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April 17th, 2013, 2 Comments

One of the benefits of working from home is that I have a great view of Kansas from my desk. While I work, I have seen sunrises, snowfall, birds, rain, ice, and all sorts of wildlife. I heard this verse of Home on the Range the other day, which reminded me of this: “How often […]

Milk, Cookies, and Delight

December 28th, 2012, 6 Comments

Sometimes an attic is all it takes to delight children. This afternoon, the boys and I made cookies. Jacob has been talking about setting out milk and cookies for Santa Claus for several days, and of course the fact that we had made cookies reminded him of this – as I figured it would. So […]

Proof Humans Are Capable of Working Magic

July 31st, 2012, 5 Comments

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly […]

Dear FedEx: I Live Here

March 8th, 2012, 8 Comments

FedEx has had some issues in my area. There for awhile, they kept returning packages as undeliverable, saying the address was bad. It wasn’t. Just because their GPS can’t find it or their driver doesn’t know it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. A map, a real map, would have done it. I had this kind […]

Unreported Disk Data Corruption – Kernel Bug?

March 3rd, 2012, 9 Comments

Well this is new, and I’m utterly baffled. Here’s a file that’s not in use by anything. $ md5sum xppro.vdi 589cbb5501dcddda047344a3550aaa95 xppro.vdi $ md5sum xppro.vdi a69806ec60d39e06473edbb0abd71637 xppro.vdi Every time I run md5sum on it, I get a different answer. Same story with sha256sum. If I grab just the first 100MB, it gives the same answer […]

Timelessness of an Old Pickup

February 25th, 2012, 6 Comments

Our society is one that is pretty well defined by timeliness. TV programs start at a precise time, down to the second. Schools have elaborate timekeeping systems. Even church services are carefully timed. We know how fast we’re going, and our GPS or phones tell us when we’ll get there. And we’re pretty confident that […]

A Parenting Dilemma

November 15th, 2011, 1 Comment

A few snippets so far from our train trip from Kansas to Portland. Terah, Jacob, Oliver, and I are on the trip, which is about 2.5 days on the train. The Parenting Dilemma So, if you are eating dinner, and your 5-year-old falls asleep with his head on the table, and you know he had […]

Being Helpful

August 15th, 2011, 1 Comment

After a couple of recent storms, we had some large branches down in our yard. Today was a new milestone: it was the first time out boys helped me clean up storm damage. We all trooped outside, and for a minute, the boys kind of ran around while I found a saw. We needed to […]

Party Time / Dancing Time

August 7th, 2011, 2 Comments

This afternoon… Jacob: “These pancakes have sprinkles in them! Parties have sprinkles. I think we are having a party! Right, mom?” Terah: “Sure, this could be a pancake party.” Jacob: “And all parties also have ICE CREAM! So we should have some ice cream.” Terah: “Uh, Jacob, I’m not so–” Jacob: “Oliver, we are having […]

Please. Stop. Removing. Features.

August 4th, 2011, 27 Comments

apt-get dist-upgrade is getting a little less fun these days. It’s not because of a problem with Debian or with apt-get. It’s because of things upstream authors are doing. It seems that upstreams, for some reason, like to remove features from new versions of software. The two recent examples to bite me are the removal […]

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