Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Good bye

Sometime soon my other blog, Triplethedad, will surpass this blog in viewership despite 1/3 the posts.  If the trends hold up, it will pass that milestone sometime today.  

This blog began as a personal experiment and chronicle of my life and as a means to keep in touch.  To the - primarily one - person who tagged along for the ride, I'm appreciative.  Triplethedad has become what this blog was always meant to be but never quite accomplished: a space to express what expertise I have and my view on the world.

I hope I never forget some of the stuff that came out of this blog, like Better Bryan X, the 100 Push Up challenge, and some of my writing posts.

Triplethedad isn't a world beater (yet).  Triplethedad does not get a lot of hits; it does not even get a bunch. But it is growing.  On Aug. 29 alone it received 111 visitors.  And at this point its a part-time job.  Not like a 15 hour per week part-time job, but a part-time job nonetheless.  It has what amounts to an editorial calender, weekly posts, occasional special features, an art department, a regularly, if not constantly, updated twitter feed, and my personal attention.

So goodbye.  I urge you to keep up with my at triplethedad.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The all too infrequent update

The all too infrequent update.

It is here.

What have I been up to?  Working.  Work usually slows this time of year but I haven’t seen any let up this year until this week really. 

Kids.  The usual.  Having a kid is hard work.  Having triplets is a little like trying to manage an Alaskan Gremlin farm in a rainstorm; during one of those periods where night lasts for weeks at a time.

Writing Wednesdays.  Or more appropriate, Editing Wednesdays, but no days start with “E.”  I think I have 5 sessions under my belt so I feel confident posting about it here.  Bonus: I feel good about the work I’m doing.  The editing goes well, if painstakingly slowly.  I’ve been editing/rewriting what I am only now realizing was a horribly unfinished product.  Like dynamited stone I started the project but needed to break out the chisel for the fine work.  Revisit.  Revise.  Remove.  Reorganize.  Shorten.  I’ve lightly redone the opening to One Bad Thing to remedy some “jumpiness” concerns from Renee.  Overall I’m happier with the semi-final product.  Whether it will ever constitute a finished product, I’m not sure.  Fiction isn’t my “work” writing style, or even the style I’m trained in, and I flounder just a bit for footholds.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I give you two options

You can read this cheery, more Christmasy story about the best hoodie every made (and made in the US!)Bonus: the manufacturer may revolutionize the apparel industry with the help of the internet…

… or, depending on your mood …

you can read this one.  It is about false convictions and specifically murder convictions of husbands.  In at least one case the husband’s innocence shines through pretty clearly.  Less cheery.  Significantly less so.  Just in case you think false conviction rarely happens: Bonus read here.  A doozy of a tough case to figure out from California.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gifts of Science

Got a science lover on your gift list? 

Try these 11 cheap and fun gifts.

Not much else to say today, really.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

That is better

After going 1-11 in my first 12 games on level 3, this is more like it.  I am generally trying to play at a single level until I reach the .500 mark.  A little short here, but no big deal.  Basically, I wanted a new challenge.  And honestly, most of those first 11 losses came from the clock expiring; I solved for this by simply extending the clock.

I've also kept busy rewriting some of my book.  I'm trying desperately to keep at this.  I mostly do this by finding little slices of time.  I find slices whereever I can.  Whereever sounds a lot like the word weather.  Speaking of weather, I've also been busy surviving a hurricane and cleaning up the results.  One last thing about hurricanes:  they are nothing compared to nurturing three sick kids. 

All in all pretty successful.

Friday, October 19, 2012

I read the following line in a story about one man's lament at having purchased a car that was not made in the USA or by union workers:

[ The shirt I'm wearing right now was made in the Philippines. My pants are from Bangladesh ... I would never even think of buying a Japanese car. For me it's a matter of principle ... as much as I can, I choose to spend my money on products made by union workers in America ... Not only was my new Fusion assembled at Ford's plant in Hermosillo, in the Mexican state of Sonora, where there is no UAW, and auto workers earn less than $5 an hour. What's worse, almost none of the parts that went into it were sourced in the U.S. or even Canada ... ]

You have to look closely to see (I'm guessing the author didn't even see it), but its a belief that is at the core of my problems with lots of the immigration and "outsourcing" complaints.

The author complains that none of the parts were sourced in the US or even Canada.  Think about that.  Only a few short graphs earlier the author states he tries to buy American (read, U.S., unless Mexico isn't a part of the American continent, anymore), union-made cars.  He has also complained about, lets see, his shirt from the Philippines, his Bangladesh-originated pants, and his Mexico-sourced car.  And then he proceeds to say he wanted car parts sourced from "the US or even Canada." [emphasis is mine].  So, parts from US, OK; parts from Canada, OK; car from Mexico, not OK.  

He does note that wages are higher in Canada.  But if higher/highest wages are the sole important factor, doesn't that make presumably even higher U.S. wages the best?  Does the ranking for best vehicle to buy go by wages, and thus US, Canada, X, Y, Z?  No, clearly from his earlier statements it isn't a wage thing, its a unionized, country-of-origin thing. 

Mexico.  Phillippines.  Bangladesh.  Let us take a trip to Seasame Street: What do these three have that the fourth, Canada, doesn't?  Oh, right.

I started prefering black teas, so of course ...

... new links between green tea and cancer prevention come to light.

From the story:
Men with prostate cancer who drank green tea had less prostate tissue inflammation, linked to cancer growth, and other changes than those who didn't drink it, says Susanne M. Henning, PhD, RD, adjunct professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

''We were able to show the green tea polyphenols (antioxidants) reached the prostate tissue and they did modify inflammation of the prostate," she says. Polyphenols are antioxidants that protect against cell damage.

This is big news for a couple reasons. Despite the "pink" breast cancer push that covers, well, pretty much every square inch of everything, breast cancer rates are stable. Meanwhile, men suffer 30% more incidents of cancer than women.

Anyway, enjoy your greens!