Meltdown

Meltdown and Spectre - Wow, what a mess!

Two of my favorite bloggers - and humans - on Spectre and Meltdown:

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Back to Work

Most years, I take a couple of weeks to enjoy the holidays and I work a little bit here and there.

Most years, I am excited to head back to a full-time work schedule.

This is not one of those years. I’m back to work full-time, and while I’m not dreading it, there is a little less excitement about it this time.

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Happy 2018!

I am looking forward to the new year.

This time of year is always the same for me. After Christmas, which I enjoy very much, I always begin to look forward to the new year. January 1 is my birthday, so that brings an added layer of excitment, but it also comes with all of the other complicated feelings one has on a birthday.

It’s the same for me every year. Excitement and anticipation before the new year, more excitment, now mixed with anxiety when the new year actually begins.

Some great things happened in 2017. Becky had a great final season on the mock trial team, and made the state tournament for discus in May. She was also accepted into some great schools, including UCLA where she decided to attend. It’s a beautiful place in a beautiful place and we are thrilled she has the opportunity to study there. We are very proud of her.

Aside from those highlights, and perhaps a lot of smaller things I don’t remember now, 2017 was not a banner year. In fact, it was a very hard one.

Terri and I are pleased to move on to 2018.

We are looking forward to new things.

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Working hard or hardly working?

Though I finally learned it was okay to relax some time ago, I still wonder sometimes which it is. read more

Free Range or Helicopter Parent

Over the last few weeks, I've read a lot of opinions about "free range" vs. "helicopter" parenting. The issue is not a new one, but people are talking about... read more

Faith, Dogma, and Reason

I've struggled for many years trying to reconcile my faith with my commitment to reason. Sometimes I've wondered if they are incompatible. What I've come to understand, though... read more

No more obsessing

I am learning how to not obsess so much about things. read more

Keeping Secrets

When I was in second grade, my friends and I used to use a secret cypher for passing messages to one another. The way I remember it, it was very simple, but only we knew how it worked. read more

Common Core math problems

I'm not thrilled with Common Core either, but it's not because of the math. read more

Scheduling and automating tweets

Yesterday, I had a quick Twitter discussion with Calvin Lee and Donna White and this tweet... read more

Are you ready for the truth?

I did not have a movie review queued up for this week, but I was inspired by my web notes today to review a movie I saw a long time ago. read more

The Bible Tells Me So

This is one of those books I wish all of my Christian friends would read. read more

The Bible is misrepresented

Just before Christmas, Newsweek published an article titled The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin. The article stirred up quite a bit of controversy and more than a few Christain bloggers wrote a reaction or clarification piece. read more

What kind of Christian are you?

I read something yesterday and the timing could not have been more perfect - for two reasons. read more

Read Across America

Today is Read Across America Day which falls on the birthday of Dr. Seuss. read more

Facebook suicide prevention tools

Facebook announced in a blog post yesterday that it would be rolling out new tools aimed at helping friends get help for friends they fear might be contemplating suicide. Like most things Facebook - or most things generally, I guess - I was skeptical at first, but it didn't take long for the idea to grow on me. read more

Saying goodbye to Feedburner

After years of using Feedburner, I've decided to give up on it. read more

Our ideas about God

I saw a nakedpastor drawing a while back that reminded me of a couple of posts I wrote almost four years ago read more

Follow your effort

If you were watching the Oscars last night, like I was, you may have seen a new Apple ad featuring voiceover by Martin Scorsese. I was fortunate enough to be in the audience when he gave that speech, and while it was a long speech packed with lots of great inspirational stories, the beginning of that ad features one of my favorite parts. read more

Life doesn't give you bumpers

It's no secret we're huge movies fan at our house. Every year, we try to see all of the nominated films before the Oscars. Some years, we have just a few to see. Other years, like this one, we have to really scramble to see them all. read more