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Sylvia M V
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The grass is ALWAYS greener on the other side of the fence
When Jean and I did a hike last week to Snowgrass Flats, we also walked on the Pacific Crest Trail for a short while, and met some thru-hikers. These are backpackers that are walking from the Mexican to the Canadian border. It's a huge accomplishment to mos...
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For years now, on backpacking trips, I used "freezer bag" cooking as a way to simplify mealtime. It means you package your meal in a ziplock quart size bag at home, pour boiling water in the bag at your campsite, and let it sit for 5 minutes or so while it ...
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Incentive systems - they're challenging to design!
I wrote a blog post a while back about incentive systems , and how they're gamed. I thought of a few more examples. Last summer, trying to get the kids to help out with pulling weeds in the yard, I told them that they have to pull a certain amount (I think ...
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Kids lives have become more and more constrained
From one point of view, kids lives are better. They have so many more toys! They have an amazing amount of electronic stimulation! Their parents are constantly driving them here and there for sports, arts, and other enrichment activities! But I look at many...
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My newest hobby - Pickleball!
I've been looking for a sport recently, and decided to try badminton, since I like racquet sports (though I never got really into tennis). It turns out there's a badminton center nearby, and they offered drop-in classes, so I took one after the first of the...
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Kids books nowadays don't reflect their lives (because playdates are boring)
A while back my son Peter was reading the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy . It's a fun beginning chapter book about a boy with a pet fly. Fly Guy is riding his bike, alone, to his grandmother's house for an overnight stay What struck me mos...
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The review system in Amazon is routinely hacked
I wrote a book recently called SQL Practice Problems: 57 beginning, intermediate, and advanced challenges for you to solve using a "learn-by-doing" approach , and published it on Amazon. It hasn't been a best-seller, but it was fun to write, and I think I d...
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