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The Graduate

And here she is, all graduated and everything.  The ceremonies — a Baccalaureate Mass in the Cathedral gym on Saturday and then actual Graduation at Butler University on Sunday — were very nicely done and even moving at times, as I guess they’re designed to be. Melinda’s now looking for a summer job to pass […]

Melinda Graduation Announcement May 2007

Melinda’s graduation announcement. The photo is one that she took herself in a hotel room in Kentucky while on a band trip — not a typical senior portrait, I know, but one that I think shows her as she really is more than any portrait of her that I’ve seen.  I made the announcement itself […]

2007 eXcel Awards

Two of Melinda’s photos — the one of some busy Fishers, IN firemen, above, and a closeup of a certain Marine’s eyes, below — were selected as round one winners in the 2D art category of the Indiana Project eXcel awards — a state-wide arts competition for high school students sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau […]

Go Colts!

The day before the Super Bowl we drove through downtown Indianapolis and for some reason blue and white colors were everywhere — even at the top of the Indiana state capitol building. Photo by Melinda Taber.

Indiana State Museum

On Friday after New Year’s Eve we drove downtown to the White River Park with my parent to take a look at the (relatively) new Indiana State Museum. It turned out to be a pleasant and educational experience. The displays were very well presented, with some clever and elegant touches like a display showing limestone […]

Zimbabwe Photos Posted

I’ve managed to post a good selection of photos from the trip to Zimbabwe that Christopher and I went on in November. I tried to whittle the set down to no more than 100 photos, but failed pretty miserably. The best way to view the photos as a group is probably to go to my […]

Indy 500 Festival Parade

Last Saturday we went downtown for the 500 Parade. We squatted in some unoccupied front-row seats and managed to watch the whole parade without being asked to move. Overall, it was a good parade, with — as usual — all the drivers in the race, a few B- or C-grade TV celebrities, a lot of […]

Prom 2006

The Cathedral Prom was this past weekend at Union Station in downtown Indianapolis. Melinda designed her own dress for the occasion, combining design elements from a couple different patterns and choosing her own colors and fabrics.

2006 Birthdays

Each year without fail, it seems like we always have two birthdays to celebrate early in the year. For Melinda, our January 13th baby, we went out to dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (along with Nathan) and had steaks and ribs and threw peanut shells on the floor and all, and then went home and had […]

California 2005 – The Video

I recently got my Mac PowerBook back after an extended stay in the repair shop, and to celebrate I made a short (5 min, 7 sec) iMovie slideshow of some photos from our trip to southern California over Christmas vacation. Here’s a relatively high-quality streaming version of the movie in Flash 8 format: Or, if […]

2006 Rose Parade

Today we got up early to drive up to Pasadena and watch the Tournament of Roses Parade live and in person — despite the expected torrential rainstorms (the first time, apparently, it’s rained on a Rose Parade in 50 years). Cheryl and Ken met us at our hotel room and led us to one of […]

California 2005

This year over the Christmas/New Year holidays we travelled to California to visit my brother Steve and his wife Julie and family — as well as my parents (who came in from Michigan) and Colleen’s sister Cheryl and her family — in the Irvine/Orange County/Los Angeles/San Diego area. So far we’ve been having a great […]


wabash One of my favorites out of Melinda’s most recent batch of photos. Click on the photo to see the full-sized version on Flickr. Tags: Wabash

Camping at Turkey Run

In late October Christopher and I went camping for the weekend at Turkey Run State Park — which we learned was Indiana’s second-ever state park. They have a lot of hiking trails, sandstone caverns, virgin forests, and covered bridges. The park is situated in Parke County, Indiana, which apparently is like the covered bridge capital […]

Green Day Concert

This year’s dad-and-the-kids concert was Green Day on September 12 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The concert was really fun, but the audience was also quite interesting to me — a more diverse a group, with a lot of kids with dads or moms, than any other rock concert I’ve been to recently. When they […]

Portland Oregon

This year, one of the trade shows that I regularly go to — the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) — happened to take place the same week that Melinda was scheduled to be at Band Camp practicing her flag-waving routines and that Christopher was planning to stay with his grandparents for a week (and our […]

Stratford As We Like It

After meeting Colleen’s family in Frankenmuth, we headed out east towards Canada, for a family trip to Stratford, Ontario. While in Stratford we communed with the swans along the river, took a tour backstage at the Stratford Festival Theater, paddled kayaks and canoes on the Avon, saw a wonderful production of “As You Like It,” […]

50th in Frankenmuth

Over the Fourth of July Colleen, Melinda, Christopher and I travelled to Michigan to join the rest of Colleen’s family — her Mom and Dad, Cheryl Ann and her boys Johnny and Trevor, Eric and John, and John’s daughter Brianda — at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth to celebrate her parents’ 50th Anniversary. We […]

BrainShare 2005

BrainShare — Novell’s big annual user conference in Salt Lake City every March — was all open source, all Linux, all the time this year. It was fun to see big splashes of SUSE green thrown into the mix amongst all the usual red. Here’s a slideshow of some of my pix, set to the […]


I recently discovered Flickr, a web community thing for sharing photographs. I’ve only just begun to upload and organize some my pics, but this site looks like it has some potential. Take a look at what I’ve got so far…

Katharina’s Birthday

2005.01.17.katharina.birthday.cake.colleen Katharina celebrated her 18th birthday on January 17. To mark the occasion we went out to eat and then came home and enjoyed the Schwartzwalderkirschtorte (Black Forest Cake) that Colleen had made from scratch….

Snowboarding Fun

Christopher finally gets a chance to try out the snowboard he got for Christmas last year. (Photo taken by Colleen on her cellphone)…

Thanksgiving 2004

This year for Thanksgiving we just stayed home and had a nice, quiet dinner amongst ourselves. Afterwards we took a walk out back around our “lake,” taking pictures and inspecting the recent work of our very active beavers….

New Photo Album – Chicago Trip 2004

I’ve posted a new photo album here of my pictures from our two-day trip to Chicago last weekend. (Melinda’s pictures from the same trip are in the November 2004 album on her weblog.) There was a foreign language teacher’s…

Sears Tower

Hi from Katharina, Melinda, and Christopher — from the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago!…

Cathedral Open House

Last night was Cathedral’s yearly open house for prospective students. As always, the highlight of the evening was the marching band’s rousing performance — here they are marching into the gym. Melinda is a little off to the right…

Provo, Utah – November 2004

A couple colleagues and I made a trip out to Provo, Utah in early November to visit with people at Novell, get an update on their software product plans for next year, and figure out what books we need…

Halloween 2004

For Halloween this year Melinda was “Death” (a character from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series), and Christopher was apparently some kind of a Grim Reaper-like guy with a sword. While they were out reaping their rewards, Colleen and Taffy…

“Death” at Cathedral?

Would you allow your daughter to go to school (albeit on an official Halloween “dress up” day) at her somewhat uptight, Catholic prep school dressed like “Death”? Dressed like this?…

Colleen Back on Her Feet!

On October 4 Colleen had her long-awaited followup appointment with her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Biehl. He proclaimed her cured and gave her permission to walk and drive. The very next day, Colleen started the school year anew, standing on…

Taber Reunion 2004

Shortly after school started, we drove up to Michigan for the annual Taber Family Reunion — a gathering of the descendants of my grandparents, Marcius Mearl Taber. That’s most of us in the picture to the right (if you’re so…

School Days 2004

As it so often does in Indiana, the new school year started once again in the middle of August — long before Labor Day, and definitely long before there’s even a hint of any frost upon any punkin. This…

Linkin Park et al in Indy

Shortly after we got back from Wisconsin, Melinda, Christopher and Mark went to a previously scheduled, previously ticket-bought concert at “Verizon Wireless Music Center” — Indianapolis’ outdoor music venue. Here we are just before we left the house (while…

New Photo Album – Wisconsin Dells

I’ve posted a new photo album here from our trip to the Wisconsin Dells in honor of my parents’ 50th Anniversary (that’s the happy couple above). We all gathered at the Kalahari Resort for a long weekend exploring all…

Colleen Speaks German with Kurt Vonnegut

One of the highlights of the summer for Colleen undoubtedly was one day running into Kurt Vonnegut (if not exactly one of Indiana’s most favorite sons then certainly one of its most famous) at the Indianapolis Art Center. Colleen…

MySQL User Conference 2004 – Orlando

I’ve posted a photo album and a slide show movie (in QuickTime format for a DSL or cable connection) from Pearson’s presence at this year’s MySQL User Conference in Orlando. We were able to show off our very first…

Halloween Photo Album

We’ve posted a new photo album with a few pictures of this year’s costumes, pumpkins and the like….

New Photo Album: School Days 2003

We’ve posted a new photo album depicting the first few days of school this year — Melinda is now in 9th grade at Cathedral, Christopher is in 5th grade at Woodbrook, and Colleen is in her 14th year teaching…

New Photo Album: Cheryl Ann and Ken Visit

We’ve posted a photo album of pictures taken when Colleen’s sister, Cheryl Ann, and her husband Ken and family visited us. They were were driving back to California from Michigan and stopped in on their way for an evening…