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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:13:14 GMTQ: What did Olivia Newton John step in at the dog-park?
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Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:47:42 GMTI started a new blog, it's about simple living. Here it is:
Sun, 02 Oct 2011 06:27:14 GMT(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:31:01 GMT* Fish
Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:31:16 GMTVenessa and I subscribed to the Symphony this season. We got the 3-performance package, and our first show was opening night. As a treat, the Symphony gave subscribers an upgrade coupon so we were able to upgrade our tickets to some of the best seats in the house: the 2nd closest Founders Box!
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 02:56:08 GMTIn 1995.
Teen tastes. Recent mention of an out-of-state 16-year-old's Web site prompted local 15-year-old Joe Goldberg to send e-mail advertising his home-grown site. As Joe himself says, it's not full of bells and whistles but it does provide a glimpse of a local teen's tastes.
Sun, 18 Sep 2011 16:39:00 GMTDear Parents Who Wash Their Child's Diapers,
Mon, 29 Aug 2011 05:27:31 GMTLillia has no crib. She sleeps on a mattress on the floor, which is also called a "Montessori child bed." I'd love to say that it was a carefully thought out decision because I'm such a huge Montessori evangelist, but the real reason behind the setup is that when Lillia graduated out of our bed, I went to put together my old crib¹ and found it was missing pieces. We didn't have enough time to get a new crib, so we just put her mattress on the floor. We exchanged the crib mattress for a twin-sized mattress, so there's room for us to lie with her at bedtime (more on this below).I had read about the Montessori child bed concept (in a book I highly recommend to all parents of < 3 year olds) and thought it was interesting, but wasn't sure if it was right for our family. It seems pretty far down the Montessori rabbit hole, when we're less interested in being tied to one particular parental dogma.²Lillia's room is Tier-1 childproofed anyway, so we figured she could get in and out of bed when she was able. The belief is that when a child can do this (and has a better view of their surroundings), they become more calm. A calm baby is a baby ready to learn throughout the day (see Brain Rules For Baby for the research behind this). People often comment on how calm yet alert Lillia is, and while I'm not ready to give all the credit to nurture over nature (i.e. having chillaxed parents), her bedroom setup couldn't be hurting.Along with this, there are some other benefits:* When she wakes up in the morning, she can play with toys so she doesn't cry out right away (sometimes she chooses to cry right away anyway).* When we put her to bed or when she wakes up in the night, Venessa or I can lie down beside her.* No chance of crib-related injuries (climbing out, limbs caught in the frame, etc)* One less baby item to buy, maintain, and either store for the next child or get rid of itThe child bed isn't without its drawbacks, however. So far we've experienced the following:* When she doesn't want to nap, she just gets out of bed and plays with toys (which is a mixed blessing, since when a child in a crib doesn't want to nap, she cries or tries to climb out)* Sometimes she rolls out of bed. We put pillows around the bed to prevent injury but it can still wake her up and startle her.* There's a small area of the bed, adjacent to the wall, where the mattress tapers in height and slants down. When Lillia was younger, she used to get "stuck" here when she rolled all the way to the wall. This lasted for the couple-month phase between the time she got really good at rolling over and the time she got really good at sitting up. This is probably our fault for graduating her to a twin-sized mattress too soon.This setup isn't for every family, but I'm glad we were sort of pushed into it by my lack of crib preparation. If you're curious about it, I encourage you to read Montessori From the Start, especially the chapter on sleep. Or you can ask me about it. I'm sure I've forgotten some pros and cons. Here's a bonus photo of Lillia:¹ as in, the crib I slept in as a child. One of the boys used it too.² and I learned to pick my Montessori battles after unsuccessfully trying to get rid of all Lillia's "fantasy" toys, something that Montessori suggests for children not yet in the second plane of development. For reasons I have trouble articulating.[...]
Mon, 22 Aug 2011 04:13:32 GMTWhat percent of your childhood longing does the following paragraph describe?
Children tend to relate with onscreen characters during the learning programs and build a positive relationship with that character, who seems to be heroic and/or loving and/or caring and/or funny. Then, when they interact with that character again, it tends to be in a commercial environment that’s tightly controlled, such as seeing Big Bird toothpaste on the grocery store shelf or Pokemon toys in their fast food restaurant. They want to continue that emotional connection – heroic and/or loving and/or caring and/or funny – but now the emotional connection they desire requires a purchase. Is it any wonder, really, that young children get very upset when their parents say “no” to buying an item depicting their favorite character? Often, it’s not the item they want. They want heroism, love, care, or laughter.
Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:09:04 GMTNow that more of my friends have kids, it's interesting to see how couples choose to divide up paid employment vs childcare. My favorite so far is the Bensons, who each work at paid employment a few days of the week, so they take turns with childcare. It looks like the Kullas do something similar. This is less practical when your baby is breastfeeding exclusively and won't take a bottle, or when both parents can't work from home (or farm). But there are probably as many different ways to handle this as there are couples.
Thu, 11 Aug 2011 21:30:43 GMTI love stuff like this:
Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:49:03 GMT"Congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. This brinkmanship brings the holders of government bonds, those who rely on Social Security and Veterans benefits."
Sun, 17 Jul 2011 06:08:34 GMTThank you for the invites. I'm not joining google+. Here's a parable to illustrate one reason why
A UNIX wizard hears cries of torment from his apprentice's computer room where the apprentice is studying, and goes to investigate.
He finds the apprentice in obvious distress, nearly on the verge of tears. "What's the problem?" he asks. "Why did you cry out?"
"It's terrible using this system. I must use four editors each day to get my studies done, because not one of them does everything."
The wizard nods sagely, and asks, "And what would you propose that will solve this obvious dilemma?"
The student thinks carefully for several minutes, and his face then lights up in delight. Excitedly, he says, "Well, it's obvious. I will write the best editor ever. It will do everything that the existing four editors do, but do their jobs better, and faster. And because of my new editor, the world will be a better place."
The wizard quickly raises his hand and smacks the apprentice on the side of his head. The wizard is old and frail, and the apprentice isn't physically hurt, but is shocked by what has happened. He turns his head to face the wizard. "What have I done wrong?" he asks.
"Fool!" says the wizard. "Do you think I want to learn yet another editor?"
Immediately, the apprentice is enlightened.
Wed, 13 Jul 2011 04:05:36 GMTI was really close to starting a blog about simple living, frugality, and other money/lifestyle topics, with a nerdy and lighthearted take (e.g. my post about energy consumption), but I figured it's all been written already. Instead, I pledged to write more here. We'll see how that goes.
Sun, 26 Jun 2011 05:06:12 GMTIsaac and I are in the swimming pool...
Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:34:24 GMTAround 5:30am, Scourge (the cat) brought a live bird into the bedroom and started playing with it. Her chase moved into the closet, which made a LOT of noise, and then onto the night table, where the cat bumped the remains of a can of PBR from the previous night, and spilled it onto my clothes and an external hard drive. (The drive is OK. The clothes smell like beer).
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 00:20:18 GMTThere was only one item on the list of Stuff White People Like that I hadn't incorporated into my life: playing children's games (#102).
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 00:03:29 GMTThis is a cute/funny story Aaron wrote for an in-class assignment:
Thu, 02 Jun 2011 04:41:09 GMTEnchilada > Maize > Taíno people > Indigenous peoples of the Americas > Indigenous peoples > Ethnic group > Social group > Social sciences > List of academic disciplines > Academia > Community > Interaction > Causality > Result > Sequence > Mathematics > Quantity > Property (philosophy) > Modern philosophy > Philosophy
Tue, 31 May 2011 18:10:08 GMT
the compulsory first post, i guess. after meeting evan, and looking at his journal, i wanted one for my own.
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 18:21:01 GMTThis creates a histogram to see when rows were created, grouped by day (assuming your table has a created_date column and dates are stored in unix time)
SELECT count(id) count, from_unixtime(created_date) date FROM blah WHERE created_date > UNIX_TIMESTAMP('2011-03-31') GROUP BY CONCAT(DAY(from_unixtime(created_date))) order by created_date;
+------------+---------------------+ | count | date | +------------+---------------------+ | 41 | 2011-03-31 00:08:57 | | 25 | 2011-04-01 00:20:17 | | 47 | 2011-04-02 00:15:41 | | 42 | 2011-04-03 00:47:35 | | 44 | 2011-04-04 00:04:46 | | 48 | 2011-04-05 00:29:00 | | 34 | 2011-04-06 00:57:42 | | 28 | 2011-04-07 00:33:37 | | 47 | 2011-04-08 00:19:12 | | 30 | 2011-04-09 03:09:18 | | 36 | 2011-04-10 00:15:38 | | 30 | 2011-04-11 01:11:13 | | 29 | 2011-04-12 00:01:16 | | 30 | 2011-04-13 00:03:32 | | 33 | 2011-04-14 00:10:06 | | 24 | 2011-04-15 00:37:03 | | 30 | 2011-04-16 01:53:08 | | 32 | 2011-04-17 00:22:29 | | 25 | 2011-04-18 00:04:15 | | 35 | 2011-04-19 01:47:20 | | 30 | 2011-04-20 00:56:42 | | 43 | 2011-04-21 01:59:54 | | 37 | 2011-04-22 00:13:42 | | 30 | 2011-04-23 00:13:17 | | 29 | 2011-04-24 05:36:49 | | 28 | 2011-04-25 04:16:59 | | 14 | 2011-04-26 00:10:00 | +------------+---------------------+
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:24:53 GMTWhen I got our first power bill for the new house, I had what one would consider a sticker shock. The bill was almost an order of magnitude larger than our old bill! How could this happen to Northwest Profile #12, the 60F thermostat guy? This triggered a fact-finding nerdgasm freakout where I learned some interesting stuff (one should always learn something new during a nerdgasm).Follow along with me on my nerdy energy journey:Part 1: The revelation of total energy consumptionOur old house used primarily natural gas. Electricity was only used for the fridge, light bulbs, etc. In the new house, our gas bill went down since more things are powered by electricity. I'd need to look at my total energy consumption to see if our energy use has changed.Part 2: The mathingNatural gas is measured in therms and electricity is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh), so let's use kWh for both forms. 1 therm is about 29.3 kWh. Here's my daily energy consumption of electricity and gas in the old and new houses: New HouseOld House 45.116.4kWh of Electricity per day 5.8629.3kWh of gas per day 50.9735.7total daily energy consumption (kWh) Part 3: The equalizingIt looks bad at first, until I realized that our new house is more than 2x larger than our old. So let's control for square footage: New House (2400)Old House (910)(sq ft) 50.9735.7total daily energy consumption (kWh) 2.123.92Energy consumption per 100 sq ft Part 4: The cash moneyWow, I'm actually using less energy per area of house. Time to break out the Dom Pérignon, right? Well, not so fast. Even though we can compare the amount of electricity and gas consumed by converting gas to kWh, that doesn't change the fact that each type of energy has a different cost. The cost of gas can be found by adding the line items on the bill (delivery charge and cost of gas are the two main ones). It's $0.037 per kWh for PSE customers. The cost of electricity is a bit more tricky in Seattle, because we pay a blended rate to encourage conservation (one rate for the first X kWh, and a higher rate for everything beyond that). So everyone's going to pay a different rate. Mine happens to be $0.079 per kWh. Electricity happens to be 2.1 times costlier than gas for me. Suck on that, salmon unable to spawn!Let's see what happens when we take the different costs of energy into account: New House (2400)Old House (910)(sq ft) $3.56$0.51Electricity cost per day $0.22$1.08Gas cost per day $3.78$1.59Total energy cost per day $0.16$0.17Daily energy cost per 100 sq ft Part 5: ConclusionEvery good lab report should have a conclusion.The new house is more than 2x as big, and I'm paying more than 2x more per day in energy costs, but controlled for the relative sizes of the two houses, it's about the same. The extra energy expense is just one of the hidden costs of living in a larger home. Some energy isn't dependent on the size of the house (washing dishes and laundry), and some is (lighting and heating). Thus it would make sense that the larger the house, the less energy you consume per sq ft. The old house was built in 2008 and had hydronic heating. The "new" house was built in 1911 and has those shitty rectangular wall heaters. So that probably cancels out the economy of scale.Lastly, I could look at the costs the other way and claim I'm "saving" a penny a day, so hold onto that bottle of Dom Pérignon, because at this rate I'll be able to afford it in about 41 years!Nerdgasm [...]
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:02:10 GMTFive years ago, I created a disaster kit for the twins and me. Since the shelf life of emergency rations is 5 years, and it would only be fair to have some supplies for Venessa and Lillia.It seemed like a shame to let MREs (which should last a couple decades) go to waste, just because they might be bad, so I decided to eat some of them and see how they are.Survival calorie barI decided to start with what I assumed would be the least palatable item, a calorie bar. They're in the emergency kit for in case we run out of MREs.Here's what each bar looks like. They were surprisingly good, with a taste of honey. They were very dry and crumbly though.Millenium BarMade around the beginning of the millenium. Expired last year.Not so bad, but not as good as the calorie bars. Also very dry and flakey.PB and crackersHow bad could these be?Looks and tastes like matzoh. The PB tasted like your average Jif or SkippyPearsThe datestamp says 5321, meaning they were packaged on the 321st day of 2005, or Nov 17, 2005They don't look very good, but maybe nothing looks good in a foil pouchAs with everything else, it tasted better than it looked"Mexican Rice"Packaged on Oct 31, 2005. This one scares me the most.The rice is in a solid block, so I didn't even need a fork. I just squeezed it up the tube and took a bite. It tasted ok, but the texture was so rubbery I had to stop eating itPumpkin Pound CakeFor tasking dessert, I enlisted the help of real life pastry chef, Venessa Goldberg, from Infamous Pastries.By the way, this is the oldest item in the kit. Packaged on Oct 07, 2004.It had something like the opposite of a desiccant inside, designed to keep moisture in but remove oxygen.Venessa immediately described it as "dry", but went on to describe the genuine pumpkin flavor, with notes of cinnamon and cloves.[...]