Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
This is a interesting article about how Target is not selling Manhunt 2, becuase it is possible for some one to modifiy some code (a config file I assume) and reburn the disk, and then be able to get access to some filtered content.
I don't know why Target is bothering with doing this. I will parent my kids, and don't need some store to do this for me.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Yesterday evening, we had family movie night. The kids picked out "The Wild" from Blockbuster. This was a bad movie. There are several things wrong with it, but the major problem that I have with it is that it really is just a knock-off of Madagascar the movie.
There are several other problems that I have:
- In the movie, a tugboat follwed an ocean going cargo ship to go across the Atlantic. Tugboats are not meant to be ocean going ships.
- One of the minor story lines is that the lions ae trying to get there "inner lion", and the thing that they are trying is to "dig deeper". The way that they are "digging deaper" is by making a louder/deeper roar. I think that what is meant by "dig deeper" is to dig claws into prey annimals when bringing them down.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
I finally got around to sending back the Thomas the Train toys that were involved in the recalls. (The toys had been bagged up in the office closet.) Hopefully they will send the replacements soon. (Not because the kids have played with trains recently, but because I want to make sure that we keep the sets relatively intact.)
When I mentioned this to some coworkers, they mentioned that they had some Thomas the Trains sets, but they are not sending them back, because their kids have grown out of the toys. This concerns me, becuase as soon as people forget about the recalls, these toys may be passed down to younger kids.
If you have some of these toys, please have them replaced.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
I wish I had thought of this before with the diaper blowout that our kids have put us through. Parent Hacks has a post that describes a way to better handle when poop goes up their back. The tip is to pull the onesie down, instead of up. This keeps the poo off their head and hair.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The Dwink Box Holder is a cup that holds a juice box and should help prevent these types of spills.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
My father-in-law and I took the two older kids to the San Jose Grand Prix on Saturday. We had a great time. We saw one of the Champ Car qualifying races, and a Formula BMW race.
The thing that the kids liked watching the most was the Mini Grand Prix with the processional remote control race cars.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I have had the luxury to take this week off from work. We didn't have any travel plans, and the two older kids had school, so I have spent the week with my wife and the little one.
I have enjoyed this time a lot. Feeding and holding the little one, during the day is wonderful, in addition to just when she is going to sleep at night. Also being able to spend time with my wife, without being interrupted by the kids has been incredible.
My wife has been great putting up with me being around and screwing up the usual schedule. :)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I have had an earworm for a while now. I have had song Watermelon, by Billy Jonas, in my head for about a week. I usually hear it when it is played on XM Kids when driving the kids around. Billy Jonas is the singer songwriter that sings "What Kind of Cat Are you?", which was also got stuck in my head.
I figured that I would share the songs, to spread the love.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
We've gone through several baby monitors. The ones that we had with our two older kids always got a lot of interference, or tended to pick up our neighbors cordless phone conversations. The interference got so bad that we usually turned the volume down all the way.
The Fisher Price Private Connection monitor is the best baby monitor that we have had. We hain't had any problems with interference. Also, the reception has been great even through multiple floors.
[via modern day dad]
Today my wife and I installed a closet organization system in our daughters closet. I is an Elfa closet system that we bought from The Container Store. We had installed these systems in two of our other closets.
The kids helped out as well. Or son, was measuring everything that was in his reach, but he was also very helpful handing me bolts.
I really do like the results, and it will definitely grow with the kids.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
For the 4th of July, we took a trip to Sacramento with our dog. Since this is a relatively short trip, there wasn't really a concern about finding pet friendly accommodations. But, for longer road trips this is more of a challenge to find hotels along the way that are pet friendly.
It would be cool if they also listed other pet friendly destinations, like outdoor cafes and dog parks.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
A while ago, I mentioned a study that states that bacteria gets transferred even with a 5 second exposure. A new study now shows that wet foods like apple slices are good even after 30 seconds, and hard food can stay on the floor even longer.
It looks like we were right when we were kids.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
We just got our son a "big kid" bicycle. After he helped me with putting on the training wheels, we went out for a ride around the park.
While out there, I envisioned him getting older riding his bike. I can see him riding around the park, while we play there. Then when he is older, I can see him riding his bike with his friends through the complex. Then I can see him riding around the block, not crossing the streets, when he is a little bit older.
I think that this is one of the major milestones of childhood, where they become more independent.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Cozi Central looks like a pretty interesting site. This site is targeted towards families to help organize schedules and communication. Cozi Central reminds me of the next generation of the 3Com Audrey, which we had one of.
On Cozi Central you can see and edit the calendars for each family members. This will help you find times to make appointments for multiple family members. Also you can use the site to send messages to each other. You can configure the messages to be sent through SMS or email.
Cozi also lets you share and manage shopping lists. This in itself is not that interesting, but when you are away from your computer, you can have the list read to you or sent to you as a text message.
You can also sync these calendars with Outlook on Windows
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Today, I decided to check out the Guadalupe River Park, so I packed our daughter into the stroller, and got the dog on the leash, and we headed out.
We ended up walking a little over 6 miles. The walk was great, but the interesting thing was how these breed traits started appearing acting towards the end of the walk.
Look... Over there... Don't you see it.... No, you have to stand in the shade to see it, you can't see it while you stand in the sun.
Smell. There in the shade near the bench. So interesting.... Smells so... No, I'm not ready to go, this is too interesting
He is not any of these breeds, but was just very tired and hot.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
They will pack this up and ship it across the country packed with dry ice.
Now this is a great way to get some Chicago food when you are out of the area.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I always try to keep my eye out for activities that we can take the kids to on the weekend. Sometime I forget the activities that I have seen, and end up doing a search while the kids are running around.
So I decided to add the activities to a calendar, to make it easy for me to remember. I will add ativitites when I see them.
If anyone else is interested, I have shared the calendar.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Our son decided to draw on his window in the back of the van with a crayon. I tried various cleaning supplies to get the crayon off. None of them worked. Later on, I was trying to fix some of the squeaky doors around the house, and then I noticed that the WD-40 can states the WD-40 can be used to clean off crayon.
The WD-40 easily to rid of the crayon, but it left a cloudy residue. With a little Windex, the window came clean.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Here are some pictures of an installation of a model railroad in a child's bedroom. I would love to do something like this. I The kids would have so much fun watching an controlling the trains.
What I would want to do is have three connected track loops. One in each of the bedrooms, and one in the connecting hallway. I would install a switch in each bedroom which would cause the switch to change so the train would never be switched to that bedroom's loop.
Friday, May 18, 2007
This article in the New York Times talks about some research into the "5 second rule". I guess the results show that bacteria gets transferred, even with only a 5 second exposure.
When I was a kid, there wasn't a 5 second rule. It was either the 30 second rule or "God made dirt, dirt don't hurt". Maybe if they said a chant like that, the results would have been different.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
A few weekends ago, we had a couple of birthday parties to go to. One of them was at The Jungle and the other was at Chuck E Cheese's. Both of these places have games that the kids can play and get tickets that can be redeemed for cheap toys.
The funny think about these places is that it reminds me of Vegas. Seeing these kids walking walking around with cups filled with tokens or tickets.
I am sure that the companies that makes slot machines also make these video games. I am sure that they want kids getting into these games, so they will feel comfortable with slot machines.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Today, I was thinking about Bill Cosby's Brain Damage routine, on Himself, about how children are brain damaged. You know, when trying to call the kids: come here.... come here... Come Here.... COME HERE...
And the answers to why they did something being ... I DUNNO.
When I first hear the skit, I though that it was very funny. But I never realized how true it was.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I looks like our son is coming down with pink eye. Yesterday, his eyes were a little bloodshot after using the computer. This evening, his eyes were still bloodshot, but the eye goop started.
This brings back memories of my childhood, of when I had recurring infections in my tear-duct. I remember times waking up, and being frightened because I couldn't open my eye since it was sealed shut with goop.