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Thoughts About A Patio

Megan and I want to put a patio in our backyard. It’ll be about 12’x12′. There are a zillion options. What are your thoughts? Do you love YOUR patio?
Our thinking involves: easier surfaces to have family play play time on (smoother? softer?), natural beauty (not looking like a big concrete pad), cost (looks like wood is 3x the cost :-( )

The Most Exciting Half-Hour of Your Life

The most exciting half-hour of your life begin when you click “Play”. View full-screen.

Baby Pix!

Cloud Gazing last week. We lay there for 10 minutes looking up at the clouds and sun glittering through the trees in the back yard. Perfection!

Abigail in the midst of the contents of her toybox. Many of these toys were given to her by friends; it feels great that friendship surrounds her!

My view as I write this post this morning!

And sometimes there are tears!

Unsubscribing From Dell Catalog

“I don’t mean to be rude but I will not buy another Dell product until I stop getting your catalog.”

I’ve been getting unwanted Dell catalogs for more than a year. I’ve tried their automated unsubscription system and online chat multiple times. I called them today opening with this line. The guy on the line said he’d fix it. I’ll get back to you all in 2 months with an update.

Be a Teacher Assistant at The Crucible this summer. Make things that go!

Hey, this summer at the Crucible I’ll be teaching youth classes in Kinetics and Electronics along with some friends. Would you like to be a Teacher Assistant?

The program is running most weeks June 22nd thru Aug 7. Each class runs either in the morning or afternoon for 5 days. Monday-Friday 9a-noon, Monday-Friday 1p-4p; pick one or both… each week starts a new session.

– A little experience with basic electronics is helpful (basic soldering, switches, DC motors)
– Be able to relate to 8-14 year old kids that are already excited about building stuff.
– Be able to have fun learning how to do the stuff you don’t know from the experienced teachers while working with the kids

It pays $12.50/hr and you can get discounts on Crucible classes.

Look up the class times and descriptions: http://thecrucible.org/2015-youth-camps/

The July 6-10 class is extra special. We’ll be building smart Sumo-bots and the like. Arduino and programming skills a definite plus!
https://newstore.thecrucible.org/?product=youth-kinetics-immersion-program

A Day Off

I haven’t had a day off school in what feels like a million years. Not been getting nearly enough sleep either. But the end is in sight. I got a luxurious 9 hours of sleep last night, gave myself the daymorning 10am to 12:30pm off. And I feel quite a bit more human now. When school is done for the semester in week, I will sleep like the dead.