July 20, 2013

Roberts Family Space Program

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On the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we're inaugurating the Roberts Family Space Program by launching the rocket that Alex and I made in his 4-H Rocketry Project at Moffett Field. Wish us luck!

March 9, 2013

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July 29, 2012

Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Napa Institute

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Our sone Alex (the little guy in front) served at today's Solemn Pontifical Mass celebrated by Archbishop-elect Salvatore J. Cordileone at the Napa Institute at the Meritage Resort. Great homily by Bishop Cordileone, and the Mass went off without a hitch. These guys are getting to be real pro's!...:-)

May 28, 2012

Great job by Cardinal Wuerl on Fox News Sunday

Cardinal Wuerl addresses the suit by 43 Catholic organizations in defense of religious freedom:

May 26, 2012

Preparing for the demise of MobileMe

Since June 30, 2012 is rapidly approaching, I'm trying to make sure we're prepared for the demise of MobileMe (already replaced by iCloud). No more iDisk means coming up with some other way of synching between iBank and iBank Mobile. Since IGG has indicated that iBank Mobile won't support synching via iCloud, it was time to find another option. Fortunately, CloudSafe perfectly fits the bill. One down.

Today I painstakingly moved our kids' birth announcements, which were created using .Mac, to our home page. It involved downloading each Apple-created image, template, etc. piece by piece, moving it to our website, and then modifying the HTML to work in the new location. Looks like it's all working now. Two down.

Now, my only task is to figure out how to replace the MobileMe Galleries that I uploaded from iPhoto. Time to look into Flickr, I suppose...

February 6, 2011

Happy Birthday, Gipper!

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. You can keep up with all the news of events during the year-long centennial celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library.

November 10, 2010

Miss me yet?

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July 29, 2010

Missing Conflict Cather

One of the new features of Snow Leopard (a feature which some love and many hate) is that special keystrokes (like CMD-Tab for application switching) get passed to the target machine rather than being captured by the local machine. I like this feature quite a lot, but unfortunately, it stopped working on my iMac and I couldn't seem to figure out why (nothing obvious related to ScreenSharing, VNC, or ARD preferences).

Well, after determining that the problem only existed with my user account, I removed all of my preferences, logged back in, and Voila!, problem solved. However, getting rid of all your preferences is a huge pain. That's why I missed Conflict Catcher today. It was a method of automating a binary search to find a problematic extension. I decided to apply the same technique (manually) to my preference files.

Well, after half a dozen iterations, I narrowed it down to one of two widget preference files:

widget-com.apple.widget.calendar.plist
widget-com.apple.widget.dictionary.plist

Since I didn't need either of them, I declared victory at that point.

By the way, if anyone is interested in how to toggle the special keys passing feature on and off in Snow Leopard, you can find the details here.

UPDATE: As noted in the comment below, Quicken Scheduler is the culprit. This is a know conflict between Quicken Scheduler and key-logging applications, detailed here and here.

June 11, 2010

President Obama finally getting serious about the spill...

Courtesy of Auto-Tune the News:

April 3, 2010

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη!

Christ is Risen. He is truly Risen.

Alleluia.

March 30, 2010

Onion: Parents increasingly opt to school-home their kids

From the Onion:


WASHINGTON--According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, an increasing number of American parents are choosing to have their children raised at school rather than at home.

Deputy Education Secretary Anthony W. Miller said that many parents who school-home find U.S. households to be frightening, overwhelming environments for their children, and feel that they are just not conducive to producing well-rounded members of society.

[...]

"It's really a matter of who has more experience in dealing with my child," Cincinnati- resident Kevin Dufrense said of his decision to have his 10-year-old son Jake, who suffers from ADHD and dyslexia, school-homed. "These teachers are dealing with upwards of 40 students in their classrooms at a time, so obviously they know a lot more about children than someone like me, who only has one son and doesn't know where he is half the time anyway."

"Simply put, it's not the job of parents to raise these kids," Dufrense added.

Though school-homing has proven to be an ideal solution for millions of uninvolved parents, increasingly overburdened public schools have recently led to a steady upswing in the number of students being prison-homed.


H/T St. Louis Catholic

March 27, 2010

Entering Holy Week

Today is Lazarus Saturday in the Orthodox Church and the Byzantine Catholic Rite. In preparation for Holy Week, this is well worth a listen. Byzantine Chant is awesome.

March 14, 2010

"Brother's name"

Helen, now 2 1/2, has struggled with the names of her siblings ever since she started talking. Originally "Sarah" and "Alex" sounded exactly the same, but eventually "Sarah" became "Eye-yah" and Alex became "Ah-gah." After even more time passed, Helen finally got to the point where she could say, "Sarah."

Today she said, "Alex." Don was trying to get her to do it again for me without himself using the name.

Don: Helen, who is that over there?
Helen: Seven (which is Alex's age)
Don: No, say your brother's name.
Helen: Brother's name.

Yes, it really was like George and Gracie. She eventually said it for me, and while I was excited, I was also a little sad. Her days of saying "Ah-gah" are numbered, just one more proof that the toddler days are swiftly passing.

March 13, 2010

Health Care end game

Health Care legislation is getting down to the wire. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a page that makes it easy to send e-mail letters to your Senators and Representative urging them to oppose any bill that takes the Senate's approach to abortion, conscience protections, and immigrant coverage. You can add to or edit their pre-fab letters here.

March 4, 2010

I'm not quite so glad*

This was not the kind of morning I had leaving for work today:

*NB: The title of the video, according to Google Translate, is "I am very glad, because I'm finally back home"

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