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Excerpts from my Kindergarten report card

May 26, 2012 7:43 am Published by 2 Comments

The Cottage School, Boulder, CO. Spring 1986

  • “He sometimes has problems controlling his energy, yet is able to listen and follow directions well.”
  • “Logan enjoys reading our Public Library books.”
  • “Logan gets excited about doing art projects but seems to steer away from this area during free choice.”
  • “He often tires about 11:30, feels puny and wants hugs. Lunch usually brings him out of this slightly torpid .. state.”
  • “His biggest drawback is his tendency to desert one work for another, leaving a mess behind.”
  • “Continues to be constantly curious and able to assimilate information with amazing ease.”
  • “He has finally begun to respond to requests that he refrain from always blurting out the answers during group lessons.”

Sound like anyone you know?

2011 in books

March 9, 2012 8:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It is now March, and I have somehow never posted my reading log for 2011. Last year was a light one for my reading, and I’m not entirely sure why. The books below represent a thousand pages less than in 2010 (4794, or an average of ~13 pages a day).

See also 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.

A Decade In Review

December 31, 2009 9:01 am Published by 2 Comments

Tomorrow, it will be 2010.

Ten years ago Now
I was a sophomore at RPI, considering a double-major in Computer Science and Management. I am a developer/manager for a small company.
I lived in a tiny dorm room in the crummiest suburb (Troy) of one of the crummiest capital cities in the country (Albany). I live in South Boston in a condo I own. I have a patio and a garden.
I was dating my High School sweetheart, who went to college almost five hours away. I saw her about once a month. I’m married to my High School sweetheart. I sleep in a bed with her every night.
I stayed in my old bedroom at my parents’ house every month or so. Someone else owns that house, and my parents live in an RV. They’re currently in the Florida Keys.
I hung out with college friends, and once a month saw friends from High School. I hang out with college and Boston-area friends. I don’t see my Philly-based and California-based High School friends often enough.
I’d had a handful of beers (sorry mom, it’s true) but was not legally able to purchase alcohol. I spent a Benjamin on a bunch of champagne for tonight’s New Year’s Eve party.
I was programming mostly in C++ (both for school work and working on Science and Industry) with a little bit of Perl. I’m programming mostly in Java (work and Android app development) with a little bit of Perl and Python.
I ran a community website called WSVW1U.com. I run a personal website called Plutor.org.
I was planning the third iteration of a holiday I invented, called National Vacuum Awareness Day. NVAD expired after 2001. I still have dozens of shirts in my basement. Buy one?
I frequented Slashdot, Ars Technica, and suck.com. I’m active on MetaFilter, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

An anecdote from my childhood

April 28, 2009 8:20 am Published by Leave your thoughts

My parents made a censored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark for me when I was young. Indiana Jones escapes from the tomb, blows up the plane, steals the ark back from the Nazis in the desert, gets on the ship with Marion, THE END. I was probably in my teens before I saw the whole version on television. I had never even questioned it.

Someone’s going to bring it up, so here’s another anecdote: When I was very young, my parents called the ice cream truck the “music truck” to keep me from screaming every time I heard it. I don’t know how long that one lasted, because I have no memory of it.

The earliest news events I remember

February 26, 2009 3:26 pm Published by 1 Comment

The first five news events I actually remember (and my corresponding ages) were:

  1. 1986-01-28: Challenger explosion (6 years, 1 month)
  2. 1986-02-09: Halley’s Comet passes Earth (6 years, 2 months)
  3. 1986-10-27: Mets win the World Series (6 years, 10 months)
  4. 1987-10-19: Stock market crash on Black Monday (7 years, 10 months)
  5. 1988-11-08: Bush defeats Dukakis (8 years, 10 months)

One of the most interesting things I learned while looking up these events is how close together the Challenger disaster and the Halley’s Comet perihelion were. In fact, the Shuttle mission (STS-51-L) and the following scheduled mission (STS-61-E) had apparently been scheduled to observe the comet up close. In my mind, those two events were far apart. Along the same lines, the Mets won the World Series just a couple of months after my family moved to Connecticut, but somehow I suddenly became a Mets fan.