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VidRhythm

If you read what I write, you are no doubt familiar with the fact that I very much like the work Harmonix does.

VidRhythm is their newest release on iOS, and it’s a fun little toy. Here’s a clip I made in the car earlier today with the kids:

And another I made just now with the two older ones:

It’s two bucks on the App Store. This app needs more Automattician-made videos.

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The Markel Opening Day Foodstravaganza

The Cards blew it on Opening Day, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great time, and I think we’ve just established a new tradition here at the Markel household. There’s no possible way I was going to be able to get tickets for all six of us to go, so we had to be creative and figure out a way to have some fun while staying home during the game.

The first step is to act like a real St. Louisan and immerse yourself in the game and the festivities which surround it as early in the day as possible. This means turning on the news, because every TV stations’ news crews here were all down at the ballpark where they belong. If you want to do something heinous in St. Louis and escape media attention, Opening Day is a pretty good choice in terms of timing. A good high speed chase or even a political scandal would be a good choice.

The next step is to make sure you have access to watching the game. Thanks to a fluke of the Internet and my subscription to MLB.tv, this is not a problem, blackout restrictions or no. We were unable to verify this until just before the game was to start. Needless to say, I was holding my breath, but I would have listened to it on the radio, even if I would have had to withstand the incomparable verbal diarrhea of Mike Shannon.

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Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries

I lost to Amanda on a big destination ticket gamble in the opening draw.

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Zoo Morning

We looked at bugs, got splashed by penguins, are currently riding the carousel, and will be riding the train in a few minutes.

A nice morning with my family. :)

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Pinball Saturday Night

After Abby’s birthday celebration, I look my son, my father, and my best friend to CP Pinball for a few hours of fun.

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Lego Battle of Endor

Well, my son finished building this in about four hours of total work; a pretty good job, I say.

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Half-Day

A half-day well-spent: Joshua and I are building one of my get-well presents: a Lego set of the Battle of Endor.

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Markel in Pegboard Relief

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This is my favorite image from the set I took during my visit to CP Pinball last Friday. I’m working on a longer blog post about the experience and the place (which you should visit at least once someday when you are in St. Louis), but for now, this will have to do.

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The table in question is Grand Prix, an older Williams one.

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I love being their father.

Yes, this picture was taken just over a week ago, but in the last minutes of Father’s Day, this is my brood:

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