A Really Good Movie

December 27, 2017

We don’t get to the movies a lot. Busy/Kids/etc. pick your excuse. We obviously skew towards family movies. When we saw Despicable Me 3 there was a preview for Coco that looked good and we put it in our “ought to see” list.

My wife and I took the day after Christmas off, and a movie was on the agenda. Pitch Perfect 3 and The Greatest Showman are also on the family’s list, but Coco came out at Thanksgiving and probably won’t be around long, so that was our choice. I also happened to check the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Name a movie out today with 90% or higher in both the Rotten Tomatoes reviewers score and audience score. There is exactly one. Coco has a crazy 97/96 rating.

And we saw why. My wife cried, the audience applauded at the end. It’s just good.


Atlantic Antic 2017

September 24, 2017


I’ve blogged about this so many times, please refer to prior year posts. The kiddos are getting older so we actually got to sit down at one place to enjoy food and drinks. It was hot this year, but overall a very nice antic. Food roundup for me:

  • alcupurrias (Spanish church)
  • corn (who knows, it’s everywhere)
  • empenanda (second pass by the Spanish church, seriously good)
  • oysters (from French Louie – they said they had 3,000 oysters and ran out)
  • fries (same place, really good)
  • bratwurst (random German stand)
  • pizza (Brado, my local joint)
  • gumbo (The Gumbo Bros)

What makes this the best street fair in NYC is that on top of the generic street fair food (not that there’s any wrong with the sausage and peppers truck), the local joints are providing the food, drinks and music. Crazy good fun. I need to burp…

Google Photos Assistant

August 31, 2017

We just got back from vacation at our usual place in Cape Cod. You can take the pictures from the posts from any previous years, imagine my daughters slightly older, and that’s how it was. We just love the spot (Skaket Beach, Orleans MA).

Our beach is a great sunset beach. People arrive at the beach at 7 PM just for the sunset. When the sun sets, they applaud. So at the end of every vacation I have a plethora of sunset pictures. And with all of them, my reaction is “yeah, but it was even better”.

As a long time Google Photos user, I love how they will pick pictures and try to enhance them. They almost always pick some sunset pictures. Here are the nine pictures that Google decided to enhance from this vacation. One is really two pictures stitched together as a panorama. Every picture here was taken from our deck (with my phone).


Thanks Google.


August 10, 2017

I didn’t realize how long it had been since my last blog post. I don’t want to post about politics and these days it seems hard to avoid, hence my absence.

And I’m about to go on our regular Cape Cod vacation. It will look a lot like any one of these posts:






Or you can just do a Google image search on “skaket beach


July 24, 2017

I enjoy crossword puzzles but I’m not great at them (I recall my grandmother doing them in ink). I tried some free apps that were largely lame, so a couple months ago I started paying for the NY Times crossword app. You do get what you pay for.

I was doing today’s puzzle (Monday is super easy, it then gets harder all week). After whipping through the across clues, it really seemed like a down answer was Sheboygan. Really? Who knows Sheboygan? Great brats, but in the NY Times?

Sure enough, the clue was Wisconsin city on Lake Michigan.

I think the clue should have referenced bratwurst…

Amazon Echo Show – Thumbs Up

June 30, 2017

I pre-ordered the original Echo (Alexa) before it came out in 2014 (put it under the Christmas tree as a surprise), so of course I pre-ordered the new version with a touch screen, the Echo Show. It arrived two days ago.

All the video call and drop-in stuff is dependent on people close to you also owning one, so while cool (and creepy) I’m not sure we’ll use that. I debated buying one for my wife’s sister who we often FaceTime with. We’ll see.

But who cares? It’s Alexa with a better speaker, YouTube search, music lyrics on screen (I like that a lot more than I thought) and your calendar right on screen.

I’m quite happy with it.

Who Moved My Teachers?

March 31, 2017

I’m a Brooklyn guy, but I grew up in Milwaukee. My brother is a University of Wisconsin system professor and his wife was a long time grade school teacher. She literally retired because Governor Walker made her job miserable. So this article hit home

The school of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison never used to have trouble attracting applicants with dreams of becoming teachers. Its graduate program is ranked fourth in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and until recently, its undergraduate program in elementary education typically received between 300 and 400 applications for its 125 spots. Now, says Michael Apple, a professor in the program, it only gets about one applicant per opening.