Midweek Kids Fix…

From September 16th. (I seem to always run a couple of weeks behind, don’t I?) Miss Emily after a bath, in her favorite nightgown. That damp hair really makes her eyes pop, doesn’t it?
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So much so that Daddy can’t resist sneaking up behind her and giving her a kiss.

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From September 19th. The hair is finally long enough to try out our first ponytail.

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No Shit, Sherlock Watch…

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Where the Riled Things Are
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Ron Paul Interview

What? Central California is coping with a drought? I didn’t know the Central Valley got droughts! How will those poor farmers cope with conditions they’ve never dealt with before?

Dad, explain!

PS, the interview with Ron Paul, as usual, is interesting to watch.

Don’t Mean to be Geeky…

And I even got out my adorable new netbook!

Xkcd gets right to the heart of it again.

Growing up a geeky lad, this is the sentiment we all feel that stops us dead in our tracks. We don’t seem to have the chiseled appearance, the ideal resume of extra-curricular activities, or the large amounts in our back or front pockets. So what do we do? Envision the scenarios that must happen that keep us from meeting some special girl.

Of course it’s a misnomer. On all parts, really. There’s no reason we’re not the catch of the day. And frankly, our geekish lowered self-esteem means we aim for more than just a night out. Our minds have time to plot and plan and create an underground, mental establishment of stability. We want the relationship, the partnership, the friend.

Geeks are strong friends. We all knew each other before we grew out of shells, from when we didn’t make many friends, because we were geeks. Case in point, my foolish first puppy-love relationship that lasted (too) long and I kept myself from everyone else. It was a novice mistake, for sure. But damn if my best friends didn’t pick me back up right where we left off, no hesitation.

I know it’s tough to make that first connection beyond one’s comfort zone. But I think it’s time we geeks took that leap. Of course, get to know the girl, see that she could compliment who we are. The thing to always remember: your true friends wait for your return. We may have that movie adventurer ideal of the lone wolf, but really we’re a pack of very loyal dogs.

(The hardest part is when your friends don’t like the girl, they’re decent enough to let you figure it out on your own. Glad to know mine was approved of and joined our odd little family.)

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More Evidence I’m a Twit…

  • Wisdom teeth gone. 6 hours later, half my jaw is still numb. I'm getting hungry. #
  • Cleared out some inboxes. It's like a digital enema! #
  • Yawning hurts my jaw. #
  • RT @alyankovic I hope I live long enough to see either the end of strife in the Middle East or the end of Apple’s exclusivity deal with AT&T #
  • Gone home with a sick boy. Funtimes! #
  • Oh and Shrek the Third is a worthless slice of mediocrity. #
  • Any ideas on mass uploading and inserting photos for WordPress? #
  • RT @BillCorbett: Not convinced that "H1N1" isn't leetspeak. I won't be pwned again! #
  • @leannrose What the hell happened now? in reply to leannrose #
  • Leftover homemade egg-drop soup! (Still in need of some perfection though). #
  • Star Wars Marathon with my sick boy. Oh, and I cleaned the basement! #
  • I can't believe Vader is Luke's father! #

Bartlett on Fiscal Conservatism…

Bruce Bartlett reminding us a bit of that ancient conservative value of fiscal responsibility.

This reversal of the historical conservative position has had enormous implications for our national finances. By effectively taking taxes off the table, conservatives unwittingly opened the flood gates of spending.

The reason why conservatives supported a balanced budget in the first place wasn’t so much about the economics as a belief that it was a constraint on spending and the growth of government. That deficits were inflationary, raised interest rates and led to crowding out in financial markets, which reduced economic growth, was really a secondary consideration.

A key reason why a balanced budget requirement constrained spending is that deficits led to higher taxes. Since people don’t like paying taxes, they put a brake on spending that couldn’t be financed out of current revenues. In the event that there was some new program that was widely deemed to be desirable, such as Social Security or Medicare, it was commonly understood that new taxes dedicated just to these programs were an essential requirement for enactment.

Programs that couldn’t be financed weren’t seriously considered until the Bush 43 administration.

It’s a fun read just for the history of it, agreeing with the opinion or not.

(Found via The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan.)

Back to Reading…

Since dropping graduate school from my life for the time being, I have been reading. After the beginning of college eight years ago, I haven’t read much for myself. Apart from Harry Potter audiobooks while driving across the country (and Deathly Hallows the moment it came out), and the Twilight series at my wife’s insistence (my man card was duly handed in), my reading has for school and only school.

Now I’m halfway through the third book of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. It is definitely a great series, but now I was thinking of lining up some non-fiction to follow it up with. I was originally planning to slip in some other reading between the Dark Materials books, but by halfway through The Golden Compass that plan was nixed.

Still, what to follow these books with? I’m going to read The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a favorite blogger of mine at The Atlantic. After that, I was thinking of reading up on writing. Here are a couple of ideas:

  • Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg
  • On Writing – Stephen King
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing – Mignon Fogarty (this is more for personal reference.)

Any other suggestions out there?