Monday, November 21, 2005

Fly Pen

After reading about the Fly over the last several months, I had to go buy one just to satisfy my curiousity. I was first struck by the weight, I thought it would be much heavier and clumsy to use. But that is not the case - well done. Then I "tapped" through the initial settings card, and was impressed that it was recognizing the areas that were tapped. Immediately you are left thinking "how does this work?"

From there I wanted to check out the letter and word recognition. I wrote a letter, and it was announced back. Again, scratching head, "how'd they do that?" That was fine and all, but what I thought was more interesting were the game and educational sheets that were included. There is a map of the United States, and you can tap on any state and have the state or capitals aanounced. Games are "built-in" to this map, for instance you are told to tap on the correct state after a city is announced. If I tapped on the incorrect state, the FLY would say "try 200 miles northeast". Thought that was cool.

In addition to the map, there are crossword puzzles, quizzes, calculator, other puzzles, music games, weird sounds, schedulers, etc.
I didn't realize all this came with the FLY, and I was sort of blown away by the power of this pen at that time. My mind started to realize that there are numerous possibilities and uses for this device which will evolve over time. Carmiel?

Before trying out the FLY I was sort of skeptical, since it isn't your normal computer with a screen and keyboard, with all interaction being audio. But I was surprised to find myself immersed in the environment. This type of interaction completely makes sense for a range of applications such as those included with this pen.

My three year old (soon to be four) watched me and then started using it. He was very excited about it, and can only play with some of the applications right now. I have seen some reviews say it may be hard to use, but that is far from the truth. The kids will have no problems. If my three year old had no problems tapping on sounds, drums, countries to hear national anthems, then anyone can use this.

To sum up my review: Excellent job done, my hats off to the designer and all those responsible for taking this idea all the way. I'm looking forward to future software applications and to my child getting older!

My kid is now only 9 yr old, and he enjoys this new FlyPem Comp. This was a unique birtday gift, thanks Leapfrog for bringing gadgets to the kids life.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Fly Pen What's the heck?





FlyPen

FLY Pentop Computer is computer power on paper! Its power comes from an optical scanner that sees everything you scan and write on special dot-matrix FLY paper. It's got a brain (a built-in computer processor) and it's got a voice. It's even got its own language. If you've got a math problem FLY pentop computer can solve it as a calculator. You can schedule anything, and FLY pentop computer will remind you. You can draw drums and keyboards and record your own tunes. Play games with your friends anywhere, any time! Plus, you can load FLY pentop computer with FLYware cartridges to add new games and adventures, sold separately.
My gift set includes FLY Pentop Computer, earbuds, carrying case, FLY Launch Pad Guide, 17 games, 35 FLY paper pages, three interactive FLY-FX cards, interactive map and one silver face plate and one "AAA" battery.


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  • Monday, November 07, 2005

    Visit Haifa Hecht Museum

    Exhibits international art and archaeology. Various artistic movements are
    represented, with the emphasis on Impressionism and the Jewish School of Paris.

    Sunday, November 06, 2005

    Paris Riots November 2006

    October violence in Paris has erupted for a sixth night in the troubled Parisian suburbs north-east of central Paris with french police firing many rubber bullets and tear smelly gas as they face down gangs of arab youths mainly from Aulnay-sous-Bois.

    Groccery store in Aulnay-sous-Bois was set afire in the nearby suburb of Bondy by some arabic youth.

    Visit Haifa Hecht Museum

    Exhibits international art and archaeology. Various artistic movements are
    represented, with the emphasis on Impressionism and the Jewish School of Paris.

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005

    Idi - Pasta Puttanesca

    Sausage Puttanesca This sauce is named for ladies of the night. They would place pots of it in their windows to tempt men into the bordellos. I like it because it's spicy, fast and easy (...no disrespect to the ladies.)

    2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
    4 to 6 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 tin flat anchovy fillets, drained
    1 /2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    20 oil-cured black olives, cracked away from pit and coarsely chopped
    3 tablespoons capers
    1 (32-ounce) can chunky style crushed tomatoes
    1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
    A few grinds black pepper
    1/4 cup (a couple of handfuls) flat leaf parsley, chopped
    1 pound spaghetti, cooked to al dente (with a bite)
    Crusty bread, for mopping
    Grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Romano, for passing, optional
    Serving suggestions: a simple salad of mixed bitter greens dressed with oil and vinegar, salt, and pepper, recipe follows
    Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil, garlic, anchovies, and crushed pepper. Saute mixture until anchovies melt into oil and completely dissolve and garlic is tender, about 3 minutes: your kitchen never smelled so good! Add olives, capers, tomatoes, black pepper, and parsley. Bring sauce to a bubble, reduce heat, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes.
    Toss sauce with cooked pasta. Pass bread and cheese at the table and serve with a simple salad of mixed bitter greens dressed with oil and vinegar, salt, and pepper.
    Cook's Note: Get your olives from the bulk bins in the market, rather than buying a jar. The unit price is always much less per pound and you can get just what you need for each recipe.
    Bitter Greens Salad:
    4 cups (about 2 bundle

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