Happy Easter, Happy end of March!


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I still can’t believe my sons are 15. For that matter it is a struggle that the bean is 20. Since the boys were born we’ve lived in three different cities, Cincinnati Ohio, Greenwood Indiana and now Gaithersburg MD. It reminds me of my own childhood (Chicago IL, Bloomington IN and Bangkok Thailand). I moved South to way East to way West. They moved West to East.

IMG_0146Dylan isn’t happy about his beach being gone. Unlike Fran he normally turns away when you try to take his picture. This was in the kitchen of the Residence Inn on the beach in VB. Poor guy misses playing in the sand still.

We are gearing up for the move to the new house in mid-May. We have been looking for nearly two months and frankly we found the perfect house for us. You couldn’t ask for a better fit for the family for the next 3 or 4 years. Once Jackie moves out (at some point in the next few years) we will have even more space.

Anyway – time to get rolling. Happy Easter to all who celebrate this day. Happy end of March to those who don’t!

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Happy Birthday to all (and to all a good night)…


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16 years ago this was my dad’s birthday. It’s still his birthday – Happy Birthday dad!!!!!

Then 15 years ago the boys arrived. For those who don’t know their original due date was in May. My mother always thought they would arrive on her birthday. They arrived on my dad’s birthday, early as twins often are.

15 years.

It doesn’t seem possible. The tiny little guys I held in my hands (literally) are now taller than Barb. There was a time (Halo 1) when I ruled the family Halo games. Then for a time, I was second best (Jackie beat me – used to say “poppy where are you.”) then in the past four or so years I really can’t beat any of them, and the boys are better than Jackie.

So what did they want for their birthday this year? New computers, and a day where they were just allowed to play video games. I however will not be playing Halo, I enjoy video games where I actually get to look around and then fire, not regen and run. While Rest and Relaxation are fun (R&R) Regen and RUN (RE & R) is not very fun.

When the boys were little they were so small – now they are not small. However as they have grown I have to say it is intriguing now what they think about. I find myself engaging more and more with them in long deep conversations about the way the world really works. I am amazed not only at their overall depth of understanding but also the color they add to the world around them.

I am proud of my young men.

Happy birthday guys!

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No, Nick your apple is gone…


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IU played their worst game of the season and Syracuse played their best game of the tournament – congrats to the Orange. They won and frankly they deserved to win.

We did not find Nick’s long lost apple in the ocean this time either. It may be time to tell Nick that the Apple I threw overboard from the cruise ship 8 years ago is no longer around and in fact he can stop saying “apple, ocean” every time he sees a body of water.

Its interesting our change. Barb has always loved the ocean, and now that we are near we go at least twice a year for a few days each year. Its interesting but the ocean is a very restful place. The other side of ocean trips is that for the most part one of us gets sick. This time it was Luke, when we went to Destin Florida it was Barb. When we went to Charlestown South Carolina it was Luke. When we went to the Dunes State Park in Indiana it was me (not the ocean but a large body of water with sand). There may be a story there. Although when we went to Delaware no one was sick.

Lots to do today – have to call insurance companies and sort it all out.

At least I got the taxes filed, finally.

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quick side trip


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we were going to head back to Indiana for spring break but the late start on that week and the 12 hour one way driving time killed that. So we ended up running down to Virginia Beach. We were going for three days but Luke is sick so we cut it short to two days and headed home this evening.

IMG_0180This is the lighthouse at Fort Story. We stopped there on our way out of Virginia Beach. I am not sure why I love lighthouses so much but I do. Anyway lots of unpacking to do!

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Let’s vote on it…


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Today is an interesting day. Proposition 8 the California law that defines marriage as a man and a woman has made it to the desks of the supreme court justices. The first reality is that no matter what the Supreme Court will not make or define marriage for the entire country they will simply rule on the legality of proposition 8. While that will have legal precedent it will only begin the fight.

Since 2007 the support for the DOMA and other marriage acts has begun to erode. More than 54% of America’s polled believe that marriage is a right for all couples not simply those who fit into the DOMA definition. That said, it is a long fight before it is over. A majority in this country simply means that the other side will begin to attack – which they should as that is the democratic process.

So, let’s do this. ERA was an amendment to the constitution that expressed a desire to legally force companies and the government to give women equal rights and protection under the law. Let’s, as a country vote on what is right for marriage. Let’s not argue it, let’s simply have both sides present their case and then as a nation vote. The majority of American’s deserve the right to stand up and be counted regarding this issue.

Anyway – my 2 cents worth.

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New book–and a question…


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I am starting a collection of digital pictures – the view from my home or work office. Feel free to send me a picture. I will publish the book on the Kindle and will send all contributors a copy of the book. It’s called “The Office View Book.” and yes the double entendre is well intentional.

If you want to include a view of the inside of your office (you won’t get one from me –) that works also.

No one will have their name with their pictures for privacy etc.

IU won over the weekend. I have  a couple of thoughts on the game. First, there are players in the NCAA and in the NBA that believe they are fouled on every shot, and some of them fouled every time they touch the ball. Referees should call many more technical fouls on that behavior as it really isn’t part of the game. Got it that you are a great player, but play through incidental contact. There is no academy award for basketball fouls yet, someday maybe but for now, no.

Speaking of the games I’ve watched. While I enjoy the NCAA and letting them play I now have a very serious concern. As you watch the games you see one team or another very successful at acquiring offensive rebounds. You will also note, right before the rebound that the defensive player moves towards the basket very quickly and often in a stumbling manner. Given that the vast majority of basketball players are extremely athletic and very graceful it is highly doubtful that defensive rebound stumbling disease strikes all of them virtually every game. In fact I would propose that the offensive player who suddenly acquires the rebound, because of the newly created vacant space is actually pushing off which is why they got the rebound.

Perhaps a little more attention to the game and less to the pageantry for the officials?

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Fun day Saturday…plus brackets!


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Wonderful day yesterday – went on a family walk (sans the bean who was working a double). Then off to Chipotle for dinner (burrito bowl – fewer calories and all the taste) then home for the fabulous movie Mouse Hunt staring the amazing actor Nathan Lane. Bean came home just after the movie started so we all ended up on the big bed watching the movie. Dylan was frustrated having all the children on his bed and ended up moving to the end of the bed, he wouldn’t get off, its his bed after all.

IU is playing Temple today. I remember back in the day, with John Chaney as the coach of Temple. They were always a tough out and this time will be the same. The first number 1 fell (Gonzaga) but I didn’t have them making it out of the region in most of my brackets.  Still it messed one up completely (where I had them in the final four).

One bracket is completely dead (New Mexico and Georgetown in the final four). It would take a miracle for that one to even be in the 40% range. It is at 30.5 right now, and I suspect slipping from there.

Still a few brackets are alive.

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Life of Pi–great movie!


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We watched “Life of Pi” last night (family movie night). It is a really good movie. I really enjoyed the overall concept and the cinematography was simply amazing. Ang Lee, who is famous for more violent movies (Jackie Chan) really showed a deft touch around the concepts of the book in his movie.

Conceptually there are a number of things I’ve been covering in my more serious blog recently. I was greatly inspired by a piece in the Washington Post around Manipulators. It doesn’t matter what you call them, they are out there waiting to catch you when you are unaware. Today I was thinking aloud about the perfect office.

One of the reasons for two blogs is that this one is my family blog (kid updates stuff like that). The other blog remains my more serious attempt at topics and concepts that are important to my job, but also to me.

I realized the other day that for the better part of the first 4 or 5 years that I blogged I always had music playing while blogging. Since moving to Maryland I’ve stopped that. I am not 100% sure. If you had asked me 10 years ago I would have said I write better with music on. Now I wonder if in fact that is true. Not, mind you that I think I am writing better now, just that I wonder if music was as critical to the process as I used to think.

Time to get rolling…

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How do I blog every day?


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A friend said yesterday I don’t know how you blog everyday. The answer is normally I am writing my blog two or three days in advance and then buffing and polishing them, or changing the order of publication. That however has changed in the past two months, and I am now literally writing my blog on the fly every morning.

So now my blogs are live day of, fresh from the sea. That means you don’t have to check the freshness date of my blogs anymore, they are as fresh as fresh can be. It also means they are probably more topical in that I am now finding information from yesterday’s news!

That is an interesting concept – freshness dates on blogs. For example, my kids all started their blogs (see links above) and haven’t really written anything since the first post or so.

Fresh isn’t always good (Zucchini – it sucks no matter when you eat it, although I hear my father “your taste buds will mature.” Sorry dad – no squash for me.)

Fresh also means you get blogs like this on occasion where there really isn’t anything to write about except the very process of blogging. So to answer my friends question how do you blog every day?

I sit in my chair, stare at the screen and hope something comes out.

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NASA rambling and basement cleaning


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I am a NASA junkie. I acknowledge that and accept my personal designation. I love everything NASA. The other day I was talking to a co-worker who used to work at NASA. He talked about a study that had been done at one point where NASA looked at all the businesses they had created that were worth, per product, more than a billion dollars each. (the best night of NASA watching – seeing Neil Armstrong step on the moon, 30 second delay but nearly live with my dad at 2 am in the morning).

The number if you think about it is amazing. While the transistor radio was already around, the world of communications changed because of NASA. But the thing that was amazing to me is what NASA did that in the end impacted the personal computer even more. DSP or digital signal processing chips were actually a critical need for NASA. They were processing hundreds of gigabytes of imaging data every day, and if you think back to the computers of the 80’s that wasn’t their strong suit. Sure, today you can get 4 gig of video ram on a laptop but back then you had 640k to work with and that includes loading the network, video and other critical drivers. The original Pentium chips that became the standard very quickly suffered for horrible floating point issues so math (ie image processing) was arduous well into the mid 1990’s.

If only NASA had sold stock.

I sold my old telescope. It pained me to do so, but I hadn’t used it in a long time (2 years) so it fit into my new rule (no use, no longer in basement). Since Barb won’t let me move stuff upstairs if I don’t have it in the basement, I don’t have it. There are more things heading the way of the dinosaur soon.

Its nearing Cherry Blossom time in DC, although frankly it feels to freaking cold to be spring.

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