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The question I ask myself pretty often, obviously not as much in the heat of the moment, but in post-reflection, is "What is best for my kids." This does not mean "What is best for my wishes for my kids."

There are all sorts of things I want for my kids, and things I want them to do, or want
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Kidstuff

Aug. 8th, 2014 07:38 am
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Max and Khai decided an XBox-360 was in order. Lots of cheap games. A new 360E was the best option, so Max went that route. He put in $155 (vs $94+SH + Accessories for used, or $156 for refurb). Khai put in $20. I put in $5, plus bought a 320GB drive ($45). No Kinect. Halo 3 was bought for $6 by Max. Our DVD player has gone stale since we set up a media PC, so the XB360 will take over that HDMI port.
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/08/08/kidstuff/

Too soon!

Sep. 16th, 2013 01:57 am
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Me: Would you like to be tucked in?

Max: No thank you.

Me: ;(
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2013/09/15/too-soon/
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Cards


Airplane card


Computer card


Present- a water backpack (think ice pack).

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Max: Hey, Khai?
Khai: No.

Erica and I died laughing.
My ghost is posting this.

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If you ever want to know where your kids are...
Just start watching an R rated movie.
They will be in before the intro credits.

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So, I'm testing for the kids computer upgrades.
Going modern CPUs was going to be at least $1200 and that's a bit much.

I dug and dug, and their systems take LGA755 1066MHz FSB anything.

I tried the Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz X6800. This Works fine, and is really zippy.

I tried the Core 2 Quad 2.66GHz Q6700. This gives an unsupported CPU BIOS error, but works. It gives off WAY more heat, but is very noticeably slower. Maybe the heat is causing the clock to throttle back further.

There is also a QX6800, but I didn't have it to test. Likely same BIOS error, and likely would require creative cooling.

Also, they have 3GB of RAM now, and throwing in 4GB, while not formally helping Windows, *did* make an improvement in boot times. Plus, when they move to Windows 7 x64, it should help there as well.

So, $260 for their Xmas computer upgrades, and it more than doubles their current performance (Pentium D 1.86GHz).

Also, the heat difference, and the individual process performance was so big that I am selling the Q6700 out of my media server and buying an X6800 to replace it.
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We still need 15 more students to register by Monday afternoon (June 25) or they may have to cancel Camp!

Program Code: C-TX25-12178-12
Program Name: Camp Invention - For children entering grades 1 through 6
Location: Lake Dallas Elementary School, 401 Main Street, Lake Dallas, TX
Program Dates: 7/9/2012 - 7/12/2012
Program Times: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Cost: $225
Discounts: Families registering two siblings receive $25 off each registration and three or more siblings receive $50 off each registration throughout the whole summer!

Registration: http://campinvention.org or 800.968.4332, but limited weekend hours by phone.

Director: Cheryl Duke
Backup: Stephanie Dawson
Communications: Ashley Kellicker
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HOW TO ENJOY YOURSELF ON THE BEACH

When you go to the beach, you must take along a big blanket, a thermos bottle full of spit
TYPE OF LIQUID, lots of suntan snot
SOMETHING ICKY, and a couple of folding bananas
PIECE OF FURNITURE (PLURAL). Then you put on your banana
ARTICLE OF CLOTHING so you can get a beautiful green
COLOR to last you all summer. You also should have a big hat to keep the sun off your ear
PART OF THE BODY. If you want exercise, you can find some gallons
PLURAL NOUN to play volleyball with. Volleyball is America’s favorite tall
ADJECTIVE game. You can also bring a/an wordy
ADJECTIVE lunch, such as hard-boiled nouns
PLURAL NOUN, a few dolphin
ANIMAL sandwiches with mustard, and some bottles of trolldragon
SILLY WORD cola. If you remember all of the above and get a place near a/an scrapy
ADJECTIVE lifeguard, you can sunbathe slippily
ADVERB all day.

Blik

Jul. 31st, 2011 05:47 pm
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PS, Blik doesn't stick to freshly painted, satin finish, orange peel textured walls.

Max is 10!

Jul. 7th, 2011 07:30 pm
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I'm out of town and missing the actual birthday kind of sucks.

I called, and he got a few neat presents, and has a friend over.

There are photos that will be posted.

The party will be after I come back though, so not a total loss. Mebbe I can help with his room painting.
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I'm having trouble explaining important semantics.

If you keep doing something you shouldn't, it's because you want to. You may not want the outcome from that, but if you didn't want to do it, then you wouldn't keep doing it.

An example -- I wish I were not as heavy as I am, but I "want" to keep eating. I want to satisfaction of the experience more than I want to be less heavy. If I didn't, then I would eat less, and then be less heavy. My will, inner desire, subconscious, or whatever you want to call it, is part of me. I cannot dismiss it. It's a choice, even if I allow it to short circuit my critical reasoning.

So, if my son keeps "getting distracted", that's because he wants to be distracted. He doesn't want to do his homework. Crying at me and telling me he doesn't want to be distracted is only refusing to accept reality. Until he can accept what's really happening, he is a powerless victim of uncontrollable forces. Once he accepts what's really going on, he can be mindful and willful of his decisions.

I'm having a lot of difficulty convincing him of this. I know it's a tough topic that many adults don't get. I don't know how I came to accept responsibility for this aspect of my mind. I don't know how to convince him I'm not making this up, nor am I trying to make him feel bad about it.
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Max is trying to do homework.
Khai and Brenna (neighbor) keep playing VERY LOUDLY in the living room.
Erica has asked them twice to go outside, and each time gotten the "Just a Minute" thing.

Me: You've already said just a minute, and now...
B: Oh, I know, I do that to my mom and dad all the time!
Me: HUSH! I AM TALKING. I AM SAYING YOU NEED TO GO OUTSIDE RIGHT NOW. It doesn't matter what you're doing, just get your shoes and socks and go now.

On the one hand, I'm frustrated at the disrespect to Max. I'm frustrated that they were blowing off Erica. I'm angry that she interrupted me while I was laying down the law. In general, she's pretty disrespectful, flippant, and aloof. A few small, simple rules like:
* Quiet when people are working
* Don't leave the door open
* Don't go in and out of the house more than once or twice an hour.
* Clean up your food messes

Mostly though, she's nice and the kids have fun with her. It bothers me that I felt the need to raise my voice at she who is not my child.

I guess that's how things go -- once in 14 months for someone who's here an average of 25 hours a week.
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The Adventures of Maple (unabridged)
by Max Davis

"It's going to be a loooong week," I sighed. I had no idea I was about to have the adventure of my life.

"Yes, it will be, but don't worry Maple. You'll probably make some friends," assured my mom, and the tree I grew on, Mother Maple.
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From Erica: Max is lying on the floor and just said, "It feels SO WEIRD to have... CONTROL over yourself. Like... to move your body. To be able to move your body how you please just by... thinking."
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Funny Fill-In: The Mad Inventor (Khai, Max, Daddy, Khai, Max, Daddy, repeat)

I was going to be rich! I had just invented the first electric Max. Using an oversized chainsaw from Ralph's toolbox, I built it out of old super-thin chips, metal planets, and rubber pebbles. The first time I turned it on, the machine worked jumpily. I couldn't believe it! "Baby Hippos!" I yelled, shambling up and down. I quickly invited a leafy billionaire to check out my invention. I couldn't wait to sell it for INFINITY million dollars and live like Mario the Plumber. But when I turned it on, something went terribly hairy. The machine started leaping and sleeping. Suddenly it spewed sewer juice and shot slices of rump roast in all directions. The billionaire started screaming at the top of his rumps and rumped out of my lab. Good thing I still get my weekly allowance.

Kids...

Mar. 1st, 2010 07:26 pm
xaminmo: (Baby poop)
Does anyone else's kids perch on the toilet instead of sitting?
xaminmo: (Khai 2008-05-25 Icing)
"Mom, it is a pain in my buttocks!"
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Notes I took of things Max has said:

2006: "You might watch out for this."

2008: Mineral Ship: 10,000 feet tall and 2500 feet wide, bombs, missiles, smoke blaster, electricity, lasers

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