それでもこのケースが気に入ったんで購入しますた。
7色のラインナップから選べるものステキ。
第2世代iPod touchに対応しないため、在庫限りの終息品なようで残念。

昔、同じくAppleのNewtonが欲しくてタマラナイ時期がありました。
www.flickr.com/groups/newtons/
でもNewtonって凄く高価なオモチャだったから買えなかったんですわ。
(´・ω・)

ワタシは昔からこの類いのタッチパネル式PDAが大好きで、
ケータイもパイオニアの全面液晶タイプのをPDA的に使ってた↓
www.flickr.com/photos/mujitra/2759751002/

更にその後は純粋にPDAとしてB-tron内蔵なBrain Pad Tipoを使ってた↓
www.kaisentonya.or.tv/btron/index.html
・・・Brain Pad Tipoなんて誰も知らないだろうけどぉ(苦笑)。

その後はWindowsCE機の日立ペルソナHPW-50PADを使ってたっけ↓
ascii24.com/news/i/hard/article/1999/10/19/605025-000.html
このオレンジのペルソナ、タッチパネル液晶なんですよね。
でもWindowsCEの操作性の悪さにアタマにきて、
燃えないゴミの日に捨ててしまったよ。マジで。

・・・で、ようやく辿り着いたのがこのiPod touchですよ。
本来ならiPhoneって行きたいところですが、
家族で契約してるケータイがauなんでiPhoneが使えない。。。
なので、ってコトでiPod touchにしてみましたが、
うーん、やっぱiPhone買えば良かったかな、と。
だってネットに接続してないと本領発揮できない端末なんですもの。
「ああ、ネット接続さえできればアレもコレもできるのにぃ!」って、
ちょっと悩ましい端末です>iPod touch。
ワタシの住む札幌では、fon利用者も多く無いようですし、、、
www.fon.ne.jp/
うーん、iPhone欲しいぞぉ(苦笑)

That Was the Year That Was - 1969
Apple TV News
Image by brizzle born and bred
1969 saw the Manson murders, the Stonewall riots, the Woodstock festival and man landing on the moon.

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

Charles Manson, who is serving a life sentence for nine murders committed in July and August of 1969 near Hollywood, California. Manson did not actually commit any of the murders, but orchestrated the killings. He was initially sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted when California's death penalty was overturned in 1972.

1969 On July 20th one of mans crowning achievements occurred when American Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon and uttered the immortal words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

The British Army was sent into Northern Ireland on August 14, 1969 by the Wilson government as law and order had broken down and the population (mainly Catholics) and property were at grave risk. Between then and 1998 some 300,000 British troops served in Northern Ireland.

1969 - Up to three million people in Britain urgently need re-housing because they are living in damp, overcrowded slum conditions, according to housing charity Shelter.

The opposition to the war continued to increase with more and more attending anti war demonstrations and demanding that the US withdrew from Vietnam. The music came from groups including the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and the Beatles and the most famous music festival of modern times "WOODSTOCK" took place on a New York Farm on August 15th to August 17th with more than 400,000 avid music fans attending to see the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and others perform live. fashions reflected the anti war sentiment with military jackets adorned with peace signs, and other trends including long unkempt wild hair and headbands showed the feelings of anti establishment felt by the youth.

1969: Woodstock music festival

The Woodstock Festival was a three-day concert (which rolled into a fourth day) that involved lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll - plus a lot of mud. The Woodstock Music Festival of 1969 has become an icon of the 1960s hippie counterculture.

Thousands of young people are heading home after three days and nights of sex, drugs and rock and roll at the Woodstock music festival.

An estimated 400,000 youngsters turned up to hear big-name bands play in a field near the village of Bethel, New York state in what has become the largest rock concert of the decade.

About 186,000 tickets were sold so promoters anticipated that around 200,000 would turn up. But on Friday night, the flimsy fences and ticket barriers had come down and organisers announced the concert was free prompting thousands more to head for the concert.

Traffic jams eight miles long blocked off the area near White Lake, near Bethel, some 50 miles from the town of Woodstock.

Local police estimated a million people were on the road yesterday trying to get to Woodstock. They were overwhelmed by the numbers but were impressed by a good level of behaviour.

The festival's chief medical officer, Dr William Abruzzi told Rolling Stone magazine: "These people are really beautiful. There has been no violence whatsoever which is really remarkable for a crowd of this size."

Those who made it to the makeshift venue were treated to performances by Janis Joplin, The Who, Grateful Dead, Canned Heat, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez and Ravi Shankar.

Rainstorms failed to dampen the spirits of the revellers, many high on marijuana, some dancing naked in the now muddy fields.

The main organiser, 49-year-old dairy farmer Max Yasgur, who provided ,000 and 600 acres of his land, addressed the crowds on the last day of the event.

"You have proven something to the world... that half a million kids can get together for fun and music and have nothing but fun and music."

There were however two deaths - a teenager was killed by a tractor as he lay in his sleeping bag and another died from a drugs overdose.

Woodstock, a holiday centre and artists' colony, had held an arts and music fair since 1906 but the 1969 Woodstock festival made the town world famous. The final cost to the four sponsors - John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld and Michael Lang - was .4m.

A film of the concert was release the following year and Woodstock became synonymous with flower power, the hippie culture and anti-Vietnam war protests that dominated the 1970s.

The "Woodstock generation" look back on the event with nostalgia and an anniversary Woodstock festival was held in 1994.

But the second - highly commercialised - anniversary concert in July 1999 ended in riots, fires and at least eight allegations of rape.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyx053CNMag

Isle of Wight Festival 1969

The 1969 Isle of Wight Festival was held on 29–31 August 1969 at the English town of Wootton, on the Isle of Wight. The festival attracted an audience of approximately 150,000 to see acts including Bob Dylan, The Band, The Who, Free, Joe Cocker, the Bonzo Dog Band and The Moody Blues. It was the second of three music festivals held on the island between 1968 and 1970. Organised by Ronnie and Ray Foulk's Fiery Creations, it became a legendary event, largely owing to the participation of Dylan, who had spent the previous three years in semi-retirement. The event was well managed, in comparison to the recent Woodstock Festival, and trouble-free.

The 1969 festival was considerably larger and more popular than the previous year's. Dylan had been little heard of since his allegedly near-fatal motorcycle accident in July 1966. Shunning the Woodstock Festival, held near his home in upstate New York, Dylan was initially reluctant to perform his comeback show on the little-known Isle of Wight. After weeks of negotiations, the Foulk brothers showed him a short film of the island's cultural and literary heritage; this appealed to Dylan's artistic sensibilities, as he was enthusiastic about combining a family holiday with a live performance in Tennyson country.

Before the festival, Dylan and his fellow Woodstock residents The Band rehearsed at Forelands Farm in Bembridge, and were joined there by George Harrison, the only "outsider" to have visited him in his enclave in the Catskill Mountains. On Saturday, 30 August, the day before Dylan was to take the stage, Harrison's fellow Beatles John Lennon and Ringo Starr arrived on the island, along with Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton. Also seated in the sealed-off VIP area in front of the stage would be Beatle wives Pattie Harrison, Yoko Ono and Maureen Starkey, together with celebrities such as Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Jane Fonda, Françoise Hardy, Roger Vadim, Syd Barrett, Donald Cammell, Elton John and others.

Lennon opined that Dylan's performance was reasonable, though slightly flat; and that expectations were such that the audience was "waiting for Godot or Jesus". Clapton was mesmerised, however, having already been inspired back to blues and country, post-Cream, by Dylan's change of musical direction and by The Band's album Music From Big Pink. "Dylan was fantastic," Clapton later said. "He changed everything ... The audience couldn't understand it.
You had to be a musician to understand it." Another champion of both The Band and Dylan, Harrison wrote a country song inspired by the event and dedicated to Dylan, "Behind That Locked Door", released on his 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass. Folk singer Tom Paxton has referred to the "negative reaction in the British press" as "downright fabrications: like saying he had run off stage half-way through". Paxton also recalled: "I went with him and The Beatles to the farmhouse where he was clearly in a merry mood because he had felt it had gone so well … The Beatles had brought a test pressing of Abbey Road and we listened to it and had quite a party."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JaAlXpZetA

Death of a Rolling Stone

Once a Stone always a Stone? Or was guitarist Brian Jones an ex-Stone when he died on July 3 1969? It was Jones who set the Stones rolling with an ad inviting like-minded musicians to audition at the Bricklayers’ Arms, and he is credited with coming up with the band’s name when asked for one by a promoter. But a month before his death he had been edged out of the group because of his erratic behaviour and heavy drug use, his convictions for that use meaning he would be unable to participate in an upcoming tour of the USA.

Mystery still surrounds exactly how he came to die. Jones was found at the bottom of the pool at his house – Cotchford Farm – near Hartfield in East Sussex (bizarrely previously owned by A.A. Milne , and the setting for his Winnie the Pooh stories). His liver was found to be enlarged by substance and alcohol abuse, though tests showed he had a fairly small amount of alcohol in his bloodstream and no traces of drugs. The verdict of the subsequent inquest was death by misadventure. Brian Jones was just 27 when he died, though pictures of him taken near that time showed the bloated face of a man who looked much older.

For years rumours and allegations have put the case for his sudden death being murder at the hands of a man described as a builder doing work on the house. That man died in 1994. The files have recently been reopened.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArXTcdjkxkM

The Beatles played their final gig atop 3 Savile Row, London

Throughout January 1969, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (the man who shot the Paperback Writer/Rain and Hey Jude/Revolution promotional shorts) had been filming the dissolution of the biggest band in the world as they rehearsed and recorded the songs that would eventually appear on Let It Be.

The decision to move the production from the cavernous confines of Twickenham Studios to the intimate rooms of the new Apple offices at 3 Savile Row in central London was a wise one, immediately thawing the frosty atmosphere that had so far blighted the project. Beatles Press Officer, Derek Taylor: “I was glad when they came back to Apple and were inside the building again. There was a two or three-week period at the end of January when it was nice”.

A live concert had been suggested as a way to end the film and so it was that on January 30 The Beatles ascended the stairs at Apple HQ to play live together for the very last time. What followed remains one of the all-time greatest moments in pop culture.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqPmOhvbi_A

1969 Timeline

January - Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity Barbara Castle published a White Paper In Place of Strife proposing powers of intervention in advance of industrial action. This proved unacceptable to the Trades Union Congress.

The Space hopper toy was introduced to Britain.

2 January – Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch purchased the largest selling British Sunday newspaper The News of the World.

4 January – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix caused complaints of arrogance from television producers after playing an impromptu version of "Sunshine of your Love" past his allotted timeslot on the BBC1 show Happening for Lulu.

5 January – Derry Riots left over 100 people injured.

10 January – Protestors in Northern Ireland defied police orders to abandon a planned march.

12 January – Led Zeppelin's eponymous début album is released.

14 January – Sir Matt Busby, hugely successful manager of Manchester United F.C. for the last 24 years, announced his retirement as manager. He would become a director at the end of the season, and hand over first-team duties to current first team trainer and former player Wilf McGuinness.

18 January – Pete Best won his defamation lawsuit against the Beatles. He had originally sought million, but is awarded much less.

24 January – Violent protests by students closed the London School of Economics, which did not re-open for three weeks.

Ford launched the Capri, a four-seater sporting coupe designed to compete with the likes of the MGB.

27 January - London School of Economics students occupied the University of London Union building in Malet Street in protest at the closure of the LSE.

Reverend Ian Paisley, the hard line Protestant leader in Northern Ireland, was jailed for 3 months for illegal assembly.

30 January – The Beatles gave their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.

3 February – John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr hire Allen Klein as The Beatles' new business manager, against the wishes of Paul McCartney.

4 February – Paul McCartney hires the law firm of Eastman & Eastman, Linda Eastman's father's law firm, as general legal counsel for Apple.

18 February – Pop star Lulu, 20, married Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees.

March – The first B&Q DIY superstore was set up in Southampton by Richard Block and David Quayle.

2 March – The maiden flight of Concorde took place.

4 March – The Kray twins were both found guilty of murder: Ronnie of murdering George Cornell; Reggie of murdering Jack "the Hat" McVitie.

5 March – The Kray twins are sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommended minimum of 30 years by Mr Justice Melford Stevenson.

7 March – The London Underground Victoria line was opened by The Queen.

12 March – Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman.

17 March – The Longhope lifeboat in Scotland was lost; the entire crew of 8 died.

19 March - British paratroopers and Marines landed on the island of Anguilla.

The 385 metre tall Emley Moor transmitting station television mast in West Yorkshire collapsed because of icing.

25 March – John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gibraltar.

27 March – First ordination of a woman in the Church of Scotland, Catherine McConnachie by the Presbytery of Aberdeen.

29 March – The UK shared first place in the Eurovision Song Contest, with a four-way tie with France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Lulu represents the UK, singing Boom bang-a-bang.

1 April – The Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 V/STOL "Jump Jet" fighter entered service with the RAF.

9 April – Sikh busmen in Wolverhampton won the right to wear turbans on duty.

17 April - Representation of the People Act lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 with effect from February 1970. It also permitted candidates to have a party label included on the ballot paper, and removed the right (theoretically restored in 1967) of convicted prisoners to vote in Parliamentary elections.

Bernadette Devlin won the Mid Ulster by-election and became the youngest ever female MP at 21 years old.

20 April – British troops arrived in Northern Ireland to reinforce the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

22 April – Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail around the world solo without stopping.

The first complete performance of The Who's rock opera Tommy during a performance in Dolton, Devon, UK

Peter Maxwell Davies conducts the premiere performance of his monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

John Lennon officially changes his name from John Winston Lennon to John Winston Ono Lennon.

24 April - British Leyland Motor Corporation launched Britain's first production hatchback car, the Austin Maxi, designed to compete with family saloons like the Ford Cortina and following a new European design concept started in 1965 by French car maker Renault's R16 range.

The final episode of the long-running BBC Radio serial drama Mrs Dale's Diary was broadcast.

The Beatles make a .1 million counter offer to the Northern Songs stockholders in an attempt to keep Associated TV from controlling the band's music.

26 April – Manchester City F.C. won the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Leicester City in the Wembley final.

28 April – Leeds United won the Football League First Division title for the first time in their history.

2 May – The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departed from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York.

23 May – The Who released the concept album Tommy.

2 June – John Lennon and Yoko Ono host a "Bed-In" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada. The couple records the song "Give Peace a Chance" live in their suite with Tommy Smothers, Timothy Leary, and several others.

13 June – Mick Taylor joins the Rolling Stones.

21 June – The showing of television documentary The Royal Family, attracted more than 30.6 million viewers, an all-time British record for a non-current event programme.

Patrick Troughton made his final appearance as the second Doctor in Doctor Who in the final episode of The War Games which was also the last episode to be recorded only in black and white.

24 June – After a referendum in Rhodesia decided in favour of becoming a Republic, the Governor of Southern Rhodesia Sir Humphrey Gibbs left Government House, severing the last diplomatic links with the United Kingdom.

29 June – Bass player Noel Redding announces to the media that he has quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience, having effectively done so during the recording of Electric Ladyland.

30 June – Two members of the Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru (Movement for the Defence of Wales) were killed whilst placing a bomb outside government offices in Abergele in an attempt to disrupt the following day's events.

1 July – Charles, Prince of Wales, was invested with his title at Caernarfon.

John Lennon, Yoko Ono and their children were hospitalised at Golspie in Scotland following a car accident while on holiday.

3 July – Swansea was granted city status.

3 July – Brian Jones is found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Sussex, England, almost a month after leaving The Rolling Stones.

3 July – Lulu the elephant runs amok on Blue Peter. The clip is subsequently repeated many times, becoming the archetypal British TV "blooper".

10 July – The trimaran Teignmouth Electron of Donald Crowhurst was found drifting and unoccupied in Mid-Atlantic. It is discovered that Crowhurst had been falsifying his position in a Round the World yacht race and presumed that he committed suicide.

5 July – The Rolling Stones proceed with a free concert in Hyde Park, London, as a tribute to Brian Jones; it is also the band's first concert with guitarist Mick Taylor. Estimates of the audience range from 250,000 to 400,000.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-YCqUMQ29U

12 July – Golfer Tony Jacklin won The Open Championship.

19 July - British Grand Prix held at the Silverstone Circuit, Jackie Stewart was victorious, as he lapped the entire field and took his fifth win in six races.

20–21 July – A live transmission from the Moon is viewed by 720 million people around the world, with the landing of Apollo 11: at 10:56 p.m. EDT on 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon, broadcast live.

23 July – BBC Two television first aired the Pot Black snooker tournament.

24 July – British lecturer Gerald Brooke was freed from a Soviet prison in exchange for the spies Morris and Lona Cohen.

1 August – The pre-decimal halfpenny ceased to be legal tender.

12 August – Rioting broke out in Derry, Northern Ireland in the Battle of the Bogside, the first major confrontation of The Troubles.

13 – 17 August - Sectarian rioting in Northern Ireland.

13 August – The Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, Jack Lynch, made a speech on Teilifís Éireann saying that his government "can no longer stand by" and requesting a United Nations peacekeeping force for Northern Ireland.

14 August – British troops were deployed in Northern Ireland to restore law and order.

30 – 31 August - The second Isle of Wight Festival attracted 150,000 pop music fans, with the appearance of Bob Dylan a major draw.

2 September - Release of The Stones in the Park, footage of a Rolling Stones concert given in London's Hyde Park in July and filmed by Granada Television.

11 September – The housing charity Shelter released a report claiming that there are up to 3 million people in need of rehousing due to poor living conditions.

13 September – John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band perform at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival 12-hour music festival, backed by Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and Alan White. It is Lennon's first-ever public rock performance without one or more of The Beatles since meeting Paul McCartney in 1957. He decides before returning to Britain to leave The Beatles permanently.

16 September – Iconic 1960s fashion store Biba reopened on Kensington High Street.

21 September – Police evicted squatters from the London Street Commune.

21 September – Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) premieres on ITV.

26 September – The Beatles released what would be their final album (Abbey Road) recorded together.

28 September – The National Trust acquired ownership of the island of Lundy.

1 October – The Post Office became a Statutory corporation.

4 October – The ITV Seven, a programme which shows live coverage of horse racing from racecourses around the UK, is first aired. The programme was an essential part of ITV's Saturday afternoon World of Sport show and continued until a few weeks before World of Sport ended in 1985.

5 October – Monty Python's Flying Circus aired its first episode on the BBC.

6 October – Chigley becomes the third and final programme of The Trumptonshire Trilogy on BBC1 to be shot in colour before the introduction of regular colour broadcasting on 15 November.

10 October – The government accepted the recommendations of Lord Hunt's report on policing in Northern Ireland including the abolition of the Ulster Special Constabulary.

14 October - The new seven-sided 50p coin was introduced as replacement for the 10-shilling note, to a mixed reception from the British public, with many people complaining that it is easily confused with the 10p coin.

With a general election due within the next 18 months, opinion polls showed that the Tories were comfortably ahead of Labour, by up to 24 points.

16 October – Peter Nichols' black comedy The National Health was premiered by the National Theatre at the Old Vic in London.

November – Ken Loach's film Kes was released at the London Film Festival.

3 November – ITV airs the first edition of Coronation Street to be videotaped in colour, though it includes black-and-white inserts and titles. The 29 October episode – featuring a coach trip to the Lake District – had been scheduled for colour shooting, but suitable colour film stock could not be found so it was filmed in black-and-white.

7 November – The Rolling Stones open their US tour in Fort Collins, Colorado.

15 November – Regular colour television broadcasts began on BBC1 and ITV.

16 November – BBC1 first aired the children's television series Clangers, made by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin's Smallfilms in stop motion animation.

17 November – The Sun newspaper was relaunched as a tabloid under the ownership of Rupert Murdoch.

19 November – The Benny Hill Show premieres on Thames Television.

21 November – The controversial London Weekend Television comedy Curry and Chips begins airing. The programme is the first LWT comedy to have been recorded in colour. It is pulled off air after six episodes following a ruling by the IBA that it is racist.

24 November – Date claimed by official Coronation Street archivist Daran Little as the first on which the soap was transmitted in colour.

25 November – John Lennon returned his MBE to protest against the British government's involvement in Biafra and support of the U.S. war in Vietnam.

10 December – Derek Harold Richard Barton won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Odd Hassel "for their contributions to the development of the concept of conformation and its application in chemistry".

18 December - The abolition of the death penalty for murder was made permanent by Parliament.

Release of Fairport Convention's pioneering folk rock album Liege & Lief.

The sixth James Bond film - On Her Majesty's Secret Service - was released in British cinemas. Bond is now played by George Lazenby after Sean Connery starred in the first five films. Starring alongside him is Yorkshire-born actress Diana Rigg.

26 December – A fire at the Rose and Crown Hotel, Saffron Walden, killed eleven.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Roy Jenkins introduced Mortgage Interest Relief at Source (MIRAS) to encourage home ownership; it allowed borrowers tax relief for interest payments on their mortgage.

Golden eagles were found to be nesting in England for the first time in modern history, at Haweswater in the Lake District.

Completion of the Castle Vale estate in Birmingham, one of the largest housing estates in Europe, consisting mostly of council houses and low-rise flats as well as 34 tower blocks, the first of which were occupied in 1964.

1969 Television

BBC1

2 January – The Holiday Programme (1969–2007)
14 April – The Liver Birds (1969; 1971–1979, 1996)
9 September – Nationwide (1969–1983)
17 September – Up Pompeii! (1969–1975, 1991)
5 October – Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)
6 October – The Trumptonshire Trilogy: Chigley (1969)
16 November – Clangers (1969–1972)

BBC2

14 March – Q (1969–1982)

ITV

28 February – On the Buses (1969–1973)
21 September
The Flaxton Boys (1969–1973)
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969–1970)
The Secret Service (1969)
19 November – The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

1969 Football

First Division - Leeds United
Second Division - Derby County
Third Division - Watford
Fourth Division - Doncaster Rovers
FA Cup - Manchester City
League Cup - Swindon Town
Charity Shield - Manchester City
Home Championship - England

Top 10 Tech Trends for 2010
Apple TV News
Image by jurvetson
With real time voting by all audience members, just to add to the stress. =)

Each of us had to come up with two tech trends to watch for the next year. Here is what we debated:

Steve Jurvetson:
1) It’s a wonderful time to start a company. In retrospect, 2010 will be a great entrepreneurial vintage with exceptional fruit from low-yielding vineyards.

Good omens include: global markets of record scale, an influx of human talent, a recurring long-wave-cycle of venture economics, and compounding disruptive innovation. Scientists do not slow down for recessions. The pace of innovation, as epitomized by Moore’s Law, is accelerating and is exogenous to the economy. Healthier company cultures are formed during down markets, with a frugal focus on customer feedback, rather than investors, or competitors. Most of the DJIA are companies founded during a recession. (edit: this video is now online here)

2) Code comes alive. History will highlight 2010 as the year of the first synthetic life — a watershed accomplishment in “Biotech 2.0” and the next epoch of evolution.

With 100% of the DNA assembled from beakers of chemicals, synthetic microbes will boot up as living, self-replicating cells. Heralding an era of intelligent design in biology, one composes the digital genome on a computer, writing software that creates its own hardware. Instead of slowly splicing physical genes, scientists will create billions of genetically novel microbes per day. Early applications will recycle waste into fuels, chemicals and clean water. (edit: a video clip of this one went online)

David Weiden:
1. Wearable computers and the next hundred billion connected devices
Breakthroughs in power management and manufacturing, combined with a steady shift to cloud services and increasingly pervasive wireless Internet connections form the catalysts for new classes of devices and Internet services. Many expect connected devices to be more than an order of magnitude greater than the number of phones with the next decade or two. Will there be an Apple of wearable computers? Of connected medical devices? Inside or outside your body? Opportunities for new category defining companies abound. But beware of silicon cockroaches.

2. The Internet finds a new patient: healthcare
A .7 trillion dollar industry in the US alone. The 2010 healthcare reform bill will introduce 30 million new patients, no new doctors, less money available per patient. The government has signed up to pay over ,000 per doctor who moves to electronic medical records. Oracle recently turned their acquisition sites in this direction with the 0M acquisition of Phase Forward. Huge market, under stress, financial incentives, increasing M&A activity … is it time for Internet innovation to increase focus here?

Kevin Efrusy:
1. Social Web as Substrate for New Category Killers
Every major media shift (Radio to TV, TV to Web Portals, Web Portals to Search, Search to Social) gives rise to a set of brand new fast-growing companies who are the first to recognize and fully exploit the transition. Yahoo! enabled DR advertising, Google enabled long-tail ecommerce and media, and Facebook/Twitter enabling social gaming (Playfish/Zynga), social commerce (Groupon, Gilt), and soon will enable other categories to be reinvented as well (Travel, Finance, etc).

2. The Rise of the New Software Stack
While threatened before, the traditional stack for managing apps and data has come under its final assault. The old infrastructure was designed for reservations and financial transactions (precision at all costs), while the data from new applications is 3 orders of magnitude larger and often generated by machine or other non-financial activity (logs, clicks, metadata, links, streams, etc.). The new companies (Google, Facebook, Zynga) have solved this with a new infrastructure "stack," (Hadoop, MemcacheD) for the masses as even small companies have big data problems.

Esther Dyson:
1. HomeBrew Health: We don't need no stinkin' care! We'll manage our bodies the way we manage our budgets, and reduce our health care costs by not needing care.

80 words: That's aspirational, but it’s happening and will spread. Quantified Selfers will monitor their own vital signs and behaviors, using tools such as Nike+, FitBit, MyZeo (sleep monitor). Game dynamics will let them compete/collaborate with others. There's a huge market for health care, and a huge market for bad health (cigarettes, too much alcohol, fatty/sweet foods). Now there will also be a market for good health. Over time, aggregated data will persuade employers and even insurers to pay, broadening the market further.

2. Long-term accountability is the new transparency:

Transparency was great, but the market demands results, not just visibility. Nonprofits and for-profits alike will be measured on the results of their spending - on ROI rather than donations, on the creation of sustainable businesses rather than short-term gains. Wal-Mart and others lead the way with focused programs for employees and supply-chain visibility, while the World Bank will publish its spending so that putative beneficiaries get what was promised.

Ron Conway:
1) the web is now truly social since consumers are more Open and Willing to Share data resulting in explosive growth and monetization as proven by the widespread adoption of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

Proof: Twitter will grow to 1B searches a day across its ecosystem (up from 600m today) and Facebook will grow to over 500m users in the coming months.

2) the real-time web, the corpus of time-relevant data created by users collective wisdom will be a billion dollar oppty in 2010.

Twitter led the charge, and now companies are integrating time-relevancy/LBS into products like FourSquare who will grow to 3-5m users over the next 12 months

Here's the ABC news coverage of this Churchill Club event last night.

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