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March 31, 2002 on 7:14 pm | In Main | No Comments

Despite the fact that it was Easter Sunday, Sean had an off day today. We started Sean’s day with an egg hunt. He was interested in a few of the eggs, but became bored after just a short while. He didn’t sleep well for his nap this afternoon, taking forever to fall asleep, then woke up and stayed drowsy. He had some trips and falls this evening. Just after dinner, he tripped in the kitchen area and planted his forehead right onto the side of one of the breakfast nook chairs. Later, we took him to the park, and he had some spills there as well. On one of the curved slides, his feet caught on the side, and he ended up face first in the sand. Of course, Sean took all of this in stride, and still enjoyed himself.

Iron Monkey

March 31, 2002 on 7:09 pm | In Movie Reviews | No Comments

The second movie of the weekend was Iron Monkey. I can honestly say this is one of the best martial arts movies I have ever seen. I thought it was better than Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. In addition to the excellent martial arts scenes, the movie had an intricate plot, and some subtle humor was thrown as well. I think the crop of newer computer-enhanced martial arts films could learn a thing or two from this movie. I rate it an A.

Buy it.

Iron Monkey

Life is a House

March 31, 2002 on 7:05 pm | In Movie Reviews | No Comments

The first movie of the weekend was Life is a House. This movie is about a divorced father who learns he has terminal cancer, played by Kevin Klein. Cortney thought this movie was a tear jerker. I thought it had some sad parts, but had a happy ending. It was still entertaining, with reasonable acting. I rate this movie a B+.

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March 30, 2002 on 11:10 pm | In Main | No Comments

After the big meal tonight, we took Sean to the pink (but mostly green) park. He was full of energy. He ran around more than I have ever seen him. He ran so much, his face was flushed from all of the effort. At one point, he ran after a dog chasing after a tennis ball, then turned around a ran back after the dog started chasing after him. This was the fastest I have seen him run. After all that exercise, he should sleep well tonight.

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March 30, 2002 on 11:07 pm | In Main | No Comments

We all went out to eat tonight at a local Italian restaurant. The restaurant wasn’t very crowded, so they sat us at in a long booth. I tried to get Sean to sit in the booster seat, but he kept rocking back and forth, falling out of it. So, I had to spend most of my meal while he was jumping up and down on the seat. The waitress commented on how well behaved he was. We were at least able to keep him occupied during the meal.

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March 30, 2002 on 11:05 pm | In Main | No Comments

Oh the joys of home ownership. The pool pump motor has become very loud for the last week or two. The guy at the pool store confirmed what I had suspected, that the bearings are starting to go bad. Sometime soon, the motor will actually seaze, and then I will have to get a new one. The cost of the new motor will be around $200, plus my labor to replace the old one.

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March 30, 2002 on 7:05 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean and I went hiking this morning. We went on the trail with the highest peak, even though it is one of the shortest trails. For an extra challenge, I went over the part that climbs up and down the peak twice. I almost did it three times. On the way down the second time, I heard a yell from one of the hikers that I had passed. Sean had managed to kick off one of his shoes, leaving it on the trail. I walked back up to meet the hiker half way to pick up the shoe. If the shoe hadn’t been found, I would have to go over the trail again.

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March 29, 2002 on 10:41 pm | In Main | No Comments

The sky cleared up this afternoon, and it turned into a nice day. We took Sean to the park where we had his 2 year birthday party. Sean had fun playing on the slides and the swings. You can see here how much fun he had:


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March 29, 2002 on 7:35 pm | In Main | No Comments

Fox News, always ready to pour salt in CNN’s wounds, points out that AOL Time Warner has decided that Speedy Gonzalez is too racially offensive for the cartoon network channel. I was amazed to hear about this, as the cartoon was one of my favorites while growing up as a kid. Note that this isn’t censorship, just a dumb business decision. But don’t worry, you can still catch it on the hispanic cartoon network. It turns out that the cartoon is very popular in Latin America.

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March 29, 2002 on 7:29 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today was a holiday from work. I took advantage of the day off to get my car repaired and to get the home finances in shape. The air conditioning system in my car wasn’t working so well. I didn’t want to get too far into the warm Arizona spring without air conditioning in my car.

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March 28, 2002 on 9:00 pm | In Main | No Comments

Many people have been discussing privacy on the internet of late. A flavor of the discussions can be found on Politech. I’m beginning to wonder if the issue is really privacy. I think the issue is of ownership of transaction data. My proposal is that both parties of a transaction should “own” that transaction, and have a say in what is done with the data. Before the age of computers, each individual transaction had no value. Today, aggragated transaction data has quite a bit of value. The interesting thing about my proposal is that it would essentially make the credit reporting firms illegal, in that they profit from data ownded by individuals (and the second parties in the transactions — credit card firms, mortgage companies, bill agencies). If we owned our own data, some people may choose to allow their data to be sold, some would want to share in the profits, and some would not want their data shared at all. This illustrates my point that the issue isn’t privacy, but ownership.

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March 28, 2002 on 8:53 pm | In Main | No Comments

One of Sean’s favorite activities is to point at objects and have me tell with the name of the object is. Tonight, Sean started pointing at objects on the television for me to tell him what he was seeing. We did this during two of his favorite shows — Emeril Live! (“Bam”) and Star Trek.

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March 28, 2002 on 8:50 pm | In Main | No Comments

It was supposed to get up over 90 degrees, with a low pressure front moving through overnight, bringing rain and cooler weather. Instead, the front start moving through today, so it wasn’t hot all. Some rain did fall from the clouds, but evaporated before it hit the ground, we didn’t really get an rain. Such is life in the desert.

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March 27, 2002 on 7:26 pm | In Main | No Comments

It was a nice evening tonight, so Sean and I went to the park. Actually, we visited both parks near our house. At the pink (but mostly green) park, Sean had fun going down all of the slides. At the park closest to our house, Sean and I had fun on the swing. Sean had a nice ride from the first park to the second on my shoulders. Sean went to sleep without any complaints tonight.

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March 26, 2002 on 8:28 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean was full of energy tonight. Maybe it was the full moon. He was so wound up, he didn’t want to go to bed at his normal time. He refused to go upstairs on his, then fought having his teeth brushed, then cried when we put him down in the crib. It was tough walking away from that.


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