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Morning hike with the kiddos at the “A” mountain in Tempe. Was super proud of the kiddos, especially the one with a broken arm who, less than a week ago, said he couldn’t do anything anymore.
It took an entire week but the kindergartner had a splendid day at school. He’d been apprehensive, worried, and scared. But today, it was an unqualified success. He was so proud of himself.
Pensive on his way to school. He’s still a little scared and doesn’t go into the classroom right away, but today was a good day. He got a sticker, and the teacher had a pencil grip that helps him write with his cast.
We started kindergarten today! I’d like to say it was a hit, but I can’t. First day jitters with the kiddo. We’ll do better on Monday.

A fasle start on post-pandemic date night.

So last Saturday we got a date night, courtesy of my wife’s sister who was in town. It was our first since the before times. But less than hour into it, my sister in law called and gave us some bad news! My oldest was doing a “trick” on the monkey bars for his uncle and fell. To be honest, it was hard for me to see the kiddo in so much pain and to be uncomfortable these past few days, but we are rounding the bend.
Here’s a (possibly) mind-blowing fact: just about every time you load a web page on a browser, or click to a new experience inside an app, there’s code being run that sends your data to an ad exchange, which then broadcasts that data to hundreds of potential bidders (themselves connected to countless actual advertisers). For every click of yours, picture a dense bundle of data going into the cloud and instantly duplicating into hundreds of copies to thousands of servers, each one accessing millions of rows of data to figure out who you are.
Reading with grandpa. 📷 My dad drove out to visit us; it’s been two years since we’ve seen him. The big kids were stoked to share their books with him. Dad was more stoked to read the books with them.
Portrait of the missus and the baby. Took this quick snapshot while the three brothers were playing in the splash pad after we got hamburgers and went to the park. 📷
Finally got around to importing my CD (!) archive of old iPhotos libraries into Lightroom and came across this gem of an iPhone 3G screenshot.
On Friday, we got our first date night since the before times thanks to my mom who came to visit.
Got some developed that has been sitting for a few months. This shot, cropped from 6x6 medium format, was among the gems. 📷
My mom came into town this weekend and is enjoying every minute she can with her grandkids.
Oof. The 3yo just spilled cup of noodles on himself after insisting he could “do it himself.” Poor kiddo.
We did a mini adventure this morning. The baby was up all night, so she wasn’t having it, But her brothers, had a great time. Home now, out of the afternoon heat.
Walking a grumpy baby back to sleep at 3 AM, for the win.
For the amount of money folks pay for internet service, you’d think the help desk would be more competent when the internet goes out. Alas, you’d be wrong.
Hedley Bull, with a useful reminder for those worried about their daily “word count.” “thinking is also research.” Via @ProfPaulPost on Twitter
@manton, on Twitter Whenever I dip my toe into what’s going on with Twitter, I’m always struck by how the outrage level is always a “10”, no matter the topic. I think was Bruno Maçaes who put it best, Twitter is where we reenact the French Revolution every day.
I was told there would be NO clouds in Arizona. No clouds! I demand to speak with a manager.