Jacob’s Birthday Party

Well, I’m only about 2 weeks late in posting this one. We hosted a mystery
party for Jacob and a few friends two Saturdays ago – sort of like a “How to
Host a Murder” game but for kids. The theme was western, and we asked the
party goers to dress the part. Jacob only invited boys, and there were a few
girl parts, so we had to improvise. Part of the improvisation was having
Matthew dress up as a girl – and Grandma was more than happy to help out.
Check out the results for yourself; should make for some great blackmail
material somewhere down the road.

The party went very well – we mixed in some games with the mystery puzzle, and
everyone played their parts. Jacob is nine now, and thought it seems cliche to
say that I can’t believe how fast he is growing up, well, I can’t believe how
fast he is growing up!

Yesterday, Jacob played in his last football game of the season, and his team
finished 8-0. Not a bad season! Jacob played out the year as the starting
center, and was getting much more playing time on defense as well. Julie and I
are sold on the value of this program for Jacob, and we are eager to sign up
Matthew as soon as he is old enough.

Picked Up an iBook

I found a good price on a used iBook here in town, so Jacob and I went to check it out on Saturday morning before his football game. There were a few reasons for picking this up:

  • A good platform for experimenting with Rotor and Mono.
  • OSX / Panther / Jaguar just seemed too cool to miss out on.
  • I think it will be a better home for my iPod link and iTunes.
  • I wanted a personal laptop for travel, especially for important tasks like playing DVDs for the boys on road trips.

So far I love it. I’m playing with some different software configurations
(browser, office tools, etc.) to see what works best. One disappointment –
OpenOffice supposedly works, but isn’t a native
Mac OSX application (it runs under X11). It also didn’t work in a turnkey
maner, probably because I’m not using Darwin as my X11 server.

Too Much Travel

This has been the lowest volume of posting I’ve had in a while – sorry for
those of you who check here frequently for gaming-related posts. I’ve been on
the road way too much lately, and things will not be letting up for another
month or so. I do have a backlog of things to talk about, including:

  • Jacob celebrated his 9th birthday last weekend, and I’ve got some pics from the party
  • The Cubs. On second thought, I don’t want to talk about it.
  • The fantastic work Mikael Sheikh has been doing on his Wallenstein implementation, which he should be making publicly available before too long.
  • More Chess teaching information. Classes start next week.