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war games: the real surprises

A few weeks ago, Liam announced that he was going to be a computer hacker when he grew up and that for his first hacking endeavor, he thought maybe he’d go into his school’s main computer. When I pointed out that that sort of hacking is pretty much a felony, he was devastated. “I’m not going to do anything,” he said. “I just want to see if I can.” We …

Summer Blog Social: Waxing Philosophical

I’d rather wax philosophical than wax anything else, so I’m going to wax about where I see this blog in six months, maybe a year (prompt 10): Well obviously, once we get to Abu Dhabi and I start blogging from there, I will become an international celebrity, perhaps get arrested for my outspoken and totally perceptive comments about women in the Middle East, my case will become a cause celebre, …

Mars Needs Moms. And Hollywood Needs Some New Ideas

You’ve seen the posters appearing around the city. You’ve maybe even had to sit through the trailer. But strap on your 3D glasses, folks, because “Mars Needs Moms” is about to hit the theaters and unless you win the rock-paper-scissors contest, you’re going to have to shell out perfectly good money for a movie about a boy learning to appreciate his mom after she’s abducted by Martians. Martians who want …