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February 11th, 2011
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January 9th, 2011
10:44 am

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ASL meetups, kids, and dogs!
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Poor prettypammie was feeling a bit sick [“… and tired!”] last night, so Q, N, & I went off to the Western Fairfax Silent Supper without her.  The organizer, David, has done a great job.  A lot of Meetup groups that I’ve looked into seem to be virtual entities—people who talk about meeting up, but don’t actually do it.  This is not the case here—we filled a long table, and even had a couple of satellite tables that I didn’t realize at first were part of the group.  One such had a 15-month old cute little girl who is at the 97th percentile in height.  N, of course, is 26 months and 5th percentile--so they were close to the same size!   N had a blast—she signed a fair amount, and also rejoiced in shouting out every sign someone made that she recognized.  Q was a bit more shy and reserved, content to chat a little bit with hearing [hearing, ASL student] neighbor, Kerri, reading The Hobbit and eating  his dinner.  He’s not quite as willing as I am to embarrass myself by signing incorrectly; if he can’t do it right, he doesn’t want to do it—at least not in public. 

The kids impressed, as they always do.  I think the sight of a 10-year-old devouring a book like that surprised and pleased many of the diners.  I guess I’m so used to him reading hours every day [and I was no different] so I’m just used to it.  I realized, though, that when I see kids in public these days they aren’t reading a book. They are generally head-down in a DS or PSP or some other such gadget.

Anyway, poor Pam got paged in to work at 6 PM, so even if she had come with us, she would have had to run off to work, anyway.  Of course, she would have been really close to work from the dinner.  The joys of wearing a pager.  Pam’s emergency ended just about as I was fighting N back into the car seat for the trip home.  I figured the kids would be asleep by the time we got home, so I brought them over to Pam’s office for a quick kiss goodnight before we all headed home.  We got everyone in bed at a reasonable hour—even me, if you consider just after 11 reasonable.  [The siren call of World of Warcraft called me before bed].

This morning, N fed the dogs.  At this point, both Jack and Grace sit at her command without any backup from me.  They wait very patiently as she fills each bowl, scoop by scoop, and then—at her command—they eat.  It used to be that she’d call out, “eat,” and they’d look at me for confirmation.  Now it’s all her.  Not bad for a 2-year-old, right?  When they’re done, they come back to the crates at her recall—though not as crisply—and go in their crates on her command.  Our impressive little girl!  Q got all the dishes loaded in the dishwasher…almost…and then took the dogs down the hill to release the chickens, since mom and dad were being a bit slow to get dressed and moving.

Great kiddos; keepers, both!

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December 22nd, 2010
07:27 am

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Happypete's Twelve Days of Christmas?

Watch out for those cuddling pagans!

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, happypete sent to me...
Twelve mathematics nesting
Eleven spaceships handfasting
Ten pagans a-cuddling
Nine conventions running
Eight relationships a-reading
Seven books a-programming
Six computers a-parenting
Five fo-o-o-our quarters
Four douglas adams
Three computer games
Two weight watchers
...and a cisco in a libertarian party.
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December 14th, 2010
10:06 pm

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Voyager still returning science data after 33 years
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Those of you that know me well, know that I'm a bit of a "space buff."  That said, I'm still learning something new constantly  This year has been amazing, as I found myself re-acquainting myself with the Shuttle Program through the happy circumstance of being selected for the NASA STS-133 Launch Tweetup.

That experience is ongoing--it looks like I'll be heading back down in February when a new launch date in one of the upcoming windows is set.

However, today, I learned that a mission just a bit older than the Shuttle is also continuing to return science dividends to this day.  The solar wind measured by Voyager 1  is now travelling sideways relative to its path from the solar system.  It is, quite literally, on the edge of interstellar space, where our sun ceases to be the dominant player in the immediate space around it.

I hadn't realized that Voyager was doing anything more than "pinging."  So glad to hear that it's still providing new data, year after year.














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November 3rd, 2010
09:26 pm

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STS-133 Launch NASA Tweetup at the Pad
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September 24th, 2010
09:31 am

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September 21st, 2010
11:33 pm

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First Cub Scout Pack meeting of the school year was tonight
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Once again, Quinn wasn't there. We feel that participating in the Scouts--particularly as their National Board has behaved over the last decade--would betray both people and values that we hold dear.

While the national BSA formally maintains its hard-line stance forbidding "avowed homosexuals" from being members or leaders, I'd heard that some packs, troops, and councils were practicing their own version of "DADT." Sadly, here in Western Loudoun, that doesn't seem to be the case. According to a leader in the local pack: "Pack 961 adheres to all National BSA policies." Message received.

As an Eagle Scout and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, it is my personal opinion that the National BSA's policies and practices are in direct conflict with the principles that should underpin any decision in scouting--the Scout Oath and Scout Law.







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September 17th, 2010
10:47 pm

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Ask Doctor Internet: Job Advice
 I have a good friend whose done a couple of contractor tours in "the sandbox," but isn't medically eligible to go back.  Unfortunately, with the economy being what it is here, he's found himself "benched" for several months.  Let's just say that unemployment doesn't really pay the bills.

Problem is, he has a very unique skill set--he's a high-voltage analog guy--specializing in RF broadcasting after many years in that milieu, but also with an interesting mix of other experience, supporting both civilian and military pursuits.  He's also eccentric and irreverent--not exactly "clean-cut interview material."

So...any thoughts on possible opportunities?  I hear the economy is picking back up again.

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August 27th, 2010
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