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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

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Something Wonderful

by Ken Newquist / September 17, 2002

We did something wonderful yesterday. We listened to our baby's heartbeat for the first time.

We did something wonderful yesterday. We listened to our baby's heartbeat for the first time.

It was our second official visit to see the midwife, and it was part of the standard check-up at 13 weeks. The midwife smeared a little jelly on Sue's belly, and then put the microphone up against her skin. At first, there was nothing. And then there was a soft, quick pttt-pttt-pttt-pttt sound. To me it sounded like the heartbeat of a rabbit on speed. Sue thought it sounded like panting. Either way, it was very, very fast. And it was utterly amazing.

I'm Going To Be a Dad

by Ken Newquist / July 27, 2002

I’m going to be a dad.


Other declaratives of a more expletive nature come to mind, but I try and keep Nuketown somewhat PG-13.

And besides, I need to watch my language. I’m going to be a dad.


I still can’t get over it. I’m writing this two days after it was official. My wife and I had our suspicions – there are certain signs and portents (such as a late period, breast soreness, visiting our friends who have a baby and finding the name “Jacob” carved into a bench when we stopped to change her) – but we didn’t know until Sunday (7/21).

Save the Children! Ban Video Games!

by Ken Newquist / June 1, 2002

Nothing makes me more nauseous than cries for goverment intervension in order to "Save the Children". The latest effort to promote an ever-more paternalistic government comes from California Democrat Joe Baca, who’s introduced legislation making it a crime to sell graphically violent or sexually explicit video games to kids without parental consent (as reported in this MacCentral article)

On its face, most people will probably agree with this. After all, we wouldn’t want 12 year olds getting their hands on Grand Theft Auto, with all of its over the top violence, car-jacking and other assorted crimes, now would we? I know I wouldn’t want my kids playing it, but as parent, I’d make *sure* my kids weren’t playing it. Not just as my house, but at their friends houses as well. Because hell, that’s what parents do.