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buying eyeglasses online, review »

[24 May 2009 | 3 Comments | 373 views]

I was happy with my $57 online eyeglasses from Zenni Optical back in 2007 (see also parts 1, 2 & 3). They weren’t perfect, but saving $350 was really nice. Since then, the cheapo magnetic shades have broken (I wish I’d gotten a couple of spares at $5/ ea) and I got tired of the arms sticking out too much.
I was going to wait until we moved to Costa Rica to get a new prescription, since I figured it would be cheap (~$7 was the high quote so far) and …

music, review, technology »

[17 Dec 2008 | Comments Off | 216 views]

I :heart: Pandora.  Not the chick with the box but the internet radio station.  I haven’t listened to radio in years for music because my tastes were far from the mainstream, and I had no interest in tuning in to a station at a specific time just to listen to music when I could just play my own.  But lately I was kinda bored with all of my music.  So I decided to give Pandora a try.
Pandora is described as a music discovery service based on the Music Genome Project, …

review »

[15 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | 185 views]

Journey the Center of the Earth was one of my favorite books when I was a kid – I read it every year and loved the old movie too.  When I noticed the posters advertising the new 3D version, I knew I wanted to see it with M.
Some movies have to be seen on the big screen, and this is one of them.  The 3D is way better than the old red & blue glasses, not to mention some of the mediocre attempts from the 80s that I just had …

books, reflections, review, unschooling »

[8 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | 727 views]

Of the many reasons for unschooling, two are prominent in my mind: 1) to cultivate a love for learning and 2) stay out of the way so my kids can find and follow their interests.  The question is really how – if I’m respecting the kids enough to make their own decisions, how do I, as a parent, matter?  I’m firmly on the side of unschooling – but not unparenting.  Regardless of how much freedom my children have, it’s still up to me & Trish to guide them, directly or …

books, reflections, review, simple living, travel »

[2 Jul 2008 | Comments Off | 183 views]

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts is about long-term, unconventional world travel.  Conventional would be the notion that long-term travel is possible only by the very wealthy galavanting from exclusive resort to private island in luxury.  In reality, long-term travel is very possible for people of more normal means, but to do it in a fulfilling fashion requires a mindset of openness and focus on what’s important.  This is also what is essential to a successful life as an expat, and Potts distills it so well that every expat (and expat-to-be) should …