Monday, July 28, 2008

Good Search

I recently found a very cool, and easy, way to raise money for your favorite charity. Instead of using Google (which I use religiously) or Yahoo as your primary search engine, use and they will donate to the charity of your choice (I'm supporting our local DS organization) based on the number of searches you do. I'll bet I can raise at least 5 - 7 cents a day based on how much work I do online. (That's over $200 a year). You can raise even more if you shop through their, which has links to most online stores like Amazon and Target.

Check it out.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

More home videos

Walking around the neighborhood, enjoying the summer with the kids.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Depth of field

I have a little cheap camcorder (on the left) that takes the worst footage but is so convenient. Tonight I was determined to create a camcorder that was both easy to take with us (unlike my professional camera) and also captures good footage. I went to the hardware and camera store and for about $25 of PVC and fittings, made a rough depth-of-field adaptor. I got the wrong kind of focusing screen so I have a "dot" right in the middle of every shot, but when I exchange it tomorrow, I think I'll be pleased with the final results.

I shot all this footage a couple of hours ago in front of my office.

Five Minutes for Special Needs

I've been asked to contribute a monthy post to the brand new website, Five Minutes for Special Needs. I think it's a super valuable site for parents to find others who are going through similar experiences and to stay connected. Hope you drop in.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Documentary group at sea

My buddy John with Nat. Geo. is on a Navy ship filming for three weeks. He and I started a Doc Group a few years ago, and he's showing the films on the ship. First documentary group on a Navy ship at sea...

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Monday, July 07, 2008


Ian went in for his fifth hearing test today. Big fat F. Guess who's getting tubes in two weeks? I said, "GUESS WHO'S GETTING TUBES IN TWO WEEKS?"

Sunday, July 06, 2008

New Office

I'm super excited about finally moving into my own office. I still have my day job, but am working on making my own business viable. I completely redesigned the website over the weekend; check it out here at I eventually also would like to offer some videos that address certain Down syndrome issues. My office is about a hundred yards away from our apartment, convenient to say the least. Silvi and I went and grabbed a few shots of it a minute ago.
My office is on the second floor, looking toward our little downtown area.

Famous Dave's restaurant is right around the corner, as is our little coffee shop.

From my office window, I look down on the main steet of Linden Hills.

Friday, July 04, 2008

My parents and Star Wars

My Mom has always been a huge fan of Star Wars, so last night for their forty-second wedding anniversary we treated them to the exhibition here in town with all the original props and costumes from the films. Here's a few pictures: