A Too Short Vacation

March 27, 2013

Puerto Rico was fantastic. The weather was 100% perfect. We basically lived by the pool. As my previous post mentioned, this was a repeat of last year’s vacation. And you really can read last year’s post to understand what we did. This was a carbon copy with even better weather.

One difference is the flow of vacations as our girls get older. Day 1, they want to do everything with me. I’m in the pool with them 100% of the time. Day 2 they meet some other kids. They want me around, but not as much. By day 3 the kids are best friends and I am superfluous, which works for me because by then I want to relax by the pool with a book.

Tori (now 6) has become an excellent swimmer, so we don’t have to worry about her in the pool at all. So the days were pretty much:

  • Breakfast
  • Pool
  • Lunch
  • Pool
  • Dinner
  • Pool

Throw in the occasional visit to the beach and a trip to Old San Juan and El Morro and you have our entire vacation.

The girls basically did this for 6 days:

And the obligatory pictures:


Tori took this. She thought the palm tree shadow looked like a star in the pool.


My three girls at El Morro


Victoria and Danielle at El Morro


Danielle (right) and her new friend Jessica


Victoria with her new friend Clayton



March 20, 2013

We had a great time last year so we are going to the exact same place. I’ll be posting similar pictures with my girls a year older in about a week.


March 19, 2013

Wow, I think my Galaxy S3 is fast…

Congratulations, we just broke the Internet

March 19, 2013

A great post on usability. Points out that a simple settings checkbox in FireFox can kill the Google home page. Kind of bad.

Design by committee often looks like a row of checkboxes

Time Travel Humor

March 19, 2013

The Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic below reminds me of the old quote from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened

Senators Don’t Have Poor Children

March 18, 2013

I try to avoid politics on this blog, so feel free to skip this one.

With Rob Portman announcing support for gay marriage, folks on the left argued that it’s not cool that conservatives only support causes that impact their direct family.

While that is a partly fair criticism, I think that reasonable people will see that if your entire background tells you that position A is correct, a child driving you to position B should be viewed as personal growth, not hypocrisy.

I just read this post by Andrew Sullivan, an openly gay Catholic (talk about reconciling contrary positions). He had been supportive of Portman in the first place. The money quote for the first post (sic) is

My mother had the only response an Ohio mother of a gay son could possible have: “Holy shit.”

So we move forward (or backwards depending on your position). Again, I disagree with some folks on the left who argue that people should have had empathy in the first place and realized how they’d feel if their son/daughter was gay. It just doesn’t work that way. We are human.

Though from a political standpoint, it is somewhat concerning that no Senators’ children can come out of the closet and announce that they are poor. Politically, that explains a lot.

Wrong About Monty Python?

March 15, 2013

Well I’m not. But you may be. At least according to this, which pretty much matches my opinion entirely.