January 2011

I’ve struggled with my diet over the past six weeks. Part of this is because I’ve intentionally tried to move from “weight-loss” mode to “stasis” mode. Finding balance has been more difficult than I anticipated. But most of the problem has come from the constant temptations around the house. First, there was the holiday season, […]

Dog Days Are Over

22 January 2011 · 6 comments

In early December, at the end of the Glee episode where the kids go to Sectionals, I was literally moved to tears by this song: Glee – Dog Days Are Over Some of my (very manly) tears came from all of the Glee soap opera that led up to this, but a lot of it […]

Action is Character

20 January 2011 · 5 comments

Back when I worked at Custom Box Service, Nick and I would often have philosophical discussions. Or psuedo-philosophical discussions. Well, we’d share our Deep Thoughts with each other at any rate. On more than one occasion, I’d be lamenting that X was a priority in my life — where X could be exercise or getting […]

Southern

17 January 2011 · 4 comments

Today marks the start of Blog Week in my life. I’m spending the next seven days focused on preparing Get Rich Slowly for my upcoming absence while Kris and I spend three weeks in Africa. While editing guest posts this morning, I’m listening to my “angsty eighties” mix. By sheer chance, the song “Southern” by […]

Arnold Thomas Sandwick, Jr.

13 January 2011

When Kris and I moved to Oak Grove in 2004, we were surprised by the neighborhood. We’d just come from Canby, which seemed like a proto-typical small town. Yet we barely knew our neighbors there. We smiled at them and waved hello and helped each other with small tasks, but we were never what I’d […]

Oops!

12 January 2011 · 1 comment

Via Andy B, here’s an masterfully-made, mesmerizing video of people dropping their cameras: oops from Chris Beckman on Vimeo. I know it sounds dumb, but I promise it’s not. It’s fascinating.

Nicole — who knows I love stories about animal intelligence — wrote in to share the tale of Chaser, the smartest dog in the world. Or at least the dog with the largest vocabulary. Here’s the story, as reported by Animal Planet: As part of a three year training course at Wofford College taught by […]

Geeks in Love

10 January 2011 · 9 comments

On February January 24th, Kris and I will have been together for 22 years. Here’s a photo from right around our one-year anniversary: This was taken on approximately 14 February 1990 (my guess is the 10th 3rd) at Willamette‘s “Black Tie Affair”, a formal dance held in Portland. Man, we’re a couple of geeks.

So, I’m just as worried as everyone else that Jared Loughner, the man who attacked a political gathering in Arizona today, is some sort of politically-motivated rightwing nutjob. However, after a little research, I’m not convinced that’s actually the case. Jared Loughner may have spouted conservative anti-government rhetoric, but if you watch his YouTube videos, […]

The Cat on the Table

08 January 2011 · 5 comments

While emptying my camera’s memory card the other day, I found a photo I’d forgotten I took. It’s funny. My family generally celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve. We get together for a pizza dinner before exchanging gifts. This year, Kris and I hosted. We bought several take-n-bake crusts and provided toppings so people could customize […]