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How do you define Awesome?

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I define awesome as a MAME console inside a Tardis.

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How to put a MAME console inside a TARDIS? Yes, that’s a question all right. Should be easy right, what with the TARDIS being bigger on the inside than the outside. Grrrrr! If I were to wring the neck of everyone who mentions that (and believe me after hearing it for the umpteenth time you do feel that way inclined) we’d have a body count approaching that of your average Charles Bronson film (by the way Charles Bronson would kick Chuck Norris’ arse).

[From TARDIS MAME Console]

I can only dream of having that much time, money, and energy… but I CAN at least dream.

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March 24th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

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If there’s any doubt that Jake has influence.

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Today at lunch (we’re all sick, so easter lunch was at Sweet Tomatoes instead of at a friend’s house. We didn’t want to share our germs with people we actually know) Jake decided to eat his Jell-o through a straw, which prompted Grace to try it with varying degrees of success. Sam didn’t want Jell-o, so he proceeded to use his straw to eat his honeydew melon (he would “core” out a little piece and then suck it up in the straw)… we’re a classy bunch.

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March 23rd, 2008 at 6:13 pm

We just got back from the JoCo show.

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Grandma made it up in time to watch the kids and Alicia and I went to see Jonathan Coulton play at the Variety Playhouse down in little five. By my estimation it was about 15 years ago that I went to my first show, and it was at the Variety Playhouse as well. I went (with somebody, I think Brian Winslett) to go see Radiohead play there, when their song Creep was just becoming a hit. The Urge opened up for them which led me into numerous years of trying to explain that I enjoyed The Urge, not Urge Overkill (though UO weren’t bad at times). The Urge was a loud raucous band that played some blend of ska/punk/reggae/metal/rock (the description of which sounds vaguely like Skankin Pickle but I don’t consider them similar bands). Radiohead was much louder than I expected, and it was a great show in a relatively small venue. There were about 400 people there tonight, and probably about 1000 or so back in 1993 for Radiohead.


By Jacob Davies on Flickr

Of course coming back to see a show in a venue I’ve not set foot in for at least ten years made me feel old. Combine that with the fact that Radiohead is playing soon at Lakewood Amphitheater (a venue where I went to see Lalapalooza and other multi-act “big shows”) didn’t help either. The opening act tonight were Paul and Storm, who were quite entertaining. P&S were throwing out moon pies to the occasional audience members (including the guy wearing the thinkgeek.com light-up LED equalizer shirt… did I mention this was a nerdy crowd?), and there was a large amount of crowd participation for both sets. JoCo hit most of the songs I was hoping to hear, and was a bit punchy and jet-lagged which made for very entertaining set. All in all it was a great show. The highlight was probably the mid-song break during Soft Rocked By Me in which P&S went into a plethora of random soft rock songs (the ones Alicia knew far better than I), though the audience participation during Re: Your Brains and the encore cover of Sweet Caroline were pretty great too.

Amazingly Alicia had a good time (and not just because we went to Flying Biscuit to eat dinner before we went to the show).

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March 23rd, 2008 at 1:18 am

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Sam’s nose…

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I was going to wait until I got the picture I took of it off the camera, but…

Within 45 seconds of my walking in the door last night Sam was crying. He and Jake had been watching a DVD and Grace was messing with the little DVD player and Jake had told her to stop. So Grace was mad at Jake, but because she couldn’t get high enough she turned her head sideways and BIT the bridge of Sam’s nose, leaving bright red grooves on the sides. *sigh*

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March 22nd, 2008 at 7:58 am

Guess what Grace’s favorite movie is right now?

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She’s sitting in her chair and, at the top of her lungs:

“TOMORROW I LOVE YA A DAY AWAY!”


Oh, and a slightly older one that Alicia sent me in e-mail one day:

Sam (playing with pegs): “That’s it Grace–put it back. Now, don’t disturb me again!”

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March 21st, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Braves in 09 and beyond

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I’m not sure how the Braves should spend the money they’ve got coming off the books after this season. This analysis is an interesting look at the options.

In the 1990’s, Atlanta fans were like children in affluent families. If we saw something we liked, we got it with no questions asked. Be it free-agent acquisitions like Greg Maddux and Andres Galarraga or extended stays from current stars like Tom Glavine and Chipper Jones, Atlanta basically got what it wanted. Here we are in 2008, half a decade into an era of fiscal limitations in Atlanta, and every fan looks at every possible acquisition with the same question: Can we afford him? To understand the future possibilities, all we can do is look at the money and the future of the budget, thanks to the help of the wonderful Cot’s Baseball Contracts website.

[From Braves Report » Following The Money]

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March 20th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

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Linked Article: The First, The Free, and the Good

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This is an interesting way to think about software. The article is looking at something from an iPhone developer perspective where I’d be interested to look at it from a web-app/website perspective.

My current hypothesis is that there are at least three positions of prominence in each segment — three ways to be number one, if you will: The First One, The Free One, and The Good One.

[From stevenf.com: The First, The Free, and the Good]

With Wordtrip we’ve always been the Free One, and I’ve always tried to be the Good One. I think the problem I’ve had lately is that the metric for what is “good” in the writing website field is a bit vague. That’s probably less a “market” issue and more an issue of my defining the market we’re aiming for and then determining what the good should be (be that magazine style articles, critique services, publication outlets, marketing networks, or whatever).

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March 20th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

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Ouch…

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Found via 43Folders…

“I’m not babysitting. I’m fathering. I’m being a dad. I’m doing the single-most important thing I could be doing right now – spending meaningful time with my son.”

But over the last few months, I have come to realize that I have not been as “fully present” as I would like to be for my son. I have not been so fully engaged in the “single-most important thing I should be doing right now.”

[From Juggling Sheep: Fully Present - Fatherhood]

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March 20th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

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Another one rides the bus

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Another giant of Science Fiction has passed. Rest in Peace Sir.

British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90.

[From BBC NEWS | UK | Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90]

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March 18th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

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Why I’m not back in college (yet), and why I don’t mind a little debt (for now)

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I came across this entry over at Soul Shelter and it was a concept I could really go with. My favorite quote has less to do with the topic of school, but it illustrates the point.

Let’s say you want to write a book. From a moneymaking standpoint, that’s a terrible idea for most people; it’s like moving to Australia so you can date Elle McPherson, or starting a rock band because you want to become famous—sweet thoughts, but dreadfully naïve.

[From Soul Shelter » Blog Archive » Recognizing the Opportunity Within]

I want to go back to school, but not so I can “get a degree and a better job.” I want to go back to school because I enjoy learning. The degree and “better job” (or at least better pay at the job I already have) would be secondary to my enjoyment of learning. The reason I’m NOT in school now is not because I don’t love learning enough. It’s because I have young kids, and while I can go to college at any point in my life, I can only enjoy their childhood now. I plan on going back to college at some point, but at this point in my life the added knowledge and income would in no way offset the loss of the time with my kids.

The same goes for debt. I don’t like to carry debt, and I know it’s going to cost me more in the long run to have it now, but it’s better than the other options at this point. I could get a second job, or my wife could stop homeschooling our kids and go take a job somewhere, and we could take care of our debt in just a year or two. But, it goes back to the kids. An extra income from my wife 10 years down the road can still take care of our debt if we’re frugal and reasonable with it (which we are), but if she does it now, we lose that time with the kids while they’re young and WANT us around. So I’m more than willing to pay an extra $10K-20K (or $50K-100K even) in 10 years for the chance to spend more evenings with the little ones NOW, and my wife to be there for all those times they do something wonderful and heartwarming that no day-care or school would ever share.

If time is money, I’d rather give up my money and time when I’m 50 and don’t have the little ones there to wake me up with a hug and request for honey-nut Cheerios shared, than I’d like to give up that time now, and have the money for a new HDTV, Wii, or Macbook Air.

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March 18th, 2008 at 11:59 am

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