Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Podcasts from Buster?

Should "Postcards from Buster" be "Podcasts from Buster"?

I mean, afterall, he videos most of his visits, right? How hard would it be to take the videos and make them into podcasts, then put them on a site for Arthur, Francine and his other friends to view? Or, even download?

-- Mike

Sorry, I know I shouldn't mix my personal life (like this blog) with aspects of my professional life. But, when you have kids, the two invariably mix.

Technorati tags: Postcards from Buster, PBS Kids

Sunday, August 06, 2006

You know you're old when . . . .

You know you are old -- and your generation is in charge of things -- when the jokes and references on your children's TV shows and movies reference aspects of YOUR childhood.

My kids were watching Disney's The Emperor's New School and there was a reference to Rock'em Sock'em Robots.

Geez, I'm old.

Let me know if you see any other references to our childhood come up on today's programs.
-- Michael

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Child sex offender lists

UPDATED 10/27/06: Well, while we don't know yet the name of the fraud behind, we do know where he worked and where he's from. What a putz. For more, check out Technorati for references to that fake blog.

I cannot imagine what parents whose children are missing or have been criminal victims must have gone through. I hope I never have to experience that. Anyone who preys on children -- no matter the reason, insane or sane -- should be locked up and/or put out.

I caught a good portion of John and Reve Walsh on Larry King Live the other night. It was very interesting and informational. The Walsh family -- with John Walsh in the spotlight -- are amazing people. They have taken a personal, family tragedy and made it a national crusade. Because of the Walsh's work, more children will be saved from the fate of Adam Walsh.

But, only if you -- the parents -- get and stay involved with your children.

Below is a list of sex offender registerys. Check them often, and know who your children's friends and associates are.

Family Watchdog: A site where you can search who in your area -- or any area -- has committed a crime against a child. Also includes sign ups and links to Amber Alerts.

U.S. Dept of Justice's National Sex Offender Public Registry

State of Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry

State of Ohio Sex Offender Registry

AMBER Alert Portal

Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

What other good links should parents know about?
-- Mike

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Words cannot describe how much I enjoy being a daddy. (Yes, I enjoy being a husband, but that's a focus for another blog.) If you enjoy it (either a daddy or a mommy), then you know what I mean. Nothing (or very little else) really brings me as much pure joy.

I registered this blog some time ago with the intention of my wife and I blogging about being parents: Little tips and quips we learn along the way; stories; comments; etc.

While, at least early on, most if not all of the posts will be authored by me (Mike), my wife may later decided to post as well. Or, just start her own.

The posts will likely be infrequent, but hopefully always of some value.
That's my intro.