Entries from July 2008
July 29, 2008
The photo is “Colorful Colorado River” by Wisdoc.
One of the reasons that I haven’t moved from Colorado yet is the beauty of the place. I just don’t know many places that are as breathtaking as Colorado. At least not many other places I’ve been.
Now, I don’t want to start a whose state is prettier contest, I’m very fond of saying that “The mind can make a hell out of a heaven, and a heaven out of a hell”. I’m not sure who said it first, but I discovered it while I was in the Marine Corps, and I still find it true to this day.
The Mountains here are spectacular, and the rock formations are out of this world. The weather is great, and even the winters aren’t that bad.
OK, OK, I’ll stop now. I hope you enjoy this great picture, and thanks to Wisdoc for making it available.
July 25, 2008
I was looking through my Del.Icio.us bookmarks to find some common topic for today’s link post. There’s a whole slew of links there on far too many topics, but sometimes it’s hard to tie them all in together. This is one place I should implement “Phil’s 3 or more for categories” rule. I do tend to go a little crazy with categories.
Feeling a little inspired by a guest post on Pearl’s blog, “3 Crucial Things That School Never Taught You”, I decided to use Parenting as my theme for today. So, here goes:
- How to raise a Fun and Funny Child – Although the site name, BabyCenter, would make you think that it’s only about babies, they cover topics for children of all ages. This article gives you some insight into why a sense of humor is so important, but also how to help your child develop their own.
- How Not to Talk to Your Kids – This is a New York News and Features Article that’s really interesting. It discusses the difference, and long term implications, of praising your child for being “smart”, vs praising them for “working hard”. Really interesting, and I saw the difference in my own kids.
- OffSprung – This is a terrific blog that covers all sorts of parenting and parent orientated topics, and makes them funny to boot. I’m a big fan of being entertained while I learn, so this is a favorite.
- The DaddyCast – This is a great podcast from a working father. He discussed parenting topics, as well as relating his experiences. I’ve really been able to relate to a lot of his stories, as well as found his recommendations helpful.
- Fatherville – Terrific site for fathers. Advice and discussions about nearly every family situation, this site has some terrific articles, as well as a great forums and a blog.
July 23, 2008
This is just sweet! The robot was built from Lego MindStorms, and can solve a rubiks cube in about 6 minutes. That’s better than my current record of 12 years.
You can read more about it on the website.
July 23, 2008
So I finally caved in, I joined Twitter.
I’ve been talking myself out of joining it, but it seems like Pownce has died, and although I started posting more on Pownce, there just doesn’t seem to be anything going on over there.
Maybe I’m following the wrong people, maybe I don’t have the right people following me. Who knows.
I’ve had kind of a posting spree lately, and not only have I been posting regularly on both Port16 and Two Guys Tech, but I’ve started to post more often on Pownce as well. So yesterday I figured, what the heck, the more the merrier.
I’m not going to re-post, at least not at this point in time. Pownce messages will not appear on Twitter and vice versa.
If you want to include me in the party, here’s my twitter page, and here’s my pownce page. If there’s anyone you follow, and would like to suggest them to me, let me know.
July 22, 2008
The last couple of weeks I went with various video games for my wallpapers, so I wanted to do something different.
Today’s Wallpaper is “Dead Star Creates Celestial Havoc”, from the NASA Wallpapers directory at the Jet Propulsion Labs Web site. Your best bet to download it is to go to the NASA Wallpapers Directory page, and it is located on the top left.
If you click on the “More Info” link, you can get an explanation of what the image is, as well as how it was taken. There are lots of neat images here, available in various resolutions.
Besides images of things happening in the heavens, there are also images from mars, and earth. Well worth the visit.