Gift ideas for 2011

Like anyone else, at various special times around the year, friends and family will ask me what I want for [fill in the occasion]. My standard answer has always been books. No one ever takes that seriously for some reason and I really don’t know why. In any event, for 2011, my standard answer has […]

What Secret Santa left for me

I came home from vacation to find this waiting from me from my Secret Santa: (Click the image to see a larger version.) It’s a stack of Asimov’s and Analog magazines from the 1970s and includes the premier issue of Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine (the one showing). It also appears to include most issues […]

The Nine Planets by Franklyn M. Branley

One of the awesome gifts I got for Christmas this year from my in-laws was a copy of the The Nine Planets by Franklyn M. Branley. I’ve mentioned this book numerous times over the years on this blog. It is the book that turned me onto science back when I was a first-grader. I discovered […]

Early night

I’m finally crashing and so there’s a chance at a decent night’s sleep tonight.  Work was busy all day long.  I even worked through lunch, but I completed an important milestone on my project and that felt good.  At 4 PM, there was a memorial service for Susan held in the office and lots of people came […]

Christmas Day, 2008

We were up early and even Logan was up early in anticipation of opening presents this morning.  As always, it was a lot of fun.   I got Kelly some Christmas movies that she was missing (Elf, and some Charlie Brown Christmas cartoons).  I also got her this little silver elephant whose prehensile trunk can be used […]


Late this morning, Kelly opened her birthday present.  I got her a Wii.  We played Wii once before at Todd and Jenn’s house and she really enjoyed it.  I also got her the Wii Fit so that she (or "we") can do workouts and yoga and stuff.  I got it all set up this morning and […]

Protected: Have I said how cool my landlord was?

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Book-ends and cat condos

I mentioned over the weekend that vickyandnorm got Zeke and I a few gifts when we went to visit. Norm and Vicky got me a set of typewriter bookends that we once saw in a store and I love them. I took some pictures of them this evening. They gave Zeke a cat condo, too, […]

Thank you’s

After an incredibly lazy day, I finally got around to writing some thank you notes for gifts I received for my birthday. It gave me the chance to make use of the new stationary that Jen made for me for the holidays. I managed to get through 7 thank you notes and I will get […]

Home! Sweet! Home!

My vacation ended shortly after 5 PM yesterday when I arrived home from the airport. I was up at about 8:30 AM and Lisa and I headed out for a walk around the Boardwalk, enjoying the bright, warm Florida sunshine once more before having to head home. We decided to stop in at Norm and […]

Ground-stoppage, redux

Our plane pulled away from the gate on time last night at Dulles. The pilot said wheels-up to wheel-down time to La Guardia was 39 minutes. We taxied toward the runway and as soon as I heard the engines spin down, I knew what was going on: another ground-stoppage in La Guardia. This happened the […]


I managed to find enough time this morning to complete the last of my major errands I had to run: I bought some new running shoes. They are New Balance running shoes, like my old ones, but they don’t smell funny. My old shoes started to smell weird and I think it was something about […]