Category: Family

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 […]

Mexico Part 1: Genesis and Travel

September 10th, 2011, 14 Comments

My family and I (including our boys) are just back from a great visit to Mexico. It was my first time there, and also the first time our boys have been outside the USA. I’ll be writing about all the fun stuff in the posts to come, so you’ll have to bear with me on […]

A 4-year-old, Linux command line, and microphone

July 30th, 2011, 4 Comments

There are certain times when I’m really glad that we have Linux on the house for our boys to play with. I’ve already written how our 4-year-old Jacob has fun with bash and can chain together commands to draw ASCII animated steam locomotives. Today I thought it might be fun to install cw, a program […]

Jacob and the Amazing Technicolor Adding Machine

July 25th, 2011, 2 Comments

Jacob has been eagerly awaiting this day for at least, well, 2 days now. This morning he started asking questions. All day long he has been wondering how long until the big event. And that event is the arrival of the UPS truck carrying a special $8 package for him. And in that $8 package […]

Pooh, Books, and Dads

July 18th, 2011, 3 Comments

If I think back to fond memories of being with my dad during my childhood, there’s one thing that always comes back first. It’s those late summer evenings outside. Dad often had outdoor projects going on of some sort. I’d go out there hanging around, maybe chatting, maybe playing with cats, or maybe doing something […]

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