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November 30, 2002 on 9:15 pm | In Main | No Comments

Ethan did well last night, sleeping from 11:00pm to after 5:00am. Unfortunately, I didn’t do as well. I think I am fighting off the cold that Leslie and Sean have. I was tired almost all day long, and didn’t get much accomplished today.

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November 29, 2002 on 9:41 pm | In Main | No Comments

We had some rain today, which is a bit unsual here in the desert. Leslie took Sean to the park, and he didn’t seem to mind wet pants, going down the slides when they were still wet. Ethan had a rough night last night. He just didn’t want to sleep, and didn’t seem to understand why I wasn’t willing to give him any attention in the middle of the night.

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November 29, 2002 on 4:38 pm | In Main | No Comments

I made turkey soup today. This makes the third year in a row that I have made soup from the leftovers of the holiday meal. Yesterday, I started with the turkey bones, boiling them to make a stock. I refrigerated the stock overnight, which causes the fat to congeal at the top, making it easy to discard. I used rice instead of noodles, mainly because we had plenty of rice, and I was to lazy to go to the store to get noodles. I used the lessons I had learned from the last two years, and I believe the result was one tasty soup.

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November 28, 2002 on 7:26 pm | In Main | No Comments

I had to watch Sean and Ethan this morning to let Cortney and Leslie prepare the Thanksgiving dinner, so I took the kids to the park again this morning. Like last night, I put Ethan in the carrier and Sean in the stroller. I think other people had the same idea that I did, as the park was fairly crowded. At least Sean had other kids to play with. After the trip to the playground, the three of us went on a nice, long walk. We went along the base of the nearby mountain, and even climbed up the road to the small development of luxury homes. This is in between two peaks, and it is high enough to get a really good view of the area. It was also quite a work out for me to push the stroller up the hill while carrying Ethan. Sean enjoyed all of the scenery, and Ethan had a nice nap. Oh, and the Thanksgiving dinner was excellent. The turkey and stuffing really came out well.

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November 28, 2002 on 7:20 pm | In Main | No Comments

Of course, today is Thanksgiving. Some other bloggers are using today to give thanks, but I view Thanksgiving as more of a Fall harvest celebration. (It’s also obvious that I would give thanks to my two terrific kids and my wonderful wife.) It also seems to me that Thanksgiving is more about appreciating the hard work you have put in over the year. Here in Phoenix, it also signifies the end of the summer season and the start of the winter season. I’m also amazed at how much spam I have received today. You would think that all of the low-life types would give it a break today. But I’m not going to let a little thing like that keep me from enjoying my holiday.

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November 28, 2002 on 9:25 am | In Main | No Comments

I saw this link via BoingBoing, of a raid of “over-clocked” cable modems, and wondered, where is the outrage over this? Here are some of the key points:

  • What a poor technical solution. Why would the bandwidth be limited inside a user’s home? A user should be able to use whatever cable modem he desires.
  • This isn’t theft of service. At the point where other cable users are affected, the “increased bandwidth” is no longer increased.
  • Anyone who could state that this “theft” of service cost $250,000 is a liar.
  • This really is a simple contract dispute, a violation of the terms-of-use agreement. All the cable company had to do was end the service of the users of the modified modems.
  • Why was a “computer crime” unit invovled? Even worse, it appears that this unit doesn’t know much about the operation of networks.
  • Why was the FBI invovled? Do we need the federal government invovled in this matter? This is obviously a local cable company; they are so clueless they couldn’t survive outside their monopoly area. If there is a federal law here, we need to amend or appeal it.
  • The photograph showed confiscated computers. What to the computers have to do with this? The issue and evidence resides inside the cable modems. Doesn’t anyone respect the 4th amendment?

What a terrible tragedy here: A big loss of taxpayer money, a clueless business allowed to exist at the mandate of the federal government, and a hapless local law enforcement unit.

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November 27, 2002 on 9:13 pm | In Main | No Comments

I took Sean and Ethan to the park by myself this evening. I carried Ethan on my chest in the baby sling, and pushed Sean over in the stroller. It certainly was a nice evening for the park; a little too cool for shorts, but just right for jeans and a t-shirt. I was nervous about watching Sean while carrying Ethan, but it turned out that I could move around enough to keep up with Sean. When we arrived, three other children were at the playground around Sean’s age, so Sean had someone to play with. Sean normally likes to follow other kids around the playground, but this evening, one of the three kids, a little girl, was following Sean around, playing follow-the-leader. Sean loved it. One of the mothers recognized Sean, and she guessed that I was Cortney’s husband, so I was able to have some adult conversation. We stayed even after the other kids had left the park, and I did the best I could on my own to play follow-the-leader with Sean, since I had Ethan strapped to my chest. Ethan and I even went down the slides a few times. Ethan decided he should just sleep through all of this activity. On the way home, Sean decided he didn’t want to ride in the stroller. He was very well behaved, stopping when I asked him to, so I let Sean walk home. After his trip to Jeepers this morning, and with the activity at the park, Sean should get a good night’s sleep tonight.

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November 26, 2002 on 9:01 pm | In Main | No Comments

I was impressed with Sean this evening. Cortney and Leslie were playing with Sean in his bedroom. They asked Sean to get his Yertle the Turtle book from downstairs. Sean happily went down the stairs, went straight to the book, than ran the book back upstairs. It appears that Sean has good concentration when it involves a task that he cares about.

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November 26, 2002 on 8:59 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean was feeling better today. We went to the library after dinner so that Sean could play with the trains. We stayed for about an hour and a half, then left when both kids filled their diapers with smelly stuff. I changed Ethan before we left, since he has been suffering from diaper rash, but we waited until we arrived home before changing Sean. I think Sean’s potty training is long overdue.

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November 26, 2002 on 8:55 pm | In Main | No Comments

Two interesting articles on the internet. Here’s how the
Republicans can attract the Libertarian vote, and here’s (scroll to the bottom) how the Democrats can attract the same vote. Personally, I don’t think either party will change in the next six years, so I will continue voting Libertarian.

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November 25, 2002 on 8:10 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean has a bit of a scratchy throat today. For that matter I do to, but I think it is just from the dry air and pollen from the trip to the zoo today. I feel fine, but Sean was definitely out of sorts today. He is on the could and cough medicine, so I hope he feels better tomorrow.

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November 25, 2002 on 8:04 pm | In Main | No Comments

It looks like I have been premature in diagnosing Ethan with colic. He has been much better behaved in the last few days. I do notice a definite trend that he is cranky in the early evening. My guess is that Ethan is having a tough time transitioning from the daytime activities to the quiet evening sleep time.

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November 25, 2002 on 7:58 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today was cold and gray, both in weather and mood. At work, we had a major network slowdown, and I didn’t get much done today. Speaking of weather, I fixed the weather pixie image by pointing to the forecast for sky harbor airport. The weather forecast should now be updating. It looked strange to me to see the clouds in the image. That is the first time I have seen that.

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November 24, 2002 on 9:01 pm | In Main | No Comments

I think the weather pixie is stuck on 84 degrees. It was a nice day today, but not quite that warm. It certainly isn’t that warm this time of night. I think the problem is probably on the reporting from the local municipal airport. If the problem continues, I will switch the forecast to Sky Harbor, which can be off by a few degrees from the temperature in my neighborhood.

The Salton Sea

November 24, 2002 on 8:55 pm | In Movie Reviews | No Comments

The movie of the weekend was The Salton Sea. About half way through this movie, I thought this was another one of those artistic attempts at filming the drug world, something along the lines of Blow. This is definitely a very dark and violent movie, but I was surprised to see it turn out differently then what I had expected. Val Kilmer showed his acting talent in this movie. I would recommend this movie if you are looking for something different. I rate it a B.

Buy it.

The Salton Sea


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