The girls

February 28, 2009

I haven’t posted any pictures in a while. Here are a few pictures of Victoria (2) and Danielle (6).

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Parenting Pre Google

February 28, 2009

Honestly, how did people do it? Danielle sees a pinwheel on TV and wants to make one. So I google “make a pinwheel” and the first hit has instructions and a page you can print with all the lines showing where to cut. Ten minutes later we have two pinwheels (one for Victoria – sharing is tricky at 2).

I remember as a kid having a huge set of encyclopedias. We would look things up, but it was useful if you wanted to know about Albania, not important stuff like making a pinwheel…


Stupid IE trick

February 27, 2009

I need to use IE7 a bit and was annoyed by the “Internet Explorer provided by Dell” title bar. Not only can you remove that, you can put whatever you want after the “provided by” text (at least on Vista).

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Start>Run>gpedit.msc>User Configuration>Windows
settings>IE maintenance>Browser User Interface>Browser title


March Madness?

February 25, 2009

I knew this wasn’t going to be much of a college hoops season for me. I’m an Indiana fan and this was clearly going to be a rebuilding year. But damn, I didn’t think we’d be this lame. Thankfully I haven’t watched much.

In truth, I’m pretty out of the college hoops scene this year. I don’t even know who’s leading the Big Ten. But regardless, I’ll still be doing an NCAA pool.

I’ll start taking names now. If you were in last year’s pool, you’ll get an invitation but it will go to the email that you used to register with CBS Sportsline.

Here’s a form connected to a Google Doc that I’m using to collect names and emails of people who want to be in the pool:


Mixed Feelings

February 25, 2009

Since my wife is a broker, she often gets taken out by the big insurance carriers. Part of doing business, she gets some very nice dinners out of it.

But last night she got taken out by folks from AIG. To a very nice place. Good food, good drinks. Aren’t we currently bailing out AIG? And if so, doesn’t that mean my tax dollars paid for that night out?

Serious mixed feelings….


Fact checking, overrated?

February 20, 2009

I can’t even think of how often I’ve read an article that was obviously (at least to me) wrong. Science articles in particular because how many journalists really understand science?

This is just one example. I actually like George Will even though I often disagree with him. He actually is a huge baseball fan and is in favor of the DH (a rare opinion that I agree with – have you watched  pitchers bat?).

But apparently George Will’s articles are not that well checked. Gee, I’m so surprised…


Parenting Gem

February 12, 2009

Danielle (6) takes a ballet class and a hip hop dance class at a local dance studio (in Brooklyn local means about 2 blocks away). This is nothing serious, just good fun kids dance stuff.

This week was “Open House” week, so parents could watch a class. Of course, I have the more flexible schedule these days, so I’m the parent at Danielle’s hip hop class today.

Aside from being big fun to watch (imagine 6 year olds doing an “attitude walk”), there was a point where the teacher wanted the parents involved. She told the kids to grab their parents to do some freeze dancing (if you aren’t familiar with freeze dancing you clearly don’t have kids – you dance and when the music stops you freeze like a statue).

Danielle runs over to grab me, and then she runs over to grab Victoria (2). So there are my two girls doing freeze dancing in the dance studio. A very nice big sister/little sister moment.

Victoria doesn’t completely get the “freeze” part of it, but everytime everyone else freezes, she just laughs out loud.

One of those little parenting gem moments…