Time really does fly. 
Wednesday, 26 January, 2011, 03:42
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Mario is almost four months old. Think about that for a minute. Four months ago today Julie and I were talking to her ever-expanding pregnant belly, telling its contents to stay put until October. Mario didn't stay put, though, and joined us as the sun rose on the last day of September. I should have figured as much, as most Klinkos celebrate their birthdays toward the end of a month.

In the past four months he has definitely gotten bigger. He weighs about 14 pounds now, nearly twice his birth weight. He swings his limbs around like nobody's business, babbles to his surroundings, smiles at familiar faces, and I even caught him rolling over. It may not seem like a terribly huge deal and, to be frank, I never knew what a big deal it really was until I saw myself how he started out: unable to stay awake for more than half an hour at a time, completely lacking the ability to make significant movements, and no vocalization capabilities whatsoever. Given that baseline, these steps are definitely huge.

So ... been quite busy with work and home lately. I'm sure things will eventually calm down on both fronts, but for now it's night after sleep-deprived night followed by busy days. I'm pretty sure I'm single-handedly keeping the global coffee industry running.
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Happy Birthday Julie!  
Tuesday, 18 January, 2011, 03:41
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No text required ;)
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Where did 2010 go? 
Saturday, 1 January, 2011, 21:16
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The year 2010 was as long as the years that preceded it, but it felt so much shorter. Looking forward to what 2011 has in store ...
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Tuesday, 21 December, 2010, 13:31
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During the week of December 6th meteorologists us warned of a big, scary, evil snowstorm that was going to sock us right in the face on the weekend of the 11th. The weekend rolled around and ... disappointment. There was definitely snow, and there may have been a lot of it in many places, but I didn't get hit by it nearly as hard as television's harbingers of doom had predicted. There was more wind than snow.

Last night was what I expected that weekend. Thankfully most people drove safely and didn't do anything stupid ... except that one guy in a Subaru Outback on Roosevelt Rd., he was an asshole. The snowblower started after 4 pulls (3 to prime, 1 to start), and the snow was off my driveway by 5:20 this morning.

I wonder if Mario will like playing in the snow as much as I did when I was a kid. I wonder if Daisy will like playing in the snow with him as much as she likes it when I kick snow around for her to attack. Guess I need to put a fence around the backyard ...
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Consumer Electronics Shouldn't Be "Too Technical" 
Tuesday, 2 November, 2010, 23:53
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When somebody is trying to decide between various consumer electronics and consults me for advice, I try to give that person enough information to decide for themselves. I don't like telling someone to buy a particular product because I don't want to be held accountable if that person is not satisfied with said product. If such a situation does arise, I get extremely annoyed and resent giving that person advice ... and my phone number, email address, home address, etc.

If I am trying to provide product- or technology-related information to someone, I do not want to be interrupted and told that the information I am providing is too technical. Let me put it this way: if I can explain a particular technology to my dad, and he can understand it and use that information to make educated purchasing decisions for himself, then that information can be used by anyone to do the same ... and I mean anyone. No exceptions.

With that said I'm not running around and spouting off unsolicited advice. To me, that's like the guy who used to stand near Golf & Rand (at least, I think that's where he stood), shouting at traffic with his Bible in hand. However, given my background in technology, don't expect simple "yes" and "no" answers from me. If that's what you want, go elsewhere.

Now ... I know this is going to be imported into Facebook, and I'd like to assure all of you that this is a general rant and not directed at any one of you.
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