My idea of a good time: coding on a Linux computer

Lately my idea of fun has been firmly rooted in coding, and playing around with Linux.

We’re planning to buy our son a new Linux PC after passing his (and before him, my) old Linux PC to our daughter.

I’m very tempted to extend my loan of my personal MacBook Air to him, and but myself a new laptop to install Linux on, and use that to explore what’s possibly my latest midlife crisis.

This article about Jason Evangelho’s switch to Linux just reinforces my temptation/idea.

Canonical’s Ubuntu seems to command a lot of mindshare when it comes to desktop Linux, so that was my next stop. I went through the same paces: download to a USB stick, boot up to the “Live” version of Ubuntu 18.04 (which includes 5 years of security patches and updates), have a look around, click “Install.” Ubuntu presented me with several options for partitioning the internal SSD, including blasting the entire drive. Tempting! I was feeling lucky so I took the plunge.

The heaviest object in the universe and other parenthood moments

All those parenthood moments

Just when you think you are the only parent who has to deal with ridiculous parenthood moments, you find posts like this that reassure you that you are not alone …

I had this conversation with our kids about two weeks ago:

This, of course, is a classic:

This is a daily occurrence in our home:

There are so many more of these gems but I have work to do and my daughter is going to start wonder why Daddy is laughing so much and what it has to do with her and her brother …

Check out How to Be a Dad for more. It is my new favourite parenting site!

Image credit: Eskimo kissing by Caroline Hernandez

Alanis Morissette performs fun, updated “Ironic” lyrics

Alanis Morissette

You may remember Alanis Morissette‘s great release, “Ironic”, which she released back in 1997 on her album, Jagged Little Pill. Here is the music video if you don’t:

Morissette teamed up with late night talk show host, James Corden, in November 2015 to perform a 21st century update of her classic song and it is awesome:

I noticed the new version on Facebook last night (it’s doing the rounds for some reason) and I really enjoyed it. One of the things I like about the track is that it shows how playful Alanis Morissette seems to be. That playfulness is fantastic to see as a fan.

As much as I enjoy her music, my favourite memory of Alanis Morissette is her very brief performance as G-d in Dogma. That was a fun scene!

A gentle bedtime story from Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner read a gentle bedtime story for kids that almost all parents will love because it speaks our truths at that late hour. This is probably essential reading for the 21st century parent:

Just in case you were wondering (or have been living in a science station in Antarctica for 6 years), the book is very real:

Go the Fuck to Sleep

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A simple trick for more shocking headlines

shocking headlines
It begins …

After spending so much time thinking about more effective headlines for articles, this is great!

Source: xkcd

My wake-up call to play more with our kids

One of my friends gave me a long overdue wake-up call to play more with our kids recently. I was at a local park with our kids, along with my friend and his boys. We started playing some sort of Israeli version of “Tag” (at least what I understand the game to be) where one person has to touch one of the others playing the game, who then becomes “it”.

It was fun and it was different to what I usually do at the park with our kids. I tend to see an outing to the park as either an opportunity to crash in the open air and relax or follow our kids around on their bikes teaching them to ride. Running around dodging kids trying to grab me was actually a lot of fun, even though it also reminded me that I’m not as agile as I thought I was (I landed on my butt at least once).

As we were about to leave, my friend said to me:

You should play more often with your kids, they love it. I used to do it all the time with my boys.

At first, I was a bit taken aback. For one thing I didn’t think that I was one of those parents who didn’t play with my kids. Of course I did, didn’t I? When I thought about it I realised that I tend to resist playing with them for some or other reason. Usually it is because my idea of park downtime means emulating the trees rather than running, jumping and swinging with seemingly superhuman energy.

I also started to feel more than a little ashamed that I had failed to realise that my role as a Dad is to play with my kids, not just watch them play by themselves. I can be selfish when it comes to my downtime and this experience gave me an “when I am on my deathbed one day I won’t wish I spent less time playing with my kids and more time sitting on my butt on the sidelines” epiphany.

Our kids loved that I played with them, even if it was only for a short time. They really loved seeing their Dad try dodge them and fall down. It also felt pretty good to be more active (also helpful to keep my Diabetes under control too). I started feeling the need to get over my default laziness and play with them, at the very least to face my usual lethargy with some vigour.

I’m fortunate to have a few friends who are great Dads. They always seem to be so actively involved in their kids’ lives, doing stuff with them and making time for them. I have many moments when I feel like I can do so much better at this Dad thing than I have been. Our kids deserve a Dad who will play more with them and finding the balance in my life to give them what they deserve feels pretty challenging at times.

I remember thinking that marrying Gina in my early 30s was a good age because it meant that when we had kids, I’d still be young enough to keep up with them and play with them. Now, at 40, my body protests a bit more than it used to but I was right. I just have to get off my butt and start doing that.

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Gravitational Waves are now following you

I had to see what xkcd had to say about the recent confirmation of Einstein’s gravity waves. Funny!

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A Dachshund blizzard to start your day

I’m a big fan of Dachshunds so this video was a great start to my day and my week (our working week begins on Sunday here in Israel).

Via my wife (also a fan)