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Awesome Basketball March 29, 2008

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Special Olympics.
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Today, I watched an incredible basketball game. Several players performed well beyond the coach’s expectations, demonstrated unselfishness and teamwork, and came back from a significant deficit to tie the game in the last minute. It was, by far, the most exciting game I’ve seen all year.

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Did I see this in the NBA? I don’t think so. The Men’s NCAA Tournament? No. The Women’s Tournament? Nope. I spent the afternoon watching a Special Olympics basketball game. (more…)

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Not-So-Great Moments in News Aggregation March 27, 2008

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Technology.
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On Tuesday, the same day that Wired Magazine was discussing the value of people versus algorithms in filtering the maze of the Internet, I saw the following on Google’s news page:

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I love Google News, but if there was ever a reason to consider a human over an algorithm in composing a news feed, this was it.

Souvenirs March 25, 2008

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Love.
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Billy Joel wrote a song titled “Souvenirs” on one of his first albums that included the following lyric:

A picture postcard, a folded stub
A program… from the play
File away… the photograph
From your holiday
But your mementos, will turn to dust
For that’s the price you pay
Every year, is a souvenir
That slowly fades… away

I’m a big fan of mementos and souvenirs, but not so much in the traditional sense. Yes, I buy t-shirts and hats when I visit a new place, and I tend to snap a picture here and there when I travel. My favorites though, remind me of people. (more…)

Follicle Folly: Hair Today… Gone Tomorrow March 21, 2008

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Earlier this week, I cut my hair. I had promised my sons that I was going for “the Fabio look.” (This prompted my oldest to suggest that I was only going for the “from the neck UP, Fabio look.”) Now, even that form of the Fabio style won’t be in the cards for me for awhile.

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Why do I do this? (more…)

Three Books for Parents March 21, 2008

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Parenting/Children.
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What is it that brings you here? A search engine? Some well-intentioned friend suggested that you read some parenting advice? Does having two sons (one born in ’88 and the other born in ’91) make me an expert? If you judge a tree by its fruit, is my tree one that is worth pruning a branch from for your own parenting adventure?

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Since you’re still reading, I’ll assume that, for whatever reason, you believe that I have something worthwhile to say about raising kids. Regardless of the truth of that statement, we’ll accept it as a given for the sake of this posting. Here, I’ll give you my secret. I’ll fill you in on most everything I know (and some things that I need to keep re-learning) about parenting. After reading this, you’ll be able to safely ignore everything else I have to say about raising children. Honest. (more…)