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May 14, 2017

 

After a full week out of town, tonight I put @WilliamLaCour to bed, and made up a story for him about a little boy becoming a superhero. He giggled and smiled and hugged me before falling asleep, and telling me he missed me. I shed a few tears of joy tonight. ❀️

 

Checked into Seaside Torrance

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Checked into Bouzy Gastropub

Mothers' Day Brunch!

 
 

Poor @WilliamLaCour projectile vomited in the car on the way home from Mothers' Day brunch.

 
 

Host Julia Collin Davison goes into the test kitchen with test cook Becky Hays to reveal the secrets to making Classic Strawberry Jam at home. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus uncovers the best canning tools. Finally, test cook Dan Souza shows host Bridget Lancaster how to make the ultimate Bread and Butter Pickles.

Watched on Fire TV

 

Host Julia Collin Davison goes into the test kitchen with test cook Becky Hays to reveal the secrets to making Classic Strawberry Jam at home. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus uncovers the best canning tools. Finally, test cook Dan Souza shows host Bridget Lancaster how to make the ultimate Bread and Butter Pickles.

Watched on Fire TV

 

Host Julia Collin Davison goes into the test kitchen with test cook Becky Hays to reveal the secrets to making Classic Strawberry Jam at home. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus uncovers the best canning tools. Finally, test cook Dan Souza shows host Bridget Lancaster how to make the ultimate Bread and Butter Pickles.

Watched on Fire TV

 

Host Bridget Lancaster shows host Julia Collin Davison how to make the best Tuscan-Style Roast Pork with Garlic and Rosemary. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews wine accessories in the Equipment Corner. Then, test cook Becky Hays reveals the secrets to making the perfect Farro Salad with Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas, and Tomatoes.

Watched on Fire TV

 
 
 
 

Amazon Echo Show

I've long resisted the Amazon Echo products, along with other similar "lady in a can" products from Google. The idea of an always-on microphone creeped me out, and the utility just wasn't there, especially since my only options seemed to be Google, who is driven by advertising, and Amazon, who hasn't really proven itself in the consumer hardware space, yet.

That said, I bought a Fire TV and Fire TV Stick late last year, because I wantedΒ something with 4K support for my newly acquired family-room TV, and also wanted a portable streaming stick option to bring with me on the road to use with my portable projector. Overall, I've been quite impressed with the quality and reliability of the products, and I am starting to believe that Amazon can create decent consumer hardware products.

Amazon recently announced the Amazon Echo Show, which provides all of the functionality of the traditional "lady in a can" Echo, but adds a camera and touch screen to enable a bunch of additional features, including video chat. The device looks homely at first glance, but its appearance, especially that of the white-bordered option, is really starting to grow on me in a sort of retro-futuristic way. It almost looks like something thatΒ 

Go and watch the cheese promotional video on the site. If it works as well as the video says, I find the addition of the screen and camera to potentially be the tipping point for me. I'm finally starting to understand the appeal of these devices, and can easily see myself buying a few for my house, along with one or two for family to enable quick drop in video chats.

 

Apple really needs to get into the "lady in a can" game soon, or they're going to lose folks like me to Amazon.