Sammy graduated from preschool on Friday. One more summer at Discovery Kids Place, and then it’s off to kindergarten. Can you believe that?
Thomas chuffed along. Suddenly he noticed he was on the wrong track to fill up the oil car. So Thomas backed up and chuffed onto the right track. And then, he arrived at the oil thing. He lined up the car. The machine put the oil in.
Suddenly, Thomas noticed that the crank was stuck on the oil pump. So Thomas wheeshed away to tell all the engines.
Thomas saw Duncan. “Hello,” Thomas said. “Did you know that the oil machine was broken?”
“Yes,” said Duncan, and he chuffed away.
Then, Thomas reached over to get his next load. He coupled onto a very special coach. Along the way, he met Sir Thomas Hatt.
“Hi Thomas. I see you’re pushing the special coach today.”
And then, Thomas kept chuffing on. He chugged away.
He passed Duncan again, who was still at the signal.
Then Thomas kept chuffing along. Duncan backed up, and Thomas backed up. He switched tracks and hooked up to his old cars. And then he chuffed away.
Thomas chuffed right past the signal. By the time Thomas chuffed past, Duncan had to stop again because the signal had gone back down.
Thomas was tired. He was pushing a lot of loads today. He really wanted another train to help him. And suddenly he saw who wanted to help him: It was Duncan. So when the signal went up, Duncan chuffed away to help Thomas.
Then, after Thomas coupled onto the big load, he pulled and pulled into the siding and Duncan got out of Thomas’ way. Thomas chuffed into the siding. Duncan chuffed into the front, coupled onto the front car, and the two engines chuffed away.
Tony Kornheiser, Kevin Sheehan, Jeanne McManus and Gary Braun discuss the impending blizzard about to strike Mays Landing, NJ.
UPDATE 4/15/10: This has now been renamed “Hoya Street.” Clever.
Or maybe “Redacted Old Georgetown Rd”
If you ever want to have a conversation with my daughter, it would be helpful to know the following words:
ORIGIN sounds like applesauce
- choo choo
ORIGIN from the sound that trains make
- hot dog
ORIGIN from the “Hot Dog Dance” at the end of every “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” episode.
food she likes.
ORIGIN I think she got this one from the Internet
sweater or sweatshirt.
ORIGIN I have no idea
Update: oh, I was pretty close on the “official Apple case that could be used as a stand” thing too, wasn’t I?
Well, let’s see how I did with my predictions:
- Well, I couldn’t have been further off on the name. Apple seems stuck on the “i” prefix, though they avoided iSlate in favor of “iPad”. Honestly, iSlate would’ve been better.
- Hardware keyboard = yes, Bluetooth keyboard = no. There’s an available hardware keyboard dock which I’m not thrilled about. But there IS (thanks to @macosken for pointing this out to me) Bluetooth on the device, so 3rd part Bluetooth keyboards are not outside the realm of possibility. Of course, no Bluetooth keyboard yet exists for the iPhone or iPod Touch, due to Apple’s limitations.
- No OLED option, I think because the size of the device vs. the cost of OLED screens. But there are several options as far as memory size, plus 3G access is a separate charge, meaning you don’t HAVE to get 3G capability if you don’t want it.
- No camera. WTF?
- But YES on the microphone. DING DING DING! I got that one right. Of course, I had assumed video recording capability which would require a microphone. So the fact that there is a microphone without a camera leaves me slightly baffled.
- It’s 0.02 inches THICKER than an iPhone 3G(s), so I was wrong there. But they’re comparable.
- Even though it’s not OLED, it’s still (technically) HD, boasting up to 720p.
So overall, I don’t think I was any better or worse than anyone else as far as predictions go. The price point I was sorta right on, saying that the low model would go for $499, but I figured that would be for a 32GB model. Instead, that’s what Apple’s charging for their 16GB model. I think most people were calling it a lot higher than that. But yes, I did say the 64GB model would go for $699 which is what it is (minus 3G), but to be fair I had thought that the 64GB model would be OLED (which it’s not).
Overall, I’m giving myself a C. Your thoughts?
- Forget the iSlate. It’ll be called the “MacBook Touch” or thereabouts.
- It’ll have a multi-touch screen (like the iPhone), but also will let you use an optional bluetooth keyboard and/or mouse. An officially sanctioned Apple case will include a kickstand for using on a table top.
- There will be both a regular LED and an OLED option. The OLED version will be significantly more $$, but in addition to that you’ll get more flash memory. For example, $499 for LED/32GB, $699 for OLED/64GB.
- Front-facing iSight camera. NO rear-facing camera.
- Microphone (duh).
- Integrated battery (i.e., non-removable) with at least 4 hours of active life (slightly longer with the OLED version).
- This thing will be THIN, slightly thinner than the iPhone 3Gs.
- The OLED version will be HD quality.
Okay, this is all guesswork, and certainly not breaking any new ground. But I’m just going against the rails on some of the predictions I’ve seen out there (removable battery, “Minority Report” style full motion interface). I *definitely* think OLED will play some role in this device, but that technology is still much more expensive than the traditional LED that we’re all more familiar with. Given Apple’s history, they tend to lump in other goodies with their more expensive upgrades as a way of making it seem like more of a value.