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A nice Christmas

We’re off to Flori­da for a week. I’ll be back in time for the KU bowl game, but I won’t be able to blog about the KU-Yale bas­ket­ball game (some­thing I’d dear­ly like to do, as my broth­­er-in-law roots for Yale). Ah well. We have had a nice Christ­mas, with plen­ty of snow, sled­ding, presents, […]

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Now this is funny

I love just about every­thing that Matthew Bald­win writes, but this is fun­ny stuff. Like, so fun­ny I had to read it out loud to my wife, dri­ving her off to bed. Laugh out loud fun­ny. Here you go: Matt Bald­win’s Slack­er’s Guide to Christ­mas Presents (not the real title, because I’m lazy).

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Me and my life

The Lawrence Festival of Trees

This was a while ago… about a month now (the end of Novem­ber) but still fun. Every year (we’re only get­ting to know the hol­i­day events) The Shel­ter (a local kids and fam­i­ly char­i­ty) hosts the Lawrence Fes­ti­val of Trees. Peo­ple dec­o­rate trees and donate them, then oth­er peo­ple (most­ly busi­ness­es) bid on them at […]

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Me and my life

The best baby sleep clothes

Our babies always had trou­ble sleep­ing. The first one did­n’t sleep through the night until he was six months old (though now he could sleep through an earth­quake). The sec­ond one slept like a dream for three or four months and has wok­en up at least once every night since then. We swad­dled and breast […]

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Best baby monitor

We’re on our third baby mon­i­tor. The first was some Graco/FirstBaby some­thing-or-oth­­er brand whose salient fea­ture was that it had two receivers. We thought (mis­tak­en­ly) that we’d need two receivers, one we could leave in the kitchen, and one in our bed­room. We were wrong. This is what we need­ed: rock sol­id recep­tion, lots of […]

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Me and my life

Best bath mat

Once you’re done with the baby bath­tub, you’ll need a bath mat for your reg­u­lar tub. We moved our boys to the reg­u­lar bath when they were between six months and a year old (when they could reli­ably sit up and we’re reli­ably splash­ing gal­lons of water out of their baby bath­tub). The bath mats […]

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The best baby bathtub ever

As our kids start to move out of baby­hood, I feel the need to tell some­one about the best baby gear we came across while help­ing them sur­vive to tod­dler­hood. I also have a pair of friends about to have a baby (Hi Den­ny, Hi Aprille!), who prob­a­bly already have all their gear lined up, […]

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No more AdSense on this blog

I know, you’re not all torn up about this. As a fur­ther refine­ment of my blog­ging efforts, I’ve decid­ed to stop host­ing ads on this site. Espe­cial­ly Google’s con­­text-sen­si­­tive AdSense ads. Turns out that a blog as eclec­tic as this one is a bad fit for con­tex­tu­al adver­tis­ing. I’m open to ads in the future, […]

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Obligatory ice storm photo

We had an ice storm ear­li­er this week. I, along with every oth­er indi­vid­ual in the Mid­west ((Wit­ness, this search on Flickr turned up over 10,000 ice storm pic­tures just this week)), took pic­tures of the cool ice capades. I am lim­it­ing myself to just one pho­to, tak­en a day lat­er, when the sun was […]

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The Master Home Computing Plan gets a wifi remote (updated)

You may or may not have read the Mas­ter Home Com­put­ing Plan, a post where I out­lined how and what my per­fect home com­put­ing plan was. That post is under review right now, but a cru­cial ele­ment has just been intro­duced by a com­pa­ny called iospir­it. Enter Remote Bud­dy. Orig­i­nal­ly, this was soft­ware you installed […]