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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Geek Dad

AP: Fathers and Kids Bond Playing Video Games

by Ken Newquist / June 21, 2007

Shocking news everyone: Dads like to play video games with their kids!

This AP story quotes a survey from last year showing that 35% of parents play video games, and that 80% of those game with their kids. Even more shockingly, both dads and moms are gaming. Moms? Gaming? Are you crazy?

I know, I shouldn't be so hard on them -- the mainstream takes a while to catch on to these simple facts. I expect that the percentage of parents (and grandparents) playing games with their kids will only rise with the release of family-friendly gaming systems like the Wii.

The First Step

by Ken Newquist / May 31, 2007

Luke took his first tentative step yesterday and naturally (Luke being Luke) he did it on the concrete porch outback. 'Cause you know, that way he can maximize the chance of really hurting himself. He immediately sat back down again, and crawled to his destination, but he definitely took a step.

Of course, everyone says not to compare your kids to each other, but walking -- like talking -- is one of those milestones you can't help but compare. Jordan started walking three days before her first birthday, and it seems like Luke's following a similar trajectory, given that his first birthday is June 14.

CNN: Making Less Than Dad Did

by Ken Newquist / May 29, 2007

Articles like this one piss me off. Men have been hammered for years about not taking an active role in their families, about putting job above family, and all the standard guilt trips that could take you to the Moon and back if only you could clock the frequent flyer miles.

The thing is, guilt trips aren't needed -- in my experience, Gen X dads generally want to spend time with their families, and make job decisions that reflect that. Unsurprisingly, those choices effect their yearly income. So when this story -- which is about the decline in median male income from $40,000 in 1974 to $35,000 in 2004, I just to scream.

Putting together a Summer 2007 Reading List

by Ken Newquist / May 24, 2007

 The Last Colony I've got two vacations lined up for Summer 2007 -- one short, one long -- and hopefully a few lazy weekends I can spend ready books on the back porch or down the shore.

As a result, I've slowly started to compile my summer reading list, and I'm looking for suggestions from readers, as well as comments on what you'll be reading at the beach this summer.

Here's what I have so far:

Installing Ubuntu Linux on a G3 iMac

by Ken Newquist / May 23, 2007

I love it when a geeky plan comes together. A few weeks ago I heard a story on the Geek Acres podcast about a grade school teacher who installed Ubuntu Linux on a bunch of iMacs that had been donated to his school. I have a lime-green G3 iMac at home that's been running Mac OS X 10.3 … but is just crying out for experimentation.

Life with Luke: 11 Months

by Ken Newquist / May 20, 2007

It's been months since I last wrote about my son Luke, and what an eventful couple of months it's been! Luke learned to crawl at around 6 months and started pulling himself up shortly there after. Now, at 11 months, he's starting to "bridge", moving from one item to another in a precursor to walking. Along with this new-found mobility has come a desire to explore everything … which means we've had to start baby proofing in earnest.

"Be Patient: I'm Still Working My Way Up to First Level"

by Ken Newquist / May 17, 2007

 Geek OnsieIt's hard to find good geeky clothes for babies -- oh, I was able to get a "newbie" onsie for Luke just before he was born, and they do have a few other shirts of note, but it's telling that they lump their dog clothing in with their kid stuff.

Aside from that, it's mostly an vast, unending forest of pastel dinosaurs, teddy bears, butterflies and assorted too-cute animals. If you're lucky you might find a good astronaut or rocket outfit, but those are the exceptions.