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Laughing at is the best medicine

Posted: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 @ 12:49 pm in Foofy, General, Politics | Comments Off

I read today that it has over 500 million lines of code. In graduate school, the code that my research group used to do quantum physics calculations was well under 50,000 lines. It didn’t have to look pretty, handle millions of users, or talk to external systems, but I’d have to guess that [...]

The NAR can keep holding their breath

Posted: Friday, September 20th, 2013 @ 12:40 pm in General, Parenthood, Politics, The Naturally Frugal Baby | Comments Off

MFH sent me some very good links about the current realities of the housing market: one two three. They focus a bit too much on San Francisco, but most of it applies nationwide. Especially see Numbers 28 and 36 on the third link, if you think you need to buy a house [...]

Getting around a little better

Posted: Saturday, September 7th, 2013 @ 8:02 am in Foofy, General, Parenthood, Politics, Projects | Comments Off

We ended up going to the State Fair twice this year. Which was good, because we forgot to take our traditional black and white photo booth picture the first time. It has been getting harder and harder to cram the whole family into the booth and into the pictures, but we did fairly [...]

Still alive

Posted: Thursday, April 18th, 2013 @ 7:08 am in Foofy, General, Politics, Projects, Science | Comments Off

We survived the Minne-Faire, with some loss of sleep and sanity from finishing projects and packing everything. Sometimes I’m amazed how much MFH can complicate his process of getting out the door. From the physics point of view, the world is already plenty complex, and we look for ways to simplify things enough [...]

There is no STEM shortage

Posted: Monday, February 25th, 2013 @ 1:56 pm in General, Politics, Science | Comments Off

As I’ve mentioned before, every week we see precisely zero recruiters bringing shiny cars and ponies to my doorstep to beg me to come back to work. The U.S. has too many Ph.D.’s in the sciences, not too few. I fortunately never made it onto the postdoctoral and adjunct professor paths.

A week

Posted: Thursday, February 14th, 2013 @ 1:33 pm in Foofy, General, Parenthood, Politics | Comments Off

A very tiring week, already. Long days, and the furnace was out for a day (luckily a warmer day), and today there was wet, heavy snow to shovel.
On Sunday I noticed that I really need more photons in my life. It was a snowy and gray day. We went to church early, [...]


Posted: Thursday, January 10th, 2013 @ 12:57 pm in General, Politics | Comments Off

This piece by Victor David Hanson reminded me very strongly of BoingBoing, for some reason.

Reading and doing

Posted: Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 @ 4:06 pm in Foofy, General, Politics, Projects, The Naturally Frugal Baby | Comments Off

I’ve been reading a lot of Mr. Money Mustache articles lately, just for something that is optimistic.
I’ve also been reading Mystic Mud, from a large family starting over on a mountaintop. (A somewhat different kind of optimism is involved there.)
For my own amusement, I totalled up the various major expenses of the past couple [...]


Posted: Friday, November 30th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm in General, Parenthood, Politics | Comments Off

I think it was on our last date night that MFH said, “Now I feel like a grown-up again,” and I laughed. It occurred to me later that what he really meant was a grown-up without children, because we do real grown-up work 24-7. Before contraception and crap like that, the average grown-up [...]

Four more years

Posted: Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 @ 3:54 pm in Foofy, General, Parenthood, Politics | Comments Off

Last night I “watched” the PBS election night coverage: part of the time with the sound off, part of the time reading OLC’s comic books, and then sleeping through the rest of it until StrongBaby woke up and I had to go to bed for real. Everyone in the studio seemed extra-dressed-up for [...]