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September 13, 2006

Wikibibliography

Filed under: Uncategorized — jstreed1476 @ 6:52 pm

Saw via Lifehacker that a CNET writer is suggesting alternatives to Google’s suite of services. That makes sense–who doesn’t like to shop around every now and again? Even though I really enjoy Sam Adams–like Google, it’s a reliable go-to–their versions of Pale Ale, Black Lager, and Cream Stout aren’t necessarily the best in those market segments. They put out something like 18 kinds of beer; they might all be fine, but no one would expect them to produce the standard bearer in any category, much less all of them.

One of the commenters in the Lifehacker thread mentioned that they sometimes prefer Wikipedia over Google as a starting place. I can relate, and I’ve noticed that my favorite feature in almost any wiki article is the little link bibliography at the end. In fact, it’s usually the first thing I look at, and I often depart wikipedia immediately from there, never to return.

Reminds me of the old joke, “You know you’re a grad student when you find the bibliographies of books more interesting than the actual text.”

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September 3, 2006

what driveways are for

Filed under: Fatherhood — jstreed1476 @ 7:43 pm

clays-scorecard.jpg

Friday night we got a cheap, used basketball hoop–the rollaway kind where you fill up the base with water–and Clay loves it. The little scorecards above are his record of the shots he made the first day we had it. (Shots made, not points scored.) I should mention that I lowered the rim to about 8.5 ft or so. He’d make about 3-4 shots, then run over to the notepad to mark them down.

He does pretty well on regulation 10′ hoops, too; I lowered it because I want him to develop good form first.*

Watching your kid keep trying at something challenging is one of the great experiences of parenthood. It’s great fun to join him in a little shootaround, but I also love watching from the window as he fires up shot after shot. He smiles, scowls, talks to himself, chases the ball all over, tries goofy stuff like firing it up through the net.

Thirty-five dollars well spent.

* Also I can make like Shaquille O’Neal :-)

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