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Clever and Lazy is Best

“I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!”
— General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord

the blue bear pants

What’s cuter than Chuck Bear? Chuck Bear wearing his blue overalls with the bear patch on the front. Our little teddy bear is already 8 months old and as spirited as ever.


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.



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