Archive for the ‘The Kids’ Category

Remember Scotty’s remark about his nephew in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? (No, of course you don’t.) Scotty explains to Kirk, after an inappropriately emotional response by Midshipman Preston: “My sister’s youngest, Admiral. Crazy to get to space.” “Come on, R2, we’re going.” Although I never pursued a career as an astronaut, I […]

Dance Macadam

Posted: 1st March 2011 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Home Life, Naomi, Photos, The Kids

Naomi had been very, very sick for almost 10 days—double ear and ear canal infections, that we finally got under control. Even though she stayed home from school, she hadn’t had a fever all day, and I let her go to ballet. (Isaac took care of her while I was at work—my first day back […]

There’s something fascinating about zombies, and a current cultural meme seems to have made them even more popular than the silly idea that the world will end in 2012. (One of the most popular video games around now is the second installment of Left 4 Dead, called Left 4 Dead 2, which is a teamwork-based […]

NaNi: While I was getting ready to go to work this morning, Naomi stood in front of the refrigerator, and said, “Dad, watch what I have learned.” She opened the refrigerator, and demonstrated how she could press the switch in the front to turn the refrigerator light off. She proudly announced, “I figured out how […]

A couple of weeks ago marked a watershed moment in MMORPGs: Star Trek Online wrapped up its mostly-open-beta program, and went live with its early-access-for-preorders launch. Delighted with the quality of the game, we sprung for a lifetime membership, which is approximately as costly as paying per-month for a year and a half. (I wish […]

Ethnicity Conundrum

Posted: 1st February 2010 by LegoDoug in Family Members, Home Life, Isaac, Politics, The Kids

We ran into this problem when registering Naomi for kindergarten, and now, changes in government regulation require Isaac’s school to provide this information as well. According to the school: The school is no longer allowed to report race as “not reported.” This means we are required to report your child’s race starting with the 2009-2010 […]

Halo Warthog Cake

Posted: 16th January 2010 by LegoDoug in David, Family Members, Geekdom, Home Life, Naomi, Nichelle, Photos, The Kids

Nichelle has been experimenting with making custom cakes for the kid’s birthdays. Like most things she attempts, she’s done great right out of the box. She invented some cool new techniques this time, and I was able to lend some engineering expertise. Halo “Warthog” Cake, made by Nichelle. Halo “Warthog” Cake, made by Nichelle, with […]

I just received this from the Academy of Science and Design, where I teach robotics, and where Isaac attends: As almost all of you probably know, New Hampshire is facing major budget issues. The New Hampshire State Senate is currently trying to grapple with the deteriorating situation as state incoming revenue declines. This week, an […]

Naomi’s Improv Ballet

Posted: 18th March 2009 by LegoDoug in Family Members, Home Life, Naomi, Photos, The Kids

NaNi (now age 5), loves to dance. After her ballet class, while another group was rehearsing for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” she improvised this. Toward the end you can see her looking into the studio room to see what the older students are doing in their rehearsal. Naomi studies Ballet at Gate City Ballet, in […]

Since the school year began, I’ve been teaching Lego Robotics two morning’s a week at Isaac’s new school, the Academy for Science and Design Chartered Public School, in Merrimack New Hampshire. Many of you know I’ve been teaching Lego Robotics twice a week at the Academy for Science and Design, in Merrimack, N.H. As a […]