Tag: jacob

Glockenklang, Forever

December 22nd, 2012, 1 Comment

Jacob (and Oliver too, somewhat) has taken quite the interest in Christmas music this year. Perhaps it’s singing in the choir at school, or perhaps it’s just him getting older, but in any case, Christmas music fascinates him. And no song more than Jingle Bells. I have recordings of it by several artists in different […]

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 […]

A Proud Dad

March 16th, 2011, 12 Comments

I saw this on my computer screen the other day, and I’ve got to say it really warmed my heart. I’ll explain below if it doesn’t provoke that reaction for you. So here’s why that made me happy. Well for one, it was the first time Jacob had left stuff on my computer that I […]

Jacob & Dad & Trains

January 14th, 2011, 3 Comments

Back in July, our family took a train trip from Kansas to New York for Debconf10. And then in September, we went to Indiana. The only train service from here leaves at about 3AM in both directions. So starting about November, Jacob started asking me, “Dad, will you wake me up in the middle of […]

Really Dark Blue

August 5th, 2010, 3 Comments

As we were walking home tonight, Jacob started singing, over and over: Really dark blue, really dark blue, really dark blue… The tune changed a bit, but the words didn’t. Terah and I wondered what was really dark blue, until finally we heard: Really dark blue, really dark blue, really dark blue sky. Really dark […]

Once, We Were Makers

July 21st, 2010, 16 Comments

I saw an article on Wired today: The Lost Tribes of RadioShack. It is well worth the read even if you’re not into electronics. A key quote: [H]is shop is a lone outpost; in a single generation, the American who built, repaired, and tinkered with technology has evolved into an entirely new species: the American […]

Jacob has a new computer — and a favorite shell

April 9th, 2010, 41 Comments

Earlier today, I wrote about building a computer with Jacob, our 3.5-year-old, and setting him up with a Linux shell. We did that this evening, and wow — he loves it. While the Debian Installer was running, he kept begging to type, so I taught him how to hit Alt-F2 and fired up cat for […]

Introducing the Command Line at 3 years

April 9th, 2010, 29 Comments

Jacob is very interested in how things work. He’s 3.5 years old, and into everything. He loves to look at propane tanks, as the pressure meter, and open the lids on top to see the vent underneath. Last night, I showed him our electric meter and the spinning disc inside it. And, more importantly, last […]


March 14th, 2009, 2 Comments

Today, I was sitting on the couch. Jacob crawled up, and pushed me forward, saying “I go there.” He crawled behind me. Then, ready for one of his favorite games, yelled out: “QUISH, daddy!” So I leaned back gently a bit, and said “squish!” Jacob yelled, laughing, “QUISH!” “Quish again, daddy!” So I’d lean back […]


January 17th, 2009, 4 Comments

It’s been quite the day. This evening, Jacob had a new first. He requested I read him an owner’s manual for his bedtime story. Yes, I’m sure years from now, he will still remember how to operate a Motorola W376g cell phone. He had found the manual in its box and had been carrying it […]


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