For whatever reason, we have lost all the BBC Children's channels. It has been like this for over a week. Naturally Alex has been pretty frustrated. He likes Charlie and Lola. He loves Shaun the Sheep (I do too) and he likes 'Mr Maker' (utter shit in my opinion, an ultra cheap version of Blue Peter). So I had to do something.
I was sure there were ways of making videos and posting them. Everyone else seems to be able to do it so surely I could master a skill iindigenous to the masses.
Obviously, inept as I was, I needed something to keep my boy's face in front of the hitherto unused web cam built into my laptop lest my viewers decided they were not so much volunteers in this experiment as victims staring at my bemused visage. As I fiddled with the system I realised it was possible to have the web cam little thingy with the green eye above the screen active while looking at other stuff on the screen below its all seeing eye. Ha ha.
It is tough to get a four year old to stand in front of a green light peering at him from the top of a laptop screen. Bugger me, having figured out moving digital pictures thus far, I was as bored shitless as the boy especially considering I was shirtless and dirty having just lugged a dead generator off the truck and onto a bit of hard standing so that I could sort it out.
There was no way he was going to waste time talking to his reflection on a screen. With the digital satellite system dead, what I needed was 'Watch with Mother' internet style. It was a very close call. I tended towards Cro Magnon. Surely the boy would go nuts over HMS Dangerous? Nope. All I did was pull up opening pages of blogs and let him choose. Guess which page we finallly discusssed here?
I think I glossed over the boy's kissing boys bit fairly well.