A blup is "a bad baby".
And the award for Dumbest Emoji goes to...Mx Claus! 🧑🎄
What do babies dream about?
Synopsis of a post-midnight conversation in the Koser household: --You haven't heard of this popular Beatles song? What rock have you been living under? --Christ, the Solid Rock. Boom. Mic dropped, walking away.
Brian: “When I was a little boy, phones didn't have screens. You could only call and talk to people on the phone.”
Lydia: “(laughing) What were they thinking?!”
How many go back full-time to public school in the next year and how many stay at home?
What did the pizza say to his wife?
I'm feeling ranchy!
My REST APIs are correct 200% of the time
My idea for a YouTube series channel "Butt or Scotch": I will review brands of Scotch whisky. After taking a sip of the Scotch, if it's good, I'll say, "That's Scotch!" If it's bad, I'll say, "That's butt!"
That is unexpectable!
From T. S. Eliot's Choruses from "The Rock":
They constantly try to escape From the darkness outside and within By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.
Amber's nickname: Pork Snorpy
David started using a paper dictionary:
My only regret is not realizing sooner how much I value qualities other than speed in my dictionarying – cleanliness, transparency, loyalty to my best interests, not to mention the refreshing physicality of the whole thing.
Lydia's version of Hush Little Baby:
Hush my little baby Don’t you cry Daddy’s going to buy you a popping sleigh If that popping sleigh pops away, Daddy’s going to buy you a goat with hay If that goat eats all that hay, Daddy’s going to buy you a diamond ring. If that diamond ring breaks to brass Daddy’s going to buy you a cup of clear glass. If that cup breaks again Daddy’s going to buy you a baby hen. If that hen had some chicks Daddy will buy you a clock that ticks. If that clock doesn’t wake you up Daddy’s going to buy you a rabbit skin. There is nothing wrong about that So we’ll eat it up. Daddy’s going to buy you a hat.
The 20-5-3 rule:
- 20 minutes every day outside
- 5 hours a month "semi-wild" like a national park
- 3 days a year off the grid in nature
If I were a My Little Pony, I would have a purple body and curly yellow hair. My name would be "Daffil" and I would be a hairdresser, so my cutie mark would be a blow dryer.
Good article, but the real takeaway is:
On macOS, you can open an emoji keyboard with ctrl + cmd + space. On Windows, you can open one with windows + .
If you’re willing to embrace the grind you’ll look like a magician.
Tim: “What's that song you're singing, Brian?”
Melissa: “It's from 'Wilbur's Spider'.”
Brian: “...You mean 'Charlotte's Web'?”
My cat name: Wobbleton
The first free online copy of Domesday Book. With an interactive map!
Excellent list. One of my favorites:
- Naming things is fantastic. Everything on the screen should have a name. It’s better for your work. It’s better for accessibility. It’s better for your design. Take a table view and name it ‘Inbox’, ‘Screener’, or ‘Paper Trail’, and they suddenly mean something. What you do with them has changed. A good name transforms design and action.
Koser's Theory of Leftovers: At midnight, leftovers are redistributed evenly
(E.g., if I eat 4 pizza slices, Melissa eats 2, and there are 2 slices left, we both get 1 slice the next day)
Tell a story. Find a story structure.
How am I just now seeing this
By betting on Starship, which entails a host of development risks, NASA is taking a chance on what would be a much brighter future. One in which not a handful of astronauts go to the Moon or Mars, but dozens and then hundreds. In this sense, Starship represents a radical departure for NASA and human exploration.
An interesting book by an interesting man. The digitization story is also interesting.
In the background I heard Amber doing a broken record repeat of "a dream is a wish your heart makes." A little bit later, Brian came up to show me a picture on his phone and said, "A bream is a fish in some lakes." 🤦♀️🙄
Interesting essays on early animation
Read one of these as a kid and loved it. I had no idea the series was so successful.
My favorite blog post in years.
My and my guys all sleep on our backs. We call ourselves The Back Sleep Boys.
Idea for an oven commercial: Hansel and Gretel can't fit the witch into the microwave
API and webpage to link ISBNs with goodreads, WorldCat, and Amazon book IDs
Willing to muddle
A guided tour that walks through the fundamentals of Git, inspired by the premise that to know a thing is to do it.
Looks like a great beginner course
A cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. The substitutions are the real star.
Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book-lover.
Ducks made some tape for me.
This is dangerous
My dog name ideas:
- Jingle Llama
Laughing at the ridiculous "Year With No Santa Claus" while playing Power Grid
Christmas Eve: watching "It's A Wonderful Life" with the girls (their first time), looking at lights projector on ceiling while lying on mattress, eating chocolate, and opening the Mom Koser's gift
Wrapping presents for Ruth with the girls
Lydia lost her keychain at Publix, I prayed, and God immediately answered.
Scott Rolen hit a homerun for my 10th birthday
Having an impromptu romp with all three girls on the mattress after dinner. Tickles, pillow fights, horsey rides, and wrestling.❤️
Can we criticize policies instead of dumb stuff like Joe Biden's pulpit saying, "The Office of the President Elect"?
My TV shows:
- Carrot Seed, Carrot Seed
- Puppy Troll
- Poodle Snack
- Kitty Curl
- Teddy the Bear
We don't know the true name of the bear!!!?
You're the least of my worries.
See when a word was first used in print. Turns out I'm as old as "nano-bot", "gangsta rap", and "air quotes".
Lydia taking her first shower by herself, and enjoying it immensely. "I love you, Mommy." Dancing to music afterwards.
Holland Farm with the family. The corn pit; striding through the corn maze with Lydia and Ruth; the picnic by the car; sending Lydia and Amber on the zipline, each by herself; rolling through the big pipe with the girls giggling and trying to stay upright; the picnic at Bucee's.
Melissa: I mocked it at first, but I've come to accept it.
Brian: Hey, that kind of describes our marriage!
Analysts find the best scenario for economy emerges when a Democrat is President, but Republicans control Congress.
It depends on what you mean by "the economy". GDP? Stock market performance? Decreasing the poverty rate?
Melissa: It's Friday night, what do you want to do?
Brian: Curl up with a sexy...book. But not Facebook. Facebook's a hussy.
You should never assume that Google is in the right, but Oracle is always wrong.
Folding the church laundry with Lydia. She helped because she wanted to.
Singing "Do You Want to Be a Bullfrog?" as a family at the dinner table (to the tune of "Do You Want To Build a Snowman?")
My band: Wee Wee Wonky Bomb
In the animated movie Hercules, I wonder why Disney used the Greek name for the ruler of the underworld, Hades, and not his Latin name, Pluto?
So next time someone tells you we shouldn't be eating food that's been genetically modified, you can tell them we already are.
Melissa: Ooo, I know what I'll do for your funeral! I'll release a balloon to represent your soul rising to Heaven, and it'll be teal because that was your favorite color--
Brian: No, don't do that.
Melissa: But as we celebrate your life--
Brian: Celebrate me now, not at my funeral! I want you to be sad when I die; I was a cool guy!
Melissa: If I wear that, people will think I'm gay.
Brian: They won't think that with a hunk like me walking beside you!
At the Hutt house, playing with Amber and keeping Lydia company while she used the restroom.
Melissa: He's got a sexy, smoldering look.
Brian: Yep, that's what you want in a doctor.
The girls dressed in princess dresses, sweetly singing happy birthday to me while I lay in bed ❤️
Brian doing a ridiculously energetic and hilarious dance to "Wiggle Through the Night", a song on the girls' microphone
Trying to guess the names of classical music tunes; laughing because Brian tried to sound educated so many times
Laughing with Brian while watching "Baggage" with Jomboy and Jake on YouTube
On 02/02/2020 GitHub captured a snapshot of every active public repository. Those millions of repos were then archived to hardened film designed to last for 1,000 years, and stored in the GitHub Arctic Code Vault in a decommissioned coal mine deep beneath an Arctic mountain in Svalbard, Norway.
A Leaf For My Boo, Adam's autobiography
Doing the sandwich song with the girls, one parent holding the feet and the other their hands
Laughing with Brian while reading My Immortal
Clothing that injects junk license plate data into surveillance systems
Is that how we want to raise our children? As elephant racists?
Looks like you're faced with Sophie's Choice: do you shoot your peanut butter child, or your chocolate child?
Church softball game--Brian hit really well each time at bat, and later got Philip Wedge out between first and second base.
Daughter sandwich song with the girls right before bed
Beating Michael and Esther at Wingspan on our first playthrough
Creating a conspiracy theory with Brian about Japan having faster-than-light space travel!
If every animal is special, and each one has its own, unique intelligence, then why should we be any more enamored of the octopus than, say, the clownfish or the clam?
Brian sang rock-a-bye-baby to Amber in the voice of the Swedish Chef as he swung her around, and she giggled uproariously.
Lydia, while you were sleeping we tattooed a wolf on your butt. And if you don't believe me, you can go show your butt to your mother and ask her.
I never listen to the haters. And it's a good thing, because they're never right.
Brian brought Penny to sit on our bed, and she just started laughing with delight and shaking from side to side in her happiness at seeing us.
Brian beat me by one point in Terraforming Mars, but then as we were putting the game away we discovered a card that gave me an extra two points which I'd forgotten to count.
Brian playing with the girls on the mattress--letting them walk up his legs, body slamming, crawling under each other.
I don't think Jesus was paying for the bodies. Those are a bonus.
Eating lunch at Michael and Esther's house after playing at the park, and Brian just looked so manly and gorgeous.
It was 8:30 at night, and Brian and I hadn't eaten. I had wanted to make burgers, but it just kept getting later and later as we tried to get the kids into bed at a decent hour. Finally they were down, but since it was so late I considered just scrounging. Brian, self-sacrificing that he is, said that would be fine with him. I felt dissatisfied with how the night was turning out, and after a minute of internal debate declared I was going to make the burgers anyway. He looked so pleased, I knew I’d made the right decision.
Shen Yun performance with Brian
Playing with Lydia and Amber on Saturday morning, carrying them in our arms and treating them like babies. They loved it, and were so sweet, cute, and giggly.
Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked I shall come into the living room.
Former co-worker Mike Kastrantas's arcade game records on Twin Galaxies
I can't think of a good analogy for this
Goodreads recommendations need work
Eating lunch with the family at the table. Everyone was happy and content, eating well without complaining, and we read Little House. It's the most peaceful and content I've felt in a long time.
Melissa: If everyone in the congregation is in the choir, who will they sing to?
Brian: God. Boom! Mic dropped.
You know what they say, love is an action. Also known as sex.
Podcasting with Brian for the first time since Penny was born
Gary Larson, welcome to the internet
My dream: I dreamed about poop and the upside-down world
I had a whole gaggle of 100-point bucks in my sights, sleeping peacefully on their feet, like cows.
Mine and Amber's sandwich: Wolf and Moon Jelly
The WCE somehow comes up with 242 Catholic denominations. That should be a big glaring red flag that it has been a bit—how shall we say?—free and loose with the word “denomination.”
My movie: "Cats Poop Everywhere But Not in the House"
My movie: "Insulation Monkey"
The funniest word is "hornk".
My game: "Hippos Are Dead: Bad Guys Don't Like Animals"
I can't help being linear
Josh Wainwright's bird: the Indignant Dirt Dobbler
Never knew Pantone had a color of the year!
My philosophy: When you go through life being amazing, amazing things happen.
Daniel's Razor: The Daniel Special at Sushi Cafe is always better than you expect, even taking into account Daniel's Razor.
(Apologies to Hofstadter's Law)
This is really in-depth. If you want the biggest bang for your buck, just turn off all notifications.
Orange Juice and Coke isn't crazy!
Museum of Websites: A hand-curated gallery of how famous internet companies have changed over time.
Foods we started eating from this article: sardines (still need to find bone-in), seaweed, chicken liver (the paté recipe is great). Also love:
Make a household rule that you have to take at least 7 bites before deeming a food “yucky.”
An apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze.
I had a whole gaggle of 100-point bucks in my sights, sleeping peacefully on their feet, like cows.
It's a problem if you have more Goodreads friends than books marked "read" on Goodreads
Every scene was a post credits scene until the 1960s
Project name idea: Brianstorm
Oh the huge manatee!
Manatee of manatees, all is manatee.
If I'm ever on the run in Mexico, I'll use the alias "Jorge Curioso"
Because he's a cool dude with great taste and he loves lamb.
The are two hard things in computer science: originality and profundity.
The library is a gym for the mind.
Art's power is intuitive, not didactic.
I googled "clown names" and was disappointed in humanity
A fantasy map creator
Music genre map
Still disappointed we never got my imagined sequels to Super Smash Bros Melee and Brawl:
- Super Smash Bros Fracas
- Super Smash Bros Donnybrook
- Super Smash Bros Brouhaha
And Google spoils another movie. Thanks Google
Really, one could argue that the worst mistake Huff made was one that all of us have made at one point or another. He went to New Jersey.
That time all the Pocket trending articles were about AI
I Am Groat
If we could choose any superpower, I'd pick 'slowing time' and Melissa would pick 'telekinesis'. So my power would let me do more work, and hers would let her do less ☺️
A penny saved is a second wasted.
Tim: “There's some cuff links hanging from his rear view mirror.”
Brian: “That's weird to see in Alabama.”
Tim: “I meant to say 'handcuffs'.”
Brian: “Oh. Never mind then.”
If a picture is worth one thousand words, a novel is only worth a 3-second video (80,000 words; 80 pictures; 24 FPS).
A for Affort
Stay implausibly fine
It's gonna be one of those lives.
If capitalism runs its course, we're going to end up with The Gulf of Taco Bell.
I need you to finish that as soon as possible. Sooner than that, if possible.
I enter a password on my phone to open my password manager app so I can get the password for my app that lets me send my clipboard to my PC so I can send a website password from my phone to my PC. 😔
You catch more flies with flypaper than with honey.
Steak 'n Shake: it's nice enough that you can take people there, but cheap enough that you can take people there.
On a scale from e to π, you're a solid 3.
Boo sucky boo!
Lydia: “(Pointing at object) This?”
Melissa: “That's a stepstool.”
Brian: “That's right! It's called that because Mommy had it before she got married.”
The data must flow
He wouldn't know a seal if it came up and honked him on the nose.
Don't feel judged, feel nudged.
How serious, on a scale from pudding to death?
We're smoking on all cylinders now!
I like the jib of your chin.
Even a stopped duck quacks twice a day.
A short duck with a sudden suck
Reading is staring at marked slices of a tree, hallucinating vividly.
- Katie Oldham
My attempt at a Wodehousian character observation:
He was the sort of man who blew his nose and then examined his handkerchief with interest.
I'm sorry to be the Baron of Bad News
From a Japanese Christmas card:
In this peaceful season, in these beautiful days, I decide to present you with my heartly miss and suitable bless.
I'm the Laura Ingalls Wilder of nonsensical analogies.
I have the hunger of one thousand tiny men, each one thousand times smaller than an ordinary man.
If I became a pirate in India, I would call myself, "Jolly Rajah".
I knew you cared, I just didn't know how much.
Everyone ignores the first "R" in "February". I like to add one to make up for it. Frebruary.
Million-dollar idea: kangaroo pants