Honorable IT Degree

Today while waiting for Kamryn to get out of school, I was discussing technology with a friend and the importance of keeping our kids technologically savvy.  Neither of us were rushing out to buy our 5 year old daughters smart phones or The New iPad, but we agreed they should at least be exposed to that sort of applied science because we’re not going to suddenly decide that the Commodore 64 was really all we needed.

I started thinking about how reluctant I am to get new electronics.  I don’t have a problem with change in most cases, but my cheapness can prove to be quite limiting when it comes to spending hundreds of dollars on something only to have it become practically obsolete within a year.  I am definitely more concerned with saving money than I am with having outdated computers.

I took one computer class in college and the only thing I remembered from it was that the US Government does not own the domain name, thewhitehouse.com.  Many people type in .com instead of .gov expecting to learn more about our President’s home and get directed to this.

It’s interesting that a page for dates with Russian women come up. That seems like a logical next search after learning about the White House.

Because of my affinity for saving money, I have tried and actually succeeded in fixing some of my electronics.  Many, many years ago I took apart my cassette deck because it kept eating my tapes.  I was able to get everything back together, but it kept eating my tapes.  This was one of many in a series of attempted repairs on my things.

The commonality in all of my dissections was that I truly did not believe that any of them would work.  Then, if by some miracle, it did work, it was a very happy surprise for me.  I have had some great successes, like installing a new hard drive in my laptop along with all of the drivers to get it running.  I’m still using the same laptop 3 years later.  Others were huge fails that left me frustrated and with a lot of wasted hours.

A couple of months ago I started having trouble with my phone.  My 3G connection was gone and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it back.  Everything else worked fine on my phone so I assumed there was an issue with Verizon’s service.  I stopped in one of the Verizon stores and asked if there was an issue with their 3G service and after an hour in the store with the Verizon guy trying to get it working, he told me he would have a new phone sent to me.  Nice.

Yesterday, I noticed the same damn thing happening with my phone.  Fearing user error, I decided to do some research online to see if there were any solutions.  I found quite a few forums with people having the same problem as me and nearly 1 billion different solutions that each person claimed to have “worked for me!”  I started randomly trying some of the suggestions and after about 8 unistalls, restarts and upgrades, I have my 3G back!

Yeah, you can just call me Nick Burns.

Crafting With Kids

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day next week, I thought I would have Kamryn make her Valentine Box this afternoon.  I saw this on Pinterest last week and it was the inspiration I needed.

Cereal Box Valentine Holder from plaidonline.com.

I wasn’t going to duplicate this exact box, but basically, just the idea of a cereal box.  I am horrible of thinking of alternative uses for things.  Anyway, we had just finished a box of Peanut Butter Cheerios.  Did you even know they made these?  I saw a box as well as about 10 other types of Cheerios that I knew nothing about at Target a couple of weeks ago.  They don’t beat Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, but seriously, I say that like’s it’s even possible that there would be a cereal that could beat Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch.

I’m way off topic.  Like I said, I was going to have Kamryn make her Valentine Box.  I have a tendency to get her really excited about crafting with me only to Nick Burns (Your Company’s Computer Guy, SNL) her out of the way and do it myself.  Rory was snoopin’ around and so I came up with a brilliant idea.  I would make a mini model out of a fruit snack box for Rory and this would let me practice the cutting part.  Do you understand what I just said?  I was making a prototype for my daughter’s Valentine’s Box!  Instead of admitting insanity, I’m going to say that I’m just feeling especially dedicated today.  I had a personal best on my run this morning, I’m making some very involved gyros for dinner tonight and I have finished the laundry for the week.

We started off with our cereal and fruit snack boxes.  I wrapped them in red wrapping paper and then was going to “allow” the kids to decorate them any way they wanted. Instead, it was more like this:

Rory being allowed to do as he pleases with the model. He stabbed it with a pencil multiple times and then covered it in stickers.

Where I found Kamryn....

as I was doing this.

See, I had to pin the corners of the hole that I had cut out of the box so I knew were to cut the “X” through the wrapping paper and fold the pieces back.

And here is the finished product:

I swear on all that is holy that Kamryn did all of the decorating.  She wanted me to hot glue the decorations on so they wouldn’t fall off, but I told her to put them where she wanted first.  You may think I moved them but I didn’t.  She said “You know what this is?  It’s symmetrical.”  Yes, it is, Kamryn, yes it is.

Now to do something about the Cheerios you can see inside the box!