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Since You've Been Gone

All Gone

To everyone who now has Kelly Clarkson stuck in your head, you're welcome. (I know what it is you see, for it is in my mind also.)

Thanks largely to last year's 365 project, I posted a record 382 entries here on the old blog in 2012. So it feels strange that this is only my third post for 2013--and I missed February entirely!

What the heck happened to me? Life!

  • The first half of January was dominated by CodeMash and the eight-hour Django tutorial that I helped put on.
  • Mid-January through mid-March were consumed by preparations for the half-day web app security tutorial that I presented at PyCon.
  • I've also been crazy-busy preparing for and running our company's annual Hack Day event. We did a whole secret agent theme, going so far as to produce some extremely low-budget but nonetheless epic video segments in the style of the Bond films. Our audio team even made us a theme song, which I'm not ashamed to admit I enjoyed playing on a loop on my phone while I walked around the office in a tuxedo during the event.
  • I've been building lots of Legos with my daughter! She rocks the Lego Friends sets on her own, and helps me with my Star Wars and Lord of the Rings sets.
  • Speaking of Lego Lord of the Rings, I kind of got hooked playing the Xbox version. So good...
  • I got a RaspberryPi at PyCon! So the kiddo and I have built a case for it out of her spare Legos, and I've shown her a little bit of Python and Scratch. Now we need to find a project, because she's really excited about building something with it. (Thanks, PyCon!)
  • I made a little URL shortener for my pirn.at domain before I realized that bit.ly does it all for free and then some. That's okay. It gave me a chance to learn about Flask. I'll probably write a little bit more about it at some point later.
  • I made a little RSS-to-Twitter gizmo to automatically tweet links to my blog, using my pirn.at shortener for links. I'll probably write a little bit about it too.
  • I got all excited at PyCon and made PythonIpsum, a lorem ipsum generator with a Python-flavored vocabulary. Patches welcome!
  • I've been bitten by the site refresh bug and have started tinkering on a responsive-ish layout so that this place won't look so daft on a phone.
  • I've got a photography backlog from CodeMash and PyCon that I hope to address shortly. And then I want to get back to shooting regularly (though I've got a case of gear fever, so right now I'm mostly obsessing about which lens I'd like to pick up).
  • The kiddo and I have been watching Clone Wars and Dr. Who together. She's been really enjoying watching them with me, and I've really enjoyed helping to counter the influence of the Princess Industrial Complex.

In short--death by bullet points! Hopefully with the big conference season behind me, I'll get back into the swing of things shortly and won't be quite so much of a stranger here.

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362/365: Making Connections

362/365: Making Connections

Claire demonstrates one of the projects from her Snap Circuits kit that we built together. She's a little young for it, but she's definitely enjoying the process of discovery. The set is well-made and offers a lot of interesting possibilities (the included book contains over 180 projects!). We did six projects over an hour or two, so it should give us plenty of great father-daughter science time.

Three days to go!!

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359/365: Anticipation

359/365: Anticipation

Claire decided that instead of cookies, this year we'd leave maple bacon donuts for Santa Claus. (Santa wholeheartedly approves, by the way.) So we zipped over to Peace, Love, and Little Donuts and picked up a box, and I got my photo on.

I've started locking down pictures of Claire again, so you'll get a few extra shots of her being ridiculously photogenic if you're flagged as either a friend or family member once you've clicked through.

Six! Days! To! Go! And Christmas in the morning, woo-hoo!

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339/365: Wonderland

339/365: Wonderland

Every year, we make sure we visit the neighborhood of "music streets" (all named for famous composers) to look at Christmas lights. One of the houses in particular is our favorite--they have an epic display every year with tens of thousands of lights, the sort of thing you can see from the highway, glowing brightly in the night.

To me, the best part about it is seeing how Claire is so captivated.

26 days to go...

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310/365: Journey's End

310/365: Journey's End

Once upon a time, I started reading The Lord of the Rings to my daughter at bedtime (at her request, I should add). I'm overflowingly proud to report that at long last, our journey is complete! I'm really pleased by how much she loved having the story read to her. She's about hobbit-sized right now, so she really identifies well with Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin. She's also been fascinated by looking at the maps with me (we talk about where everyone is and the path they've taken along the way). She opted out of the Appendices for now, which I think is all right, though I may try to sell her on the tale of Arwen and Aragorn at some point.

Her next request? "Daddy, now that we're finished with Lord of the Rings, I think there are more Harry Potter books. Can we do one of those?"

She's the best.

55 days to go!

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