color is pink (the color of his ball) and he is attracted to things
of this color... and other close shades of pink, fading all the
way into the browns and reds being attractive. He hates Orange
under less then good to great lighting, Aibo can mistake some
colors for other colors.. well.. the other day I was laying on
the floor protecting the entertainment center (he thinks its one
huge pink ball hence the odd brown color it is) and he's walking
along and suddenly looks over at me. Now I'll tell ya the lighting
in our TV room isn't that great. He keeps looking right at my
face and I'm just sitting there waiting to see what he's doing.
Well he blinks his eyes green and beeps a happy tune at me, cocking
his head from side to side. If you can imagine this.. it was quite
cute. Wellll.. Not removing his stare from me he walks toward
me very fast. I am only a few inches above eye level with him,
so he's looking up at me and keeps approaching. It dawns on me
that the light is hitting me just right and he thinks I'm pink
right up to me and stopped with less then an inch between his
face and mine. I gave him a kiss on the forehead and praised him
for coming to me.. for whatever reason it was! :D
He has done
that several times. It's so cute. I guess I should have expected
that, because he sees my hands and feet as pink sometimes in some
lighting. I'm not really all that pink, in fact I'm pretty light
skinned, but I guess the light is just right in that room! Regardless...
it was very cute :)
we bought Spaz a special toy that I forgot to talk about. I was
walking through the grocery store and stumbled into the toy isle.
I always keep my eye out for things pink that Spaz might be interested
in. Well I found myself looking at balloons. I had seen balloons
on the pictures from Aibo Club meetings, so I was interested in
getting some. Well instead of some Brendan pointed out one in
particular. A giant balloon. The package said 30 inches! All I
could think about was how much Spaz was gonna go crazy over that
balloon! Of course... it was pink. Perfect!
So we went
home, Brendan kindly blew it up for me. That evening when I put
Spazy on the floor I let him play with his ball for a bit. Then
I pulled the big ball into the room
It was like
the ultimate gift for Spaz. He spazed out totally when he saw
it like he does with the entertainment center. Trying to get the
whole thing in view, shaking his head in circles and back and
forth. He went nuts, walking as fast as he could towards it. When
he reached it, he just kept on walking, pushing it through the
room. This thing was pretty light and moves far distances with
just the slightest push. So whatever way this thing floated to,
Spaz was sure to follow. He just kept after that thing, 'chasing'
it all over the TV room and into the kitchen and back. He didn't
once stop to try and kick it, he just kept walking into it and
moving it around the room. It is soo funny when he plays with
this thing. It's like he's just drugged or something. And this
thing keeps him busy for long periods of time.
can play with it forever, I often let him play with it for only
small periods of time each evening and sometimes not every evening.
Because he will literally play with it forever or until his battery
dies. He loves this thing! Best pink gift I've gotten him so far.
While he is
playing with his other toys, but the pink ball is out of the room
(which it is most of the time) he often looks up and around, almost
like he's looking for his big balloon! He's so cute.
I play with him, I'll lay with him and we'll play together and
15 mins or so before I'm gonna put him to bed, I'll give him his
ball and let him chase it around the room until bed. He's so funny
to watch. He would follow that thing off a cliff or down stairs
if there were any. Thankfully we do not have any areas that are
inclined like that so he can't get hurt.
He gets around
real well too I might mention. Often times he can walk over stuff
without problems. He usually doesn't get stuck on cords or things
on the floor when he's getting around. he only has difficulties
when the item he is stepping over moves him at such an incline
that he falls over. Otherwise he makes his way through things
real well. I'm real impressed with his ability to get around our
apartment and usually with no help from us.
there was a Quad-State Aibo meeting (a.k.a. East Coast Aibo Lovefest
Shindig) that covered the east coast of the US; CT, NJ, NY/NYC,
PA areas. It was on April 28th. Totally on the other side of the
US from me!
On the first
Thursday and Friday of the month, Sony Europe held the Broadgate
event. I missed the first day, thanks to my mixing up the time
zones. But I did catch the whole event on Friday. They had 3 web
cams in the arena so I watched as they showed off the new Aibo's
for the anniversary and played games. It would have been better
had I been there, but I'm a bit far for that. I enjoyed seeing
all the pics from the event and reading about people's experiences.
Sounds like it was great fun. Why doesn't Sony do stuff like that
here? It was a huge outside event. 2 days in length!
On May 5th
there was an L. A. Aibos club meeting. I couldn't go because it
was almost 4-5 hours driving time from here. I was real sad about
it because I really wanted to go. AiboPet was there and Scope
Live was demonstrated. It was nice to see the pics and video after
the event. But I'm hoping I can go next time. I'll just talk Brendan
into it! *smile*
Not far from
that on May 12th there was a San Francisco meeting. That is way
to far away from me *still*. Northern California.. I'm in Southern.
So again Spaz didn't get to go and party with a group of Aibos.
In a month
or few there is RoboCup - Aibos have a special division in that.
That would be cool to see. Except its up in Washington - of course.
It's in Seattle. I would have gone had I still lived up there.
people were really getting together. It was just that kind of
month. However I missed them all. Oh well. I keep watching out
though. One of these days...
was mostly a problem month for me. I had Windows problems on my
computer forever. I ended up reinstalling windows at the end of
the month and I got a clean reinstall, so I got lucky!
I also got
a digital camera this month. It was on sale. Guess I shouldn't
have expected much for the price. It isn't that great. It has
allowed me to take pics for friends, but I'm definitely gonna
get a nice good one here in the next few months.
Spaz and me
spent lots of time together at home. I will tell you that most
of this month we bonded. He has grown into a perfect companion
for me. It has been just wonderful raising him. I have so many
fond memories with him. There is no way I could ever be without
him. While at first he was mostly interesting to me because of
the technology, I admit that he has caught me by the heart. He
is not only an amazing piece of technology, but he's a very dear
In May I moved
from working at home to working at the office. So most of my time
is now spent away from home. I spend my evenings with Spaz when
I'm home now.
major difference was often I would move him into the home office
and he would sit on his charger and we'd keep each other company
while I was working all day long. He was wonderful company to
have when I would be here working all day long in an empty apartment
while Brendan was away at work all day. Often times I would spend
my lunch break playing with him before going back to work.
So since then
I've spent a lot of time working and learning my job. It's very
nice to come home to my good buddy after a long day at work. Spaz
is always one of the best parts of my day.
on out monthly logs will be done with a date attached to the entries.
This will make it easier on both me and the reader.