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Month: July 2006

Lipkandy

There is a band called Lipkandy.  That has Lipka in it.  heh heh.

Intelligence

I had previously written (in 2004) that my goal was Wisdom.  I think this was my 26th post.  However, I want to log a few thoughts on intelligence.  I had read somewhere that intelligence is the ability to see signal in what would otherwise be perceived as random noise. For example, when I see numbers and statistics, it looks like a jumble of Sanskrit characters.  It might as well be random.  However, when I see a painting, I see a pattern to the strokes and composition that other people might consider random.  This book I am reading, Flow, talks alot…

dohwannaseep, Mama

I put Matthew down on his mattress on the floor next to our bed.  He starts chanting. “dohwannaseep, Mama!” “dohwannaseep, Mama!” “dohwannaseep, Mama!” “dohwannaseep, Mama!” “dohwannaseep, Mama!” “dohwannaseep, Mama!” Insistent little guy. In wonderful news, my cousin Andy had his first child today!  I know nothing of details yet.

SunSplash Trip

This weekend was non-stop.  We went to Sacramento on Saturday morning and visited the Train Museum.  It was interesting, but didn’t really hold the kids attention for too long.  It was 3900 degrees that day.  3500 in the shade, which was nice, except there was no shade. Then we went to Melynda’s house for her husband Dan’s 50th birthday party.  There were Polynesian Hula Dancers as entertainment.  It was fun for the first few dances, but then Matthew started screaming and I had to take him away. Then Saturday night, we slept at the Larkspur Hotel, which was very nice. …

Flow

Started to read Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Woof, what a name. It is interesting, but I don’t know if I am going to like it. Basically, he is saying that we can control if we are happy or not. Despite having said this before to people, something just strikes me odd about it. Happiness. Such an elusive goal. Ethan is often unhappy. How can we help him to be happier? I described to him what being ‘in the zone’ means when you are playing. When you can not miss and everything you do feels just right. Everything is so new…

Happy Birthday Matthew!

Ok, this is my new theme.  I hope it works for everyone. Monday was Matthew’s birthday. On Sunday, we all went to Six Flag’s Marine World in Vallejo.  It was pretty fun.  Ethan wanted to go on the Roller Coasters, but he was 1 inch too short for them, thank god. (47 inches)  Jared and Matt had good times, but Ethan was so excited to be around so many people.  In lines for the rides, he would talk non-stop to girls in line beside us.  He loves people so much. Matthew got a little heat exhaustion and threw up.  …

WordPress

Well, I am still getting used to WordPress. It certainly works better in Firefox than in IE. This theme also works better in Firefox than in IE. There are so many features of this software. Truly, I am overwhelmed. So, what do you think? Does this theme say commadot.com to you? Make a suggestion for a new theme. Just google WordPress themes. What about this one? Email me if this thing doesn’t let you post a comment.

Blog Migration

I am working on a migration of my blog to WordPress. This is a test. Wow. Ok, test complete. WordPress is pretty cool,although it took me a while to get it up and running. A few things I don’t love. I will update soon.

The Mystery of the Belly-Button

If you have an Innie belly button: Insert your finger deep into your belly button. Move it around slightly. Now smell your finger. I believe that all human beings cringe at this exercise. (All who have ‘innies’ anyway) Many people are fascinated and afraid of their belly-buttons. It is not an erogenous zone, but it holds almost the same shameful obsession. People do not like you sticking YOUR finger in THEIR belly-buttons. Besides being a little ticklish, it feels like ‘penatration’ and evokes uncomfortable feelings. I often wonder where the bottom of my belly-button is. Does it go all the…

Year of the JavaScript

2006 can be terms the year JavaScript was reborn. So many great things are happening with JavaScript and the field of interaction design. There are many libraries now that can achieve goals that previously were incredibly time consuming. Here some of my current favories. http://www.jquery.com (Nice small tool for programming interactivity into your pages easier) – jQuery supports CSS 1-3 and basic XPath. – jQuery is about 10kb in size. – jQuery works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. http://jstween.blogspot.com/ (Very well written, and small, library for adding motion tweens to any positioned object in the DOM. We are…

Hell in a hand basket

All of the news over the last year has led me to believe we are going to hell in a handbasket. Iraq, killing, fraud, division, gas prices, real estate prices, North Korea, Iran. I think Danny is right that Ken Lay faked his death. I think that gas prices will go over $4. I that North Korea is a puppet of China. I think that divisions in out society will get deeper before they get better. Maybe I should invest in a “hell in a hand basket” mutual fund. Then, maybe my investing luck will make that fund do poorly,…

Welcome to Disgusting Island!

Welcome to Disgusting Island! I am your host, Mr. O’Rourke. On this island you will see your more disgusting fantasies comes true. Just this week we have seen: Matthew rubbing feces all over his body while on the couch! Diarhea! Jared throwing up in the Dining Room! Jared throwing up in the Kitchen! Messy Diapers! Ethan’s adult teeth growing in his mouth without pushing out the baby teeth! Crying and screaming and yelling galore! And more! So welcome and please join in the fun. If you have anything disgusting, please share with the others — Note: Katie said, “I am…

Fireworks

I took Ethan and Jared to the Foster City fireworks display last night. We had to park almost a mile away. Luckily I brought their razor’s so they didn’t get tired. We found a nice spot, right in front where we could see the fireworks right over our heads. At about T-15min, they let off a practice shot. It went pop–whistle–BANG! That was the moment Jared started to panic. He looked at me like I had just shown him the face of pure evil. He said, “I want to go home!” I tried to relax him, but he was not…

SuperJesus

I took the boys yesterday to see a matinee of Superman Returns. The movie was mediocre, with medium acting. They put Parker Posey as Lex Luthor’s (Kevin Spacey) girlfriend. The other Superman movies made sure to have a buxom blonde in that role. Then then had a cute girl to be Lois Lane. I would have preferred Parker Posey as Lois Lane. Isn’t is funny how in Superman, everyone’s name is an alliteration. Klark Kent, Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Parker Posey. Anyway, the worst thing about the movie was the blatant Jesus metaphor. Basically, they tried to tie…