I Recovered Those Lost Tools of Learning, and Look at Me Now! (How I Improved Myself by Teaching My Kids Classically)

Once upon a time (8 years ago), the Geek and I attended an open house at a local classical Christian school and fell in love with classical education.  Watching scores of children recite huge passages of scripture, chant Latin declensions and conjugations, and sing long expanses of timelines made us giddy with excitement. We began … Continue reading I Recovered Those Lost Tools of Learning, and Look at Me Now! (How I Improved Myself by Teaching My Kids Classically)

On Routers, Hagrid, and Deadbeat Dragon Dads

I haven't introduced meself. Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts. Thus far I’ve done a passable job at explaining what a network is, and how devices talk to one another.  What I’d like to do today is tie those two pieces together and introduce you to the most important member of your … Continue reading On Routers, Hagrid, and Deadbeat Dragon Dads

Geotagging and the Downfall of the Entire Galaxy

I'll try to boil this down, but first some background.  When you take a digital photo, very specific information about that photo is stored in that photo's properties.  This information is called EXIF information, which is short for EXchangable Image File format, and can tell you what exact date and time the photo was taken … Continue reading Geotagging and the Downfall of the Entire Galaxy

A Brief Litany on Password Security

  Sometimes we do or say some things that live on in the minds and hearts of others  in spite of our best efforts to eradicate them.  The number of times I’ve personally had to shove my foot in my mouth, eat humble pie, or wish for a Men In Black-style memory erasing flashlight are … Continue reading A Brief Litany on Password Security

Wicked Words: My Secret Potty Mouth

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several conversations with friends and relatives about the ever-increasing public usage of the f-bomb. It’s everywhere, and no one seems to care much.  It’s like the f-word is the new “darn” or “dang” or “crap” or “gosh golly gee.” And I hate it.  I really do. Just hearing … Continue reading Wicked Words: My Secret Potty Mouth

IP, You P, We All P!

So in my last post, we determined how to repel monsters.  Between you and me, last night my three-year-old went right to bed without a fuss.  She also took her nap today without a fuss.  And tonight she went right to bed – without a fuss.  Blinking LEDs for the win!  Or if you want … Continue reading IP, You P, We All P!

The Ethical Aspects of Monster Repellent Systems

Have you ever told a tiny little white lie?  Is every single one of them wrong?  That is an ethical can of worms.  Jewish Torah permits the withholding of the truth if it will hurt others.  And if we’re honest with ourselves, are we that much different?  Those who declare they would never tell a … Continue reading The Ethical Aspects of Monster Repellent Systems