Web Round Up

I read all week; I share with you; you read what sound good. Easy enough, lets get started:

  • Remember last week’s tickets for TV watching time? Someone’s made available a set for you to print out.  Available in a variety of colors and for 30 or 60 minute blocks. I’m not sure yet if we’ll use them; the kids are really good about not complaining when I tell them to go play after they’ve been in front of the TV for too long.
  • The Baby Name Wizard lets you see names usage over time.  Brian peaked in the 1970s at 8th most popular, but has been in decline ever since. Surprisingly, Meron, Estifanos, and Yordanos didn’t make the top 1000 in any decade (for the US). 🙂
  • William’s son gives a restroom play by play.
  • CrazyD inspires you to do more with less.

Only 4 this week. I had a research intensive commentary to write for The Fool, so I’ve been flying through the feed reader…skimming if I’m lucky, so if I missed a good post of yours, that’s probably the reason.


It’s an all Parent Hacks week at the web round up (I found all of these there). I’m not sure how that happened, but at least I don’t have to hat tip them each time:

  • On line coloring book.  Won’t teach them how to color in the lines (it fills in one section at a time), but it’s good for learning how to use a mouse.
  • With a name like Happy to be Nappy, how can you not want to watch (you’ll need HBO or to go buy the DVD, available at Amazon).
  • Our kids are usually good about not complaining when we turn off the TV to limit the time in front of the tube, but this ticket idea is really good. It also might help in the “what we watch” negotiations, since the kid that picks the shows will have to pay.
  • Check out these cool lofted beds made from an Ikea bunk bed.  It would be nice if they had better directions or more pictures, but if you’re inclined to build it, you can probably figure out how to do it.
  • Push the shopping cart backwards. You’re kids will feel like they’re driving.

BTW, court went fine; pictures on Monday.

Crazy week, but I still found plenty of good stuff to share with you:

Also Mary’s giving away 2 of Bono’s books about Africa (the other give away is here).  And my first post on The Motley Fool is up (might require you to give them an e-mail address).  If you like it, hit the recommend button.  I doubt they’ll pay me more for it, but at least I’ll get some feedback since they don’t have a comments section.

I’m a little stressed right now. On Wednesday, I opened my e-mail and found an e-mail containing (amongst others) the following lines:

As it so happens I’m looking for qualified people to write about biotech companies to expand our coverage.


If you’re at all interested in writing for us let me know and we can get the ball rolling.

Now if that doesn’t sound like a job offer, I don’t know what is. I was flattered and elated (and quite frankly a little shocked). It’s no secrete that I’d like to get out of the lab (it’s even in the about section of my other blog, which is why he contacted me). After an e-mail exchange discussing the time commitment and pay (Answers: could be full or part time and it depends), I got an e-mail that I need to fill out an application that goes to the managing editor.  I guess this isn’t a done deal after all.

Thursday morning I filled it out (including a sample article…as if my blog isn’t one big resume) and hit the submit button….SERVER ERROR (good thing I copied everything into a word document). Switch browser, fill everything out again…..SERVER ERROR…OK it’s probably not a problem on my end. E-mail the editor. He says to just send the sample article and my resume (I guess I wasted a lot of time coming up with witty answers to questions like, “What’s your favorite financial publications and why?”

And here I sit 24 hours since I sent in the e-mail…checking my e-mail 2 or 3 times an hour…checking Google Analytics to see if anyone from the town their headquarters is in has visited my blog. I jump every time my cell phone rings. It’s just like when we were waiting for our referral call.

Oh and did I mention that the contract that Susan’s company has with the county is up for re-bid, so we don’t know if she has a job after June 1st. They were supposed to find out last week, then this week, now she just found out that they will probably not know for at least 2 more weeks.

Any prayers you can spare would be greatly appreciated.


And so on with the top 5 things I think you should read (reduced to 4 because I was busy writing a sample article for the application):

  • Another reason Dads should read to their kids.
  • An easy to make construction set made from PVC pipe. I’m a little afraid that it will result in kids hitting each other with the pipes, but Estifanos is into building things and puzzles right now, so we might give this a try. (Hat tip: Parent Hacks)
  • Child abuse as reported by The Onion. 95% of kids report “…abuses ranging from less severe offenses, such as children being denied snacks just before dinner, to more egregious, long-term cases of neglect, such as never ever getting what they want, ever.” (Hat tip: Stroller Derby)
  • 4 ways to make a bad job good (not that my job is all that bad) Hat tip: Lifehacker.

Back to checking my e-mail.  What time do you think they leave on Friday afternoon, so I can relax until Monday?

It’s Friday already and I’ve got some good stuff for you to read, look at, and do. Enjoy:

  • I don’t usually put quotes in this series (I figure my endorsement and description is enough to convince you to read it…or not), so you know that this is a must read, especially if you’re thinking about adopting:

    She did not seem to care if we were good parents, had a tidy home study done, were properly fingerprinted, had taken the mandatory training classes, or that we were white Americans. She just wanted to know if could help — if we could do something for the girl.

  • Someone’s started a Digg/Redit/Stumled Upon for parents. It could be good for both bloggers and readers since you can find links to all the best posts by parents under one roof….assuming people actually submit and vote for posts. By the way, hit the box with the number of votes to vote for an item (hint hint).
  • Playing Shoots and Ladders driving you crazy?  Here’s some board game alternatives.
  • A life size whale. Don’t worry if you don’t have a big enough monitor, it will only show you part of it.  It’s rather relaxing if you watch it long enough.
  • Gardening may lift your mood due to good bacteria in the soil (hat tip Path to Freedom.

A sick kid really cuts into your blog reading time.  But during my limited computer time, here’s what I found for you to read (Easter dying tonight is cutting into the time for commentary on the links; enjoy them none the less):

Enjoy your holiday.

Man it’s been a hard week; it’s short on commentary, but the same quality reads none the less:

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