From Across the Net – "10 Ways Porn Culture Will Target Your Kids in 2020 (Be Prepared, Not Scared!)"

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Some of the points, on this list, seem like no duh parenting moments; other points come across as alarmist. But, I did find a few things helpful, like this:

Teach kids that when someone offers to show them anything on a screen, they should ask “What is it?” before looking.

And this regarding streaming services:

Many will tell you to just set up a separate profile for the kids–easy! But that’s not enough. The profiles are not password protected and kids can easily switch profiles. Your best line of defense is to set up parental controls. Some parents find it annoying that they have to enter a password so that they themselves can watch content, but it’s a small price to pay to protect your child from mature content!

Photo by Thibault Penin on Unsplash

I have to admit, I always thought that having separate profiles would be enough. Setting up a PIN, for all accounts, to help govern content watched, seems smart.

You can read more here

Friday Night Movie – Thor: Ragnarok

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Friday nights have become movie nights in the Hall household.

Since my last post on Avengers: Age of Ultron, we have watched Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and Doctor Strange. The Hall’s journey through the Marvel movies looks something like this:

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Skipped.
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Skipped.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Skipped.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Skipped
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Quick Thoughts:

  • Ant-Man has been Wyatt’s favorite Marvel movie so far.
  • Watching the Marvel movies in order, I have loved Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain American: Civil War (two movies I had previously disliked). These films are amazing in how they build on one another. And yes, Tony Stark is 100% a jerk by the end of Civil War.
  • Doctor Strange is the second Marvel movie (besides Winter Soldier) that has bored Wyatt into talking during the movie.
  • I still love how the end of Doctor Strange is told in reverse (could be the best Marvel movie ending of all time). Also love the way “magic” looks and the overall special effects. Solid effects movie.

Moving Along:

Tonight, we act as if Thor: The Dark World never happened and that Thor: Ragnarok is the official continuation of Thor’s story. I enjoyed Ragnarok the first time through the Marvel movies… and I’m hoping my opinion doesn’t change like it did with Winter Soldier (which is very talky and a tad boring).

The Passionate Fisherman

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I had a sales rep stop by the office yesterday. He was dropping off some furniture samples for a bid we have coming up on a project. One of the samples was a heavy student desk. So I helped him unload the desk from his Suburban. While unloading, I noticed that he had two fishing poles sitting in the back.

“I see you have your priorities in order.”

He smiled, “Yeah, I try and fish any chance I get.”

There are so many ponds and lakes across East Texas, I’m sure his chances come often.

Photo by Vladislav Suvorov on Unsplash

I love that moment when you ask someone about something they love. Their face lights up in pure excitement. And then that wave of body animation kicks in as they talk about whatever sparks their interest.

Although I’m not much of a fisherman–never ask my brother-in-law Mike about me and fishing–I 100% understand the excitement of getting to talk about something you love.

So what about you, what are you passionate about?

Christmas Loot – LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy Light Cycles

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One of my surprise gifts, from Tabitha, was the LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy Light Cycle set.

The build was simple and the cycles are quite solid. I love the unique helmets and identity discs. Amazon has LED lighting kits for the set. I’m debating on whether to pick one up.

Wyatt also got me a LEGO Ferrari that I need to put together. Pictures soon!

Did you get any LEGO for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below.

Merry Christmas – 2019

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The Walmart parking lot was empty last night, as we drove home from Tab’s parents house. A reminder that at least once a year, a large corporation has some sort of heart. It’s weird to shift from the insanity of the holidays, dealing with the:

  • Increased traffic
  • Bad driving
  • People lacking patience / forgetting their common humanity

We shift from the above craziness into one day where:

  • The streets aren’t as busy
  • People stay home
  • Peace is achieve for at least a few moments while opening gifts

We didn’t start opening gifts this morning until after we had eaten breakfast (cinnamon rolls that Tab made) at 9AM. There are perks to having an only child that sleeps in. 🙂

I hope ya’ll have experienced but a moment of peace today. Merry Christmas!

(Tab got me a keyboard for my iPad. This is the inaugural blog post written on said keyboard. I am hoping to write more in 2020. I am thinking that this is the year that I write my first kids book. Maybe the story of the Dirt Clod Wars will finally be told?)

Forky Asks A Question

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We recently had the chance to watch Toy Story 4. Afterwards, I asked Wyatt what part of the movie he liked the best. He answered, none of it. Made me laugh. I couldn’t have agreed with him more. While a touching end to Woody’s story, I’m not sure why Pixar decided to make another Toy Story movie.

On the flip side, Disney+ has been releasing Forky Asks A Question shorts every week. If you haven’t had a chance to watch these, I can’t recommend them enough. Wyatt especially likes the ‘What is a Friend’ short.

“What? No!”

If you have Disney+, make an effort to check out Forky Asks A Question.