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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Walkblogging


Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I'm a busy girl, no time to talk.


Taking a break, disturbed only by Mexico's romping through the underbrush.


Go, Team!

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#throwbackthursday


July 2012.


July 2013.


July 2014.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Kittehblogging


Rainy days are good for chilling with your fam.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

One Giant Leap


One small baby.

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Birthday Lights

By Calef Brown:

Light bulbs on a birthday cake.
What a difference that would make!
     Plug it in and make a wish,
     then relax and flip a switch!
No more smoke
      or waxy mess
      to bother any birthday guests.
But Grampa says, “it’s not the same!
      Where’s the magic?
       Where’s the flame?
To get your wish without a doubt,
You need to blow some candles out!”

And thus Sadie turns TWO...

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sadiecake


Tomorrow's her birthday...


...but the was a general consensus that...


...we shouldn't wait for cake.

Presents and bowling with Papa tomorrow.  And more cake.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Familyblogging


Sometimes you just have to give 'em electronics to stop the screaming.


Kittens need no such parental tricks.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Peanuts In Space

You can tell we're approaching the moon landing (and Sadie's birthday):

[T]he agency wanted a symbol, a Smokey the Bear-type mascot for safety in the reinvigorated Apollo program. The agency approached Charles Schulz, the cartoonist behind the Peanuts comic strip, for permission to use Snoopy. He promptly sketched an image of Snoopy as an astronaut for NASA to use.

As a sometimes aviator, Snoopy was a natural choice. Throughout the long-running comic strip, the beagle had frequent fantasies of flying a Sopwith Camel in a dogfight against famed WWI fighter pilot the Red Baron. In all his daydreams, Snoopy refused to accept defeat, even after being shot down and sent to kitchen detail for losing too many aircraft (yes, in his own fantasies). He also had an ‘outside the doghouse’ way of looking at things, a trait NASA wanted its workers to adopt in moving forward with Apollo. A series of Snoopy-in-Space – Astrobeagle – products emerged as part of this campaign.

I resent Ericka for not letting me call our daughter Buzz.  I mean, really, at least I didn't try to name her after a cartoon beagle...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Surveillance Helicopter Society

Yeah, truly:

This is…amazing in a horrible way:

Debra Harrell is currently in jail because she let her 9-year-old daughter play, unsupervised, in a public park. Almost everything about this story (which I noticed courtesy of Lenore Skenazy) is horrifying. Harrell works at McDonald’s. Her daughter used to tag along and stare at a screen at her mother’s workplace during the day. She asked to go to the park instead, was discovered to be without an adult, and her mother was arrested.

If I had grown up in South Carolina (and there was any chance these laws would be applied to white people), I think my parents would be doing life without parole. 

I know a lot of things we 70s kids survived would not pass muster today, but jesus fucking christ, we have got to stop criminalizing basic parenting.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

#throwbackthursday


September 12, 2012.

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Thursday Felinesunbathingblogging


The family that suns together...

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Don't Make Littlefoot Angry


Sam's latest interpretation of Littlefoot (bronto from Land Before Time) on the Leapster.  Interestingly enough, when he applies a B&W filter, it becomes "angry" as opposed to "normal".

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Independence Day Kittenblogging


Mila also never listens to me or John Adams.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Tuesday Globalwarmingblogging


The heat makes even the Two Diablos sleepy.


Mex hates Al Gore.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Living And The Dead


Sam and I took a walk to Pioneer Cemetery this afternoon.

Sam was pretty respectful, but had lots of questions about what each marker said.  He really loved the "tunnel" to get into the graveyard.  

Afterward the boy observed, "some of the people here are dead."  Okay, he's still learning...

ntodd

PS--Yes, yes, a number of people have observed that he was, in fact, correct.  As I have observed before, grownups can be obtuse.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

An Experiment In Darwinism

Vignettes from our time at the playground:

  • Running through a lovely field of clover, a sudden stop.  Sam: "Nobody's here, so can I take off my pants?"
  • Kids being dangerously acrobatic on monkey bars.  Me: "This won't end well."  Sam: "No, it will not."
  • Sadie accidentally flops off parallel bars, bonks head on post.  Sez she: "TADA!"

What does not kill us...

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What Happens To You Here Is For Ever

Sadie's destruction of an old chess book of mine sparked a lighthearted discussion on Facebook.  It also ended up driving me to the long-defunct Open Source Politics and asynchronous chess games we used to host between me and Guy Andrew Hall (aka Rook).

That naturally brought to mind 1984:

[S]eeing that Winston’s glass was empty, he brought the gin bottle and filled it. There was no need to give orders. They knew his habits. The chessboard was always waiting for him, his corner table was always reserved; even when the place was full he had it to himself, since nobody cared to be seen sitting too close to him.
...
He examined the chess problem and set out the pieces. It was a tricky ending, involving a couple of knights. ‘White to play and mate in two moves.’ Winston looked up at the portrait of Big Brother. White always mates, he thought with a sort of cloudy mysticism. Always, without exception, it is so arranged. In no chess problem since the beginning of the world has black ever won. Did it not symbolise the eternal, unvarying triumph of Good over Evil? The huge face gazed back at him, full of calm power. White always mates.

I don't like gin but I probably should try getting back into chess, if only to teach the kids.  It's just so damned hard to concentrate these days.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

#throwbackthursday


Less than a month until Sadie's second birthday!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pretty Smart Girls

This has a certain resonance for me:

How do we get young girls to stick with science? The stats, we know, are abysmal: according to the National Foundation of Science, 66 percent of fourth grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female. There’s a fire in young girls to hypothesize and explore and discover. Where do we lose them?

In a new ad, “Inspire Her Mind,” produced by Verizon and Makers and narrated by Girls Who Code founder, Reshma Saujani, we watch a girl spend her entire childhood absorbing the well-intentioned but stealthily gendered messages of her parents—to place her value on her beauty, to not get her dress dirty, to let her brother handle the power drill—only to reach high school and, well, see for yourself...

Indeed, check out the video and read the discussion about how appropriate this particular corporate co-option of an issue is.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Kittehblogging


Nearing the end of the Blegiversary.  Donate now, or we'll give away the kittehs!

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