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Jack-o-Lanterns


October 19, 2020

Jack-o-Lanterns

October. The first full month of Autumn. The air begins to cool. Sweaters and light jackets become necessary. At the end of the month, it’ll be Halloween, which means it’s time to carve jack-o-lanterns.

Three Simple Ways to Make A Difference


April 18, 2019

Three Simple Ways to Make A Difference

Do you have an overall goal for your life? Maybe it’s simply to enjoy life, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Personally, I have two goals in life. The first is to be a father. The second is to make a difference in the world for the better.

Quick Life Update


December 3, 2018

It’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve posted anything. In fact, tomoroow marks two weeks since my last post. This is mostly because I’v been under the weather (idiom for being sick for my non-native English readers).

We've Got Hard Water


November 11, 2018

We've Got Hard Water

Recently we had a bit of an incident with our hot water heater… The tank began leaking. Thankfully it was still under warranty and we got another one for only the cost of labor. Afterward, we ran into another problem. Our dishes began having a cloudy white film on them, and after boiling water (say, for spaghetti) the pot would also have a line of the cloudy white film.

We Bought A Van


October 19, 2018

We Bought A Van

Recently we went out and bought a new vehicle: a 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan. I’ll get into the details in a bit, but essentially we’ve been looking for a while and just happened to come across the right one.

A Mostly Financial Pregnancy Timeline and The First Four Months Of Life: My Experience As A New Dad


July 26, 2018

A Mostly Financial Pregnancy Timeline and The First Four Months Of Life: My Experience As A New Dad

This past year has been quite an adventure. I got married. I just finished school yesterday. And today is my son is four months old. I’ve been chronicling what’s been going on, relying heavily on things such as medical bills and insurance explanation of benefits to fit things into a neat timeline. Hence the whopper of a title A Mostly Financial Pregnancy Timeline and The First Four Months Of Life: My Experience As A New Dad.

Don't Discount Your Emotions


May 16, 2018

Don't Discount Your Emotions

Hate. Anger. Jealousy. Worry. These are all negative feelings that you should avoid, right? Love, happiness, joy, hope, and other positive emotions are, well, much better, so why not choose one of those instead?

Life Update


April 9, 2018

Life Update

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (as if I have regular readers), you’ll notice that my last post was over two weeks ago. That’s because I’ve been dealing with a brand new family member. Yep, my wife gave birth to our first-born son.

The Illusion of Communication


February 19, 2018

The Illusion of CommunicationRecently I heard the following quote often misattributed to George Bernard Shaw - "The Biggest Problem in Communication Is the Illusion That It Has Taken Place." And it made me think in what ways is communication often an illusion?

Why the term "Race" is Problematic


November 19, 2016

"Race" is more of a social construct than a biological distinction. That doesn’t mean "races" don’t exist, it just means it’s difficult, if not impossible, to label people with a distinct, finite number of races.

Painting the House


August 13, 2011

I’ve been living in a pink house since 2007. Well no more! I didn’t move - I painted my house the other day. Now I live in a brown house! The awesomest part is I only spent about $40 and it only took us maybe six hours? Just the better part of the afternoon.

Hiking


January 18, 2011

At the start of the quarter, I found out that instead of charging by the credit hour, my school charges the same rate for twelve to eighteen credit hours. Since I was only taking fourteen credit hours, I decided to take a hiking class. I know, I know, hiking in winter? Yes, it was cold. But I met a few people, had fun, and got some exercise.

Stargate: SG-1


December 9, 2010

I’ve been pretty bored this month, and have also decided to take a break from some of my gaming. So I’ve been watching the tv series Stargate: SG-1 on Netflix. Pretty good, I think. It’s surprising that it’s over ten years old (from 1997). I keep wondering to myself why the cars are so old… It’s even weirder when I realize a lot of the kids in the show are my age.

Discrimination


November 18, 2010

From Wikionary: discrimination (plural discriminations) 1. a distinction; discernment, the act of discriminating, discerning, distinguishing, noting or perceiving differences between things.

The Hamburger


November 7, 2010

The Hamburger

Ah yes, the humble hamburger, also known as the burger. A special sandwich from the far away land of Hamburg.