Archive for January, 2006

Horse Riding

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Wendy took the girls to riding lessons today. It was Summer’s second lesson, and by all accounts, she rode well. Bryn’s big accomplishment for the day was her first jump! She was very excited about having jumped and told me all about it. Shelby jumped too, but on landing she… um… had an unplanned dismount [...]

Child-Rearing 101

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Yeah, like this never happened at my house:
“It’s 8 A.M., Jon. Why is she eating a chocolate chip cookie?”
“Because she wanted one?”
“No, the real reason.”
“She was screaming and I wanted her to stop.”
“And it worked?”
“It worked.”
“This parenting thing is easy, isn’t it?”
Seen at the dooce.

New Camera

Monday, January 16th, 2006

The new video camera, the nice Canon ZR100 that will replace my crappy JVC camcorder, was delivered about an hour ago by UPS. I’ve played around with it and shot a few minutes of video. I have yet to test the A/V input and output, but that’s next. Here’s a very short clip, less than [...]

Winter Rose

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Reason number 137 why we live in Houston:


Monday, January 16th, 2006

The first draft of the new version 3 of the GNU GPL (General Public License) has just been published by the Free Software Foundation. This license is what keeps tools like linux, gcc, and xemacs free for you and me to use. There’s been a lot of talk about GPLv3 in recent months, and speculation [...]

Video iPod: First Impressions

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

A couple of months ago, Wendy bought me a video iPod for Christmas and gave it to me early. I’ve been using the iPod almost daily since then and love it. It’s fair to say that I like this new 5th-generation pod better than my 2nd-generation pod. I’ve been keeping notes on what I do [...]

HOAX: Coming out of the Closet

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

UPDATE: Leigh Ann called to confess. This little joke was the brainchild of her, Sue, and a few beers. It was Leigh Ann’s computer, not Dad’s, that had the old login session still active. I don’t remember ever using her computer to log on, but I guess I did. She’s promised no more pranks, but [...]


Friday, January 13th, 2006

Meet Sunny. Sunny is our latest foster dog from the Houston Sheltie Sanctuary. She’s a Katrina refugee from somewhere in Louisiana. When she was brought into the program she was so covered in mats so dense that the only way to get rid of them was to shave her body. Sunny is about five years [...]

iPod Video Trouble

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Digg reports that lots of people are having trouble with the new firmware on their video iPods. Guess I won’t be upgrading my firmware anytime soon.
Oh, and why hasn’t last night’s episode of Lost shown up at the iTunes Music Store yet? We missed it last night, and are dying to know what happened. (Anybody [...]

Here’s a Thought

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

I’ve seen this several times before, and I always like it:
Help me to be the person my dog thinks I am.
Seen at By the Bayou.

How Many?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Nobody gave a guess at my question “How many little, tiny screws does it take to hold together a crappy JVC camcorder?” But I’m going to play nice and tell you anyway: It’s one hundred and fifty five. Actually, the count is somewhat higher, because I dropped one or two screws irretrievably into the carpet. [...]

Horses, Children, and Other Critters

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

We took a bunch of pictures in December and early January; here are some of the best.