What Disney Teaches My Kids – Finding Dory

Jun 24th, 2016 Movies

First, a heresy: Finding Nemo is not my favorite Pixar movie. Not even close. When I first discovered that everyone else in the world not only loved it, they considered it one of the best animated movies of all time, it was like someone had told me the ocean wasn’t wet. I mean, yeah, it was okay, but I didn’t love it. It wasn’t until…

Ah, Yes, This is What I Hate About Writing

Jun 10th, 2016 Creating a Platform

I’ve purposely not talked about my fiction writing here for a while. There’s plenty of reasons behind that, but mostly it’s because I know people don’t want to read my amateur imitations of a story. But today, I just need to rant for a bit. Honestly trying to get published is stupid. Millions of people dream that they’re going to become the next Tom Clancy or J.K. Rowling, but…

What Xbox Teaches My Kids – King’s Quest

Jun 9th, 2016 Games

I loved adventure games as a kid. Probably because I hated my life and wanted to grow more frustrated with every click of the mouse. Most of those 90’s adventure games had terrible play filled with puzzles that made sense only to a sadistic programmer hunched in his cubical so long that any exposure to sun would melt him the moment he stepped out of…

Extensive Brain Tests With Nothing To Show

Jun 7th, 2016 Kid Stuff

A while ago, I had what could charitably be called an online debate with a person who insisted that humans had discovered nearly everything there was to know in one particular medical field. Sure, we’d keep a few researchers around just in case, but all the good stuff was discovered and settled. This, despite me pointing to many, many scientists and doctors saying that we’ve barely…

The Consequences of Therapy Putty

May 31st, 2016 Kid Stuff

Life is filled with difficult decisions. White or Wheat? Black or Pinto? Yell at the person who puts the toilet paper roll on the wrong way? Most of the million decisions we make are minor and have no lasting consequence other than maybe a long afternoon popping Pepto. Other decisions leave a mark for years to come. Letting Finley use Therapy Putty falls decidedly in the…

#TBT – Finley’s Surgeries And A Video

May 26th, 2016 TBT

Alright, we got a bunch of short posts from Amy here, which are particularly relevant today since we’re meeting with the Neurosurgery later on (just a consultation, not a surgery). Two Weeks Old At fourteen days old, on March 16th, Finley had brain surgery to have a small draining device put in. He was looking really good before surgery, and opened his eyes to look at…

The Screaming Backseat

May 24th, 2016 Kid Stuff

Ed. note: I discovered this unpublished post last night. I wrote it several months ago and never posted it because the tone was a bit too dispirited (as we felt about the back seat happenings at the time ) and I couldn’t  figure out how to lighten it up. I’m happy to say that things, while not perfect, have definitely improved since then. What happened to…

#TBT – Finley, One Day Old

May 19th, 2016 TBT

Here’s a continuation of the posts Amy made back when Finley was in the NICU. Mostly pictures this time. As a side note, extracting these posts from a plain text file has gotten harder. Does anyone know an easy way to dig through a MySQL file without having to set up a server and install MySQL?              

Ireland and Complaints to The Management

May 17th, 2016 Other

For the 5 people (I’ve got some more followers since last time) who noticed that I didn’t post last week, it’s because Amy and I were in the Emerald Isle. Normally, this would be the time to write a typical travelogue lining out the same touristy pictures everyone takes, but I’m not doing that. No, I have some complaints, and I’m using this space to…

#TBT – Finley’s Birthday, According to Dad

May 5th, 2016 TBT

Here’s the next post in my attempt to recreate Finley’s birth blog. This was originally written on 3-2-2010, because, as I recall, Amy was about as insistent as a cold calling extended warranty salesman that we write it down before it drifted away into the gray haze of Long Term Storage. Quick Take: It’s painful not to edit my old work (though I am guilty of…