The scene: birthday party for one of Little E’s classmates. Due to bad weather (i.e. incessant rain), the party has moved from the park to indoors at the church the birthday boy’s family attends. It’s still pretty good fun, pizza, cake, the whole works. At one point there’s an attempt to do a hula hoop contest (spoiler: the repeated “contest” attempts fall into chaos pretty quickly and the kids go back to doing what they were doing before). One of the hula hoops is missing though. “Where’s the other hula hoop?” (more…)
This first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. If you’re in your 40s and have a couple of kids, it becomes…
…something you actually have to get out of bed for on a Saturday! But totally worth it. (more…)
I’m not sure which is the greater virtue of the two, so I have requested the guidance of @RichardGarriott on Twitter. I’ll let you know what he says, if anything.
P.S. If playing with the dog is the wrong choice, I’m pretty sure I got a black bead here.
…that’s basically my advice to my oldest in a full-page ad/message I put together for his school yearbook this year.
I had mere hours to slam this one together, but I’m rather happy with it. (more…)
WARP!1 has engines, I’m just loading the last few bits of dilithium in them.
Well, okay, that’s rather a glib way of putting it. My third book is very much in the same “extensive critical guide to a TV series” wheelhouse as the first two books, but to be totally honest with you… this is my favorite. It’s been my favorite to work on, and my favorite to go back weeks/months later and re-read bits of.
WARP!1 examines the “Roddenberry era” of Star Trek in depth: the original Star Trek, the animated series, the original cast movies, The Next Generation, and the Next Generation movies. It examines Roddenberry’s non-Trek work from the same period, namely his string of 1970s TV projects that never got past the pilot stage. It examines how others have taken the Original Series and reinterpreted it, reviewing the J.J. Abrams movies to date and a cross-section of the better fan-made series to date. It also examines Star Trek’s immediate antecedent, Roddenberry’s single-season series The Lieutenant, both on its own merits and in light of what came later. (more…)
“Today we learned about protons and electrons!” my oldest son told me a couple of days ago when I picked him up from school. It brought me up short just a little bit.
Not because I thought it was something he shouldn’t be learning about – it’s absolutely something he should learn about – but I was thinking back to how old I was when I learned about protons and electrons in school. One thing I do know is that I wasn’t in the first grade.
And that’s kind of the magical thing about where my son goes to school. (more…)
That’s what Little E did. Here he is flying his space shuttle kite (picked up during our recent visit to the Stafford Museum).
Me: “Okay, I’m gonna solve this cat-in-the-high-chair problem once and for all. I’ll put the little mini-cooler I use as a milk-run diaper bag in the seat. That’ll fix her wagon.”
Portia: “Oh, thank you for the extra seat cushion! Is this for little ol’ me?“