Saturday, March 8, 2008

In Space

I was putting my shoes on to go to the car to check for something and the kids asked where I was going. My wife said, "Daddy's going to space."


"Yes, I'm going to space where there's a vacuum and sound doesn't travel at all so that I can't hear any bickering or fighting. The absence of sound."

"Oh," said the boy. "Watch this!" he said when he tossed the book in the air. Obviously my space venture was of no interest to him.

Right now I'm wishing I was in orbit somewhere. The kids had somehow switched roles and Zoe is now the whiny, temper tantrum that Alex had been all this time. She's crying up buckets when she doesn't get her way and pouting up a hangdog expression to get my attention - which unfortunately leans on the negartive tone.

Anyway, seems like its a little calmer for now. Hopefully it'll just be that the rest of the night.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

DSC_0814, originally uploaded by diegomcnamara.

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DSC_0813, originally uploaded by diegomcnamara.

Sunday Post

Didn't know what I was going to cover exactly, so I gave it a generic title.

I've been meaning to post this for a while, but I keep forgetting.

Whenever we come to a automatic sliding door at department stores, my wife will say, "Open Sesame!" as we step up, and the doors would slide open, and we would continue upon our way to our capitalistic ways. Anyway, Zoe being the brain that she is, was going through the door with me a while back and after we exited, she turned and said, "Thank you, Sesame!"


So I've been flirting with this idea around, and it gets riled up whenever something like the iPhone or my Palm comes around. Portable word processing/web access. I am very much attached to the idea that I should be able to write anywhere on a device, and I know it's been possible for a while, but the devices are either too incompatible, expensive, or too much of a hassle to bother with. At this point, I think even the iPhone would be too much of a bother because touch screen text entry isn't quite as intuitive as button pressing.

The biggest obstacle is cost - how to have a device that has web access but doesn't cost a cow. Even the real basic data plan has to be paired up with a voice plan, and there's a yearly/monthly commitment that I don't really care much for.

But I have a solution on the horizon. T-mobile has a prepaid plan that I'm currently on, which ensures that I do have mobile access, but more on a pay as you go type situation so if I'm not using the minutes, I'm not being charged. The last time I used the phone for a voice call was Valentine's Day, in fact. Anyway, T-mobile also has rates for the Sidekick, which is a funky phatty phone with a full keyboard on the phone. And if I wanted to access the data, it's only a dollar a day, and that's only if I want to use it. If I don't, it'll be no charge. Anyway, I did a bit of research (code for something I do when I'm bored and looking for stuff to buy) and found that a used one will be in the ball part of 150 bucks. It's not loose change for sure, but it certainly is cheaper than a brand new smartphone. The Sidekick isn't especially smart, but the keyboard is nice. It probably is a bit of an indulgence, but the idea of being able to blog anywhere or write anywhere has always been an attractive idea for me.


Watched "Superman" with the kids yesterday, and found the movie to be pretty much as corny as I remembered it. I thought I just didn't get it when I was younger, but now I just realize that I probably wouldn't have gotten it if I was older. Not that it's awfully complicated, just that there are some parts of the movie which seem kinda... off. Like why Margot Kidder isn't really attractive in any sense. Or how Lex Luthor never really states why he hates Superman (although in the comics, it is fleshed out.) Or why he spends a year at the Fortress of Solitude offscreen and then he's got his costume on. Like, WHAT? Don't even get me started on altering the earth's rotation to turn back time. It'll take years to explain that to the kids and how that's not possible. He got bored and sewed himself a suit? I dunno, probably in context, that would've been a better film than it is now.

More than that, I think it's really surprising that "Superman Returns" basically lifts most of the first and second movie for his update. The whole thing is like a weird remake - there's a dichotomy, I get it, but most of the movie seems like they were working off the same producer notes. Weird.


Well, I had more in my head but the kids are doing their thing now. Jesus Christ, I was just typing that and Alex took a hollow tube and blew into my ear. He lost that tube.