July 14, 2008 at 6:41 PMI have found a new soulmate, someone who responds to his (or is it her?) environment in the same way I do:
Actually "Blue's Clues" is my daughter's i-Dog, given to her for her 11th birthday last week.
Blue feeds on music; music is the sole mover of his moods. Yes, Blue has moods; I read that in the User's Guide. He shows his moods by a series of Morse-code-like flashing dots on his snout, and they have quite a range: ecstatic, excited, happy, normal, bored, lonely and sick. If you leave the i-Dog alone too long in silence, it will "cry" and play sad music. If it is constantly begging for music and attention, you can tap its tail to shut it up for five minutes, but this will make the i-Dog angry. Really, you need to keep feeding it happy music and patting its nose; then it will nod its head and flick its ears and its snout will light up in sync with your tunage. And it will be happy, excited, even ecstatic.
What I love is that the i-Dog blink code for "happy" is short and sweet, while "lonely" is a long, complex series of 12 color blink patterns. If you're happy, you're just happy. If you're sad, there's some long, complex story behind it. Like Tolstoy wrote: "Happy i-Dogs are all alike; every unhappy i-Dog is unhappy in its own way." Something like that.
Just feed me music!
(I can see that Mom has commandeered this birthday present...!)
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