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September 1, 2007

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The Geeky Family

My life right now runs in the online world. An internet marketing related job that makes me always online at work, and a business at home doing the same thing. Since I do a lot of work online, I know I need the computer most of the time and I also know my family needs computers for leisure as well. So each family member had a laptop :D

The Online Family - Needs Ergonomics

While working at home finishing up an ecommerce site, and getting tired seeing all the code, I took a nap and found my wife and 5 year old daugther browsing around and it’s nearly 11pm. Ate Dawn was not there that time, but if she was, she would probably be on her laptop also. My 5 year old is starting to be a night owl too like everyone else. Hmmm not good for her I guess. Although I must say I was the exact same way when I was kid. I slept late all the time up to 12:00am. And today it’s even worse, I sleep like 1:00am all the time. Not good at all. I need to modify my whole working process, too many manual stuff and less automated processes. Which will give more quality time with my family instead of having everyone online individually doing their own thing which is my target goal for the future since I like playing games with my family, maybe because that is how I grew up and so far I haven’t replicated that with my own family. When I was a kid I grew up with Monopoly, Sorry, Clue aka Cluedo, Mastermind, Chess (I suck at Chess, maybe because I always felt bad losing to my Dad all the time and I never won once), Checkers, Connect Four aka Bingo Chess, Games of the Generals aka Salpakan. Even Tic Tac Toe was entertaining to me. Card games such as Rummy, Trump, Gin Rummy, Pequa, Crazy Eight, Poker, Russian Poker aka Pusoy, Pusoy Dos, Tongits (similar to Rummy and Mahjong for cards), Bluff, 123 Pass, Monkey-Monkey (card pairs game), Blackjack, Lucky 9, Speed, 41. And when we had no one to play with, each family member knew maybe 4 or more ways to play Solitaire. And when I got a bit older, the family boding favorite was Mahjong, Boggle aka Word Factory and Scrabble.

Today, my family is not playing any games, maybe after I fix my working schedules, the Wii might do the trick. I like the Wii since it will be more tiring and will promote better exercise for my online family.

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