Young Yoda

Outside on the deck tonight… Mary playing on her Mary-sized picnic table, asks me to sit down on the bench with her. Noting difference between the size of the bench and the size of my backside, I say, “I’ll try.” To which my dear, sweet little almost-3-year-old replies, “No Daddy, there’s no try. Just do it.”

Yes, my daughter is Yoda. …or perhaps a Nike marketer.


As usual, Mary woke up this morning saying, “I want to watch Dora with my Daddy.” Hard to turn that one down. Seeing as today is not a school day, I gave in. We turned on the TV and check to see if TiVo had retrieved a new episode for us and, sure enough, it had.

But wait, what’s this? An hour-long Dora? Something’s amiss here. New opening sequence. Sappy(er) songs, something about “Friendship day.” The first 10 minutes appear to be designed to get kids to buy friendship bracelets. Ugh. She travels around the world to “save friendship day” by replacing everyone’s bracelets (that glow when everyone wears them, btw). Paris, Tanzania, Russia, China…. oh god. It’s a show about liberal white guilt. Dora even performs a “super jump” to get over the Great Wall.

See shark. Jump shark.

Even Mary looked up at me and asked what happened to Dora.

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Foot in mouth

Funny stuff from my wife tonight:

1. While shopping in Target with grumpy 2-year-old who needs to keep moving or she gets grumpier (like a shark), Mommy stops to dawdle in the school supplies. When prodded to move along she barks “I’m getting tape for Christmas!” Check your calendar. Yes, it is Aug. 13.

2. Shortly after said trip to Target and en route to Coldstone: “We don’t have time in our lives for dessert.” Um…

Site update

If you haven’t noticed, the photo galleries have been removed from the right side of the site. We decided that pictures of our family are better off stored behind some sort of permission wall, rather than available publicly to anyone who wanders by.

To that end, we’ve decided to store our pictures at Flickr, which allows us to determine which photos are public and which are for friends and family. For the uninitiated, Flickr is a free photo storage service. You can use your Yahoo account to sign up (does anyone not have one of these?) or create a new account from scratch.

Once you sign up, add me as a friend and then I can give you access to the pix. Or, email me and I’ll send you a direct sign up link that will take care of this automatically.

If you want to subscribe to our public photos, you can subscribe with this RSS link (using your own feed reader) or with this button to subscribe with your My Yahoo page:

Add to My Yahoo!

As for video files, we’re still looking for the best hosting environment. YouTube seems like the best option but their recently updated terms of use make me wonder if there isn’t a better choice. Any suggestions?

One last thing then I’ll close out this bit of navel-gazing: I’ve been testing a new blog service called Vox, from the kids at SixApart, who created the Typepad service I use now. Vox is free (ad-supported) and currently invite-only. It appears to be a very nice way for non-technical folk to publish online and limit their publishing to just friends and family. So far, I’m liking what I see. If you want an invite, let me know. I’ll post a review of Vox here sometime soon.

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New pix and flix

Updated the photo albums tonight with pix from today’s Cupertino pilgrimage, dinner tonight, a visit with great-grandpa, and a movie from yesterday. Enjoy.

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