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!”).

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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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?

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