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Lowering Your Standards

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 22:35:41 +0000

To file in the “Sad but true things you never expected as a parent,” I present this quote from Elizabeth (said after an interval without any of the semi-normal problems): Parenting – it will send your bar lower than you ever thought possible!



iTunes Statistics, 10 Years Later

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:17:23 +0000

Back in early 2006, I made a series of posts (1, 2, 3, and 4) wherein I used Filemaker to do a bit of analysis on my iTunes database (which includes syncing song play counts from my iPhone). I don’t have Filemaker anymore, so I’m trying to use Excel to do the data work. The [...]



Tomorrowland is Good Fun

Sun, 31 May 2015 04:05:07 +0000

So apparently the movie Tomorrowland didn’t have a good start at the box office (at least partially due to bad marketing), and therefore people are calling it a flop. Based on Frank Catalano’s review, “Ignore the critics: The world needs more Tomorrowlands,” Scott Meyer’s review (below the comic), and Howard Tayler’s review we decided to [...]



10+ Years in Seattle

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:03:18 +0000

A little more than 10 years ago, we moved from Boston to Seattle. And 10 years ago today, we celebrated Dorothy’s first birthday. For that first birthday (in early March), we had the party outdoors on a deck, because it was sunny and relatively warm in Seattle. Since it was our first year here, we’d [...]



Artificial Scientific Literacy

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:43:12 +0000

There was a good post a month ago in the Seattle-area tech site GeekWire titled, “Scientific literacy: Buried under tech’s trappings.” The author, Frank Catalano, says, “We are living in the era of artificial scientific literacy.” By that he means that people are mistaking a wide public interest in the results of science and engineering [...]



Conversation with a 1st grader

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 03:27:08 +0000

This conversation was not a bit frustrating: Me: Howard, you need to take down the bucket that you hung from the catwalk exactly at my eye level. Howard: OK, can I use your scissors? Me: OK. We go downstairs and get the scissors, then come back upstairs Me: Pull up the bucket before you cut [...]



Location Quote from a Penguin

Sun, 15 Jun 2014 05:06:20 +0000

I’ve been watching The Penguins of Madagascar TV series with Howard and Dorothy this year. There are some funny quotes in some episodes. My favorite by far, though, is: If you need to find me, I’ll be on the cutting edge of science! To fully appreciate it, you have to say it in a B-movie [...]



Long Sitting Is Not Good Even If You Exercise

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 05:20:46 +0000

Here is more research on the health problems from sitting too long (whether or not you exercise). The interesting question is whether improved health is from taking activity breaks, or simply being vertical. I have a standing desk, but I do not have a treadmill with it. I move more than if I were sitting [...]



Medicine and National Surveillance

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:24:36 +0000

An analogy to medicine might help when considering security surveillance. At a recent physical, my doctor pointed out that they used to do much more screening on men my age but eventually they found out that they were getting a lot of false positives which led to unnecessary procedures which often caused harm (or at [...]



A Day To Myself

Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:02:31 +0000

With wonderful support from Elizabeth, I took the last 24 hours to disconnect from everything. I went to a bed & breakfast in the area all by myself, and turned off email accounts on my phone. I did not bring my laptop, or a movie, or any great fiction books with me. I wanted to [...]



Pre-Xmas Quote

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:25:52 +0000

Just said by Elizabeth: “Dorothy, don’t force cucumber soda on your brother!” Then said by Dorothy to me, while shaking her fist at me: “Get off my lawn, you adult!”



Feedback in Political Systems

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 06:41:52 +0000

Any system, whether it be mechanical, electric, or biological, requires feedback in order to function properly. You couldn’t grab a pen without feedback from your fingers and eyes telling you where your hand actually is. Feedback operates on certain time cycles, which may or may not match up with other parts of the system. For [...]



Learning Science in 4th Grade

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 03:51:17 +0000

It somehow seems wrong when you think it’s better not to tell your child about the mistakes in her school science reading so that she doesn’t do poorly on the test due to relying on our correct version of the science.



Tom on Panel for MIT Alumni Club Thursday!

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:29:37 +0000

I’ll be on a panel hosted by the MIT Alumni Association tomorrow (Thursday, June 13th) at the Pacific Science Center titled, “View from the Top-Seattle: Reinventing the World.” I’m looking forward to it!



Jake the Snake

Tue, 21 May 2013 01:34:19 +0000

Howard stapled this book together and drew all the pictures when I came to pick him up at daycare. After we got home, he dictated the words for me to fill in.