September 04, 2006

New levels of idiocy

Much was written earlier this year about the questionable choice that Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger made to not wear a helmet while riding his motorcycle.

But this pales in comparison to the sheer idiocy that San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley showed in managing to get himself shot by the police as a cop tried to stop Foley on suspicion of drunken driving.

Posted by Mike at 09:00 AM | Comments (1)

September 09, 2006

GOP fundraiser: Dove Shoot on 9/11

Boing Boing: Shoot doves with Republicans!

Posted by Mike at 12:12 PM | Comments (2)

September 12, 2006


Nathan, Melissa, Meredith and I visited the Pacific Science Center this weekend. Nathan was very excited to get to see the dinosaurs there. (Slightly less excited upon the discovery that they were huge, moved, and growling.)

Last night, Nathan decided that he was a dinosaur. ("Dino! Dino!", he said, pointing at his chest.) Meredith got him to go to sleep by singing "Good Night, Dino", which wouldn't seem to have the same soporific qualities as "Good Night, Nathan", but evidently is just right. For, you know, a 20-month old Dinosaur.

Posted by Mike at 02:01 PM

September 13, 2006

Amoxicillin in the house

Saturday morning, we finished Nathan's 10-day course of Amoxicillin, because of his ear infection.

Monday night, we started Pippin's 10-day course of Amoxicillin, also because of an ear infection. Only in Pippin's case, the ear infection was the result of having one ear get completely torn up. The vet said it looks like another cat bit it.

Meredith and I are hoping to avoid having our ears infected. Or bitten by angry animals. (Hopefully our resident dinosaur doesn't bite.)

Posted by Mike at 04:48 PM

Babies as finite state machine

This is awesome: My baby, the finite state machine.

Posted by Mike at 11:24 PM

September 14, 2006

What I've been working on these past six months

Some details here. Lots of other Zune news linked here (Techmeme).

Also, comingzune has a new animation. I actually like this one.

Posted by Mike at 06:33 PM

September 15, 2006

Work / Life Balance

At lunch today:

"Got any big weekend plans? Like, say, working?"

Oh yeah.

Posted by Mike at 10:25 PM | Comments (1)

September 16, 2006

Nathan tries out Zune

Zune's youngest user yet?

So he's a little younger than our target demographic.

Posted by Mike at 01:39 PM

September 19, 2006

Printing multiple pictures from flickr

I'm trying to print a bunch of photos from my flickr account. As far as I can tell, the only way to do is to click on each picture and choose print, at about five or six clicks per photo.

It seems like I can also print all the pictures from a set, but I don't really want to have to add all of my pictures to a set just to print.

Is there really no way to do this in a batch mode without using a set?

Posted by Mike at 03:01 PM

September 20, 2006

Conversations with a toddler

Tonight, in bed:

"Milk! Milk! MILK!"

"You want milk? Now?"


[a few minutes later, having given him his milk]

"Are you all done?"

"Yeah" [pause] "Wa-wa?"

"You want water?"


"You're still thirsty?"


"Are you stalling?"


Posted by Mike at 10:56 PM

September 28, 2006

Conversations around the house

Mike: "Nathan, time to come inside."

(no response)

"Nathan, we need to go in now."

(no response)

"Nathan! 3 - 2 - 1 - time to go in."

Nathan, turning briefly to look right at me before very calmly saying: "No."


Nathan: "Look! Day-duh"

Mike: "Umm ... Daedra?"

Meredith: "There are days that I seriously question whether you should be allowed to interact with our child."


Meredith: "Mama's going to go to the doctor, and you get to stay home with Daddy, OK?"

Nathan: "Noooo....." (crying)

Mike, picking Nathan up: "Nathan, how about you stay home with Daddy this morning?"

Nathan: "Yay!!"

Meredith: "If only I had thought of that."

Mike: "Well, sometimes Daddy just has better ideas than Mama."

Posted by Mike at 08:51 AM

HRC Corporate Equity Index & Microsoft

I'm happy to see that the Human Rights Campaign has given Microsoft a perfect ranking in their annual Corporate Equality Index, which "examines and evaluates corporate policies affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees throughout the country."

Click here for the full report (PDF), which lists 138 US-based companies that scored 100.

Posted by Mike at 08:44 PM | Comments (1)