Breakfast of Champions

Gavin came home this week from school a little disappointed. Apparently he missed national rankings with his Shuttle Run exercise by 1/2 a second. Below is his multi-step action plan to overcome this gap …
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Posted: November 23rd, 2014
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Dropped The Ball

Watching Saturday Night college football. Saw this. Wow. COMPLETELY turned the momentum of the game. Ducks Win, 51-27.

Posted: November 9th, 2014
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Happy Halloween

As a dad, I’m starting to get a little sad now on Halloween. It is because I know that my kids’ days of Trick-or-Treating is nearing an end. Still have a few more years left with Gavin, but Elyce is already getting too cool for it. This is really my favorite time of the year, so it’s getting me a little sad as I think about it.

As a kid, I loved Halloween: The candy, the dressing up, the going out in the neighborhood for the night and seeing friends. When I got older, I got up to no good: stupid stuff as I reflect, but it was fun at the time (shaving cream fights, parties, etc). In college, it was a reason to drink and act like a dick (sorry for the vulgarity, but that truly is what we acted like with too much beer in our tummies).

And then, kids.

It has been kind of like starting the cycle again — I’m more a part of it than I thought parents would be. I mean, I loved watching them get into it and helping them get dressed, carving the pumpkin, and sharing the excitement of getting as much candy as possible. But I feel like that window is closing and I am becoming more reflective as I age, wondering what it will be like when they are ‘too cool’ for Halloween.

Ah – I need to stop that train of thought. Carpe Diem! Have a great Halloween if you’ve bothered to read this far. Here’s a great GIF to give you a laugh (it’s a midget in the GIF, by the way) …

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Posted: October 31st, 2014
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The Dog Likes Beds

So Lucy, our Black Lab, likes her bed. Our cat, Wallie, likes it too. Wallie will sometimes take it over. So … Tina went out and bought Wallie her own bed (cats don’t need beds, am I right?). Tina put it in the living room, walks out and comes back a little later to see this:

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So we’re trying to convince Lucy that she only has ONE bed. She’s still learning.

Posted: October 20th, 2014
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1st Weekend of October, Every Year

This is what we see each year down in the valley (we are on the NW Side of ABQ, and have a great view of this every year – many times they all float right over our house) – it’s pretty spectacular sight every morning for 9 days …

 

Posted: October 10th, 2014
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Mom Tweets herself off of Plane

And yet, another article which exemplifies the idiocy of fools mixing with social networks.

While reading this, I kept thinking “why the hell does anyone really want a minute-by-minute of her flight from Philly?”

Seems of all the social networks that Twitter is the most dangerous … it’s quick, impulsive, and easy. Those 3 things (plus its permanence) are a recipe for trouble.

Posted: October 10th, 2014
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NFL Fan Team Allegiances

I saw the below diagram online the other day, and found it interesting. Having lived out of the geography of a clearly defined ‘home team’ (New Mexico, Oregon) for the past twenty years (and being a huge football fan {more-so college, of late}), I have found it interesting to see in what teams the locals root for.

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Posted: October 7th, 2014
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Lucy Playing Fetch (GoPro video)

Posted: October 6th, 2014
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You’ll understand …

… if you are a fan of the Walking Dead.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014
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Just Lock the Door, yo.

So the White House had a security breach the other day, where a guy jumped the perimeter fence and made it all the way into the front door.

Tina and I were talking about this tonight before dinner … and she had a brilliant -yet simple- solution for the President: “Why don’t they just lock the door?”

I laughed when she said it, but you know … it’s a pretty simple solution, really.

 

Posted: September 22nd, 2014
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And … it’s gone.

Maybe not a good idea to take your dog with you to a demolition …

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Posted: September 22nd, 2014
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Pirating Takes on Books

First was music, then Movies. Now it’s Books.

This article illustrates how students are ‘taking advantage’ of the technology to circumvent textbook publisher greed. Technology finds a way, right?

Once 3D printing becomes more prominent, things will really change.

Posted: September 18th, 2014
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Watch iOS Adaption as it Occurs

Pretty slick site where you can watch, live, iOS 8 (just released today) adaption.

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Posted: September 17th, 2014
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Further Monster Maladies

If you are a regular here, you’ve already read me moan about Monster cables and HDMI. This video further reinforces the scam that Monster cables are. Definitely provides some hands-on evidence.

Posted: September 16th, 2014
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Learn to Chess

Ran across this site recently – awesome site that teaches visitors how to play chess, for free – of course.

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Posted: September 6th, 2014
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ALS Buckets Gone Wrong

Is this really that hard?

Posted: September 1st, 2014
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Lightning Tonight

Had some lightning in the area – got my GoPro and set to time-lapse, every 1 second. Out of about 1,000 photos … got 2. I suppose I’ll keep trying when we get the rare but appreciated thunderstorm …
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Posted: August 10th, 2014
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Brilliant GoPro Battery Solution

So I’ve dabbling around quite a bit with my GoPros … the biggest irritation by far is the battery life. Saw the below tweak, and thought I’d share for those readers with a GoPro …

Posted: August 4th, 2014
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Rick-Rolling God’s Servants

Posted: August 3rd, 2014
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Fireworks via Drone

I’ve been eyeing the Phantom Drone for a few months now … really would be awesome with the GoPro. Came across the below video the other day, which shows you just how much this beast can change the game of photography.

Posted: July 5th, 2014
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Site Update … Ugh!

So – I decided to purchase an SSD Drive for both Gavin’s and My computer. Installation on Gavin’s beast was fairly quick (game conversions, mostly). Mine has been another story. One takes for granted all the software and setup used over a 2 year period. What turned out to be a weekend project of ‘switching drives’ has turned in to a full-blown rebuild.

In the meantime, I have 3 video projects (our Spring Break Trip to CA, a recent work-related paint-ball fight, and some archives of old cam footage of the kids) in limbo on my old hard-drive. I will get to it, but I have to get this SSD fully set.

In the meantime … 2 pics of the kids below on July 4 while shopping.

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Posted: July 5th, 2014
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Designation of Organ Mountains – special guest!

Pretty Neat – Pops Suina (Tina’s Dad) was on sight for the designation of the Organ Mtns (in southern NM) as a national monument.

Video Here.

Posted: May 26th, 2014
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Back from CA Vacation

Just got back from vacation – pics here. I will be working on a video over the next few weeks (GoPro footage, a lot of video taken).

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Posted: April 26th, 2014
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The Travis Chaffin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Awesome video showcasing the Scholarship and celebration of my sister’s son, who passed this past summer. Hard to watch without tearing up – he was such a solid kid.

Posted: April 26th, 2014
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Science!

Elon Musk is awesome: This is the first test flight of the F9R and an amazing moment for his ‘other’ company (he leads Tesla, as well): Reusable rockets are the holy grail of rocketry.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014
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Potato Unboxing

Posted: April 1st, 2014
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A Build for Elyce

Gavin and I spent the morning building Elyce her new computer … He doesn’t look very thrilled here, because he is beginning to understand that this computer may actually be as fast as his own. He is EXTREMELY competitive (not sure where he gets that from), and wants to have the fastest computer in the house.

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Been wanting to do this for a couple of years now – build a computer with Gavin. After the day was through, he seems to understand the different parts that we worked with today: motherboard, RAM, Power Supplies, and Video Cards. Next time we build, I will work with him on selecting parts and watch him put together. Can’t wait for that.

Elyce’s computer specs:
– Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz
– ASROCK Z87-EXTREME4 ATX LGA 11 Mboard
– 8 gigs of RAM (Meh …)
– ASUS GTX760 Video Card

 

Posted: March 29th, 2014
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This Just In: 1 in 4 Americans are Idiots

This article frightens me …

Apparently, 1 in 4 Americans think the Sun revolves around Earth. Additionally, 52 percent are creationists.

Today, I’m flabbergasted and confused.

Isn’t this 2014?

Posted: February 16th, 2014
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Stay in School

Posted: January 29th, 2014
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May I See a Driver’s License?

Posted: January 18th, 2014
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