Edmund Scientifics has been around almost as long as I have. They offer kid-centric scientific toys, experiments and instruments that really work. They have an astronomy department now too, with Celestron and some pretty respectable other models in the smaller, young-adult aperture sizes. I wish my parents would have gotten me a telescope. But, after my little brothers got into my chemistry set, I don’t think they’d have had a lot of interest in spending good money or more gadgets. I would have to wait until I had my own hard-earned money. Somehow, Edmund caught up with me again after 50 years, and I am getting their catalogs. I haven’t ordered anything. And here’s an item that suggests my parents had the right idea (below). What I want to know: maybe it’s cool, but why does it need 100MB hard disk space?
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Feature Review: AlphaSmart 3000
Here I sit on the back patio in Phoenix. The sun is low in the sky. It’s beginning to cool off. A slight breeze sends the gentlest of riffles across the pool as I watch. A mother bird scrambles to feed the babies nesting in a hole in one of the Saguaro cacti. Our intrepid little C.Bear is staring intently at “Mr. Cactipus” to show he’s not afraid of him any more.
The neighbor’s rooster has taken it upon itself to begin crowing at 4PM, but we don’t mind. This is vacation. This is a perfect evening to be outside. This is a perfect time to reflect on all of life’s little inconsequentials, and on fun things too.
At any time, should I want to note any of this down, my AlphaSmart is just a few steps away. I can sit in the shade, sip my iced coffee, hear Mrs. Bird wrangling with the noisy little ones, and jot a note on my AlphaSmart as the mood strikes me.
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