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Jason Pawlak

Husband, Dad, Navy Officer, Coder, and Tinkerer. I have many interests and am always looking to learn something new. This site is a launching point to the many areas of the Internet that represent me.

  1. Needy Giant Lapdog

    I’ve written about our quirky pup, Jolie, previously.  She’s so special… Well in the post linked above I talked about how she will try and escape baby gates to get away from sounds.  I didn’t mention what she will do at night … attempt to crawl into bed with us if a sound annoys her the wrong way.  Well this quirk has moved down to yet another location. Now she targets our laps while we sit... [read more]

  2. Little Lady Hugs

    Who doesn’t love hugs from a toddler?  Seriously… Favorite moment of the day easily is coming home after work and being greeted by a squealing Little Lady with eyes bright and arms open wide doing a bouncy run/skip/stumble towards me at the door. Am I sad when she decides she doesn’t want to give me a hug even though I ask so nicely?  You better believe it! Do I get jealous when she decides not... [read more]

  3. Are you eating corn?

    So many funny moments in life with a toddler… Setting: Sitting down for a nice family dinner, Little Lady in her high chair chomping away with a mouthful of fresh-off-the-cob corn… Me: Are you eating corn? Little Lady: NOOOO!!!!!! I just about blew corn out my own nose. [read more]

  4. Diaper Allergies

    Despite my best attempts … I am yet to convince Wife that I have an allergy to diapers. Where allergies and diapers do in fact overlap, though, is when it comes to changing the SUPER stinky ones.  Yup, quality wise we’re talking poop the consistency of oatmeal amply laced with honey.  It’s the kind that wafts while the diaper is still firmly secured.  Quantity wise we’re talking about when you can see the creep towards... [read more]

  5. Man++ | New Grill

    Stamp my “Man Card” … I now know how to cook on a charcoal grill! A few months back, my seven-year-old cheapo gas grill with rust and half disintegrated burgers stuck under the grate started shooting flames from the hose that leads to the propane tank. I put it out in the driveway with a sign that read “Free shoots flames from gas hose” but it was gone minutes later. Honestly I didn’t really miss... [read more]

  6. Real-time Dreaming

    Do you dream in real-time? That is … chronological, one minute in dream world equals one minute passing in real world? I’m pretty sure you, and I as well, do not. “Jason … what’s your data?” Good question!  Let’s look at a very specific dream, the telephone ringing. In your dreams at night, if your phone rings, or your alarm clock rings, much of the time you will think that the phone is ringing in... [read more]


    Over the last few years, the quantity and quality of edutainment videos to hit the mainstream have gone through the roof!  PBS has always prided itself with kids shows that bring educational value in a entertaining manner, but nothing compares to what YouTube has brought to the masses. Many of my favorite YouTube channels teach me every day about Physics, Chemistry, how the world works, Politics, Governments and a very wide variety of levels.  Much... [read more]

  8. Afghanistan Memory Memorial and Air Force Band

    Weeknights are generally fairly consistent around our house.  Home from work -> play with the kid -> dinner -> bath -> bed.  We had a nice change of pace yesterday, though. Over the weekend, read an article in the Navy Times about Ron White, who is a memory champion as well as a former Navy Reserve IS1 (Intelligence Specialist, First Class).  He has decided to pay his respects to the nearly 2,200 US Military members... [read more]

  9. Book Review: Six Frigates

    Wow … Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll was a marathon read.  And not like a sitting for 26 hours straight never wanting to put the book down.  More of the … took somewhere near 26 week sto read… Don’t get me wrong.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I learned A LOT from the 482 pages of riveting Navy history. It was just a long read.  And it read a bit like a text... [read more]

  10. Adventure on the way...

    Have you seen the Canadian Space Agency channel on YouTube?  I’m a fan.  Chris Hadfield is an astronaut on the International Space Station and he does video blogging from the ISS.  Folks will write him asking questions about what life is like in space and he will video short few minute responses back.  Very interesting in fact! The video below is titled, “How you can achieve your goals”.  And the particular message of this video... [read more]