Monthly Archives: July 2006

Who else is looking forward to Windows Live Spaces?

Hi Everybody!
 
I came across some news this morning:

Check out Mike Torres’ Space. I first found his blog linked on The Space Craft (http://thespacecraft.spaces.msn.com/), and I check it out now and then.  I knew he worked for Windows, but this article says he is the "Lead Program Manager for Windows Live Spaces". In yesterday’s blog he links to a recent interview he did about Spaces: Here’s his blog:
 
Torres Talking
http://mike.spaces.msn.com/
 
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It’s too hot!

It’s been over 100 degrees every day lately. I’m just about ready to melt. I am SO ready for Fall to come!
 
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Who wants to pop some bubble wrap?

I just came across this site on the web! You can pop bubble wrap. Oh, come on, you know you want to!
 
 
There is a "Manic Mode" option so you can pop a lot of times without hitting your mouse each time…….
 
I’m having fun with it, how about you?
 
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We’ve still been having fun at school

I’ve blogged lately about trying to teach Rufus, the parrot in my picture above, to talk on cue. My hubby and I are still working on Rufus’s schooling.
 
Our other African Grey Parrot, Peanut Boy, doesn’t talk nearly as much as Rufus can, but he will give kisses when you ask him to. When I ask Rufus to do a kitty, or another one of his sounds (and he doesn’t), I will then ask my hubby or Peanut Boy to do a sound. Then, I tell them how good they are.
 
Rufus does not like the competition! (You should see the dirty looks he gives me when I ask my hubby or Peanut Boy to talk.) And, he does not like others getting the attention that is rightfully his. He is getting closer to wanting to talk when asked.
 
Good boy, Rufus!
 
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Rufus at school: Continued.

Here’s a follow-up to yesterday’s blog:
 
A few days ago, my parrot Rufus and I had "school" some more. Rufus was doing his sounds and I was telling him what they were called.

Later, I asked Rufus to do a chicken, kitty, doggie, etc. Each time he would just do a "puppy" (his favorite sound). So, just for kicks, I asked my hubby to do a chicken, and when he did it, I praised him. Then I continued to ask my hubby to do a kitty, then a doggie, then a peacock, etc. Each time he did the sound, I told him what a good hubby he was. Rufus was moving his mouth the whole time while deciding whether he wanted to join in. But, he never said anything.

This "game" seemed to get Rufus’s attention a lot more than just me asking him to do a sound. I’m going to try this some more — pending my hubby’s willingness, that is!

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