Monthly Archives: May 2009

We Have PhDs in Nerdiness

I admit it: I am in the Facebook, with the Twittering, the different technology that young people are using today. And occasionally we have very geeky conversations there.

Me: Five kids in the house = combinatoric explosion. No wonder interactive fiction authors avoid NPCs.

Glen: I just recently did that problem. Complexity scales as the number of […]

Gender in “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!”

Eli and Liza are addicted to Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, a kid’s show on Nickelodeon — and with reason. The art direction’s fabulous and the stories are fun. One of the characters, Widget, is always making the something-or-other 3000, a habit that Eli has picked up. “Look, dad!” he says, brandishing a tinkertoy creation. “My Robot […]

Advanta Screws 1 Million People Over

Misty’s had an Advanta small business credit card for her graphic design business when she first opened it. She’s been happy with it, though of late Advanta has taken to doing things like raising interest rates on balances from 8% to, oh, say, 30%.

I guess that should have warned us not only that Advanta is […]

In Memoriam

Both of my grandfathers were in the military.

Both of Misty’s grandfathers were.

Both of our fathers served.

All lived.

Today, pause and remember those who did not.

Had I Only Known the Disappointment I Was In For

Hey, guess where we were ten years ago.

You know, I hadn’t meant to see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace on opening night, but it just kind of happened. In fact, I wrote about our experience of waiting in line for Star Wars a decade ago and posted it to a school website. What […]

The Cutest Zombies You’ll Ever Blow to Pieces Using Peas

Here’s what amazes me about PopCap Games: they regularly come late to a videogame genre and make it their own through ridiculously high production values for casual games, very sticky gameplay, and a great sense of the absurd. Now they’ve taken on tower defense games such as Desktop Tower Defense and made a crazy addictive […]

To Liza on Her Second Birthday

You turned two this week, roughly five weeks and a day after you turned one. It probably went by so quickly because you’re always in motion. I only thought you were fast when you were one. These days we can track whether you’re coming or going by the Doppler shift of your voice.

You have so […]

First of Many

I Like Fish!

I like fish!

I! Like! Fish!

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This, in fact, is one of the songs Liza sings every once in a while.

The whole thing is from the TV show Yo Gabba Gabba. It’s astoundingly awesome, but it’s also clearly the kind of kids’ show that college students […]

You Should Get Hungry Monkey

Hey, look, we got our friend Matthew Amster-Burton’s new book, “Hungry Monkey”!

Matthew’s a food writer whose daughter, Iris, is about three months older than Eli. His book combines helpful guidance, recipes, and awesomely funny writing while avoiding that strident, chiding tone so common to books that have anything to do with parenting. I’ve seen the […]