Friday, 24 December 2010

For people looking to add some last-minute fun to the "here comes Christmas" time, a friend let me know about a cool video service at http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/ that lets you do some serious customization and personalization, with the end result being a personal message for the recipient from Santa himself. And, best of all, it's free!

The message topic, various phrases, recipient name, nickname and a photo can be specified by you, and it only takes a few minutes to do the whole thing. Plus, anyone can do it. The site walks you through all the steps one at a time. There's also a mobile version at the Apple App Store.

If you want to see an example of a personalized video, you can check one out here.



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Friday, 24 December 2010 11:12:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Thursday, 23 December 2010

Time has come for Jolly Ol' Saint Nick to pay his visits to the good little girls and boys this year. Here are a couple resources you can use with the kiddos to interact with Santa and build up some additional excitement for the Christmas event.

As always, NORAD is tracking Santa's progress throughout the Christmas delivery window. You can go with your kids to http://noradsanta.org for lots of information and links to various tracking resources. There's even a mobile version of the site (m.noradsanta.org) and a Twitter feed (twitter.com/noradsanta). Oh, and on Facebook, too at http://facebook.com/noradsanta of course. Here is the obligatory YouTube video:


But, that's not all. For those parents who might want to arrange a call from the Jolly Old Elf himself, there's an app (or two or three) for that. For those living in the Android world, here are a couple:

CALLME! Christmas - Allows you to choose a child's name and a message and receive a "phone call" (actually an app that plays the audio locally) that you can answer with your child. Lots of good options and pretty cool.

Christmas Call from Santa - This one allows you to receive up to four actual calls. In this case, any phone can be used and a real phone call comes in with a good or "don't be naughty" greeting.

And - from the BONUS department - Check out the interactive Talking Santa (free) app in the Android Market. It's a lot of fun and the kids will enjoy it.

For those without a smartphone, there's also a service on the web called Santa's Hotline that you can use to arrange calls to your child - by name - from Santa. You schedule and choose the call. Very cool.

Merry Christmas everyone!



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Thursday, 23 December 2010 23:07:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Thursday, 09 December 2010

I recently went on a trip across the country with a good friend, and ended up in the town where we grew up – Los Alamos, New Mexico. My final stop before returning to Oregon was the Four Corners area – Farmington, Durango and Shiprock. Here are a few pictures from the New Mexico portion of the trip, which a few people have asked for hi-res copies of. You can click on each one to see the full size version, and then right-click on the large version and choose to save it to your computer if you like. And since it comes up more often than not eventually, please note that commercial or publication use just requires asking nicely. :)

Shiprock, New Mexico

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Front Hill Road view, Los Alamos, New Mexico

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Clines Corners, New Mexico

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Fence, 210 North Allen

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Thursday, 09 December 2010 01:04:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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