Photo Finish

Squiggle's daycare was creating emergency kits for each child. One of the things they asked the parents to supply was pictures of themselves. That way, if there was a natural disaster, and the child was separated from his caregivers, he could at least find comfort in seeing them in a photograph. It's embarrassing how long we agonized over this. We

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Bradys, Half Off

Sony has launched the Minisode Network, a new service airing abridged versions of classic 70's an 80's TV shows. Here is a selection of the programs, which have been given new titles that better reflect the scaled-back subject matter. One's CompanyGreen YardageAnecdotes of LifeThe Odd SingleThe Eight Hundred and Fifty Dollar ManFantasy Landing StripNarcissistic JoanieWho's the Middle-Manager?Space: 1973Married ... And

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Speedboat

Today on the radio I heard an advertisement for "The 32nd Annual America's Cup." I misunderstood what they meant, though, and was, like, "Shit, man: I don't give a rat's ass about sailing, but I'll watch it if they've really figured out a way to condense the thing into 30 seconds."

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Sick Leave

Sorry for the lack of posts, but I've been sick as a dog. If you scour my previous entries, you may craftily deduce the identity of the infecter.

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Pa-mit

Father's Day fell on Friday in the Baldwin household this year. Squiggle was sitting in my lap as I read stories, kind of leaning against me listlessly, as he had been feeling under the weather all day and had eaten very little. Then, without preamble, he leaned over and gave me my gift early: BLAAARGH! Awww. He made it himself--how

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Games: Power Grid

A few years ago I stopped buying new games, and decided instead to concentrate on picking up those classics that, for one reason or another, I'd neglected to pick up when they were new. Through the Desert, Ra, Mu & More, and the like. And yet, despite its reputation as the third most highly rated modern game, I held off

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Mad Tausig Vs the Interplanetary Puzzling Peace Patrol

Hey, great news! My pal Goopymart--the guy with whom I collaborated on Files Are Not For Sharing--just illustrated a new book: Mad Tausig Vs the Interplanetary Puzzling Peace Patrol. Actually, two (count 'em: two) of my friends were involved in the creation of this book, as another buddy of mine, Darkpony is a co-author. Sweet. The book is full of

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Pet Peeves

Hey Science, thanks for the hypoallergenic cats. That's terrific, really. High fives all around. But hey, small request? While you're in there messing around with meow-meow genes, could you also program them NOT TO INCESSANTLY MEW AT 6:17 IN THE MORNING???! Because that would be great. Thirty bonus points if you can apply the process to existing cats, so we

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