Retooling in Progress

After reading the “How to Start a Blog” series at Evangelical Outpost, I’ve been thinking that I need to make some changes.

In the “Notes on Blogging #5: What’s the point? — Defining “success” in the Blogosphere” section, Joe links to a good article by Bill Wallo on the definition of success, in which he states:

Identify the purpose of your blog. Ask yourself, what is your goal? Who are you trying to reach? The Book of Proverbs says that without a vision, the people perish. Without a goal, you’re not likely to go anywhere.

To be honest, I started this blog as an experiment to see what blogging was like. When you sign up with Blogger, the first thing they ask for is a name and website for your blog. And Tech Expression was the 1st thing to come to mind.

However, since I never really had a goal to begin with (other than to learn the mechanics of blogging), I find that I dislike my blog’s name more and more. It doesn’t really match my evolving purpose for blogging.

So before I go any further, I’m thinking that a major revamp is necessary. So please excuse the construction.

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Documentary on Family Life

I have always thought that the Dilbert comic strip is a documentary on an engineer’s life. I tell you, some times it is uncanny how true to life it is.

Well, within the last year, our paper has started carrying Baby Blues. And it is a documentary on family life. It is quickly becoming my favorite comic strip because it hits home so often.

For instance, this week Darrell has bought a chess set to teach the game to their kids.

It reminded me of this recent post.

Comment on One Month

Right after writing this post, where I commented about not knowing all the blog-o-speak:

I see a lot of things out there: BlogRolling, Haloscan, Sitemeter, Feedster, Blogorama.com, I’m a “slithering python” in the TTLB Ecosystem. Where do you people get this stuff?

I found a post on Stones Cry Out by way of Daddypundit that links to a series on “How to Start a Blog” at Evangelical Outpost.

I found it very useful and even made some sense out of the TTLB ecosystem. It seems that if I hadn’t been so lazy, the answers are out there.

Bear with me as I learn the ropes.

Note on Science Saturday Post

I originally e-mailed this post, but after waiting 24 hours for it to show up, I posted it via the web interface. But then, like an unexpected relative, the e-mail post shows up. So apologies for anyone who felt like they had deja vu. I think I’ll avoid e-mail posts from now on.

Science Saturday: Spittin’ in the Puddin’

(Note: I tried to post this via e-mail, but it never showed up. So if you see it double, you’ll know why.)
We didn’t get to the science experiment this week until Saturday. I’ll attribute it to the fact that we were ramping back into a normal routine after 2 weeks off. I know, school on Saturday is a might bit cruel, but the kids usually take Friday off. This is homeschool, you know, and flexibility is part of the advantage.

This week was our last week on body functions, and this week we talked about the digestive system. The first experiment was to bite a carrot and follow it through the body. You bite the carrot with the “cutter” teeth (incisors), but you chew it with your molars. Your tongue acts as a conveyor belt to move it around in your mouth, and after you finish chewing it, you swallow. It goes in your stomach, then small intestine, then large intestine, extracting out the nutrients and then the waste: “You poop it out.”

The fun experiment was exactly as described. We made some pudding and put it in 2 bowls: one we each spit in, and the other we didn’t. The enzymes in the saliva prevent the pudding from firming up. And it worked, too!

Ok, a little gross, but we didn’t eat the “spit” pudding. The control sample, however, was completely consumed in “after-experiment testing”.