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"Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" Is Playing At Our House

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Being a parent is scary. Starting from essentially a blank slate, you are required to take a new human life, keep it alive, and teach it to function in society. Before , I never considered the now-daunting concept of teaching someone with a 50-75 word vocabulary how to use a toilet.

But there is a reason people do it, outside of Darwinian survival. That fear and self-doubt is the entry fee for some of the most rewarding experiences I can think of. Kids pick up things you don't, or that you demonstrate unintentionally. And they know what they like, and form these opinions far earlier than I initially expected.

So when our toddler asked unprompted to play "my house" during dinner, my heart exploded with joy. Usually, song requests in our house involve wheels on buses, or rain going away, or some variation on a standard that stars Elmo. But during our drive-time commute dance parties, I control the radio. And I understood immediately that this request was for Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, the first track from the eponymous debut of LCD Soundsystem. The seed is now taking root.

So I want to thank James Murphy for teaching my son how to say the following words and phrases:

  • huh-OW-OW! (the open)
  • my house
  • ropes
  • cases
  • garage
  • set them up (ooo ooo ye-ah)
  • SOLO!
  • let them go!
  • DOWN-TOWN

If you would like to celebrate with me, here is a link to the album version:

I risk a todder fit if I switch it up, but I prefer the live cut:

 

i saw this quote yesterday, and didn't even need to see the photo to know what it looked like http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/mike-pence-is-a-fucking-joke-1794495680

 

I've got $40 for the first Gofundme to purchase Senator Todd Young's browsing history http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/23/15026666/senate-broadband-privacy-rules-congressional-review-act-fcc-vote

 

why stop there? just take the 'HC' out, and call it the American Act https://twitter.com/JohnJHarwood/status/844700541376745474?s=09

 

Favorite new aspect of Trump's America: the voice of the resistance and journalistic integrity is Teen Vogue http://www.teenvogue.com/story/how-to-keep-messages-secure

 
 
 
 

fun tidbit - could not renew my LetsEncrypt cert until I added memory on my Digital Ocean droplet. 512mb not enough apparently

 
 

if I ever want to find out what a soul escaping the body sounds like, I know who to ask https://twitter.com/GovPenceIN/status/674249808610066433?s=09

 

Year-in-Review 2016, or The Last Thing Anyone Wants To Read Right Now

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What a year it has been. Personally, 2016 was pretty good. Our child is now walking and talking constantly, mostly about Thomas the Tank Engine1. Some of my brothers got married (one literal, two figurative). I developed a fairly consistent note-taking habit, first with Workflowy and then with some Field Notes. Probably worth its own post at a later date.

Having a toddler means I don’t get out as much as I used to, so my Official Dad Best-Of–2016 awards go to Deadpool, the new Ghostbusters, and the newest season of The Venture Brothers. Rogue One was also pretty good.

The Rest Of The World

Professionally, and for the world in general, it has been a goddamn nightmare.

Here’s my list of (mostly terrible) things that happened, month by month, with some good tweets for flavor. I’ll try to avoid the elephant in the room.2

And I’m pretty sure nothing else happened. May we all take these lessons into the next year, lest history repeats.


  1. There is no fairer tyrannical ruler than Sir Topham Hatt. Also, how is the Man In The Yellow Hat not broke? Ten seasons and 4 movies later, Curious George should have put him in the poor house.  ↩

  2. via GIPHY

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