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"Murphy was an optimist!"

From the mouths of babes December 10, 2016 6:52 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad, Pets
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Me: "Goddammit, quit stepping on the cats!"
(Probably not the most constructive statement in the moment)

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Yes, I used a spreadsheet December 2, 2016 8:46 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Of Being Dad, Sex, Touchy Subjects
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After 16 years, I have finally figured out when I can and cannot ask my wife for a special dates. Data is beautiful!

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A quick disclaimer about social media and live events November 29, 2016 10:11 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Daily Life, Of Interest
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A quick disclaimer about social media and live events.

I recognize that the chance for some of the information I’m distributing could be inaccurate. For example, Arrowmont having burned…we now have pictures that most of the structures are still standing.

I hope most people know that social media brings awareness at the sacrifice of accuracy. Our sharing of information is second or third hand and anecdotal. I am 45 minutes to an hour and a half away from the fires. I am not witnessing any of this first hand.
The choice between posting these things is one of awareness versus accuracy. I’d rather put it out there and have people know what’s going on and what is at stake and make corrections later. I am not always good about including words like “second hand” and “unconfirmed” I think that’s all implied right now.

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And the vacation comes to a close…with a missing sweater November 28, 2016 7:27 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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I thought today would be a perfect day to wear my favorite cashmere sweater. Unfortunately, it has gone missing. Hopefully, I find it in the car. Sorta defines these past two weeks. See, I’ve been on a working vacation. That would be two weeks off of the day job to solely focus on the side job. It was a wonderful vacation. Had plenty of positive experiences (mostly centered around family fun), some negative (my 11-year-old received frostbite on his fingertips and I felt like a cad), and good progress on my project (albeit, the intention was to have it completed before this morning…it isn’t).

My vacation plans had been this: Do everything in my power to finish my side project BEFORE the vacation began. Spend the vacation working on the house and spending time with my family. Unfortunately, software doesn’t always cooperate. I’m very close to having it wrapped up. My software muse is in good spirits. Let the code flow!

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Humbug November 27, 2016 2:55 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Christmas, Daily Life, Holiday
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The older I become, the more I appreciate Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Oddities of Adulthood November 22, 2016 1:27 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Adulting: Spending $1200 to save $1700.

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From the mouths of babes November 21, 2016 12:17 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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Is your pet a healthy weight?

Context: Evan, our 11 year old, helped me drop one of the cats off at the veterinarian for a comprehensive exam last Wednesday. Behind the scale is this sign. Recently, both our 12 year old and 9 year old German Shepherds died.

Evan, 11 years old, studies the sign: "Dad, I think our next dog should be a three, four, or five."
Me: "Evan, that’s not a menu."

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That time of the day November 11, 2016 6:08 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Time to take my evening dose of Phokital.

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Trump is going to ruin this country November 11, 2016 9:43 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Reading Trump’s first 100 day plan made me physical ill. He’s going to set this country back 50 years.

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From the mouths of babes November 5, 2016 9:49 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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Me: "Alexa, play the Ramones."
Alexa: *jams*
Groggy 11 year old Evan walks into the room: "Dad, could you turn down the music?"
Me: "What are you guys doing?"
Evan: "Sleeping…"

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Living right November 3, 2016 9:07 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Tomorrow’s dinner was cooked tonight!

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Story of my life October 2, 2016 8:55 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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On a tight deadline tonight with too much to accomplish. So what happens? Computer freezes, reboots, runs slow, iPhone apps causing me grief, Amazon FireHD running slow…nothing is working! Argh.

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RIP Narrative September 27, 2016 11:55 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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The Narrative camera was a pre-purchase, Kickstarter style, project I backed. I was in early and really enjoyed the product. It started as a very small, light weight and durable wearable camera which took a 5 megapixel photograph every 30 seconds. Eventually we were able to change the time to as little as every 10 seconds. The battery would last all day and captured numerous candid and awesome photos of scouting events and my daily life. I particularly enjoyed wearing the camera, forgetting about it, immersing myself in the event, and later enjoying great photos to enhance my memory. As for the durability, I once had the camera fall off my shirt and ran over it with a pallet jack pushing it along the concrete 3 feet before realizing it was under the wheel. Barely a scratch! The Narrative really is a great product. It’s a shame the company failed. Maybe GoPro will pick them up.

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Forwhat? September 24, 2016 8:52 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Seriously, does anyone use Foursquare anymore?

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I see the solution September 18, 2016 9:43 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Night ruined because I tried to help someone. I see the solution to the problem. I should quit trying to help people. "Not my problem."

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