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CD Release: Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch


CD Cover

We have finally released the CD of the musical “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch”! Woo-hoo! The play is about some cowboys who sing to their cattle to keep them from stampeding, but aren’t very good at it. At some point, some sweet-singing cowgirls enter the picture as well as a no-good-do-er looking to steal the ranch. It has explosions, cows, and everything else necessary for a good time. CD’s are $12 and help Hyland Christian School. If you would like a CD, email me or leave a comment and I’ll get a hold of you. We can ship CDs for an additonal $2.

Here’s a sampler track with excerpts from some of the songs: Ranch Music Sampler

More info after the break. (more…)

How to Subscribe to Blogs


Now that everybody and their brother’s poodle has a blog, I’m going to attempt the near-impossible. I’m going to try to write a succint post that will explain how to subscribe to these blogs. Subscribing has the benefit of being able to tell you when there is a new post at your favorite blog, be it your son’s, your son’s poodle, your favorite news source, or ICanHasCheezburger. This might (eventually) eliminate the need to send out emails saying, “Hey, go read my blog!” The challenge is, of course, that some of the people coming to our blog (for example), don’t even know what a browser is. Still, I’m hopeful I can be helpful. (For the technologically-challenged, you’ll need to click the word “more” below to continue reading this blog entry.


Erie Balloons 2008


This weekend was the Erie (Colorado) town fair. This means 3 days of hot-air balloon launches. While the prevailing breeze didn’t blow them into our neighborhood this year, they were still fun to watch. If you watch the time-lapse, you’ll notice that the clouds disappear at the same time as the balloons. I’m sure it was all coordinated.

Why Do We Share Embarassing Stories?


Do we just like making people laugh? Do we want attention even if it could be argued that it is negative attention? I’m not really even going to addresss this question. I’m just going to share 3 of the most embarassing stories of my life. I hope you laugh.

Embarassing story #1: The Raised Eye at the Fly Guy

It was 1994, I believe. It was the last day of classes at Cornell. For those not in the know, on the last day of classes everyone at the university goes to hang out on the slope near the library and celebrates for most of the day. It’s called “Slope Day“. Even those (like myself) who do not frequent the party scene usually go to at least check out the craziness.


How to Decorate a Christmas Tree in 3 Minutes


Well, you do a time lapse, of course! Watch the video below and you’ll get the idea. If you want to watch it full screen or be able to rate it, go here. Don’t get so caught up in the motions that you miss the meaning and the memories. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May your holidays be full of family, friends, and fun.


Mark, Nicole, and Lincoln



I’m sure it’s a common pastime for parents to wonder what their kids will turn out like…. Will they like sports or music or books? Will they be hyper or laid-back or always curious? Currently, I’m just wondering about size.

You see, when we get Lincoln measured they always tell us what percentile Lincoln is in according to the “average kid.” When he was born, he was 7 lbs. 10 ounces, head circumference of 14 inches and 21.5 inches long. This put him in the 50th percentile for weight, about the 50th percentile for head circumference, above the 97th percentile for height, and less than the third percentile for weight-to-height ratio. That means that out of 100 kids, mine would be the tallest. I find myself being proud of the big numbers, like they are test scores or something. It’s funny, I never remember being happy about my larger-than normal cranial circumference, but I can’t help thinking that my kid is passing height and failing weight sometimes!

So, I wonder what these numbers mean looking forward?


Infamous Internet Videos


What makes something or someone famous on the internet? What does it take to be a viral phenomenon? While I do believe there is more than one recipe, there is one combination of traits that occassionally line up to produce something that spreads like wildfire over email, instant messages, and by good old fashioned word of mouth. Unfortunately, this combination is not necessarily a “good thing.”


Laughing Baby: Nephew Edition


I’ve enjoyed the various laughing baby clips on YouTube. The one with the laughing quadruplets is particularly cute. Well, now it’s time to contribute. Here’s some video from last fall of Asher being his happy self. Enjoy!

Introducing: Lincoln Joseph Phillips


Introducing:  Lincoln Joseph Phillips

On June 7th at 3:34pm, we met our firstborn: A 7 lb. 10 oz., 21.5″, dark-haired, healthy baby boy. After about 40 hours of contractions, we went to the hospital and three hours later we had Lincoln. Nicole is worn out but doing well, and “Link” is just perfect (of course). We have some pictues up at our Picasa site (click here). For those of you that guessed ahead of time, I’ll be determining a “winner” soon.

Hot Air Balloons


Last weekend was the Erie town fair. For a small town, Erie does a nice job, with the launch of a lot of hot air balloons as a highlight. On Saturday morning I was awakened by the sound of the “phooosh” of the hot air balloons and took some video out our bedroom window.

Loopy Kazoo


For those of you that don’t mind something both different and cheesy, here is a recent talent show performance by yours truly. By the way, nothing was pre-recorded… it was all done on the spot. (If you want to see it directly on YouTube or even rate it, it’s here)

The Rose and Red Balloon


I recently made a soundtrack for a short film. Jon Byron made an entry for On The Lot, which is a reality TV show co-produced by Steven Speilberg. It is a film-making competition that requires a 5 minute short for entry. Jon came to me for the music. The ante was upped when he said there would be no sound other than the music.

The film is now here.

This project was a lot of fun. Let me know what you think. You can post comments below.



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