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7 for Seven: August 26, 2013

I continue to love this Monday ritual or reviewing the past week's delights, thanks key + arrow for the idea.

So, seven happinesses of the past seven days:

1. Child time. This week for some reason I started rereading a parenting book I have read before, Amy McCready's If I Have to Tell You One More Time. It offers a really practical perspective on changing your parenting to promote a positive family environment and reduce antagonism between kids and parents. The first tool she suggests is giving each kid at least ten minutes of one-on-one time with a parent every day. I have done this in the past to my and my kids' great delight. It's counterintuitive, to me, that shoe-horning another obligation into my day somehow can make the day smoother, but it works. In the end, kids, like other human beings, want more than anything else to feel welcomed and needed (McCready calls these the needs for "belonging" and "significance", per Adler). Sitting down and giving my boys genuine, face-to-face attention and interest is really enjoyable for them and for me.

2. The autumn turn. This week I felt the light and weather shifting onto the autumn track. The gardens and green spaces are starting to get that exploded-but-deflated look that they get as harvest time approaches. Almost too green, too lush, an unsustainable amount of growth and life. Really beautiful. The weather is less predictable. The angle of the sun in the evening makes the light a bit more golden and melancholy. It's wonderful.

3. Nicco Mele retweeted one of my posts! OMG guys, as you may have noticed last week I posted about my experience with thte Chromecast dongle and streaming my kids' favorite YouTube celebrities' Minecraft channels straight to my TV. That in itself was superfun, but even better, I decided to tweet my post @nicco, i.e., to the author of End of Big (about whom I have written a few times--he is, for instance, the inspiration for my poem-memorizing project). Well, he liked it, he really liked it! He even retweeted it. It is really gratifying to get positive feedback from someone whom you admire. Ahhhh.

2 Suggestions for Netflix

On Danny Schmidgall

I am a big fan of Netflix, and enjoy their streaming service. I don't watch much tv, and paying a cable bill is not something I'm happy to do. I can only imagine that Netflix is going to play a prominent role in creating the future of televised entertainment, so with that in mind I wanted to share two quick things I'd like to see.

First would be a paid section of the site that allows users access to the same content available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. Even Youtube has a section where you can watch movies, including some to rent. If I want to watch tv, I want all of my options in one place, and Netflix seems to be in a position to do this. I'm not sure how this would change the negotiations with the production companies, but I imagine there is a way to make it work.

The other feature I think could be fun is to have some cloud storage available for every user to upload their own videos. As long as I'm watching all of my videos in one place, why not include my home videos? This will mostly be great at the individual level, but it also could create a huge opportunity for aspiring film makers. Youtube is great for short clips, but this would be another avenue to market amateur videos.

I'm curious to hear what plans Netflix has for the future. I haven't specifically looked around to see if there are rumors or anything, but I imagine that the company does not plan on sitting around with the same business model for the next 10 years. If anybody has thoughts on other ideas Netflix could explore, feel free to share in the comments.

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