• Julia is preparing for a mini marathon and needs the old Bob Revolution jogging stroller… 01.02.15

    Julia is preparing for a mini marathon and needs the old Bob Revolution jogging stroller so Benjamin can ride along while she trains during Corbin's LEGO class. So I dig it out of storage and start to inflate the tires only to find they won't hold air. So I go online, order some new tubes […]

  • Part of me wants to watch it so I can say with conviction how bad it really is 06.01.15

    Then the other part says I don't need to experience a heart attack to know I should avoid them.? #archshrk? Part of me wants to watch it so I can say with conviction how bad it really is. Then the other part says I don’t need to experience a heart attack to know I should […]

  • Yesterday our small church had organized a "parents night out" 07.12.14

    Basically, the idea was for parents to drop their kids off at one house that was going to watch them, feed them, and do games and crafts while the parents went out on their own for three hours. The second part was that a nearby house (10 min away) was hosting diner for any parents […]

  • Went to Pottery Barn 24.10.14

    …found the bat mobile. #archshrk? Went to Pottery Barn… …found the bat mobile. Google+: View post on Google+

  • My Dearest Julia, these past ten years (and more) have been the best days of my life…. 23.10.14

    My Dearest Julia, these past ten years (and more) have been the best days of my life.  You bring me all the joy in the world and make me want to be a better man.  I love our time together, our boys, and our life.  I look forward to many more decades together and all […]

  • Surprisingly, many people don't know that this character is named "The Impressive… 25.09.14

    Surprisingly, many people don't know that this character is named "The Impressive Clergyman"? Google+: View post on Google+

  • I found this funny… 24.09.14

    I found this funny.? I found this funny. Google+: View post on Google+

  • Remember when we used to make fun of these people 24.09.14

    #bendgate   #iphone6plus   #archshrk? Remember when we used to make fun of these people… #bendgate   #iphone6plus   Google+: Reshared 2 times Google+: View post on Google+

  • We love apple picking and corn mazes too.  This one is from 3 years ago 23.09.14

    #archshrk? Google+: View post on Google+

  • Wow, two years ago 23.09.14

    #archshrk? Google+: View post on Google+

  • I thought this was a mistake when I saw the headline in my email but sure enough,… 16.09.14

    I thought this was a mistake when I saw the headline in my email but sure enough, Minnie Driver has a music album.  Since it's a free download I thought I'd give it a listen and I'm glad I did.   She has a decent voice (I'm not expert) and the style was something I […]

  • You know how sometimes you know a word and use it regularly in thought and conversation… 28.09.12

    You know how sometimes you know a word and use it regularly in thought and conversation but when it comes time to write it, you have no idea how to spell it correctly… And then you try finding it by searching the web only to find out your spelling is far too close to other […]

  • I brought home some "end of roll" paper 28.09.12

    I brought home some "end of roll" paper from our large format plotter at work for the boys to draw on.  I figured they'd have fun drawing on such a large sheet of paper. I was right. Corbin colored his own mural and +Julia Shiras taped it on his wall.  Benjamin was the project's Foreman. Google+: View post […]

  • This looks interesting but demonstrates how surveys and polls are so unreliable and… 15.08.12

    This looks interesting but demonstrates how surveys and polls are so unreliable and misleading.  First, I lived in Southern California for over 30 years and everyone I knew called it Coke. I was the odd ball who called it soda/cola and that's because I was tired of hearing the server say "is Pepsi okay?" (I […]

  • +Julia Shiras, how does your garden grow? 12.07.12

    +Julia Shiras, how does your garden grow? The tomato plant in the "main" garden is taller than me and I'm 6'-4" In album July 12, 2012 (8 photos) Google+: View post on Google+

  • Corbin's been working for the railroad 12.07.12

    Our neighbor recently took a couple of short trips and thought it would be a good idea for someone to get her mail and newspaper while she was away.  Luckily for Corbin, she thought he was just the man for the job.  Lucky because this was a paying gig. So after earning a small fortune (in child dollars) he used that […]

  • Just having some fun with pixlr-o-matic 12.07.12

    #catan Google+: View post on Google+

  • Call Me Maybe 11.07.12

    Wrong numbers are funny enough on their own but Google Voice transcripts just make it better (or worse) Hello Ms. Moran, Good afternoon, This is a reseller, Mom deleted from Miami that you have done our year afternoon so I’m sorry. I’m still yay for an appointment with you when I can call me decently. […]

  • My little goonies watching Goonies. 20.05.12

    My little goonies watching Goonies. Google+: View post on Google+

  • Google Music and Meta Data 18.05.12

    I just relabeled 68 songs as Queen Greatest Hits but only 17 were suppose to change. The problem is that when doing a search in Google Music, it will give you more results then it should. For example Sweet Dreams are made of these by the Eurythmics is clearly not by Queen but because they […]

  • Too Cheesy 18.05.12

    More fun pictures of Benjamin (also lacking a great caption) Google+: View post on Google+

  • Corbin took this photo of Benjamin about a year ago 18.05.12

    I want to caption it with something witty or profound but nothing comes to mind. So I'm just going to share it as is. maybe something will come to me later. Google+: View post on Google+

  • We’ve started our garden again 16.05.12

    We've started our garden again – and be we, I mean +Julia Shiras (with a little help from Corbin). Trying a couple of different things this year – wider rows, changed orientation. Here's a reminder of what we had last year Reshared post from +Julia Shiras Working in the garden is so rewarding, but […]

  • Corbin starting to watch Star Wars: A New Hope for the first time. 01.04.12

    Corbin starting to watch Star Wars: A New Hope for the first time. Google+: View post on Google+

  • So it appears my web sites were hacked 21.03.12

    Guess there's a vulnerability in WordPress. Tech support called it a php injection attack. Embedded Link Code injection – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Code injection is the exploitation of a computer bug that is caused by processing invalid data. Code injection can be used by an attacker to introduce (or "inject") code into a […]

  • The final book in our library roundup is a wonderfully written story about a boy… 10.02.12

    The final book in our library roundup is a wonderfully written story about a boy and his toy dinosaurs. What makes this so nice is that it doesn't just tell you the "facts" of the story but requires the listener/audience to think about what's being said. For example there is a part where the older […]

  • Another library book we've been reading is this one that summarizes going from… 10.02.12

    Another library book we've been reading is this one that summarizes going from being an infant to having an infant in a pseudo-third person method. The author talks about various stages in her life but refers to the illustrations as part of the narrative rather than the illustrations simply showing what the author already said. […]

  • Benjamin has recently expressed an interest in books 10.02.12

    We currently have a few books from the library including this one which is pretty good. It walks the reader through the road building process but uses the poetic, rhythmic, lyrical language best suited for children. I like how it keeps it simple without "dumbing it down". Embedded Link Roadwork! (9780763639129): Sally Sutton, Brian […]

  • Corbin loves pirates LOVES! Unfortunately, he tends to get too worked up (and violent)… 09.02.12

    Corbin loves pirates LOVES! Unfortunately, he tends to get too worked up (and violent) after watching pirate movies. So last night we pulled them from our library. We've also taken away all his pirate toys as part of an earlier discipline issue a couple weeks ago. When we first took the toys away, Corbin pointed […]

  • Felt like doing something fun 06.02.12

    1 – Go to wikipedia and hit random. The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.2 – Go to and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.3 – Go to flickr and click […]

  • So I did this meme where you combine the color of your pants (or shorts or skirt)… 02.02.12

    So I did this meme where you combine the color of your pants (or shorts or skirt) with the last thing you eat or drank and turn that into your band name. After you do that, you might want to * cautiously* do a search for your new band name and share what you find. […]

  • We could’ve been anything that we wanted to be 12.01.12

    But don't it make your heart glad That we decided, a fact we take pride in We became the best at being bad We could've been anything we wanted to be With all the talent we had No doubt about it, we whine and we pout it We're the very best at being bad guys […]

  • As I shared earlier, Corbin received this LEGO set for Christmas and did a wonderful… 06.01.12

    As I shared earlier, Corbin received this LEGO set for Christmas and did a wonderful job putting together all the vehicles in the instruction booklet (shown below). The booklets also showed additional vehicles you could create but without instructions, They each showed a general link to where I expected to be able to find […]

  • Cybergoth 02.12.11

    You may recall my post for Eisenpunk the other day and wondered what that style was called. Well fret no more, its called Cybergoth. Unfortunately, it seems you can only dance when the drum beat is playing. Kind of like They Might Be Giants Heart of the Band – Google+: View post on Google+ […]

  • Corbin is now 4 and with much power comes much responsibility 02.12.11

    He, like most children is very accomplished – in some things. Other areas still need a lot of work. He is already an great artist but has expanded his expertise to include composing songs (and lyrics) despite not being able to read and performing for large audiences – if by large you mean mom, dad […]

  • Zombie Lane crops have been a sticking point for many players, especially the Super… 01.12.11

    Zombie Lane crops have been a sticking point for many players, especially the Super Crop which seems like a huge under-performer. But if you look at the stats we see a different picture… per hour profit:Strawberries = 180 coins per hourRadishes = 80 coins per hourWatermelon = 20 coins per hourCorn = 25 coins per […]

  • So next time you send me to do your shopping, I'm going to check the list first,… 30.11.11

    So next time you send me to do your shopping, I'm going to check the list first, otherwise I may need those oopsy daisy adult underpants. ht: +Duan Dao Reshared post from +Denise Malia Now here's how to do your holiday shopping! Google+: View post on Google+ Post imported by Google+Blog. Created By Daniel Treadwell.

  • So I think my face just froze with a permanent look of confusion, but aside from… 30.11.11

    So I think my face just froze with a permanent look of confusion, but aside from that, there is a lot going on in this video (despite being twice as long as necessary) First, you don't have to be a super genius to figure out this is a German band. Its obvious the moment you […]

  • Chronicles of Narnia Frontispiece 22.10.11

    In response to my first edition Chronicle of Narnia books someone asked if they included a frontispiece (Don’t worry, I had to look it up too). A frontispiece is a decorative illustration facing a book’s title page. The frontispiece is the verso (left-hand page) opposite the recto title page. Elaborate engraved frontispieces were in frequent […]

  • I want my 4 dollars 30.06.11

    Now that my contract with Amazon Associates has been cancelled (resident of California) will Amazon payout any outstanding balance even if it doesn’t meet the minimum threshold? Update from Amazon Associates… Hi archshrk, I am sorry for the concern regarding if you will receive a payment for the final balance on your Associates account. Any […]

  • 11 in 1 stainless steel pocket tool explained 22.06.11

    This 11 Function Credit Card Size Survival Pocket Tool includes: 1) a can opener 2) knife edge 3) screwdriver 4) ruler 5) cap opener 6) 4-position wrench 7) butterfly screw (wing nut) wrench 8) saw blade 9) direction auxiliary indication (Bearing plate for a button compass) 10) 2-position wrench 11) keychain hole Comes with a […]

  • Image search makes me laugh 10.06.11

    So while looking for an image to along with my last post I found these two images side-by-side and it just struck me as really funny. They are from Senses NY Salon & Spa and Mushy’s Moochings respectfully. Don’t worry, Mushy’s doing fine. And in case you’re wondering, the search phrase was “confused about dates”

  • Random Shirts 05.01.11

    Back on Dec 21, 2010 I ordered 3 shirts from I’ve ordered a couple shirts in the past but what made this order so special was that it was a random shirt sale. So I order (up to) three shirts in my size and the style is selected randomly. Here’s what was delivered yesterday… […]

  • Google Voice free-for-all (in the US) 22.06.10

    A little over a year ago, Google released an early preview of Google Voice, the web-based platform for managing your communications. They introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more?the only catch was you had […]

  • Holidays I don’t celebrate 05.05.10

    I don’t celebrate Boxing Day, Bastille day or even Guy Fawkes Day so why should today be any different.

  • Looking Back at Easter 28.04.10

    Julia posted an Easter picture today and that got me thinking about how much kids change, especially in the first five years of life. Just to give you a sample, here’s pictures from the last three Easters.

  • False Alarm 28.04.10

    The fire alarms are a false alarm. Apparently someone on the 5th floor tripped the alarm. Building management has advised us to stay on alart at our own discretion. This was a message sent to us by our receptionist shortly after two fire alarms this morning. Spelling aside, I’m not really sure what it means. […]

  • I shall not mourn 16.03.10

    From The Treasury of David, Exposition of Psalm 116:15, by Charles Spurgeon: “They shall not die prematurely; they shall be immortal till their work is done; and when their time shall come to die, then their deaths shall be precious. The Lord watches over their dying beds, smooths their pillows, sustains their hearts, and receives […]

  • Talk dirty to me 17.02.10

    One of the ways that I made my Motorola Droid phone work for me is signing up for a Google Voice number and using that as my voice mail service. So when you call my cell number and leave a message, that message is actually saved to my Google Voice number which offers online retrieval […]

  • Snow in Tucson? 04.02.10

    It may look like Tucson got snow last night but closer inspection reveals that, if it was, it was limited to the UMC Hospital. Turns out that what looks like snow is actually Foam from the roof top Heliport Fire Suppression System. Someone activated it last night around 9pm and the foam “runs off” the […]

  • 3 things every REAL man needs 24.12.09

    Let me set the mood. Let’s face it. There are just certain things every guy needs to show the world, he’s a real manly man. A big house, a sweet ride and some stylish clothes. Now not everyone has what it takes to be a manly man. There’s no place for a Miata in a […]

  • Halloween Preview 27.10.09

    Corbin Beard’s outfit is coming together nicely. Grandma made the vest and sash/belt, the shirt and pants (not pictured) are off-the-shelf clothing. It’s not really as pink as it appears. That’s a result of our crappy cellphone cameras. Look for better photos later in the week. There may even be a child model next time.

  • Siobhan makes the cover – again 25.10.09

    Looking back, I realized I never mentioned the first time. Back in September, Siobhan (pronounced Shove-On, I swear) was featured on the cover of the San Diego Reader – our local free magazine. It was quite an honor and I was personally proud of her. I also thought I would use her fame to get […]

  • How do you wrap wood? 24.10.09

    Apparently, you do it like this. Hard to believe but it’s [only] been five years since Julia said “I do”. I was looking back on my last anniversary posts and mentioned how it seemed like we’ve always been married. But I think that’s the point – we have. Not in a literal sense but in […]

  • Our Wish Lists 15.10.09

    With the annual gift getting giving season in the archshrk household coming up, I wanted to let anyone and everyone who wanted to know, exactly what we wanted for our Birthdays or Christmas. So go on over to the Happy Birthday Page and bookmark it for future reference. That page should be good for ever […]

  • Tangled Web: or How to waste one whole day (or more) on the internet 15.10.09

    Sorry for the long winded title but I wanted to warn you up front what the following post could lead to. SEOmoz | Tangled Web: The Most Linked to Pages on the Internet To identify the most linked to pages on some of the world’s most popular sites, we used SEOmoz’s Linkscape powered Top Pages […]

  • Oh, no! Zombies 14.10.09

    Halloween is fast approaching so in honor of that festive holiday, I offer you two games to play. Numbskull is a puzzle game where you rotate the tiles to get the skull safely back to his body. Pretty simple concept but very addictive and challenging. Aside from the various obstacles and traps, you have the […]

  • la petite Morty 04.10.09

    It may seem early but when you have children, you need to plan ahead. What am I talking about? Why Halloween of course. Last year Corbin went dressed as a ninja (and a dalmatian). 11 month old + sale + fits equals perfect. This year we wanted to try something different. Corbin isn’t much for […]

  • More Wii for Less 30.09.09

    A new low price for the Wii video game console from Nintendo has recently been announced! On September 27, 2009, Nintendo released the news that the price for the Wii console was dropped from the original $249.99 to only $199.99. The new $199.99 Wii price point delivers the full iconic Wii gaming experience, including the […]

  • How do I change my Goal in Wii Fit? 28.09.09

    So I recently got back into my Wii Fit and realized that 1) my goal was not met and 2) my goal was unrealistic. SO when prompted to set a new goal, I tried to be more honest about what I could achieve and what time frame I would shoot for. Unfortunately, I set my […]

  • Understanding My Brute 13.09.09

    Not that long ago I mentioned joining a new (to me) online game – MyBrute. The premise is simple, you create your brute (random appearance) and fight other brutes to gain experience. Bonuses are awarded as you level up (also random). The fight is automated so you simply watch the Brutes battle it out and […]

  • Firefox Personas 10.09.09

    I just updated to Firefox 3.5.3 and installed the new Firefox Personas feature which allows you to “skin” your browser. Works great (when it works) Repairs in Progress The service you?re looking for is unavailable at the moment. We?ll be back up and running again before long, so please try again soon. Thanks for your […]

  • March 29th? 02.09.09

    That’s our current due date. Though he’s barely the size of a kumquat ? a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom ? and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal […]

  • When Pirates Attack 01.09.09

    So the other day, Julia put a Shark puppet on Corbin’s hand which he then used to ‘chase’ us around and growl (even sharks need to sound fierce). Tonight, it was a red bandanna – this is the result. This one’s for you DinkyInky. You are a Pirate!

  • One Leopard for sale 28.08.09

    OK, maybe two. Starting today, Mac OS X Snow Leopard is available for shipping at Current Mac OS 10.5 Leopard users are eligible to upgrade to Snow Leopard at the very low price of $29. Snow Leopard is a truly exciting addition to the Mac OS X line, with half the footprint of previous […]

  • They Might Be Giants on Tour! 27.08.09

    ON SALE NOW OR SOON! Boise, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, New York, Raleigh, Ithaca, Albany, Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Kutztown, Brooklyn, Minnneapolis, Queens Click here for dates and ticket info! We went to their show when pregnant with Corbin, makes sense to […]

  • Electric Car 26.08.09

    From their newest album, Here Comes Science ( Exclusive) [CD/DVD] Electric Car Lyrics – They Might Be Giants Electric car On roads so dark To change the end Rewrite the start Electric car So good, so far Electric car On verdant green Invent a turn Invent a dream Electric car The new machine Let’s take […]

  • Not done lightly 24.08.09

    Frank Turk of … and his ministers a flame of fire recently wrote a series of posts regarding the issue of leaving the local church. The series is in response to John MacArthur’s post: When Should People Leave Their Church? which begins… Leaving a church is not something that should be done lightly. Too many […]

  • Baby Cadillac 14.08.09

    Cadillac knows its future lies in small cars, especially if it wants to be considered a global player, but for now officials are being coy about what they have in store. But I was able to get this leaked footage of the Baby Cadillac. According to COCGB, the 1/3-scale Cadillac Roadster, powered by and used […]

  • My Brute 30.07.09

    Before I get back to Comic-Con stories, I thought you could use a little diversion. My Brute is a simple combat game where all the upgrades and training and skill building is automatic. In fact, the only thing you control is who to fight. To be a Brute…Insert a name to create your own Brute. […]

  • In Passing 25.06.09

    David Carradine Farrah Fawcett Ed McMahon Michael Jackson Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told The Times.

  • Adam Lambert – go home 07.05.09

    Got this email from our office manager… Tomorrow morning, Adam Lambert (a finalist on American Idol) will be at the radio station across the street at 8:00 AM. Lambert will arrive via police escort. The station is inviting people to come down and see him . . . for what it is worth. . . […]

  • Books ordered 01.05.09

    So the first thing I did this morning was go to and place my order for the The 1,2,3 Dollar Sale! I ordered Future Men, For a Glory and a Covering , and A Great Mystery among others. Some books I ordered two of because I knew I’d give one away – we usually […]

  • Your name isn’t good enough for NPR 17.04.09

    What would your name be if you were the kind of person who would be a National Public Radio correspondent? Bob Roberts? Not likely. Here’s the problem, NPR personalities don’t seem to have names like you and me, they have names like Jacki Lyden, Farai Chideya and Lourdes Garcia-Navarro. Who can compete against names like […]

  • My work ScreenSaver 15.04.09

    Screen Saver set to Marquee When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, that you may not bring the guilt of blood upon your house, if anyone should fall from it. – Deuteronomy 22:8

  • Make your own short URLs 14.04.09

    So here’s the deal – I don’t tweet (yet) but I hope to break into the tweet world with my posts. Not likely to happen but I can dream. Anyway, there is some discussion on using tiny URLs in newspapers rather than full links. We’re talking paper and ink, not online. This inevitably led to […]

  • no more Life On Mars 09.04.09

    So I just heard that Life On Mars – has been canceled. Too bad. Granted, it was getting a little weird in the end but it was still better than a lot of the shows out there. Sadly, most of the shows I’ve ever really liked seem to fall victim to this fate. Shows […]

  • I’m published 09.04.09

    Well, maybe published is too strong a word. But I did write a post on and its been well received so far. Check it out if you want – Let’s talk about changes. Basically it was talking about when a change to a site warrants an announcement and when it doesn’t. There is some […]

  • Walks like Frankenstein’s Monster 08.04.09

    That’s what people say when the see Corbin coming – but give him a break, most babies start out that way. Of course, it doesn’t help that he makes monster noises when he walks… Download Conversion of crappy cell phone .3G2 video to .mov format courtesy of free Media Converter Visit Julia’s post about […]

  • California sales tax rises to almost 9 percent 02.04.09

    For those of you not in California… The Associated Press: California sales tax rises to almost 9 percent Californians will start feeling the pain of the recently negotiated state budget fix on Wednesday, when a 1-percent increase in the state sales tax will force consumers to pay more for goods such as cars, furniture, laptops […]

  • Welcome to Nomanisan 01.04.09

    I’ve been thinking a lot about twitter lately, mostly because its been coming up in various places (blogs, radio, tv…) and I keep asking myself, “self, is this just another trend like facebook and myspace – or is this something that will become a lasting part of daily life?” Unfortunately, Self is a very poor […]

  • How to get free stuff 23.02.09

    Bible Study Magazine and Mars Hill are giving away 20 copies of Mark Driscoll?s new book, Vintage Church. Not only that, but they are also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and a copy of their Bible Study Library software! Enter to win on the Bible Study Magazine Mark Driscoll page, then take […]

  • And a firefly in every tree 20.12.07

    So I’ve been sharing some of my Christmas wish list and this is one I just added. It’s on my wish list because I can’t justify twenty bucks on a tree ornament no matter how cool it is. Serenity in Disguise ‘Reaver’ Variant Ornament. This limited edition ornament is based on the scene in Serenity […]

  • A blog rating we can understand 25.06.07

    I don’t know how useful this really is but who doesn’t like to gauge their site’s worth and value? UPDATE: The link was removed because it now takes you to a site that requires membership (among other things). In retrospect, I should have realized this was going to happen. The clues were right there in […]

  • How the Irish Saved Civilization 15.03.07

    Here’s another book for those wishing to celebrate their Irish Heritage A surprisingly easy read, How the Irish Saved Civilization reveals God’s grace in human history by demonstrating how even in the midst of the Dark Ages, His Holy Word was preserved and even flourished.

  • Google Reader 17.10.05

    Google Reader (beta) I recently discovered this free, online RSS reader provided by google. Now I don’t know much about RSS feeds so I can’t review this in relation to other readers that are available but the mere fact that it exists, is easy to use and free makes it an excellent choice for beginners […]

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