Kid-Proof DVDs?

Try scratching this DVD | CNET

Researchers at electronics giant TDK have developed a tough new coating that promises to make scratched DVDs a thing of the past and that will help usher in an emerging data storage format with 10 times the capacity of the current DVD standard.

In a test conducted by CNET, a DVD treated with TDK’s coating survived a determined attack with a screwdriver and a Sharpie permanent marker with no effect on playability–a remarkable feat considering how easily standard DVDs can be damaged, for example, by children.

“Wow, every family with a young boy could really use that,” quipped Elizabeth Berry, a Berkeley, Calif., resident and one-time Netflix DVD-by-mail subscriber, when told of the scratch-resistant coating. “My 3-year-old must have destroyed half my DVD collection.”

Oh bring it on. Max is the king of abusing DVDs. He discovered that they make nice skates for our laminate flooring in the living room, and sometimes I find several of them jammed in the VCR, or worse…

Crazy Busy

With the lack of posts around here since the election, one might think I had crawled into a hole out of disappointment from the election outcome. Well disappointed we may be, but that ain’t the reason why the posting has been scarce. I’m just too busy lately. After leaving Schwab about two months ago, I got myself wrapped up in a number of freelance web design projects. Somehow I’ve become more busy now than when I was working 8 to 5 – hours are more like 8 to midnight now, and I’ve been cranking out website after website after website. And there’s more coming.

I start my new day gig at the end of this month, and as soon as these projects taper off my life should get somewhat back to normal.

Green Eggs and Ham

Max started reading to himself, like out of the blue, earlier this evening. I was sitting on the couch and he was playing on the floor, with a couple of Dr. Seuss books nearby. He just picked up Green Eggs and Ham and started flipping through it, and then I heard him mouthing out some of the rhymes. I thought “oh, that’s cute – he’s memorized the sounds.” But then I got up and watched him and he was actually following the words and reading them – reading the right words in the right places on the right pages. Since Max still hasn’t really started speaking clearly yet, this was really amazing.

I’ve read him those books so many damn times I can’t stop hearing them – like you know when you get a song stuck in your head? I get Horton Hears a Who. And then I have to rush to my headphones and listen to Tod und Verklärung or something to get it out. I tried reading Max some of my geek books but he wasn’t interested in learning CSS. Oh well – maybe he’ll like PHP!