Sunny day in the park.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
I'm becoming a disciple of TV chef Alton Brown. He recommends putting a stone tile in the oven to encourage even heating and provide a good baking surface. This afternoon I went out and found this beautiful piece of travertine. It's a little large, 16 x 16, but the woman at the tile store gave it to me free! Now I just need to figure out how to trim it. Anybody got a stone saw they're not using?
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
After my first son was born, I wanted to wear a reminder of him, like the wedding ring I wear to remind me of my wife. I thought of an ID bracelet, but there were a number of problems with that idea. Finally, I stumbled on the notion of a simple beaded bracelet showing both my son's and my wife's names in Morse code.
Now that we have the new baby, I've been trying to decide what to do. I happened to discover a couple of weeks ago that he was born on the same day as Louis Braille, so I added a three-strand section to the bracelet that has his name in Braille. The Morse sections use my, my wife's, and my eldest son's favorite colors. Baby boy doesn't have any preferences yet, so I'm sticking with monochrome for now.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
I'm breaking my own rules by typing this on the computer, but just for one post to give a sort of "program note". I'm not sure how many readers I have, but those of you who are watching may have noticed quite an uptick in posting in recent weeks. As I mentioned, we got new phones with a new service provider, and I've been kicking the tires a bit, posting pictures (the major new toy) and working on the best way to get text onscreen. With my former provider, I knew my limit exactly. The phone would tell me if I entered too many characters. The new one just lets me roll on and tells me only after the fact that it's sending two messages. The second one never gets through, so my post gets truncated and I have to go back in manually and edit each post. Not to mention, I have to take out the "Message from a Cingular wireless customer" sig on the end of each one. Sure, we're happy with the little orange guy, but I don't really want to advertise him every single time.
The alternative was to send Multimedia (MMS) for each post, which is how I get photos here anyway, but my plan gives me 200 text messages and only 40 MMS. Not nearly enough to keep up my suddenly blistering blog pace. What I'm working on now is actual e-mail, using my phone as a gateway to my gmail.com account. There's a monthly bandwidth quota on that, but I'm less concerned with hitting that ceiling than I am with MMS.
I realize that none of this means much to any of you who are reading, but the gist is this: I'm having a great time with my new toy here, and the result for you is more posting and, hopefully, longer messages. It's hard to get a lot of meat in less than 256 characters, after all.
Now back to your regularly scheduled mobile-only blog. Happy Reading!