Second physiotherapy session

We took Maxim for his second physiotherapy session today. And although we woke him up and didn’t feed him for two hours or so, he seemed to enjoy the massage. At least the first 15 minutes. After that he got bored and began complaining. But overall he handled himself pretty good.

Overall, he feels much better now. He still coughs once in a while, but all the other symptoms are gone. Both Olga and I are also recovering pretty fast. By next week we’ll be one healthy family again. Or so I hope.

New people aren’t anymore

The other day I met a few new people in the bar. Most of them were younger than me, but not all of them had IT-related jobs and hobbies. While we were exchanging contact information, I kept thinking about the technology and how it affects our lives.

15 years ago, when meeting new people name and place of work or address were sufficient. People were asking for a phone number, but not everyone had it. Contacting a person was complicated. Espeically if he didn’t have the phone number (like I). Even if he had a phone number, one had to find out the appropriate hours to call.

10 years ago phones became more widespread. But email was still a new thing for most people. Not everyone had it.

5 years ago mobiles started to jump in. Approrpiate hours became pretty much obsolete – call during the daylight of the timezone in question and you’ll be fine. Email got more common. Instant messengers became popular too.

This year I met a lot of new people. And, although, most of them were from my area, I had a choice of mobile phone, email, and ICQ number to choose from in order to contact them.

That other day though was a totally other story. Everyone called each other on the mobile to save the number. Than we continued with ICQ numbers. Than with blog URLs (many people use LiveJournal these days). A notebook computer appeared out of nowhere and we connected to pub’s free WiFi access point and looked through each other’s blogs and journals. Within 15 minutes or so everyone know a whole lot of everything about each other – hobbies, interests, age, lifestyle, who travelled where and when, etc. We saw a bunch of pictures and even some common friends, although we were from different parts of the world.

When we left from the pub two hours later, I had a feeling that we knew each other pretty good. Missing bits could be easily reconstructed by studing all the available information. Or talking on the Internet. Directly. Any time.

It doesn’t matter anymore where you live. All you need to have is a mobile phone (which supports SMS), instant messenger account (ICQ, MSN, Yahoo! – whatever works for you), and an online journal (standalone blog or LiveJournal or both). Interestingly, it’ll take you less than an hour to get all three. The world is definetely getting smaller…

First physiotherapy session

Maxim was recently prescribed two physiotherapy sessions. These should help him combat the bronchitis wet lungs. The idea is that therapist will massage Maxim’s back and front and the wet stuff will come out from the lungs one way (you don’t want to know the details) or another (you definetely don’t want to know the details). Adults don’t normally need such procedures because they can cough their brains out. Not to mention their lungs. Kids are totally different though.

Dr.Christos was recommended to us by Dr.Simos, as we didn’t know anyone else and weren’t bothered enough to look for. He too speak pretty good Russian, and he too graduated from one of ex-USSR universities.

When we met, Dr.Christos turned out to be much younger than he sounded on the phone. Kind eyes and good with kids. Maxim liked him.

The procedure took about half an hour, during which Maxim remained surprisingly calm. Dr.Christos said that all the kids cry. And that, as much as he hates it, it actually helps him in his job – when the kid is crying it is very easy to hear the breathing noises. Maxim wasn’t cooperating in this manner though.

Dr.Christos also gave us a few pointers regarding Maxim’s face massage. Now it was much clearer to us both what exactly we should do, to help Max synchronize his face.

Overall, it was a rather pleasant exprience. We’ll see him again on coming Tuesday.

4th tooth is out

While the thrill is gone, both Olga and I are still waiting for each Maxim’s tooth. The fourth one tricked us though. We thought it would be the second tooth on the top, but it turned out to be the third one on the bottom (on Maxim’s left).

Now that I think of it, there are plenty of betting opportunities here. Not only the dates can be bet upon (for the closest match), but the next teeth position as well. Tooth casino!

fd’s Flickr Toys

Maxim calendar: January 2006

For the last few days I’ve been playing with fd’s Flickr Toys. It is an excellent set of simple applications that allow one to utilize a tremendous collection of images – Flickr – in a totally new way.

Basically, you can choose any image from Flickr and easily transform it into magazine cover, billboard picture, inspiration frame, calendar picture, stamp, etc. There are plenty of transformations available and they are really easy to use – just a couple of mouse clicks.

If you are a registered Flickr user, there are even more options for you. There are some games available, like, for example, the one for naming your contacts – you are shown a picture made by one of your contacts and given a choice of three options. You also get an option of uploading resulting images directly to your photostream.

Check this one out – it can grab your attention for some time.

P.S.: I liked some results so much that I’ve uploaded them to my Flickr account. You can see them all here (tagged with “fdsflickrtoys”). There are many picture transformations done by other Flickr users too. You can find them all here.