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Four dead people I’d like to meet

4 dead people I’d like to meet on 12seconds.tv I love 12seconds.tv, and I’ll be SO happy when the site is more stable and doesn’t crash my browser every time I use it. Of course, it could be user error as well. Nah. Anyway, if you have a webcam or video-enabled smartphone (I so want […]

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Lucky Number Philosophy

The Maker: I have 11 lucky numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 5632. Dad: Hm. Is someone who has eleven lucky numbers luckier than someone who has ten lucky numbers? The Maker: No. Dad:Is someone who has eleven lucky numbers luckier than someone who only has one lucky number? […]

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ten sentences in 24 hours

The Maker created a bit of a stir this week. He had a homeschool assignment to copy ten sentences of his choice from the book of his choice as a writing exercise. One might think, since he’s done this routinely before, that this would be a non-remarkable thing. One would be wrong. Book: The Great […]

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False Hippo Intelligence

The Maker: So what do hippos eat? The Husband: Hippos are herbivores. That means they eat grass and river weeds and stuff. Me: And fish, they eat fish. The Husband: They do not eat fish, they’re herbivores. Me: They DO eat fish! Remember the poem? “See the handsome hippopotamus / Wading on the river-bottomus / […]

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Lincoln’s man purse

The other day I pulled some documents out of my slim, black, laptop-only carrying case and was surprised by the Maker’s delighted exclamation, “Just like Abe Lincoln’s hat!” Rather than look like an utterly unschooled idiot, I kept my peace and googled it as soon as he left the room. It’s true! Abe Lincoln stored […]

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digital false alarm

Last week I heard the First, age 12, discussing his YouTube video upload of “Runescape Ownage” (as in “Dude, I totally owned that level!”). I got really excited, thinking that one of the coming-of-age-in-the-new-millennium milestones had just been reached, and that he had finally learned not JUST how to record online gaming action with a […]

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tragedy

You know all those people whose well-insured million-dollar houses burned down in California? The Husband and I were commenting on the media people who kept referring to the loss of these houses as a “tragedy” (links too numerous to list here). NPR aired a long story about a writer guy who “braved the flames” of […]

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why men are wonderful

A few months ago I decided I would like to lose five pounds. More recently I got started on the project in earnest. As the weight began to come off, I noticed a cool benchmark in the process I hadn¬ít thought of before. “I’ve decided to get the ‘6’ out of the ten’s place in […]

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