Category: Family

I introduced my 5-year-old and 2-year-old to startx and xmonad. They’re DELIGHTED!

June 20th, 2012, 136 Comments

Two years ago, Jacob (then 3) and I built his first computer together. I installed Debian on it, but never put a GUI on the thing. It’s command-line, and has provided lots of enjoyment off and on over the last couple of years. I’ve written extensively about what our boys like to do, and the […]

26 Hours At The Creek

April 7th, 2012, 8 Comments

I’m back from one of the best experiences a father can have – a whole day with two happy boys. I took Jacob (5) and Oliver (2) camping with me out by our creek. This was the first time we’d camped there, and also the first time I’d taken the boys camping without Terah along. […]

German: Suprisingly Hilarious for a 2-Year-Old

March 23rd, 2012, 2 Comments

The other night, I was tucking the boys into bed. I occasionally use a few German words with them (I don’t know all that many myself, but hey). They’d been rather bored with it, so I had dropped it for a few months. I said to Oliver, “Gute Nacht, Oliver. That means good night in […]

XMPP for Children

February 11th, 2012, 8 Comments

When Jacob was just born, I wondered how I might introduce them to computing. I thought over various things, but that wasn’t really the most pressing thing right then. I don’t suppose that I could have predicted installing an XMPP IM server (Prosody) for the boys. And I certainly couldn’t have predicted creating accounts named: […]

Shell Scripts For Preschoolers

February 10th, 2012, 5 Comments

It probably comes as no surprise to anybody that Jacob has had a computer since he was 3. Jacob and I built it from spare parts, together. It may come as something of a surprise that it has no graphical interface, and Jacob uses the command line and loves it — and did even before […]

Rain, A Funeral, and Excitement

February 4th, 2012, 2 Comments

Rain Friday was something of a rare day for February in Kansas. Starting at about 2AM, the wind picked up, blowing so hard that our windows rattled. That part isn’t so rare. Then the cold rain started, dropping almost 2.5″ throughout the day. As I worked, I had the blinds on the windows open, but […]

Snapshots of Life

December 5th, 2011, 1 Comment

It’s been busy lately, and I haven’t had the time to blog. With the change in job, various travel, and settling into a new routine, I’ve not done as much writing of late. But life marches on, and before memories grow too fleeting, I think I should share a few. We recently changed the arrangements […]


September 26th, 2011, 2 Comments

“Dad, will you and mom stay up all night decorating the house for me?” That was Jacob’s question to me at bedtime the evening before his fifth birthday. Jacob had already had his birthday party a few weeks ago. When scheduling means that parties happen that far away from the boys’ real birthdays, they get […]

Mexico Part 6: Conclusion

September 20th, 2011, 1 Comment

The sixth in a series; see also parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. It’s been about two weeks now since we got back home. Every few days, our boys still talk about Mexico. Jacob talks about what he will want to do “when we go back” and how he’d like to see Jonathan over […]

Mexico Part 2: Lodging & Family

September 11th, 2011, 12 Comments

As I wrote in part 1, my family and I were in Mexico recently. Today I’ll write about the places we stayed. We spent most of the time in a room we rented in a private home in Guadalajara. My friend Jonathan had found it for us, and it was not too far from his […]

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