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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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By golly, Rufus DOES pay attention at school!

Rufus, my parrot in the picture above, likes to do sound effects and animal sounds. He knew a lot before he came to live with me, and he has learned more since. I’ve been trying to teach him the name of all his sounds in the hopes that he can learn to do them on cue.

For instance, he whines like a puppy and I say "Puppy", then he meows and I say "Kitty", etc. Rufus can tell when we are having "school" because when he does a sound and I tell him what it is called, he does another one and another one as I tell him what each is called. He likes this "game".

But …. when I ask him to do a Kitty or a Peacock, etc, all he does is whine like a puppy. That apparently is his favorite sound. But, I can tell he understands the general principle that I expect him to do a sound…………….

Well, last week my hubby asks my dogs what kind of dog food they want for dinner. (we talk to our animals a lot!). He suggested chicken and Rufus goes "Buck Buck Buck Buck". Rufus actually was paying attention all those days at school!

Good bird, Rufus!

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The Space Craft has no news. Dang.

As I said a few days ago, I added the RSS feed for the MSN Spaces blog, The Space Craft (http://thespacecraft.spaces.msn.com/), to my space. (See module to the right). I had been checking that space frequently for news about the big switch over to Live Spaces and the RSS module saves me a trip over there. I noticed yesterday that they added a new blog entry, but no word yet about Live Spaces! I sure hope we hear something soon!
 
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