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Month: November 2005

Quickie

Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. Sorry, no time for more.

Business Trip Again

Once again, I find myself in Las Vegas waiting to board a flight to Dallas. Being away from the family stinks. Jared’s tummy still hurts. I miss them already and the week has barely begun. I am on hold on my cell phone, trying to type with one hand. I do not want to be a “road warrior”. Katie’s birthday was yesterday. We went to Muir woods and saw the new Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The woods were nice but cold. The movie blew chunks. Bad acting. Bad writing. Two thumbs down, way down. Dumbledoor is so…

Tummy hurts

Jared has been sick for the last 40 hours or so. He says his tummy hurts. He kept repeating it, “My tummy hurts, my tummy hurts!?” I told him, “I know sweetie.” He replied, “Listen to my WORDS! MY TUMMY HURTS!” I felt so bad for him. In Talbots Toy and Cyclery, he threw up on the floor. It didn’t phase him. He felt a little better after that. Other issue: I am getting ready to stop hosting email. I need to choose a service to host. Any suggestions? Rachel?

Fantasy

Ethan’s bike was stolen from his school the other day. Katie and I have decided to wait until Solstice to replace it. So I said to Ethan, “Mommy and Daddy spoke to Santa…”. Ethan interrupted with a long discussion about whether or not Santa is real. I told him that Santa is a concept like God or Infinity. It is important to exercise your imagination and have fun in life. Of course you can define, with science, why the rainbow exists, but isn’t it fun to think it was painted there by a friendly sky god? And what about presents?…

Uke Master

Katie got me a new Uke songbook with songs from the 60’s. Right now, I am practicing Daydream Believer and Moon River and Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. The book has many Beatles songs. One day I hope to be this good. This guy has mad uke skills. Check out the ending, about 3 minutes in. Awesome.

Design

For work, I need to edit a file originally made in Adobe inDesign. I have never used it before. I will report my findings. Speaking of Design, I just finished reading Donald Norman’s book, The Design of Everyday things. I also just started another of his books, Emotional Design. The books are fairly well written and give a no-nonsense manifesto on why Design (with a capital D) is the most important thing in the world. Everything that has happened in history has been designed. Wars, Inventions, assassinations, Speeches, The Last Dragon. It is the details of how something is accomplished…

Bikes

Ethan had left his Bicycle overnight at his school. We went to go pick it up and it was gone. This is really bad. That bike was perfect. It was light, 6 gears, 20″ wheels with room to grow and most importantly, it was free. Ethan loved that bike. Now we need to get him a new one. We were already planning on getting Jared one for the holidays. Maaaaaaaannnn. Maybe some puns will help? I just saw a movie about some guy who had amazing revelations while eating his cereal. It was called Breakfast Epiphanies. or I wondered why…

East Coast Trip

The trip to the East Coast started off poorly. We had decided to attempt public transportation to get to SFO. Unfortunately, I had read the CalTrain schedule incorrectly. We waited for 45 minutes at the train station wondering where the train was. I re-checked the schedule and realized the next train didn’t come for another 45 minutes. We panicked slightly. I got the car, re-packed, and headed for the airport. We parked in long term parking ($11 per day) and barely made the plane. It was a red-eye which we thought would work out. I got about 3 hours of…

The Nays have it

I couldn’t afford to buy cotton so I decided to be abrasive, and steel wool. Every proposition failed. I wish Prop 80 had done better, but I blame the phrasing of the proposition. It should have read, “Should California regulate Energy?” Instead, they put all this confusing language about limiting choice. No one could read the thing and understand what it was doing. Penny voted no on all propositions for just this reason. She votes for Governor and Legislators. They get paid to make law. Why are they asking her to make law? She doesn’t know the answer! So instead…

Sick of the Jets

Q: How can you tell when a bucket gets sick? A: It becomes a little pale. The Jets, Sunday night, ALMOST won the game against the Chargers. They had 1st and goal with a minute left. Score a touchdown and win. Simple as that. They called 1 run and three timing passes. All losers. They lost the game. I can’t believe it! I am so sick of them losing all the time. When will we be released from this loser’s hell? Meanwhile, I think Brooks Bollinger is doing fine. Not great, but good enough. It is so easy for me…

Pirate Joke for Ethan

The pirate captain was standing in his treasure pile. He didn’t have very much: his booty was only shin-deep.

Election & Decisions

Tomorrow is a special election in California. Almost all of the measures are sponsored by right wing nut jobs. Also known as Wingnuts. Here are the proposals. Prop 73: Parental Notification of Abortion. Puts in the constitution that life begins at conception. I vote NAY. Prop 74: Public School Teacher Tenure. We treat teachers like total crap. Is this how Wingnuts think we can attract better/more teachers? I vote NAY. Proposition 75: Union Dues for Political Purposes. Trying to limit the power of the working man. I vote NAY. Proposition 76: State Spending and School Funding Limits. Yeah, the schools…

My wife’s sense of humor and Beta News

My wife’s sense of humor: Glen: “There were two peanuts walking down the street. One was assaulted.” Katie: “My goodness. I hope everyone was ok.” Beta News: Yahoo Maps has launched a Google Maps knock off with their Yahoo Maps. The interface is strikingly similar, except they are using Flash rather than Ajax. I think the choice of technologies is good, and there is some definite interaction design improvement. I like the upper right scroll window. I like the Live Traffic feature alot. However, there are some downsides. First of all, it seems slower than Google maps. I think this…

Firefox and Browser Compatibility

Firefox market penetration has been growing lately. Estimates have been in the range of 8-14% of worldwide traffic. Developing RIA (Rich Internet Applications) has been getting easier in the past few years, but the growth of Firefox adds a new wrinkle. As I see it, there are are a few options for RIA. 1. Flash. This is the most dynamic of all of the presentation foundations. The problem has been the slow transformation of Flash as an animation platform to Flash as a application platform. The main tool they are using is Flex Builder 2. The problem is that Macromedia…

Halloween

Halloween. We left the house for a solid 90 minutes of trick or treating fun. Ethan and Jared ran, sprinted, from house to house. Matthew running as fast as his little frog legs would carry him in pursuit. Matthew was screaming, “TREAT! TREAT! TREAT!” He would climb up the 3 stairs to the door as quickly as he could scramble. Then he would reach out between 4-5 kids and start opening and closing his frog webbed hand. “TREAT! TREAT!” If no treat was forthcoming, then he would step over the welcome mat and enter the house. Finally after receiving his…