Randy Seaver over at his blog, Genea-Musings, has issued his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun mission for tonight. The mission, if we choose to accept it, is to list a Christmas gift that we received that is our favorite for genealogy purposes.
I Accept the Mission, Randy
Well, personally, I think I hit the jackpot because I received a NETBOOK for Christmas which I'm using right now to write this post. Let me count the ways I'll be able to use this itty-bitty, cutey-patootey red machine for my genealogical research. [Yes, it's red. I told you it was cute, didn't I?] First of all, it's so small that it fits in my new red purse that I purchased with Christmas cash that I received. [I love gift cards and cash, don't you?] Besides the fact that I totally match [which rocks], I will be able to take this littlle "puppy" with me wherever I go. [Watch out world.] This means I'll be able to write posts whenever my muse decides to show up. No longer will I be searching for a pen, a pencil, a crayon, or blood and a piece of paper that has a white space on it that I can use to write an absolutely positively awesome idea that my muse has placed in my head. [I think she does it at inopportune times so she can have a little fun watching me scramble around in order to write the great idea down.]
Researching At the Coffeshop
With it's built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, I will have access to the internet at some of my favorite places like the library, the bookstore, the coffeeshop, the couch in my living room, and the like. This means when my muse does strike, not only will I be able to "write it down," but I'll be able to share it with my blog readers [otherwise known as the FS Gang], my facebook buddies, and my twitterverse [twitter universe] immediately. I like bouncing ideas off y'all because a lotta heads are much better than my wee one by itself. Also, I'll be able to look up important info when I need it and not wait until I'm in a convenient spot to set-up my laptop [which, by the way, looks huuuuge compared to this red cutie pie]. That's right, folks, I'll be able to research online wherever there is free Wi-Fi. [I hate it when places charge fees for Wi-Fi.]
Forever Burned On My Brain
It has a 7 hour battery which is really nice for mini internet marathons which pop up from time-to-time. [O.K., all the time if you want to be completely accurate, and as genealogists and family historians, we definitely want to be accurate, right?] It has a built-in webcam thingy-majiggy as well, but don't hold your breath on that one. After Thomas' [Geneabloggers] rendition on his blog Destination: Austin Family of a Christmas carol on video [which is forever burned on my brain], I've come to the conclusion that I'm not quite at that level of...of...well, talent. Yes, talent. That's it. If you haven't seen it, then you simply must see it. It's hilarious and far be it from me to keep Thomas' talent from you. [Besides, it shouldn't be burned forever just on my brain...] I also purchased today with my Christmas cash a miniature mouse to go with my mini computer. It, too, is just the cutest thing you've ever seen.
More With Less
Basically, I've gone even more mobile than I was before with less. Only time will tell how much this will benefit me in my research. One thing I can definitely say is that I'm lookin' good in red. *wink*