Friday, December 24, 2004

Also Energy Efficiency

Something I will also add to this blog is some thoughts on energy efficiency at home.

Triple fold Cellular blinds are great at keeping in the heat but I have found that you do need to open the blinds for an hour or so if the humidity id high or a layer of ice builds up on the inside of the window. This is not a big deal just make sure that the window is letting in some light which will warm the house as well.

This is a good thing since it shows that while it is cold on the window side the blind is keeping it out of your rooms.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

A New Direction

I have not really been doing much with this blog as I have been spending much of my time with my other blog

And this one has been suffering because it lacks focus. So I am going to focus this blog mostly on education. While the public school system is good at what it does, I don't think that it is the best thing for my children.

I want my children to know certain things:
Literacy: English, Mathematics, History, Art, Science.
Practical Knowledge: Cooking, Laundry, Car care, Home Maintenance, banking skills, First Aid skills.
Activities: Being part of a team, playing a sport, learning a musical instrument, public speaking, building something useful,
Qualities: Being charitable, respectful, gracious, self-assured, reflective, and proactive.

There are a thousand details to be worked out and refined but there are lots of helps out there that I will be looking at and reporting on here.

Monday, December 13, 2004

The Incredibles

We saw "The Incredibles" over the weekend with some friends for his birthday and it is a blast of a movie.
It really isn't aimed at out kids, it is a little intense for a preschooler, but we had a great time.

The premise is really rather cool: superheros have to go underground as they have been sued to keep them from helping people who don't want to be helped. They live ordinary lives with ordinary jobs, obviously that won't work in the long run but it is funny to watch them cope.

The best part about the movie is that the story and characters are really strong, they really speak to me and my friends. Watching how these characters cope with very difficult situations is very hard to watch sometimes as it is very serious and funny as things fall apart around them.

As the mom is trying to explain to her son that "everyone is special" which he takes to mean "that nobody is," she forgot to mention that it is in different ways that we are each special. I am sure that the kids weren't the smartest in school or the best at weightlifting or something like that. Being special in different ways is what makes us strong as long as we recognize that and find what we are special at. If we are not doing what we are best at we will be as unhappy as Joe is in his day job.

I don't know if this is something they have improved but I noticed is that they seemed to put a lot of work into the hair of each character. Even the wet hair looked like wet hair. Maybe I was just sensitive to it because my wife did her hair really well that night but we'll find out for sure in the DVD commentaries.

This is another movie that makes me want to get the DVD to hear the commentaries and explanations about what they did. I think the LOTR DVDs have spoiled me but I really like a good commentary to a DVD, to listen too during the movie. I turn closed captioning so I know what is going on.

Something that is never resolved is what happened to the supervillians while the superheros are in relocation?