I was doing a search on the Mark Twain book, The Prince and the Pauper, one of those classics I have never read, but might in the near future. I came across a site that discusses books in general, and allows people to put in their reviews. Now, I’m not the best typist in the world, so I understand a few typos, but the following review by an 8th grader just about made me weep.

DifferentWhen i was in year 5 (5th grade) we had to read this book, and i found it very very boring! The rest of my family however injoyed the book very much. I just coudent read it, i found it hard and boring. So i chetet by just watching the movie! Now i an in year 8 and resently i came acrosse the movie on tv, and i got verry in to it and now i am reading the book again and i absolutly love it. I think that it was a mistake of my teacher to make us read it so erly. Because now i see it as a grate book and i will read it again and again. To be honest i found Tom Sawyr much more boring! So maby if you dont like it now you should try to read it acouple years later and maby you will change your mind like i did!

Oh yeah… the babies…

I figure most people will be coming here to read stuff about the babies.

Everyone is doing very well. We just started week 25. Lisa is getting rather large, but that’s a good thing. Everyone is happy and healthy. Lisa spends a lot of time rubbing her tummy and smiling, and I spend a lot of time with my ear to one side of the ‘bump’ or the other, listening for them, and talking to them. It’s pretty cool. Actually, it’s incredibly cool. I’ll talk to them for a bit, and then take a little break, and they’ll kick me, or start moving again. Then I’ll talk some more and they’ll kick me right in the ear. We think the boy was facing inwards until last Sunday night, because the girl was always so much more active, but I think the talking to him encouraged him to turn, and now he rivals his sister for activity.

What’s really interesting, is that they seem to sense which one I am talking to, and that one tends to respond most. It might be the proximity of the sound, but I like to think they are just smart. We listen to more classical music than we ever did before. It’s supposed to help with development.

We’re kind of in a lull in terms of getting ready for the big day (like it’ll last a day). The nursery just needs some organization, which we’ll do after the baby shower Lisa’s friend Stina is putting on this weekend. We’ve got a crib (one to start with), a dresser, 2 carseats, and a bunch of stuff people have already given us. Soon the house will be full o’ baby, but for now, we’re enjoying the experience.

Day 2

Where to go from here? I’ve been trying to figure that out. I’ll start simple.

Last book I read: Throne of Jade, by Naomi Novik. It’s the second book in a trilogy about what life during the Napoleonic Wars would have been like had there been dragons. It’s a fantasy novel, pretty light reading. It wasn’t as good as the first one in the trilogy, but not bad.

I’m currently reading the Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy, which is very chicky, but funny at times. My wife read it, and thought I might find it funny. I am a little embarrassed to break it open on the train on the way to work in the mornings, so I try to keep it hidden in my knapsack.

The last book I read before the Throne of Jade, was Red Phoenix by Larry Bond, a cold war, Tom Clancy type novel about a second Korean War. I read this book 15 years ago when I was in college, and it was interesting to see how the world had changed (or not changed) since it was written in 1989. There were no references to Stealth fighters or stealth bombers, no M1A1 tanks or Stryker APVs or Tomahawk missiles. It is amazing to see what the US was actually able to keep out of the public eye in the runup to first Gulf War.

I also recently read Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, given to me by my sister. Interesting, if not depressing, book about two Native Canadians serving on the front lines in France during WWI. A highly different view of how the native were treated by Canada and the Hudson’s Bay Company. Different from what we had pounded into us repeatedly in history class in grade school. I guess the winners do write the text books.

The Bump: 11/11/2006

My wife Lisa, with the twins: girl on her right, boy on the left

Format, Check!

Okay, I’m done putzing around with the format. Content will soon follow. I did add a link to my sister’s blog (Eclecta). She’s my blog hero, and if I get addicted to this, or get into any trouble, it’s all her fault.

A new beginning

So I had a blog for a while, and I quickly got tired of it, because I was just using it to vent, with the idea that no one would ever read it (I hoped). Lately, I’ve realized I actually want people to ready what I write, and more over, I want people I know to read what I write.

So I deleted my old blog, and started a new one. Why Cranium Outpost? Well I couldn’t think of anything else. Cranium just popped into my head, and Outpost came from a book I have on my book shelf that is a reference guide to an old computer game name “Outpost” by Bruce Balfour. It’s amazing that every other name I could think of was already taken by someone else, not that they all have content (I checked some of them), or that they have been updated since 2001, but they still own the blog.

They say thousands of blogs are created every day, but only a few are active. I’m hoping to keep it active, and to keep it updated. I think I’ll have a lot of good material coming shortly. My wife is due to have twins in February, so in addition to my thoughts on life, sports, music and politics, I’m hoping to keep everyone up to date with family stuff.

Anyway, before I go too much farther, I must format. We all know a web site with a sucky format, well, sucks. Let me know what you think.

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