Meet Campbell Grace

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I didn’t mean to put this off for so long. Our baby, Gracie, is 4 weeks old today and she’s great. I wish I had more amazing stuff to say about being a parent, but it boils down eventually to, “This is weird.” I wasn’t a dad 4 weeks ago, and although, we had about 9 months to prepare, I’m a dad now and it’s weird. Good weird, for sure. 100%, but weird.

We’ve been really lucky so far that Gracie has been mellow. She doesn’t always go to sleep or stay asleep, but when she starts to fuss, she calms down really quickly. Actually the first two weeks she mostly slept anyway. The last two weeks, she’s had longer periods of alertness, sometimes in the middle of the night. Like any baby, I guess. She gained back her birth weight and then some really quickly really and the pediatrician told us we could skip her two week appointment. I bragged about that to everyone.

We didn’t know if we were going to have a boy or a girl, but I think we might have both thought we were going to have a boy. We knew what the boy’s nickname was going to be, probably from imagining it, but not the girl’s. One other important impact of not finding out the baby’s gender ahead of time is it wasn’t until Gracie was a few days old before we received her first piece of pink clothing. I hadn’t spent any time considering a baby girl’s sartorial options, but had a mini panic attack on her second day when my aunt mentioned all the cute frilly dresses you can get for a little girl. She’s free wear whatever she wants down the road, but it’s only fair to let her know there are other options before confining her to girl stuff for the rest of her life.

She coos and burbles, and she grunts a ton while she’s sleeping. There’s a sound she makes consistently, it sounds like “Ayoooouu.” It was amazing to see her first sneeze, and then to see her eating minutes after being born because this tiny thing was doing something human. And more recently when she startles and her hands fly out. I like when she’s calm and looking at me, us, anything, even though I know she’s not focusing on anything yet. James, our older cat was wary of her originally, but is less so now. Ducky, our one year old cat, was fascinated with Gracie right away, and spends a lot of time just generally being around her.

We’ve been really lucky so far that our time hasn’t been too structured. If Gracie doesn’t sleep well, we can sleep a few hours later the next morning. It makes a huge difference in how we see the day. Either that, or we’re lucky have a really easy baby. We’ve heard it can change quick, but hopefully Gracie will continue to be a mellow baby.

Photo above by the awesome Tony Luong. All the other pictures you see will likely be hurried iPhone pictures.

Meet Campbell Grace

Hamburger Cheeseburger Hotdog: A Tribute to Backyard BBQ

The latest Super Precious Art Gallery show is up featuring 26 pieces from 20 artists. It’s an illustration heavy tribute to backyard BBQs and there are plenty of hotdogs and hamburgers to go around. Please take a look!

Here are a few samples by Josh LaFayette, TJ Kelly III, Ryan Frease, Michael Rapa, Carolyn Sewell, and Emily Chionchio.

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Hamburger Cheeseburger Hotdog: A Tribute to Backyard BBQ

Bacon and Beer Festival Wayne’s World Poster

I’m in love with this year’s Bacon and Beer Festival art. It’s by Chris Piascik who is great at art, but lousy at being friendly.

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Also, we have new branding for Bacon and Beer Festival by Josh LaFayette who is great at art AND great at being friendly. Go figure.

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T Shirts and details and ticket info available in a couple weeks.

Bacon and Beer Festival Wayne’s World Poster

Super Precious Art Gallery mini-Groundhog Day art show

Groundhog Day Art

About a year ago, I started an art gallery project that would feature semi-regular art shows featuring affordable and collectable art inspired by a specific theme. The first show we did was kind of a test show inspired by the movie Groundhog Day. A year later when it came time to decide what show to do for our birthday, the only possible choice was… doing another show inspired by Groundhog Day. Pretty meta, huh? In any case, check out this year’s Groundhog Day show and click around the gallery if you haven’t already.

Super Precious Art Gallery mini-Groundhog Day art show

Everything Tracy Jordan Said Seasons 1-5

Below are links to everything Tracy Jordan said in each season of 30 Rock up through Season 5 in honor of 30 Rock’s last episode. I have a little less time than I used to, so I haven’t done Season 6 and Season 7, and now that the show’s over they’ll probably never get done (if I’m being honest). These are just transcripts of Tracy Jordan’s dialogue without context, which some people find boring. I find them magical. You can also find Everything Don Draper Said and a few characters from Lost, too.

Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 1
Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 2
Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 3
Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 4
Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 5

Everything Tracy Jordan Said Seasons 1-5

Scott Brown debate preparation generator

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Signs point to former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown running for John Kerry’s seat when it opens up later this year. Last night, Brown seemingly got a bit tipsy, and possibly revealed his future debate strategy. I thought whomever his Democratic opponent is might want to prepare for this type of debate by practicing with this debate generator. If you’d like to practice debating Senator Brown, ask a question or express a position in the box below and click “Request Scott Brown’s Response.”

var putput = function() {
$(“#thatswhatshesaid”).hide();
fi = $(“input[name=’statement’]”).val();
if (!fi || fi === “”) { return; }
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response: [“Bqhatevwr”, “Whatever”, “Yes. Get ready,”, “Your brilliant”, “Bqhatevwr”,]
};
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var result = rand(fields[‘response’]);
$(“#thatswhatshesaid”).html(result);
$(“#thatswhatshesaid”).fadeIn(“fast”);
};

Enter a political position here: 

Request Scott Brown’s position

Scott Brown debate preparation generator