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chuck bear’s first bite

Sarah decides it’s time for Charles to have his first taste of solid food.

Before we feed him this avocado, let’s make our bold predictions about how Chuck Bear will react to his first bite.

Sarah: He’s been curious about food and been watching us eat more and more. I think he’s ready. He’s going to love this avocado and chomp it down like a champ. I’ve been wanting to let him try solid food for a week and you’ve been putting it off. He’s gonna to love it.

Owen: I have been putting it off because I’m guessing we’re going to see tears. He’s going to put a foreign object in his mouth, it will taste strong to him, and he’s going to scrunch up his face and let out a howl.

Ok. Now, let’s see what happens….



Listen Up! Elevator podcast is here.

Putting this podcast out there feels a lot like standing on a high dive platform looking down past my toes at an ice cold pool.

I'm taking the plunge.

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Don’t go, Aereo!

The US Supreme Court ruled today that Aereo, an over-the-air TV broadcast streaming service, violated copyright law by streaming it’s content to paid subscribers.

Aereo bills itself as a DVR meets cloud storage meets netflix where subscribers can pay to rent a tiny antenna and DVR at a local Aereo antenna farm. Subscribers can direct their antenna and DVR to view and record shows over the internet to computers, tablets, and smartphones. More about their service here.

Recording and playback of broadcast content is legal. If it goes over the airwaves, you’re allowed to receive it, view it, record it, and play it back later. Where Aereo walked the fine legal line was on it’s subscription model. According to Aereo, they are selling the ability to record and watch broadcast content, not the content itself. Of course, Aereo’s opponents don’t see it that way. They contend that Aereo is profiting off of copyrighted content by rebroadcasting it.

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turn an old drawer into a photo display

Take a cute baby and add a handy iphone that’s always in your pocket. The result? Lots and lots of photos. What to do with all those photos? It’s a question this old drawer is helping us solve. Read more

We grow, God prunes

trimmersWhen you spend your life working hard to make things happen, you’re tempted to think you’ve earned every good thing you enjoy and deserve every bad thing you suffer.

We achievers miss the real story. Our job is simply to grow. God’s job is to prune that growth — shaping, directing and trimming us into something useful and beautiful. The pressure is off. The credit is his.


i wish we’d all been ready

What do you do to relax? Some people build old wooden ships in a bottle. I record a DC Talk cover from the 90s.

Don’t judge.

Featuring: a larrivee 6-string, a dot deluxe hollow body, piano, some synth, a cajon & some other stuff.

And none of that canned loop nonsense.

lessons Chuck Bear learned last weekend

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