Monday, November 16, 2009

Rewards in parenting

This weekend, my daughters and I worked on a new super-crazy fast snow sled (built up on old cross country skis) and an ice boat (sail, mast, seats, and runners). Sylvia was working with me and asked "how did you learn to build stuff?" I answered, truthfully, "by working with, and watching, my dad." She smiled broadly. Mara reports that with the sled and boat that "this is going to be the best winter ever." I melt.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Things which should exist, but don't seem to

A right angle adapter for an IEC power connector. You have lots of those power cords in a box in the basement, but sometimes you need a right angle power cord. Sure, they exist, in both right angle "sideways" and right angle to the back, but how about a universal adapter? Should cost cents to make, sell for a couple of dollars. I could use a few. And right angle USB adapters?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Want to add to your Netflix queue?

Every Doc Film shown through 2008. (It's an Excel file.) Doc Films is the University of Chicago "Documentary Film" society which shows, well, films of all sorts. Relive the Jackie Chan festival of Fall 1994 if you like. Good stuff!