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 […]

The Best Place of Ever

August 1st, 2010, 5 Comments

Jacob and Oliver have enjoyed our recent train trip, and our stay, from Kansas to New York City for Debconf. All told, that’s a 40-hour trip, including the layover in Chicago. When we got on the train, in the middle of the night as usual, Jacob couldn’t stop chattering about how “great”, “fun”, and “exciting” […]

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 […]

Perfect use for broken technology: Give it to a 3-year-old

June 26th, 2010, 3 Comments

I last wrote about Jacob’s new computer back in April. He has had fun with it, but is still a little young to appreciate it a whole lot. It’s a fun thing, but not yet a favorite. Yesterday, though, I introduced Jacob to several bits of technology that really got him excited. We have a […]


June 7th, 2010, 6 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, it was nice outside. Terah, Jacob, Oliver, and I went outside. I had my camera to take photos while Jacob and Oliver mostly played. We did try to pose them a bit, but the overall plan was to just take some photos of them doing their own thing. So I wound up taking […]

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 […]


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