Family, Photos

NC Chinese Lantern Festival



If you get a chance, check out the NC Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary. We were super impressed with what they had on show — especially the large dragon on the water. Well worth seeing. Check out more photos over on Flickr.

Family, Geek

Android Woes

android-brokenSo, my son (whom I still love) updated his Samsung S4 to the latest and greatest Android operating system – Nestle Kit Kat 4.2 or something like that. Anyway… now his Wifi won’t switch on anymore. He’s tried the factory reset method, the battery removal method, the task manager / ram cleaning method with no change at all. The WiFi screen will just hang there before eventually timing out.

The only method left that is being suggested is “rooting” the phone with a root kit and deleting the wifi conf file or something.  What the heck?

I need some guidance from my Android friends.

Family, Geek

He’s our son, and we still love him


He’s only 14. Fourteen!

You bring them up as best as you can, teaching them the difference between right and wrong and yet sometimes it’s just not enough. Sooner or later they start to think independently from us as parents.

When Nathan announced it to us both it took me a while to process it, if I’m being completely honest. I mean, I couldn’t even comprehend it initially.  Why? It doesn’t make any sense.  Why our son?

Now that Nathan is at High School, we are having to contend with other influential people in his life. And that, quite frankly, is out of our control. He is growing up fast and I’m sure this is one of the many decisions we will not agree on.

Liz and I talked about it at length with him. It’s definitely not a lifestyle choice we’re happy about, but it’s his decision at the end of the day and it was clear we could not change his mind. We don’t have to like it, but we need to respect his choice and love him unconditionally.

Daddy, I want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4“, he said.

Just writing that is still difficult for me. I considered asking him to keep it secret, but sooner or later the news would get out. I was probably a little mean about it for a few days and I actually made him pay for the whole phone himself. I still have not come around to allowing him to sync it using my iMac. Baby steps.

I am softening though. I believe we can make this work. It’s a phase. One day he will come back to Apple. I have faith.

Family, Reviews

Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

100ftmovieLast night, Liz and I got the opportunity to see an advanced screening of the new Helen Mirren movie, The Hundred-Foot Journey (thanks Starla).

I had no idea what to expect – I was just happy about what getting out for a wee date.

It turns out the movie was very good. It follows an Indian family who decide to leave India for Europe.  They end up in the south of France (because London was too cold) and set up an Indian restaurant.

The problem is, it’s right across the street from a posh Michelin Star restaurant.

A clash of class and cultures ensue while they try to make things work, determined not to have to move again.

Great story + great cast, make a great humorous and feel-good movie.

It opens August 8th in the US.