Thursday, December 24, 2009

Rockefeller Center

I took Eason to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.
                                                         
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hanukkah With Family

We all went to babcia and dziadek's house for Hanukkah. We ate latkes and played Hanukkah bingo.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Philipsburg Manor

We went to Philipsburg Manor with the Degnans.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

We hosted another Thanksgiving at our house. It is always special having family over to celebrate.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Boo At The Zoo

As is our tradition, we went to Boo at the Zoo again at the Bronx Zoo.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Nathan's birthday


Nathan sent me these pictures from his birthday party.
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Renaissance Faire

We went to the Sterling Forest Renaissance Faire. It's a good thing we didn't dress up as strong men.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kamander Family Photos

We took some photos by the lake and on the pedal boat. Lots of smiles and some silly faces.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sesame Place

We went to Sesame Place with out Hoboken friends.
                                                               
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Eason's Sixth Birthday At Stamford Nature Center

We went to the Stamford Nature Center for my birthday party. We had a party in the barn and then we went after a scavenger hunt. After that we played in the playground.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

blanket kids


My kids like to pretend they're my blanket.
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Friday, July 10, 2009

The next hacking frontier: Your brain?

By Hadley Leggett - WIRED

Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they'll try to take over your brain.
• Scientists can use thoughts to operate computers, wheelchairs and Twitter
• As tech develops, risk of "brain hacking" become more real, scientists say

Ever since voice recognition technology came out I've been saying that it would never take off. Why convert an analog voice signal to digital when you have digital brain waves? All you have to do is figure out how to translate those digital brain signals. Well it only makes sense that once you understand how to read those digital signals its only a matter of time before someone figures out how to 1) read them from a distance and 2) write and over ride them. So here we are, moments away from the day when someone can point a receiver at you and read your mind, then point a transmitter at you and change it. Wait, no, that will never happen. That's ridiculous.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

38th Birthday

For my 38th birthday the the kids sang me Happy Birthday and we all went to Edo for dinner.
                               
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Aunts, Cousins And An Uncle

Aunt Debbie, cousin Zoe, uncle Marc, cousin Adam, and aunt Emily all came over for a visit.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Eason's Graduation Day

Eason graduated from kindergarten! Afterwards we all went to the beach.
                               
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Refinance

We just closed the deal on our refinancing, a process we started back in January.

We stayed with our same bank, Wells Fargo, since we had always had positive experiences in the past.

Monday, June 8, 2009

At Last, Facing Down Bullies (and Their Enablers)

By PERRI KLASS, M.D - NY Times

"We've gotten past the "kids will be kids" notion that bullying is a normal part of childhood or the prelude to a successful life strategy...

Parents of [victims and bystanders] need to be encouraged to demand that schools take action...

...start from the idea that bullying has long-term consequences and that it is preventable..."

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Thomas the Tank Engine helps autistic kids identify emotions

By Saeed Ahmed - CNN

"I always thought Thomas was a great educational show for kids."
Story Highlights:
• Online game uses Thomas the Tank Engine to help autistic children
• Children try to recognize which engine has happy, sad, angry face
• Autistic children often have trouble distinguishing different facial expressions
• UK study: More autistic kids fascinated with "Thomas" than other fictional characters

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Animals & Acrobats

After hanging out at Rye Beach we went to Van Cortlandt Manor to see Animals & Acrobats.



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Friday, May 22, 2009

Tinkling in the pool causes disgust and discomfort

By Madison Park - CNN

Story Highlights:

  • Recent survey showed 1 in 5 adults admitted urinating in public pools
  • Sweat and urine in pool water combine with chlorine to irritate eyes and respiration
  • Recreational water illnesses can lead to hospitalization

"I always new I wasn't supposed to pee in the pool and that I was supposed to shower before going in, but I never really knew why."

Monday, May 18, 2009

Energy Supplements

Energy drinks were a recent topic of discussion on Beatdown Radio. I'd like to throw out some thoughts. There are all kinds of energy supplements (pills, drinks, etc.) and people take them for different reasons, especially energy and weight loss.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Museum of Natural History on Mother's Day

For Mother's Day we all went to the American Museum of Natural History. Then we went to Scaletta Ristorante for dinner.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Mellow Doctrine

NYTimes.com: "The Mellow Doctrine" By ROGER COHEN

I was concerned that perhaps Obama would be too idealistic. I'm happy with how things are going so far.

WASHINGTON — Amazing what happens when you cast aside the testosterone.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Exit The King

For our anniversary we left the kids with their Babcia and Dziadek and went to see Exit The King at the Barrymore Theatre.

The review by David Spencer is the best I've found, but I can't find anywhere that elaborates on the various archetypes and metaphors to the degree in which I was looking.

If you've seen the show, tell me what you thought.

Ultimately Aviva and I had a great time.

Update (4/28/09):

After the show I was looking around the web to see if anyone had written about the metaphors and archetypes used, but all I was able to find were general references to the fact that they existed in the show and nothing about the specifics.

More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops

Via NYTimes.com: More than ever, America’s atheists are linking up and speaking out

They liken their strategy to that of the gay-rights movement, which lifted off when closeted members of a scorned minority decided to go public.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Circumcision reduces risk of herpes and HPV infection - CNN.com

Via CNN.com:

Men who are circumcised are less likely to get sexually transmitted infections such as genital herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV)...
Interesting information about a much debated topic.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What Are Friends For? A Longer Life

In What Are Friends For? A Longer Life Tara Parker-Pope says:

In the quest for better health, many people turn to doctors, self-help books or herbal supplements. But they overlook a powerful weapon that could help them fight illness and depression, speed recovery, slow aging and prolong life: their friends.
Check out the entire piece in The New York Times.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Why Isn't the Brain Green?

Via NYTimes.com: Decision scientists are trying to figure out why it's so hard for us to get into a green mind-set. Their answers may be more crucial than any technological advance in combating environmental challenges.

A branch of behavioral research situated at the intersection of psychology and economics, decision science focuses on the mental proces­ses that shape our choices, behaviors and attitudes.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Winter Fun

We built a snowman (sort of) and went sledding around the courtyard. Later we went to Stepping Stones Museum for Jack's birthday.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Aviva's Birthday

For Aviva's birthday we went to see Murdered by The Mob at Arno Dinner Theater. They called me up for questioning.



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