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  1. 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...
  2. 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    
  3. 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...
  4. 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.   
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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   ...
  10. 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...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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   
  15. Monday, February 20, 2017:
    List Day: 20 Vetoed Baby Names         Brian Uri, Jr.    Lunchmeat Uri    Donald Uri    Papaya Uri    Creighton Barrel Uri    Popeye Uri    Bribecca Uri    Plinky Uri    Gonorrhea Uri    Stonewall Antietam Uri         Euwanimus Forsythia Uri    Michael Jackson Uri    Jedediah Ezekiel Uri    Virginia Tech Uri    Oedipus Uri    Garage Sale Uri    Null Uri    White Fang Uri    Axl Rose Uri    Genghis Grill Uri     ...
  16. Monday, January 16, 2017:
    List Day: 8 Ways I Could Save Money If I Were Less Lazy    The cost of a print Washington Post subscription has increased to $98 for 8 weeks of paper, and the print edition always contains the stories I read online two days earlier. ($637 / year)    I'm never near a Popeyes anymore but I order too often from Domino's. ($300 / year)    I tip based on the total plus tax rather than the total because I feel like I can afford to do so. ($192 / year)    My Amazon Prime subscription is great, but three-day shipping really isn't that slow, and I rarely find anything both interesting and free to watch on Amazon Video. ($99 / year)    I have Rebecca's engagement ring on my homeowner's insurance and have almost paid 1/3rd of its ...
  17. Monday, December 19, 2016:
    List Day: 10 Highest Grades of 2016  Have you missed out on any great TV shows, games, or albums this year? Here's a recap of the highest grades I bestowed in 2016.       Person of Interest, S5   (A+) The final season of  Person of Interest  made the whole journey worthwhile, in spite of some clunky, phoned-in episodes in the fourth season.      Lovesick, S2   (A) A British  How I Met Your Mother  if that show actually had some heart.      Fargo, S2   (A) This entire series is a masterpiece.      Overwatch   (A) I've essentially played this game nonstop for 10 months now.   &n...
  18. Friday, December 09, 2016:
    2016 Favourites: Top 10 Songs First Heard in 2016  2016 was a more musically lean year, so I'm just listing 10 songs I enjoyed this year in alphabetical order by band rather than ranking them against each other.         Bliss n ESO -  Reservoir Dogs  (2013): I got into Bliss n ESO from Hilltop Hoods and actually like them slightly better. This is a fun collaboration with several other Australian hip-hop artists.        Charlatans UK -  So Oh  (2014): I listened to a lot of the Charlatans UK a decade ago, and was happy to find their new album. THis is a relaxing, mellow song, great for winding down.        Drapht -  Jimmy Recard  (2009): This ...
  19. Monday, December 05, 2016:
    List Day: 10 Facts About My Smartphone Usage    I finally purchased a smartphone back in January 2016, but you wouldn't really know it based on the fact that it spends most hour sof the day on my desk at home, forgotten and sad. However, here are a few ways it has deeply impacted my life this year.     I use it as a pleasant wake up alarm for power naps, but still use my beepy Timex watch to wake up in the morning.    I have never used any mapping or GPS features in real-time. I still print maps.    I can now read texts involving more than 1 person without dire warnings about Multimedia conversions and bandwidth restrictions.    I joined Instagram because that's what you do with smartphones, but my...
  20. Monday, September 26, 2016:
    List Day: 10 Facets of My Voting Bloc      I am solidly upper middle class in a double-income no-kids household. I have no debts, other than a small mortgage that will be paid off in the next five years.    I have two bachelor's and a master's degree (unless they took it away because I never use it).    I work as a government contractor in software engineering. While my immediate job is dependent on government spending, my career as a whole is not.    I like to believe I make decisions grounded in science and fact rather than emotion.    I have historically voted for Democratic Presidential candidates but do not vote blindly along party lines. I think John McCain probably would have been just fin...
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