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Month: May 2005

Cousin Bruce

This is my cousin Bruce. He was a professional tennis player and now is the Director of Tennis at a fancy schmancy place in Maryland. He was always my image of an athlete. One time, when I must have been around 18 or 19 we played tennis at the tennis club. I played my best tennis of my life. I could do no wrong, and yet still, he was toying with me. He kept lobbing the ball up and land it directly on the T. I slammed it each time with all my might and he barely got to it,…

Intelligent Design

Katie and all three boys are sleeping over at MaryAnn’s house. I get the whole house to myself. Ahhh, sleep, wonderful sleep. I was just reading an article in the New Yorker about Intelligent Design. The basics of ID, as it is called, is that living cells are so complex and specific, that they could not have been the process of natural selection and therefore must be designed, by something, long long ago. In the beginning, there was nothing. Then God said, “Let there be DeoxyriboNucleic Acid!” Why is it so difficult for human’s to understand. There is a rational…

Pollen Count

Allergies this year have been brutal. Some of the most intense reactions ever. This website is helpful. This one is not quite as good, although it shows that the Pollen count on 5/21 was sky high.. Looks like this weekend is going to be a pain in the ass. I am considering Allergy Shots. (Also known as Immunotherapy.) The problem with this is that you have to get shots year round for up to 5 years and it doesn’t even show any results for at least 4 to 5 months. Who the hell needs that crap? Man, this blows. I…

Turdy Tree

Yesterday was my Birthday. I am turdy tree now. One third of a century. I am hoping to live forever, but each year is nice to commemorate. We had dinner at The Alameda and roasted marshmallows (Jared calls them Schmellos) on the fire to make smores. All in all a good time. I spent most of yesterday looking at houses on the peninsula. It’s hard looking for homes in an area far away. We had Penny to look in Berkeley when we moved from NY, but now we are on our own. Some of these places are going in days.…

Democrat trends

This trendline is disturbing to me. It reminds me of when Jefferson anilhilated the Federalists between 1800 and 1808. Democrats need to believe in progressivism. They do not need to be the party of medium and middle of the road and lukewarm. They need to be the party of justice, and fairness, and common human decency. They need to be the party of flattening out the hockey stick of economics.

My wife, The Swan

I am looking for a link, but I can’t find it. This morning, on NPR, they had a guy on with a perspective. He talked about an experience he had years ago watching a woman on a bike doing ballet movements with her arms while she biked through Berkeley. She rode no-hands in this manner and made a 90 degree turn gracefully without ever stopping her ballet. He thought she looked like a beautiful swan. It inspired him to think about the bicycle as a liberation device for women. The rest of his perspective was about bicycles, however, the best…

Alot going on

Danny having his first baby today. House in Hercules has an accepted offer, pending closing. Looking for new house on the penisula. Kids need alot of my time and unfortunately, I am not spending enough with them. Work needs my time too. Balance is hard these days. I started reading a autobiography by Ron Dellums. It’s not bad. I like stories of character building through personal and professional adversity. This book is short, so I need to decide on my next book. I have blown through the list, so I am open to suggestions. Only one requirements: It must be…

New Niece

My brother, Danny, just informed me that his wife Lindy has just broken her water and is entering the final stage of baby creation, Labor. We have a countdown of anywhere from 6-24 hours. We know that it is a baby girl, named Molecule. Molly for short. I have no idea about the middle name. Hmm, I should’ve asked about that. I am excited for him. Kids are fun. I imagine he will make a perfectly acceptable father. Quite. Good Luck to Lindy and Daniel on their joyous entrance into the parent club! I remember the curse my father put…

Allergic to expensive houses

My allergies have arrived with a Vengeance. (capital V) My eyes are itchy, my nose is running and plugged up and my head feels like a water balloon. Not fun. Not fun. Our friend Mark mentioned to me that they have injections that might help. I need to do something. This weekend we saw some good houses. Nothing has struck us as perfect. One house we LOVED was near Atherton, but the school district was bad, so Katie nixed it. Such a difficult decision. So many schools, so many choices. Everything expensive. Money is the grand equalizer. Anyone can have…

Web App Golden Rules (Part 1)

Rules for a great web application: (in no particular order) Use CSS. Try as hard as you can to eliminate all presentation specific information from your html. Abstract the presentation layer! Use DOM. Try as hard as you can to eliminate all client side interactivity from your html. Abstract the interactivity layer! Use a text Editor. Never ever ever use a WYSIWYG editor to make a product. Think Human factors before data model. Many applications look like they started with some forms and some data and then tried to glue it all together. Better approach is to start with what…

Firewalls and Laptops

Something is inside my body making me feel ill. I barely have an appetite. Yesterday I felt like I was going to pass out. Dizzy spells. Body shakes. I want this to go away. Yesterday, I got my new firewall. The Sonicwall Tele3 was pissing me off. First of all, it only had 10 internal IPs. Additional IPs were hundreds of dollars. Secondly, the firmware downloads were not free. Boo and Boo. Hiss. I am officially off Sonicwall. They can kiss my business now and forever goodbye. They are second to last only because Cisco’s user interface is the worst…

Mommy Day

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mom put there. Especially to the mother and grandmothers of my children. New Pictures on http:pictures.kokopop.com. Check it out. Still using Jalbum; it kicks butt. New version 5.2 is much faster than 5.1. Great product and FREE. Gotta love it. House is on the market now, open house today. Hoping for good news. Take a look at the house pictures the real estate brokers took. Katie cleaned the house from top to bottom. She is a miracle worker.

Rough Night

Last night Jared spiked a fever of 105 degrees. And more importantly, we woke me up. Come on, can’t this kid have some compassion for my nerves!? (Inside joke for everyone who saw Pride & Prejudice.) Also, Matt can not seem to sleep in the same bed as Katie. I think we need to crib the kid and maybe even Ferberize him too. Literally, if I take him away from her, he will sleep soundly, but if he even smells her, he will toss and turn and kick me in the neck. What is it with children when they sleep…

Sharepoint

At work, We started using Sharepoint. I like it alot. Some things are not as elegant as in Hotkoko, specifically the navigation and the ability to know where you are. Also, the permissions are not clear. Otherwise it has some kickass features. I love the integration with MS Office. Checking in files is a breeze. WebDAV support. Alerts. It really is a nice product. And FREE. They do not charge for this. In fact, I think they are extending it to be a part of the Visual Studio 2005 team platform. I am pretty impressed with the Beta I used.…

Memories

Over the past year, Penny and Jim have taken Ethan and Jared on one fantastic adventure after another. The zoo, the Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science, and more. But where are the pictures of this fantastic voyage? Where are the blogs to read years from now that tell Ethan and Jared about the wonderful places they visited? I’m not one to butt in, but I think it might be a good idea to document some of these trips. And since Ethan and Jared don’t know how to read or write, maybe someone else could do it? But who? Hmmm. The…

Hay Fever Grumpiness

Danny is flying in tonight. Darcie and Clare are visiting. The weather is nice, except the pollen count must be sky high. I took a clariten and my head STILL feels swollen and my nose keeps running. It makes everything feel horrible. One of Katie’s theories is that physical discomfort is one of the prime reasons for people acting mad and out of sorts. I think she is right. She is wise. Still, I think she is also nagging me to death today. (Its the allergies talking) No it’s not, she is being bossy. (Yup, the allergies for sure) No,…