April 2008

For those that still fondly remember playing video games on an Atari 2600, this site will bring back memories.

My favorites:  “Wrong button!” was Missle Command.  We’d grimly name the cities after local cities and even as kids would pause and ponder what that meant after THE END flashed on the screen… (dang Cold War ruining our childhood fun and all)…that and “Starship Future Engineering Challenge” because its real title was “Basic Programming” and I actually did write some old programs on this thing before graduating to an Apple IIe soon after.

Yes, I was a nerd even in the late 70s…

Related:  Fun with Choose Your Own Adventures, which I may have posted here before…


Val and I have updated a lot of family gems on facebook over the last couple of weeks.  There’s a number of Max albums and some videos too, so if you’re into that sort of thing, but don’t yet have access, definitely give us an e-hollah and we’ll tap you into the Steelaraza Facebook Matrix.  🙂

On a COMPLETELY unrelated note, since I’m a statistics geek at times, I thought I’d share a find — it’s a collection of US statistical data since 1878 called The Statistical Abstract of the United States.  It’s the…


I came across this during a lunch websurf last week.

And it got me to thinking — which is always dangerous — what sort of strange and weird little untruths will I tell Max when he’s older?  What sort of wonderful warping of his mind will Val and I perpetuate upon him?

So I got to thinking about some of the whoppers my folks told me that I later discovered were probably fabrications…?


… that celebrated Max’s baptism yesterday!

Max wanted to send his thanks for all of the well wishes, prayers, gifts and coming to see him during his big day!

 Max says thanks!