Showing posts from May, 2009

Fragile Reminder

Image via WikipediaDriving home today, after having a talk with Josh, I had a realization. I hate yelling now.Despite growing up in a house of yellers (large 4-bedroom, 10 people, majority kids – we were a loud bunch, and yelling was faster than walking all over the house trying to find someone), I don’t like it anymore. I used to be the most vociferous (my grandmother constantly telling me “If I wanted you to yell, I could have done it myself. Get off your butt and go find [insert name of relative]”). We used it mainly as a means of communication -- not to belittle, harm emotionally, nor rant without thinking of the consequences. Josh’s first 4 years were in this environment and he’s sort of used to me being a yeller, but not like this weekend.Sure, I have used yelling in those ways before, who hasn’t? Tim used to complain about my yelling in the house to get Josh and Joy’s attention if they were other areas. Again, as a means of (in my opinion, effective) communication. Didn’t your…

Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan?

Image by Getty Images via Daylife I wish. Many of my friends in real life and online are well aware of my huge *cough*crush*cough* on Nathan Fillion. I am constantly talking about Capt. Tightpants of Firefly, Serenity, and most recently, Castle fame.One fan, with infinitely more time and talent with After Effects than I have has created a simply spectacular movie trailer for a non-existent movie. I hope the movie execs are paying attention.
1) Hire this guy and
2) MAKE A GREEN LANTERN WITH NATHAN FILLION I give you Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern

Response to: Growing up in the Digital Age

Image via CrunchBaseMy blogger/twitter friend Duong wrote an interesting article on Kids in the Digital Age. She ended it with a question:
How do you deal with your kids growing up in the digital age? What advice or suggestions would you offer parents?
My answer was pretty long for a blog comment, and it got me thinking. I decided to post my response here, just in case:
I was/am very strict with my teen son's use of social media. At one point he got his computer privileges taken away for over a month for starting a MySpace account without parental consent -- and I made him wait until he turned 14 (legal age according to MySpace TOS at the time) to get an account. The one rule was that I had to be one of his friends and if necessary, could require his password at anytime. I try to check his account on a regular basis to see what he and his friends are up to. He has to know every person in real life, and his account is private. If he can't explain to me who someone is, I make him d…

Geek 4 Kids

Geek4Kids a new site by @sendchocolate and her kids showcases Tribbles:

Think Geek is carrying tribbles for $14.99-$19.99..and they are guaranteed to be sterile. If they are not, they promise to dispatch someone to your location in seventeen-point-nine years. Is that not kind of them?T., Geek 4 Kids, Feb 2004

I want one. And you should read the whole article. -- Talented bunch of geeky kids over there.

Girl Power!

Who needs men to move? Evidently not me when I have my mom and a few good girlfriends (would be plural but I had to do it this weekend instead of next). I figured my friends are getting tired of moving me and my crap around, totally understandable. Josh counts it as four times in the last two years, including the move from Oregon. It feels like more. This past weekend I just needed to move my stuff out of storage in Long Beach to a less expensive storage center in Lancaster (because who knows how long we will actually be in Lancaster). The biggest piece of “furniture” is my TV, a 30” HDTV that is NOT plasma. That sucker weighs like 300lbs. But we figured it out, got it moved, and no one injured anything.  I say that makes the move a success. Now to finish getting my crap out of my mom’s living room before my sis and nieces come back this weekend …

If there really was a fairy godmother…

What would you wish for and why?This thought is posted at work. No one at work has filled in the little thought bubbles. So here’s my thought bubble:Wisdom -- it might be cliché, but the older I get the more I realize that I need it. A lot. besides, with wisdom I can probably gain contentment, if not happiness, as well as wealth and health.The metabolism I had as a teenager (my nod to vanity)The ability to recognize love.

I’m Starving

Not really, I live in America after all. Not that that matters since we have people who starve here. But that’s another post.I’m affection starved. This is a real phenomenon. Some of you may have heard of it. Yes, it started in my marriage. Before that I had plenty of friends that I could be affectionate with and we never thought anything of it (until later in life when we found out not everyone was as free with hugs and shoulder touches and hand-holding that didn’t mean anything more than “I am so happy to be near you”). Ok, yeah, in High School there was the potential for mixed signals, and maybe even in college, but I lucked out that most of the people I was affectionate with, despite being the opposite gender, had no interest in me sexually. Or if they did, they let me be clueless (thanks guys!)I’m the touchy-feely sort. I need the positive bio-feedback that I get from being touched, being able to touch, and letting people know how I feel about them -- in a purely platonic fashion…

Tooth Fairy

Elizabeth Donovan, M.A of  wrote a comprehensive article on the Tooth Fairy (you know you believed and you make your kids believe for a time) and used one of my ideas (see below). Tooth Fairy: "How parents make the tooth fairy’s visit fun?

* Leave a unique token: Leaving a unique tooth fairy token when your daughter’s first tooth is lost (or for each tooth) is a memorable way to celebrate the occasion. Annette Holland, mother of two and author of the blog Musings, recalls “For both of my children, the Tooth Fairy gave them golden Sacagawea dollars.” Giving your child a unique trinket provide lifelong keepsakes and give your children something special to look forward to with the loss of each tooth.

* Tooth fairy certificate: Create your own personal “Tooth Fairy Award or Certificate” to commemorate the occasion. You may also find pre-designed “Tooth Fairy Certificates” online.

* Throw a ‘Loose Tooth’ party: When your child loses her first too…

Talk Geek to Me, Baby

Ready for some good, clean, fun?Recently, quite by accident, Scott McGrew and I have developed quite the meme on twitter. It all started on April 26th. Well, maybe a day or so earlier, but that is the first time I used #talkgeektome (yup, I take full responsibility, ok, partial. He replied and kept it going, and going and going…).It was supposed to be a joke. Not an ongoing intellectual HAWT (both definitions, thankyouverymuch) conversation. I think I was debating on whether or not to get a USB powered external HDD or go for the one with an external power supply. I still haven’t decided, by the way. But I did order a replacement power supply for my existing Western Digital HDD (Zoe got bored one day… another story). I think I have been having too much fun getting to know people with extremely sexy minds and clean (enough for government work) minds. And I’m learning so much!!! I have my own brand of geek, but as we get more and more into it I’m learning a lot. Especially about servers …

The Governator Likes Open Source

Now this is something I could get behind, and not only because it's Open Source. The only immediate drawback I see is finding quality producers. This is our children's education we are talking about. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has an ambitious plan to reduce the cost of education in California. He intends for the state to develop digital open source textbooks for high school math and science classes. The books will be available for free and will be used at public schools across the state.Schwarzenegger has tasked California Secretary of Education Glen Thomas with making sure that the new textbooks are ready for deployment in fall 2009. Thomas will be collaborating with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the president of the State Board of Education.Public education is costly in California and accounts for roughly 40 percent of the state government's annual budget. The state's current financial woes have forced Schwarzenegger to search for ways to …

Why are powerpoint presentations now called "decks"?

Filed under: Learn something new everydaydaNanner: Why are powerpoint presentations now called "decks"? about 25 minutes ago Tue May 05 22:13:14 +0000 2009 phraktyl: Because you used to arrange physical slides into "decks" to show them. Old terminology. about 24 minutes ago Tue May 05 22:13:49 +0000 2009 Enoxh: Someone decided to call stacks of cards power point presentations..avoids literary confusion... about 24 minutes ago Tue May 05 22:14:06 +0000 2009 jstolle: No freakin' clue. When you find out, please enlighten me. about 22 minutes ago Tue May 05 22:16:13 +0000 2009 BlackLotus73: I don't know but please share the answer when u find out ;) about 19 minutes ago Tue May 05 22:19:17 +0000 2009 GladstoneX: Only if they're printed... Yeah... It's stupid. about 18 minutes ago Tue May 05 22:20:10 +0000 2009

Happy Star Wars Day

Ok, I'm a geek, we know this. What's cool, is that I am meeting all sorts of other geeks. Tim never even told me this, I found out on twitter of all places.
May the 4th is Star Wars Day. Get it? No? Ok.
Me: Happy Star Wars Day! You: What? Me: May the 4th be with you
Now go hug a Wookie.