Literally, the dog whining. In a more abstract sense, the looming uncertainty of an unknowable future.
a sums & pieces for 6 Jan 02015
What’s your favorite post style?

It’s been a little over a year since I changed up the blog with these alternate post styles. There are about 200 published “aside” posts… the 100-word-style quick-posts. There are nearly 300 published “status” posts… the twitter-style updates. And there are lots and lots and lots of the long-form posts. What’s your preference? Do you read the long stuff, or just skim the latest jibber-jabber on the front page. Am I wasting your time with the trivial or do you prefer quick reads over epic essays?

5 Jan 02015 | asides & shorts | blogger
Learning to Teach and Vice Versa

Our recent hurdle is one of competing interests and escalating difficulty. Claire has been taking piano for four years now and, truth be told, is pretty darn good at it. But she has a lot of things going on. We push her. We’re demanding parents. French immersion at school, extra curricular sports, and piano lessons to boot. And the piano is getting tough. I used to be able to fake it, but now I’m just standing there bewildered trying to remember what she learned last year. This, obviously, blossoms into some interesting practice sessions in our house, more and more of which end in tears. We’re practicing our parenting skills, but our feet are to the fire it seems. Some day she’ll thank us, right?

Infinity, Multiplayer

Forgot to mention that Claire’s cousin got herself a copy of Disney Infinity with her holiday windfall. The results of that was two little girls, a seven year old and an eight year old, who twice over the holiday break connected across the three-hundred kilometer gap that separates them via PS3 and the telephone-on-speakerphone to build some random Disney-themed virtual madness and mayhem. I know I was a bit of a game nut at that age, but long ago –and rationally I know better– part of me really did assume I’d be playing tea parties with my daughter, not dibs’ing for playtime on my game console. #soProud

5 Jan 02015 | asides & shorts | gamer
# I've taken on a big writing challenge as a kind of new years resolution. It's a bit of a secret. Was a bit of a secret. Now it's not, but you still don't know what it is or where to find it, do you?
5 Jan 02015
What to read, what to read?

I’ve got my reading list picked out for a couple novels down the road, but I’d like to round out that list with a couple books I may not otherwise consider. I’m interested in what YOU like. I’m interested to know what my readers recommend. So, y’know… give me a suggestion and make your case. What’s good? What do I need to add to my 2015 reading list? A classic that is a “must read” or a bit of modern pulp that you just want me to do a critical analysis of on this blog. Maybe a book I never would have considered, or a genre-defining tome that you think deserves some respect. Whatever… just let me know.

# Day 5 of the "Every Day Video Project 2015" and so far so good! Y'know... like video. Every day.
5 Jan 02015

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5 Jan 02015 | 3 minutes of your time

…the book-within-the-book is closer to the reader’s reality than the book itself…

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5 Jan 02015 | 2 minutes of your time

Better tech, the industry that churns out new titles and toys would have us believe, is the cornerstone of better games.

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Spicy and crunchy-dry ginger beef.
a sums & pieces for 5 Jan 02015

grokzine | holidays & gatherings | technology 

4 Jan 02015 | 3 minutes of your time

…or, why the relatives only care about megapixels but don’t want to see the slideshow.

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A little bit of too much of everything over the last two weeks. *sigh*
a sums & pieces for 4 Jan 02015

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