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[2-December-2008]

Playing with the camcorder

Filed under: Pater Familias,Things From Wood — @ 7:48 UTC

Playing with the video camera.

YouTube Preview Image

[28-July-2008]

A 130lb. Right Tackle

Filed under: Pater Familias — @ 19:57 UTC

My son, Éamon, is starting to play (American) Football. He’s 8 years old and I don’t know what position he’s going to play, but he’s really quite small and my hope is that he won’t get crushed lke a bug. I dug out my father’s 1950 High School yearbook and showed Éamo some pictures of his grandfather playing football — my father was a 130 pound right tackle his Junior year!

In paging through that yearbook I noticed, for the first time, that the hand-drawn separator pages were my father’s work. The drawings are unsigned, but the style is unmistakable.

[11-April-2008]

Confessions of a 2nd Grader

Filed under: Pater Familias — @ 13:21 UTC

We were having a discussion at dinner last night about 2nd grade and I thought I’d share a few stories that I was compelled to share with my son’s 2nd Grade Teacher.

For me, 2nd grade is when everything started to go wrong. I was a 7-year-old student at Thomas Alva Edison Elementary School in South Bend, Indiana. So was my friend, Reggie Bain. Reggie and I had known each other since we were 2 years old and we were, as they say, “thick as thieves”. All I can say is: though the antics of the boys in the Captain Underpants books seem to be extremely naughty and exaggerated, they hit uncomfortably close to home.

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[22-October-2007]

Make them sing in “fake opera”

Filed under: Pater Familias — @ 20:15 UTC

If the children are being a real pain at dinner, I’ll only allow them to say something if they sing it in “fake opera”. I can’t tell you how much this helps their behaviour! Not only that, but it makes everyone smile and it’s especially funny when we have guests. Everyone should try it.

[20-October-2007]

I’ll give you a dollar if you make your mother laugh

Filed under: Pater Familias — @ 20:13 UTC

Sometimes, when my wife is in a bad mood, I’ll tell my children that I’ll give them a dollar (or a Euro when we’re in Europe) if they can make her laugh. I’ve never actually paid-up, but it does help. It might work for your family, dunno.

[12-June-2006]

Eamo @ Dunmore East

Filed under: Pater Familias — @ 19:51 UTC

Picnic in Dunmore East

[27-October-2005]

Color Blind Image Filtering

Filed under: Pater Familias,Tech Tech — @ 18:38 UTC

I have a son, Éamon, who is red-green color blind (deuteranopia). This is a fairly common condition, but we have always asked ourselves “what does Éamo see?”. With help from the Vischeck image filter plug-in, we get to see just that.

As far as we can tell this is very accurate; Éamo can not tell these images apart.

Composite Image Before and After Vischeck Color Blind Filter

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[9-June-2005]

A Page for Denny

Filed under: Pater Familias — @ 4:41 UTC

I’m working on a web page for my father. It’s a work in progress since I have a lot of artwork to scan and copy to write, but here it is: Denny



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