Snap Circuits with Preschoolers

Oct 20th, 2014 Kid Stuff

For better or worse, I think my son Finley is destined to be an engineer. Those anti-social, pocket protecting nerd genes run strongly through my mom’s side of the family, including (and most famously) a great uncle who gave us the digital babysitter. Ever since Finley could walk, instead of wanting to play with toys like the other kids, he’s wanted to take things apart…

The Catlateral Damage Caused By Video Games

Oct 6th, 2014 Games, Kid Stuff

No, the title is not a spelling error. Just keep reading. Ever since my dad came home with an original Nintendo (despite him actually wanting an Atari), I’ve been a big fan of video games. Now that I have kids of my own, my playing time has been reduced to almost zero, but I still like to keep up with the latest news (or, in…

Adding a Personal Blog

Oct 2nd, 2014 Other

I guess this means I’ve come in a full circle. When I first started writing four years ago, it was to help me get through a rough spot. I really wouldn’t have turned to writing without the inspiration of my wonderful wife, who convinced me that writing was something people did outside of mandatory classroom assignments and one off misspelled Facebook updates. From there, I…

Who’s Buying Sleeping Beauty on Amazon, Anyway?

Sep 30th, 2014 Books, Movies, and Games

(Note: this was originally on my tax blog CreativelyAccounting.com, but I moved it over here, since it is not tax related) I saw last week that Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was soon going to be re-released. Since I have kids and am therefore required to buy everything Disney, I decided to look up the release date and price on Amazon. While I was scrolling through the product…

And Our Favorite Disneyland Character is. . .

Sep 29th, 2014 Kid Stuff

(Note: this was originally on my tax blog CreativelyAccounting.com, but I moved it over here, since it is not tax related) I didn’t post last week, but I have a good excuse. I was in Disneyland. A few months ago I read an article by a popular columnist complaining that vacations ruined his ability to write for a while. I’m having that problem now. In…

Beautifully Horrific Creatures

Aug 4th, 2014 Books, Movies, and Games

(Note: this was originally on my tax blog CreativelyAccounting.com, but I moved it over here, since it is not tax related) Last week, while I was trying to shift over to Goodreads (Amy linked my Amazon account with her Shelfari account a couple years ago, which recently resulted in my Shelfari account disappearing), I wrote a review of the recently read Beautiful Creatures as a cathartic release….

Should I Ban Bossy with my Daughter?

Apr 25th, 2014 Other

(Note: this was originally on my tax blog CreativelyAccounting.com, but I moved it over here, since it is not tax related) Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign has been making its rounds on the interblags over the last couple months, and, other than having a conversation or two with my wife about it, it’s been little more than an interesting side note in my life. But this last…

Disney’s Peter Pan Racism

Apr 4th, 2014 Movies

(Note: this was originally on my tax blog CreativelyAccounting.com, but I moved it over here, since it is not tax related) When we were at the library the other day, I saw the Disney Peter Pan movie available for checkout. Remembering how much I liked the movie when I was a kid, I decided to give it a chance before purchasing it from that super-secret…