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holy hail!day 3558: two birds in the hand...day 3558: and yet still more hockey.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. VI.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. V.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. IV.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. III.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. II.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. I.frida celebrated st. patrick's day at doggie day care.

the “stay off the couch” training is going really well!

the "stay off the couch" training is going really well!

in the sense that frida is training me to stay off the couch :-)

actually, she does a really good job of staying off the couch. she only gets confused when we randomly ask her to jump up on the couch to sit with us.

humans are complicated.

day 3499: yet another exciting round of The Dictionary Game before bed.

day 3499: yet another exciting round of The Dictionary Game before bed.

me: “what do you want to read before lights out?”

odin: “the dictionary!”

we take turns giving each other random words and time each other with a stopwatch to see can find words faster and then read the definition.

it’s a fun game and with almost every word both of us learn something new.

he’s looking for “zenith” on this round. for now i can usually beat him, but i don’t think that will last for long.

frida’s big (spay) day!

frida's big (spay) day!

frida turned 6 months old a few days ago so we got her a very special gift! a trip to the vet to get spayed!

she thought she was going to “doggie daycare” and was very excited in the car on the way to the vet ( though quite vocal in telling us that we “forgot” to feed her). she was not so happy when she came home. hi. ho. she’ll be happy frida soon enough.

i’m sure it’s a form letter, but the note from the vet on “frida’s big day” was a nice touch, though her ears are down the in picture which means she had figured out that this was not going to be A Fun Day when they snapped the picture.

day 3489: the student will (maybe) someday become the (piano) master.

day 3489: the student will (maybe) someday become the (piano) master.

i remember odin’s first piano lesson eight and a half years ago given by his great aunt on a piano in maine that had seen generations of family playing. since then, i’ve slowly been teaching odin how to play, waiting for his hands to get bigger and his concentration and attention skills to get developed enough to make proper lessons fun and not A Big Drag.

five years ago we got a piano and i taught odin scales, and intervals and simples chords and he soon could play twinkle, twinkle little star ( i remember his amusement upon realizing it was the same notes as baa baa black sheep and the alphabet song ).

and it wasn’t too long before he was playing parts of the the pink panther theme and the imperial march by ear or “inventing” the smoke on the water intro or making up pieces that sounded like something brian eno would compose.

it’s been clear that his hands have grown along with with his attention and concentration and now is a good time to leave behind learning my chicken scratch transcriptions of school songs and get some proper lessons.

today he had his first lesson. he loved it, absolutely loved it, and can’t wait for the next one. i’m sure in no time at all he’ll be teaching me a thing or two.

the new make magazine is going to keep odin and me busy for awhile.

the new make magazine is going to keep odin and me busy for awhile.

we’re still working on the kite aerial photography rig but having a aerial photography set-up that didn’t depend on a windy day that wasn’t also threatening stormy weather would be awesome.

day 3486: The Hockey Life.

day 3486: The Hockey Life. I.

after playing offense and scoring a goal, odin is back on defense while playing against la crosse who they’ve beat once and lost once in overtime.

day 3486: The Hockey Life. II.

“maintain your self control.” easier said than done!

as one does as a hockey parent, i sat in the opponent’s penalty box. it offers a great view of the game. you’ll note, there’s a player in the box. i have to admit it was a bad call :-)

day 3486: The Hockey Life. III.

odin moves the puck down the ice. viroqua had more shots on goal but their goalie was too good and they lost. la crosse is conference 3 team ( viroqua is conference 4 ) so they should feel proud at beating them once and almost beating them again in overtime in previous games :-)

day 3480: the first day odin played offense and scored a goal.

day 3480: the first day odin played offense and scored a goal.

as many of you know, odin has been playing hockey for years. and for all those years, he has played defenseman and quite enjoyed it. but for whatever reason during a tournament in la crosse odin’s coach asked if he wanted to play right wing which is an offense position. he gladly accepted.

all the game play is different for a winger and i thought he’d spend a lot of time making mistakes and being a little discombobulated with the change. but he proved me wrong ( not uncommon ) and did a great job picking up passes from defense and moving the puck down the ice and passing to other teammates, disrupting the opponents and working the boards.

and he was at the right place at the right time in front of the net and scooped in his first goal ever against a tough goalie.

even sitting up in the stands, i could see the look of surprise on his face. quite a moment. i don’t know if it was coincidence or not but his goal seemed to rally the team and they scored several more before losing in a close game.

i doubt he’ll soon forget his goal on his first playing offense against the formidable la crosse team.

i should add that his team came in last place in the tournament. they played four games and lost all four. they weren’t going to play in the tournament because it was against teams that aren’t in their conference. they were all teams from bigger markets with larger pools of players to select from who play on ice all year round. but one team dropped out and the organizers needed another team to play on short notice so we went. they lost handily to the best team from sheboygan, wisconsin but played well against sun prairie and la crosse. the viroqua underdogs were evenly matched with both teams having similar shots on goal and could have one those games if they could figure out how to get more shots past their ace goalies.

they’ve lost most games they’ve played this year. but that obscures the fact that they are a solid team who is playing with a ton of heart and have lost many games by just a goal or two or in overtime.

when the pieces come together they’ll be formidable.

reminiscing about seeing the future of mobile with a danger sidekick while sitting in the neonatal intensive care unit.

day 57: eric IV.  the mobile edition.

scott knaster, now at google wrote a nice post about working at danger in the early days where he notes, “The Hiptop (in product form as the TMobile Sidekick) was my first indication that people would soon be getting lost in their phones.”

in fact, the sidekick was the first time i saw the future that would take a long time to become fully realized. i remember the thrill of ssh’ing into a server and instant messaging with friends in january 2004. FROM A PHONE! and a little later, the sense of what the world would soon be like after posting to the blog. FROM A PHONE!

but the real thrill and sense of the future would hold came while sitting in the neonatal intensive care unit with odin and kris, looking at pictures i had taken on the sidekick and socialize with folks following odin’s adventures on flickr. bringing together mobile and social and photography was going to mean lots of people would be getting lost in their phones. but it wouldn’t really become a seamless thing until the cameras on phones could begin to become “good enough”. working in motorola r&d labs in new business development and strategy we all could see the hardware maps and knew it would happen around 2007. the year the iphone was born ( danger was co-founded by andy rubin who went on to start android which it now owns along with motorola mobility ).

in a funny bit of timing, i just realized i wrote this a day after the iphone was first announced in 2007 and i suppose i should say i didn’t have anything to do with the infamous motorola rokr E1.

day 3477: frida is getting sleepy as i read odin some bedtime encyclopedia brown.

day 3477: frida is getting sleepy as i read odin some bedtime encyclopedia brown.

frida is getting veeeeeeery sweepy as odin wubs her ears.

90% chicago style.

90% chicago style.

i had a very specific craving for a chicago style hot dog. so i went to some effort to get all the ingredients from memory, or at least as close as i could get in rural southwest wisconsin on short notice. no poppy seed buns and i had to substitute pepperoncini for pickled sport peppers, but hey, my mouth was watering as i assembled the glorious dogs and OH THE HUMANITY I FORGOT THE TOMATO SLICES!

sigh.

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