35 and Still Alive

The kids sang to me this morning: Happy Birthday to you. You live in a zoo. You smell like a monkey, and you look like one too. Good boys. Today is a beautiful day. Predictions for Glen’s 35th year: Blake wins American Idol. Jets win Superbowl Glen wins Pulitzer for best non-fiction book.

Exciting News

Exciting news: The book publisher has green lit my book. I am starting to write it now. It is about jQuery and how it empowers designers. I will give a better summary after I work on it for a little while. I get an advance and everything. The book will be made of physical paper…

Holy YouTube!

Ok, I know I posted 10 minutes ago.  But I have been looking at YouTube.  WOW.  There is some amazing stuff here. Look at these kickass athletes!  The guy at the top in UNREAL!  Less cool, but very clever.  Did you know this was possible with a guitar? Cute, but Ethan is cuter.  And Jared is…

My Whole Body Hurts

My whole body hurts.  It hurts to type.  I played tennis yesterday and today for 2.5 hours each.  I joined a 4.0-4.5 league.  The competition seems right. My physical game is ok, but my mental game is horrible.  I am constantly trying to STOP thinking about my game.  Whenever I am thinking about my game,…

A wonderful thing has happened!

I was checking email this morning with Matthew on my lap.  He slid off and sat under Katie’s desk.  I immediately recognized this action.  He needed to go #2!  So I jumped up and said, "Come on Matt, let’s go sit on the potty."  I put him on the throne and he looked at me…

Meet-aversary

It was 12 years ago tomorrow, St. Patricks Day.  I went downtown in NYC with my cousin Andy.  We hit Jack Dempseys Bar.  Is that the right one?  I saw this girl across the room smiling at me.  I asked Andy if he knew her.  he said, "Her name is Kathy, and her friend is…

What “Bee” the problem?

Something is definetely going on.  Bees have disappeared all over America. http://digg.com/environment/Earth_Life_Threats_Alarming_Disappearance_of_Honey_Bees  This is not cool.  A third of all of our agriculture depends on these little creatures.  We are not ready to deploy millions of nanobots either!  We are not far enough along to make “The Age of Spiritual Machines” a reality.  I knew…

Beard

I shaved the beard.  I like the way it looked, but I just couldn’t get used to the way it felt.  I was constantly touching it and playing with the whiskers with my tongue.  It was a fairly bad Cher impersonation. This is me WITHOUT the beard.  This is me WITH the beard.  Which is…

Germ factory

Matthew has made me sick.  His cough and stuff nose have worked their way over to me.  I didn’t used to get sick before these little germ factories were born.  I used to have to “pretend” to be sick, just so I could stay home from school.  I don’t ever remember actually being sick or…

A funny thing happened on the way to the funeral

The trip was a comedy of errors from start to finish. Original plans: SFO to Dallas to Indianapolis then drive to New Albany Indiana (near Louisville).  Return Friday.We get to the airport LATE as usual.  They tell us, "Doesn’t matter.  Indianapolis is closed.  Don’t go to Dallas."  We comply and get rescheduled for a few hours…

Ode to Alice

Alice (Katie’s grandmother) died this week. She was a feisty old woman. She would would have turned 100 this year. I remember so vividly he telling Ben at Christmas, "I’m a wrapper!!" and crossing her fingers in a gang sign. She told great stories like when the first car arrived in town. She spoke alot…

My gifted boys

The three of them are doing great.  Ethan is reading chapter books like The Hobbit!  He is also doing 3rd grade math, like long multiplication.  I taught him how to read a clock in one sitting.  Jared is starting to read phonics books.  Katie tells me the other parents think Jared is naturally gifted in…

Picasa Plan Part Three

Check out this: http://picasaweb.google.com/glenlipkaOk, so it would cost me for the storage.  They have a really crappy deal in comparison to Flickr.  But I am REALLY happy with the way Picasa integrates with it.  I can add captions or fix red-eye and upload JUST that one single photo and the thumbnail would fix itself.The only…

Picasa Plan Part Two

All is going well.  This page was helpful.  I have a decent template.  Although there are some little parts that I am unhappy with.Check out the first try: http://pictures.kokopop.com/2007/2007-01-01/index.htmlYou know lately Powweb has been very slow.  They have a new management team and I am getting annoyed.  I want a new version of WordPress and…

Picasa Plan Part One

I got little sleep last night.  Right before going to sleep, Katie said, "I think http://pictures.kokopop.com has a bad user experience."  I tried to go to sleep, but couldn't.  She was correct.  It was limited.  And making the albums was a pain in the ass.  Plus their were features I wanted, but couldn't have.So I…

Winter Solstice

Today is the shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice.  It is the day when, for thousands of years, mankind has celebrated the end of darkness and the beginning of a new year.  It is the day when we say, "From here on, we will get more sunshine".  Our house is prepared.  Big tree that…

Pink Eye part 2

The other eye went pink.  I feel like Helen Gahagan Douglas.  It's painful and itchy and blurry.  So I am trying to be useful and am wrapping a few presents.  Katie yelled at me when I tried to sort some laundry.  Bad Glen, Bad!Watch this video.  I know what I should give to Katie for Solstice.

Pink Eye

My rotten children have given me pink eye.  What a pain in the ass.  I am going to the doctor today.  I just hope that I have not infected anyone.This morning, I was getting Matt dressed.  Here is the dialogue.Daddy: Come on, let's get your socks on.Matt: No, I caaaannnn't.Daddy; Yes, you can.  You are…

Jets Playoff Hopes – by Dan Lipka

This is an spell checked prognosis from Dan Lipka. (It needed alot of corrections!)Ok, assuming that the Jets win out (they play Miami and Oakland), there this is what the situation is: There are four team with the same 8-6 record (Jets, Cincy, Jacksonville and Denver). The Jets don't have a tie-breaker against any of…

24 and Penny

Katie and I watched the last DVD from Netflix of the TV Series "24 Season 1".  6 DVDs with 4 hours each.  It was a 24 marathon.  I really hate this show.  It makes no sense.  It’s Los Angeles and they can drive to work in 8 minutes???  I don’t think so.  The whole thing made…

Change of pace

I had gotten so used to being reactive at Intuit.  The phone would ring, the email would arrive, the meetings would be scheduled.  I only had time to "work" in between these hectic moments.  So much so, that I had to avoid some meetings (Like the dreaded PELT) to actually get some work done.  Now,…

Bread / First Day

Yesterday, I went to get some bread.  I said, "A two and a half pound sourdough, sliced please."  Matthew was in my arms and pointed out his index finger high in the air and yelled, "SCUSE ME ONE MINUTE! SCUSE ME ON MINUTE!"The lady smiled at him and said, "Yes?  Matt perked up and said,…

Lipka Potential

Ethan got his report card.  Even though he is reading at a 2nd-3rd grade level he only got the equivalent of a B in reading.  He wants to get better at Math.  I have been working with him on multiplication using pen and paper.  He seems to get the gist of it, but we shall…

Thanksgiving Gala

Thanksgiving was a gala event at the Lipka house.  Scott, Rachel, Jim and Penny were over.  We had turkey and stuffing and lots of yummies.  I am so stuffed.  I must have eaten 40 lbs worth of food.  Katie asked us all to make Haiku’s before dinner.  You can read them on her blog. Yesterday,…

Happy McTalkAlot

That is my new nickname for Matthew.  He is so happy and he doesn’t shut up.  He is Happy McTalkAlot.  He is literally manic.  He just BIT Jared this morning!  The three of them are going to beat the living hell out of each other for sure.  But in general, they are happy boys.  Matthew’s…

Florida Wedding

We just got back from my mom’s wedding in Boca.  It was a nice backyard affair.  Who knew corn beef, pastrami and potato pancakes could work with Sushi and spring rolls?  It was hot for October in Florida so we did some swimming.  We went to the beach once, but it was so nice, I…

Ethan 7

Ethan turned 7 today and we had a very nice day. He got all kinds of presents and lots of phone calls and visitors. He is happy as a clam. I remember when I turned 7. I had been changing my ‘lucky number’ each year to match my age. But when I turned 7, I…

Jets Lose – Kids Grow Up

The Jets lost a killer game yesterday and nearly broke my heart.  The end of the game was riddiculous and had everything except the tuba player. (Inside Joke to football fans.  Ask a man.)  I could NOT believe they lost. Work is moving along.  jQuery continues to rock the house.  I wish I was a…

Audrey Visit and Pictures

We uploaded new pictures to http://pictures.kokopop.com. This month we have Audrey visiting us.  Audrey is the woman who took care of Ethan while Katie and I worked at Koko.  She potty trained him and spent a ton of time with him during his developing years.  He didn’t remember her, but they quickly got back into…

Vacation

We just got back from a 10 day adventure to the east coast.  We spent the first 5 days in Lake George with Danny, Dad, Me and all wives/kids.  It was a good time.  We went fishing and caught bass.  We canoed on the lake.  At one point, Abigail and Ethan wanted to canoe together…

Lipkandy

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

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…

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…

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…

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!…

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…

Animal Husbandry

Read this New York Times article if you are married or have a significant other. Katie sent it to me. I am not annoyed at being likened to a circus animal. Quite the contrary. I am happy that Katie has stumbled upon this concept. I want to be trained to clean up more; criticize less;…

Scary Story

There once was a boy who was allergic to pollen. He had hay fever. His spine also was a tiny bit curved which made sleeping on a hard surface painful. The boy also had this wierd thing where he needed to sleep with his legs apart. If his legs were together, it would bug him…

Hand Gestures

Ok, to set up the story, put your fingers up in the air in a peace sign. (Index and middle finger up, with other fingers down under the thumb). Then point your two fingers towards your eyes. Then point them away from you, straight ahead. Do this 5 times back and forth fairly quickly. Remember…