16 Sep 2002 raph   » (Master)


Poor Alan got stung by a wasp, twice. It was obviously painful right after he got stung, but I think the freaking out was even worse. In any case, he's doing well. He seems to be settling into a routine of half-day homeschooling, and half-day in the public school. I've been doing Singapore Math, Crash and Burn Chemistry from Wild Goose, and

Max's language development continues to amaze us. An interchange from today: "I don't like dragons. Dragons scare me. I was scared by dragon, when I sleeped." Me: "Did you have a dream about dragons? A bad dream?" Max: "Yeah. It was a ghost. I kicked it." Another, between Heather and Max: Heather: "Should I put on your shirt?" Max: "Yes, put it on me." A week or so ago, he said, "Please be quiet, Alan", with perfect intonation, just like a librarian, and cracked us up.


There were relatively few interesting new toys at Seybold. One of the more interesting things was the Pantone Color Cue. At $350 retail, this is one of the most inexpensive colorimeters yet. It's hard to tell how good it is compared with a pro model such as the X-Rite DTP41 or Gretag Eye One, but there's no reason why a high quality device can't be made for that price. In fact, if there were a volume market for spectrophotometers, there's no reason why they couldn't profitably be sold for well under $100. The Pantone device strangely doesn't include a USB port, or any connection to a computer, for that matter. However, it's not a big stretch to imagine a second generation device which does. At that point, some good software for making color profiles could have a great impact. Argyll already has most of the core functionality. The main thing needed is UI polish.

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