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Too Strange for Jon Stewart

July 19th, 2011, 4 Comments

I would have probably dismissed as not realistic enough for even The Daily Show this kind of story, had someone suggested it a few months ago: Rupert Murdoch’s corporation (owner of FOX News, Wall Street Journal, News of the World, etc) would have been found to have illegally accessed other people’s voicemails. These included voicemails […]

Trains and Birthdays

July 19th, 2011, No Comments

This weekend, the boys got what they’ve been waiting for: another trip on Amtrak.  For the last week or so, Jacob has had a morning ritual.  He’ll look at the calendar, figure out what today is, figure out when we’ll get on the train, and then figure out how many days it will be.  As […]

Decreasing Time to Eternal September

July 15th, 2011, 7 Comments

For those of you that aren’t familiar, please read about the Eternal September, which refers to the lasting damage to a community when vast numbers of newbies suddenly enter and dramatically harm the quality and usefulness if discussions. Email: 24 years Usenet: 13 years Facebook: 2 years Google Plus: ?

First Look at Google Plus

July 12th, 2011, 15 Comments

Seems like everybody’s writing Google+ reviews these days, but most of the ones I’ve found seem to be fluff pieces. I haven’t used it long, but have some initial impressions to share. First, an analogy. Facebook reminds me of the sleazy guy selling stuff from his car down the street. They do things like change […]

Back from Joplin

June 6th, 2011, 5 Comments

I’m just back from spending a few days volunteering with the tornado recovery effort in Joplin, MO. The biggest image that remains in my mind is of the first time I saw a person picking through a large pile of rubble. The person was standing on top of what used to be a house. Now […]

Baptism

May 22nd, 2011, 26 Comments

Today I was baptized and joined the Mennonite Church. I imagine this might surprise some of you for various reasons, so let me provide a bit of background. I’ve had a lot of people, both in person and in comments responding to my blog post, express surprise with statements I have made. The view of […]

Napoleon, Winter in May, and Silly String

May 14th, 2011, 2 Comments

This is just a diary of a random day sort of post. Nothing all that particularly unusual, but then perhaps if I only blog about the unusual, the typical gets lost. This week started out with temperatures as high at 99F. Today we didn’t even reach 60, and tonight will be cold almost to freezing. […]

The death of one

May 3rd, 2011, 9 Comments

”I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only […]

Anniversary: Europe Ideas?

April 29th, 2011, 21 Comments

Terah and I have our 10th wedding anniversary coming up this fall. We’ve discussed a bit what we’d like to do. Terah said that she’d enjoy a relaxing resort on a beach somewhere with a reasonable hotel room so there isn’t really anything we have to do — just relax. I said that I’d love […]

Adventure: 1 dad, 2 boys, and lots of trains

April 23rd, 2011, 3 Comments

Terah and I recently decided that each of us could use a “day off” of not having to do work or supervise boys. Yesterday I had the day off work so that was mine. I took my Kindle, along with its Gutenberg copy of War and Peace, which yes, I’m reading for fun. I slept […]

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