Visit to Adan’s technology class

Today I went to talk to Adan’s 2nd grade technology class. It was great. I tried to start them early on what open source is and Linux :)

I talked about what I do at Red Hat, a brief explanation of open source and collaboration (working together for the 2nd grade audience). They LOVED the videos:

I got to share how we have as much fun at work and they liked Adan’s picture of him visiting me at work.

Adan wearing Captain Spalding helmet

Adan wearing Captain Spalding helmet

I also talked about the OLPC which they LOVED! I used the Speak activity to show that it can be quite entertaining.

Speak activity

Speak activity

The technology teacher also teaches Spanish, so she was impressed with the ability for the Speak activity to speak Spanish. The children found the videos and OLPC very entertaining. I felt like they had a good time and hopefully they learned a little something in the process.

A special thanks goes out to Greg for loaning me the XO to show off.

Madagascar 2

Grandpop and I took the boys to the movies to see “Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa“. The movie was quite entertaining and I think they did a good job picking up where they left off. The boys were laughing hysterically. It helps a sequel when the original actors are also in it. All of the character voices returned: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, and Sascha Baron Cohen. If you have kids I recommend it.

Can I Borrow $25?

A friend of mine sent this to me via email, I usually don’t pay attention to these, but I really liked this one. I’m thankful that my dad was always home for dinner and why I try to get home to have dinner with my family every night.


A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year
old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: ‘Daddy, may I ask you a question?’
DAD: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the man.
SON: ‘Daddy, how much do you make an hour?’
DAD: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the man
said angrily.
SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?’
DAD: ‘If you must know, I make $50 an hour.’
SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: ‘Daddy, may I please borrow $25?’

The father was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you can
borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march
yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being
so selfish. I don’t work hard every day for such childish frivolities.’ The
little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s
questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After
about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think: Maybe
there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really
didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little
boy’s room and opened the door. ‘Are you asleep, son?’ He asked. ‘No daddy,
I’m awake,’ replied the boy. ‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on
you earlier’ said the man ‘It’s been a long day and I took out my
aggravation on you. Here’s the $25 you asked for.’

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you daddy!’ He yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The
man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The
little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.
‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the father grumbled.

Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied. ‘Daddy,
I have $50 now. Can I buy an
hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have
dinner with you.’

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he
begged for his forgiveness. It’s just a short reminder to all of you working
so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without
having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to
our hearts. Do remember to share that $50 worth of your time with someone
you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily
replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind
will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

From my house to yours

‘The light of God surrounds us.
The love of God enfolds us.
The power of God protects us.
The presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are God is and all is well.’

From my home to yours – enjoy.

Busy weekend

It was a busy weekend, Liz went away for the weekend while I watched the 3 kids. They were actually very well behaved and gave me little to no trouble. I was expecting quite a bit :D We went to their Friday playgroup, afterwards had the kid’s favorite: McDonald’s for dinner. On Saturday, we went to Border’s to get the kid’s some books, I went with the intention to buy Doctor Who Season 2, but didn’t want to pay the $68 for it. I ended up getting a Doctor Who book instead, yeah I’m as surprised as you that I ended up with a book.

In the evenings I spent the time catching up on my sci-fi shows: finished watching Doctor Who Season 4, saw all of Season 1 (I started with Season 2), and I started watching Firefly (thanks robin). I also managed to get 2 patches submitted and accepted to redstone-xmlrpc, and I submitted the package to jpackage for review. Another library I use all the time is jdbcLogDriver written by a former colleague of mine, I got commit access to it this weekend as well. Today I started to shake the dust off zmugfs. I still haven’t been able to add write access to the file system, and the read mode is extremely slow at startup. I need a better algorithm for downloading the photos and caching them.

Adan pulls own tooth

Father’s Day weekend we went to Maryland to attend Liz’ cousin’s wedding, visited my parents and Liz’ parents. The highlight of the trip was Adan pulled out his top tooth while we were driving home on Sunday evening. It was quite exciting.

Memorial weekend update

I had a great Memorial weekend. My parents came down from Maryland to visit on Saturday. That night we went to the Carolina Mudcats game, the weather was perfect warm but not humid and most importantly no  rain.

Sunday my brother and nephew came up from Charlotte. They brought their slip and slide, while not entirely the warmest weather on Sunday, the kids still enjoyed splashing around on it. For dinner that night, I grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and some chicken breasts.

On the last day of the weekend, Monday, my parents left early to avoid traffic (but they still hit it anyway), and we just hung out. The boys watched E.T. – the Extra Terrestrial for the first time, and with all the hype behind the new Indiana Jones movies, we let them watch Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I’m sure they’ll want to watch the other tree to catch up. Maybe near mid June I can take them to see the latest edition. The funny part was that Marco said, “he sounds like Han Solo”, and he mentioned the guy on the new movie, Shia LaBeouf, sounds like Sam from Transformers, which as you may or may not know is the same actor.

Now Tuesday rolled around and I’m back at work and Adan is back at school. Marco is already on summer vacation until late July when he begins kindergarten.

Adan’s tee-ball game

Tonight we went to Adan’s first tee-ball game of the season (technically the second but the first game was rained out). Adan’s favorite time was when he played first base and caught the ball from the pitcher to put the runner out to end the inning. It was an exciting time for all.

Happy Birthday, Liz

Another year younger, and another year wiser. Happy Birthday to my wife who was born on this day. The boys bombarded her this morning with presents and cards. After the boys went to school, we went to have a nice breakfast. Had dinner out tonight at the Olive Garden where we surprised her with the happy birthday celebration and finally went off to Adan’s tee-ball game.