October 2007


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The second Lego car I ordered arrived the other day. It’s the fifth and most recent set they released (Lego set 8448), and while it may not be quite as advanced technically as the other car I got, it was still a lot of fun to build. It’s rear-wheel drive with front-wheel steering, and it has a five speed transmission plus reverse. It also has a convertible top that raises and lowers. Since this set is newest of the Lego cars, it’s main feature is the more streamlined look that’s quite a bit less “Lego-ey” than the previous cars. Charis was again fascinated by Dad’s toy (“you made a red car dad! it is cool!”).

I came home from work the other day and Charis greeted me at the door as usual, which is always a nice thing to come home to. Cai was in his bouncy seat in the kitchen and Charis pointed to him and said “Dad, this is Cai. You remember Cai, don’t you, Dad?”

I was thinking he looked kind of familiar…

When I was elementary school, I remember that my dad had a couple of really cool Lego sets, including a big car chassis and a crane. I loved looking at them when I was little, and I liked building them when I was a bit older. It turns out that Lego eventually released five different car chassis sets over time (the one my dad had was the first), and Joy let me order a couple of them off eBay recently, just for fun. The first to arrive was the fourth car that was released (Lego set 8880). It’s the most complicated technically since it is four-wheel drive with four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel steering, and it also has a four-speed transmission. I had a lot of fun putting it together and Charis was quite fascinated by it (“dada has Legos like Charis!” and “you made it all by yourself dad!”). She really likes to watch the parts of the engine move as you roll the car along (“the fan has blades dad!”).

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Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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I love Jane Austen stuff. Books, movies, whatever, I like it all. And so recently I decided to try to find a reasonably priced set of hardcover Jane Austen novels to replace some of the worn out paperbacks I had. And after some searching around on Amazon and a few other places, I found a series that included all of the major novels and a compilation of shorter works, plus the price was right, so I went ahead and placed my order. When they arrived I was quite pleased with them, except I was a bit confused as to why one of the books (Mansfield Park) had a completely different cover design than the rest. At first I thought that the oddball book was an older or newer version that Amazon sent because that’s what they had in stock, but when I checked with the publisher, I discovered that they printed this one book in the series with a completely different design than the other books. Why on earth would a publisher do that?

Joy and I recently saw the Ten Tenors as part of a Broadway series we’re attending here in town in an effort to set aside time for us to get out together without the kids every now and then. I didn’t enjoy the concert as much as the Wynton Marsalis concert we saw a few weeks earlier, but parts of it were quite good. The somewhat heavily stylized opera bits were nice enough, and their covers of various well-known rock songs were certainly entertaining. The covers included Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees), The Boxer (Simon and Garfunkel), Who Wants To Live Forever (Queen), and Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen again). As you might expect, Bohemian Rhapsody was the crowd pleasing favorite of the night. In between the opera and the covers, though, they performed a number of songs that were basically overwrought adult contemporary numbers, none of which were particularly engaging or interesting. So all in all certainly not the greatest concert in the world, but still a nice evening for Joy and I to spend together.

I took a couple days off from work a few weeks ago because our vacation time at my new job is use-it-or-lose-it each year and my hire anniversary date was approaching. There was no way I was going to let vacation go unused, so I had three extra days around the house, and one of my big tasks for myself was to get Vista installed on my desktop machine. Both of our notebooks already have Vista, and it was getting a little annoying for me to switch back and forth between my XP desktop and my Vista notebook. So I made all of my paranoid backups and then wiped the drive clean to begin installing Vista. Everything actually went quite smoothly, and once the operating system was in place, I reloaded all of my software programs and got things configured the way I like them. So I think I’m all set now and hopefully I won’t have to do a complete reinstall of everything for quite some time.

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