Friday, November 03, 2006

Close Yet Far

My wife's parents live six time zones away in China, and so they have followed most of our daughter's development over videoconferencing. We use MSN Messenger, simple and convenient. And a web cam costs only a few tens of Euros.

Now the ladies of my family have been in China for a week and a half, and I'm the one watching them on-screen. It's actually a mixed blessing. Wonderful to see and hear them, but painful to be reminded so clearly of how lovely they are, yet how distant. Luckily, it's only going to be a few more days before me & junior join them over there.

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Blogger Hans Persson said...

Vi har inte kommit oss för att skaffa någon webbkamera än. Dels är jag tveksam till om det finns något bra stöd för MSN-video eller motsvarande i Linux, dels vet jag inte vem jag skulle ringa till. Vår släkt är inte mer spridd än att det går att hantera med en dagsutflykt.

03 November, 2006 12:38  
Blogger Martin said...

There are loads of videoconferencing apps for Linux. Not knowing who to vidcall today because audio is fine is like not knowing who to audiocall back when the phone was introduced, because letter writing was fine. (-;

03 November, 2006 13:05  
Blogger Hans Persson said...

Actually, I'm not all that fond of audio calls either. I much prefer IM or email.

03 November, 2006 13:40  
Blogger Martin said...

I agree. With e-mail, you can make your query or send your message to someone and then go on to other things. Phoning is such a hassle, having to catch them when they're available and keeping lists of people you haven't yet managed to reach.

03 November, 2006 13:47  
Blogger Martin said...

Also, some people just won't shut up on the phone! Blah blah blah...

03 November, 2006 13:53  
Blogger Karen said...

Your daughter is soooo cute! I love the curly hair. She reminds me of my neice, who at 4 years old now STILL hates to have her hair combed and would much rather let her dark curls run wild.

Thank goodness for webcams. Its hard to think how people managed to stay in touch even just 100 years ago with email, telephones, computers and priority couriers...

03 November, 2006 14:30  
Blogger Martin said...

Yeah, Signe is a beauty. People in China just can't take their eyes off her. To them she looks really Western. Her hair responds to humidity like a hygrometer, getting all Afro sometimes. And she's a tough kid with a temperament. (-;

03 November, 2006 14:57  
Blogger Morelli said...

Your daughter is so cute and your wife is dynamite! send my love to them both

06 November, 2006 11:35  

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