This blog is soooooooooo boring!

We need to add some excitement to this blog.  Suggestions?


Can you believe it? We’re pretty excited, though the morning sickness (which actually manifests as evening sickness, or maybe even somewhere-near-Brad sickness) is never one of our favorite things.

The thumbs are returning!

Hooray! There's going to be a new show called Talking Movies with Richard Roeper, Michael Phillips and Christy Lemire. Roger Ebert talks about it here. I hope it's on broadcast TV.

Allan's 18 month check-up stats

Weight: 31 lbs. (95th percentile)

Length: 34 1/4 inches (90th percentile)

Head Circumference: 19 1/2 inches (90th percentile)

Who watches the Watchmen?

I do. That is, I did.

I liked it. Complex, visually stunning, and pretty darned faithful to the original graphic novel (thanks go to Rob McMillan, a coworker at Autodesk, for loaning it to me a couple of weeks ago).

Meet the new site, same as the old site

I've finished most of the migration of our site to Blogger. There might be a few things broken here and there, but for the most part I think we're okay.

Where in the world is Brad?

I am in a cubicle on the third floor of the building opposite the Tesco in Děčín in the Czech Republic.

My television at the hotel in Hřensko had only ten stations available: two in Czech, eight in German. I watched an episode of Scrubs dubbed into German this morning. I don’t think the people doing the dubbing were adequately replicating the speech cadences of the actors; in particular, the Dr. Cox character lost a little something. Had I not needed sleep, I might have watched an episode from the first season of Prison Break in Czech last night.

It’s very difficult trying to eat well here. Wait, scratch that. It’s very difficult to eat correctly here. It’s no trouble at all eating a sufficient amount. I just wish they’d serve Coke in something larger than the lilliputian size; I think the bottles are 250 milliliters (about eight ounces).

I’ve driven twice this week. That’s a bigger deal than it sounds because our car has a manual transmission and I don’t know how to drive one. I understand the concepts, but the techniques aren’t in muscle memory yet.

Tonight we drive to Praha (Prague) to stay at the Marriott at the airport. Our flight leaves at 9:20 AM for Amsterdam. After a little more than two hours there, we leave at a quarter after one on our eight hour and forty-five minute flight to Detroit. We’re scheduled to arrive at four.

(Comments from old site:)

That is a big deal.

It’s a bigger deal if you’re in the car with someone else that might judge you, even just a little. Are there coworkers with you, or did you travel alone?

I think you drive a little worse with new people in the car. At least I did. George Piskorz was (I think) the first person I drove with after Lisa taught me how to drive her manual transmission truck. Plus, it was in Texas. My experience with the hills dwarfs, I’m sure, (Is that an insensitive cliche’? I apologize if it is.) in comparison with driving in another country in a vehicle not your own.

Driving in the Czech Republic

Yes, I’m here with a coworker, but he knew I didn’t know anything about manual transmissions. The different signs and the various widths of streets are a little disconcerting.

Heading to Děčín again

I’m going to Děčín again. I’m leaving late Sunday afternoon and returning Friday afternoon. Then, Friday night, I’m taking the girls camping with my family. I might be a little sleepy at that time.

Where was Sarah in 1787?

Article 1, Section 10, paragraph 2.

There shouldn’t be an apostrophe. See the misspelling for yourself on page 2 of the copy of the Constitution at the National Archives.

Happy Constitution Day!

Constitution Day resources at the Library of Congress web site

I can’t believe I forgot to get out the Constitution Day decorations.

To celebrate, why not download the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence, Pocket Edition [PDF, 416kiB] from the U.S. Government Printing Office?