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  1. Monday, October 15, 2018:
    List Day: 30 Old Facebook Status Messages  I found these status messages from 2011 - 2016 while scrolling through my Activity Log on Facebook, long forgotten since I regularly hide old posts from my Timeline. It is left as an exercise to figure out the month and year they were posted.     You shouldn't be allowed to write a Top 40s song called "Trumpets" and then use synthesizers from the 1980s to represent said trumpets.    Asking me if my parents are home is not a good way to start your door-to-door sales pitch.    If Microsoft Word's "Bullets and Numbering" controls made real bullets, not even the shooter would be safe.    "Casual" is a peculiar name for a dryer setting. Is it reserved for the clothes one mi...
  2. Friday, September 21, 2018:
    List Day: 30 Words Maia Recognizes in Context        window    bird    cat    bunnies    Two-ty the ostrich    duck    shark    house    light    poop    bath    bookstore    tree    mall    car           feet    nose    ears    toes    mouth    hair    star    relax    headstand    water    milk    banana   ...
  3. Friday, August 10, 2018:
    List Day: 5 More New Parent Inventions   A follow-up to  this post        Sink n' Grow : A nanotechnology-based home where the floors get lower as the baby gets taller, so you don't have to keep moving everything on the low shelves  just a few more inches  out of reach.     Edible Batteries : AA Batteries made from a non-toxic, cruelty-free, gluten-free substance that eliminate the need for that annoying tiny screw protecting every battery alcove on every electronic toy.     Camo-food : Augmented Reality glasses for baby that make the boring dinner puree look exactly like whatever complex carbohydrate undigestable nonsense dad is eating.     Mu...
  4. Monday, July 09, 2018:
    New Cert Day    Now that I've acquired the six main path AWS certifications, I'm on the lookout for new certifications that I can pass without much studying effort. If you know of any certification exams that match these skills from my current skillset, please let me know:     Once drove home from Fredericksburg to Sterling in 71 minutes by way of I-95 N.    Earned an epic PvP mount as a level 59 priest in World of Warcraft in 2006.    Can still play the entire Marching Virginians 1st Trumpet playbook (circa 2000) from memory.    Can consistently park in the same spot in front of the house (with a margin of error of about 2 inches) by triangulating tree trunks, in order to l...
  5. Monday, July 02, 2018:
    List Day: Songs in My Head  I once mentioned that the  Carnival of Venice   pops into my head  every night before bedtime, filling up an otherwise unused channel in my multichannel brain. If I'm not listening to active music, this channel is immediately populated with random songs from the past, none of which I otherwise listen to with any kind of regularity. Here is a list of the most common songs that pass through my brain at least once per day, and usually more often.      La Rejouissance  from Handel's Royal Fireworks Music    The minor section of the 3rd movement of the  Hummel Trumpet Concerto      Sally's Song  from Nightmare Before Christmas   ...
  6. Monday, June 04, 2018:
    List Day: Changes in Habits   .space { padding: 5px; }           Pre-Maia   Post-Maia       Bedtime    10:30 PM weekdays, 11:00 PM weekends   10:30 PM every day       Wake-up Time    5:00 AM weekdays, 6:30 AM weekends   6:30 AM every day except in-office day (5:20 AM)       Exercise    1.5 - 3 hours of jogging per week   0 hours of jogging per week       TV Watching    1 - 4 hours per day   0 - 1 hours per day       Gaming    2 - 5 hours pe...
  7. Monday, May 07, 2018:
    List Day: You're Old and I'm Not    It has been  1  year since I bought an Oculus Rift (and 10 months since I last turned it on).    It has been  2  years since we climbed up a 14,000 ft mountain in Colorado.    It has been  3  years since my dad and I built a shed in the backyard.    It has been  4  years since Rebecca got her first smartphone, the iPhone 5C.    It has been  5  years since Rebecca became an officially licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.    It has been  6  years since we saw Cirque du Soleil under a seedy overpass in Quebec City.    It has been  7  years since we hit our max wedd...
  8. Wednesday, March 21, 2018:
    List Day: 10 More Things I Will Never Understand the Appeal Of   to go with the original  25       Sour beers     Funko Pop  collectibles    Using "Adult" as a verb    Risotto     Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild     Snapchat    Los Angeles    Historical dramas    Fidget spinners    Bitcoin    
  9. Monday, February 26, 2018:
    List Day: 10 Thoughts About Malls   based on highly scientific research from my twice-a-week walk with Maia at the Dulles Town Center        I never hung out at the mall when I was a teen. It was always a highly directed visit to Electronic Boutique or Babbages for a specific item and then back home. So, I have no sentimental attachment to the mall.    The malls are dying and I see no good way to restore them to commercial viability without gutting them and adding more regularly-used community space or residential space. When I visit during a weekday, there are always more people "working" than shopping.    If I were a high school student today and told to get a job, there isn't a more cushy job I can t...
  10. Monday, January 29, 2018:
    List Day: 10 Ways We Have Greeted Our Small Human    Maia Papaya    L.G. (for "Little Girl" if you're Rebecca or "Lil' Gangsta'" if you're me)    Maiawatha    Cuteness Everdeen    Oscar Maia    Nugget / Nugnug    Mai Mai    Hermaiaknee    It's-a me-a, Maia!    Maia Christmas      Also,  this  will be Maia's theme song in future home videos.   
  11. Wednesday, January 24, 2018:
    List Day: Currently...      Currently listening to...   The Anthology  by Return to Forever.     Currently reading...   Stormed Fortress  by Janny Wurts.     Currently playing...  Overwatch with a little Super Mario Odyssey on the side.     Currently composing...  nothing in almost 6 years aside from baby jingles.     Currently considering buying...  nothing.     Currently coding...  nothing in 4 months.     Currently planning...  a trip to LA in March and a trip to Rhode Island in April.     Currently learning...  how salt affec...
  12. Friday, January 19, 2018:
    List Day: 10 Dream Facts    I dream in colour.    Most of my dreams are in first person perspective. Only very rarely do I have a dream where the viewpoint is third person (usually hovering behind my shoulders).     I hate listening to people describe their own dreams because they're irrelevant if you weren't the one directly experiencing them. I have no idea if you're just making things up for kicks so why should I care?    When I've gotten enough sleep in the night, I know I'm ready to wake up because my dreams will start taking place in and around my childhood home.    When I've gotten way too much sleep, my dreams will try to bore me awake by being completely mundane (e.g., waiting aroun...
  13. Monday, January 08, 2018:
    2018 Plans    2017 was a year of trial and error, between dipping my toes in the shoals of a software startup and figuring out how to take care of a small human while still maintaining a minimally viable amount of health, wealth, and leisure time. Now that our six-month trial period has ended and we are truly in charge of growing the Maian Empire, 2018 will be all about stabilization and process improvement. Here are some of the changes I expect to make this year:      Consume more new content : Movies, shows, albums, games -- I'm not picky about what I'll consume, but I'll make sure that I'm not just rereading old books or playing Overwatch all of the time. It is very easy (and fun) to make a game of Overwatc...
  14. Wednesday, November 15, 2017:
    List Day: 10 Snapshots of a Decade   The sequel to  this post about 1997     In November of 2007...       I looked pretty much the same as I do now, perhaps with about 4 fewer grey hairs.    I had been dating Rebecca for only about 8 months.    We went to DC an obscene amount, mostly to see shows like  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  and  Avenue Q .    The price of gas locally had just cracked $3 a gallon for the first time.    I was doing Museday Tuesday, a composing exercise where I wrote 30 seconds of music in 30 minutes a few times per month. That month, I wrote  Chichi .    McDonald's was...
  15. Wednesday, October 25, 2017:
    List Day: Titles I've Held       Halley's Comet Trivia Champ    Safety Patrol Lieutenant    Assistant Gymnastics Instructor    Troop Librarian    Senior Patrol Leader    Junior Assistant Scoutmaster    Eagle Scout    Stage Crew Foreman    Drum Major    Work-Study Programmer    Marching Band Drill Designer    Drum Major Instructor      Trumpet Instructor    Music Arranger    Graphic Designer    Website Designer    Music Tutor    Graduate Teaching Assistant   ...
  16. Monday, September 11, 2017:
    List Day: 5 New Parent Inventions   Feel free to take these to market and reap the profits.       Changing Ramp : A changing table with a built-in 10 degree slant, so when the baby pees on herself it drains down to one end of the table rather than pooling around her body.     Milk-ex : Liberally spray on your baby's neck folds to prevent spit-up milk from collecting there. Non-carcinogenic, unlike Rainex.     Pneumatic Car Seat Straps : Like the Nike shoes in  Back to the Future II , simply place your baby in the car seat and the straps will automatically secure into place at the appropriate level of pressure.     Retractable Velcro : Velcro re...
  17. Monday, September 04, 2017:
    List Day: 10 Post-Booty Changes      Naps on the couch are 100% less snuggly without Booty to perform chest compressions throughout the nap.    We can leave food out on the counter unprotected for many minutes and no one jumps on the counter to eat it. The same goes for bills and other important pieces of paper left unsheltered around feeding time.    I still think I see Booty when I spot a dark shape (like the base of a floor lamp) in my peripheral vision.      I only have to scoop the litter box every other day.    Amber has moved from the beta position at the foot of the bed to the alpha position at the head of Rebecca.    Amber is softer because she hangs out more ...
  18. Monday, August 07, 2017:
    List Day: Best and Worst Kitchen Appliances     The Best       Toaster Oven (2011) : I became a huge toaster oven snob after burning through a string of cheap, quickly-broken toaster ovens in the early aughts. This oven makes bagels and toasts perfectly consistently every time and I've graduated to making exotic dishes like pizzas, Cornish game hens, and bacon-wrapped scallops in it. It also reheats pizzas and fries with just enough crispiness to make leftovers  almost  as good as they were in the restaurant. My life would be far dimmer without this magical Breville oven.     Makin Bacon (2005) : One of the few AS SEEN ON TV devices that actually works as advertised, this makes restaurant-quality ba...
  19. Wednesday, May 10, 2017:
    Baby Day: Dominant and Recessive Traits   table.table170510{ border: 1px solid black; } table.table170510 td { border: 1px solid black; padding: 5px; background-position: right; } table.table170510 td li { margin-left: 12px; } td.bu170510 { background: url('/images/news/17/05/10-01.png') no-repeat transparent; } td.ru170510 { background: url('/images/news/17/05/10-02.png') no-repeat transparent; } td.no170510 { background: url('/images/news/17/05/10-03.png') no-repeat transparent; } td.br170510 { background: url('/images/news/17/05/10-04.png') no-repeat transparent; }            REBECCA     rebecca         BRIAN &nb...
  20. Monday, March 06, 2017:
    List Day: Parenting Responsibilities     5 Things I'll Excel At      Dad jokes    Logistics    Babyproofing    Patience    Preparing meals with sufficient amounts of protein      5 Things I'm Not Looking Forward To      Playing make-believe    General increase in ambient noise    Reduction in personal free time    Kid germs    Chauffeuring to organized sports practices   
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