Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

21Jan/170

Democracy in Action: The Micronaxx March!

I felt so proud & privileged today to march alongside Finn & Hen (and in spirit alongside Mom-O in DC) in the record-setting Women's March. Numerous marchers smiled & took pics of the sign Hen thought up and made by himself (well, with a little questionable spelling assistance from Finn). I'll translate: "You fried circus peanut, you're not going to rule our state, you'll rule the dungeon. Boo Trump!" :-p

Here are a few shots from the day.

5Jan/170

Drones away—Far away!

Auntie Laura's Christmas gift just about made a one-way trip to purgatory (i.e. Neighbor Todd's sketchy yard), but fortunately we were able to rescue it just after I stopped filming. 😬🚁😀

4Jan/170

“We Found A Hat,” El Segundo Edition

Following in Finnster’s footsteps (see previous), Hen reads aloud Jon Klassen’s magnum opus, “We Found A Hat.” 🙂

27Dec/160

Christmas Eve Serenade

After attending a very nice service at the Stone Church at which the lads joined us in singing Silent Night outside, we all enjoyed surveying Christmas lights. Here's a super short video glimpse:

18Dec/160

Santastic Tidings, 2016

With the help of eyewitness reports from Scout and (I'm just going out on a limb here here) the calligraphic stylings of a certain little elf, the boys have just received this year's beautiful letter from Santa. Check it out!

See also Santa's letter from 2013:

Oh, and here's the boys' letter to Santa from back when they were just 2 & 3 years old.

14Dec/160

Chase of the Hat, 2016 Edition

Our friend Dave is a bonafide kid-whisperer. The boys fondly remember chasing him endlessly around a park during Dave's son Cameron's birthday party years ago, trying to grab & hide his hat. Now that Cameron is a kindergartener, he was able to join in the silliness this past Sunday. Check it out:

Bonus vintage Dave: a lightsaber battle with Finn three years ago:

8Dec/160

Ace of Base Plate

Witness the boys' joy at receiving my old cache of Lego road plates (which normally cost an arm and a leg), courtesy of Grandma & Grandpa. 🙂

roadplates

6Dec/160

VRNaxx

Back in the high-tech hothouse of late-'70s Galena, IL, my mom used to let me draw with melting crayons on paper over a hot plate. As cool (or rather, hot) as that was, I'm happy that creative experiences have evolved, and on Saturday I took the lads up to SF to try their hands at painting in virtual reality. We dropped in on Adobe San Francisco, where a bunch of my old friends and colleagues have been busy helping shape the future of expressivity.

Here's a quick video plus a gallery from the adventure. (Much more to come, we hope!)

25Nov/160

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hen & Mom-O recently visited our local fire station with the Cub Scouts, learning that the brave folks who protect us don't get to take holidays off. Inspired by this, they decided to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies & bring them over to say thanks to the guys spending Thanksgiving away from their families.

This proved easier said than done! As we parked in the morning, we joked, "Gee, I hope they don't have to zoom off on a call right now"—but as we walked up, that's exactly what they did! When we tried again a couple of hours later, history repeated exactly, and on our third visit (this time around lunch), they were gone entirely. Fortunately the fourth time was the charm, and the appreciative team treated us to a great mini tour. Check it out:

16Nov/160

Finnster growing up

Aww—just a little time capsule of our once-little man, courtesy of Google Photos.

20Oct/160

¡Rocas Ígneas!

I meant to post this last May when Finn & his bilingual amigos dropped some science on the San Jose district staff. As team leader of the group focusing on igneous rocks, Finn was really dedicated to creating a great poster & presentation—to the point that he skipped Take Your Kid To Work Day at Google so that he could ensure they finished the job properly. Here's a little taste of how things turned out:

15Oct/160

Storytime: “We Found A Hat”

Hot (or maybe cold?) on the heels of seeing Hawaiian turtles, Finn here reads our latest storybook, "We Found A Hat." He did it for our friend Sam, but I thought you might like it, too. 🙂

10Oct/160

Hula Hen

Our Henry is a quirky little dude: Sometimes he's super fearful in cases where Finn would rush in (e.g. snorkeling), but in others the boys' positions reverse. Here's an example of the latter, where Hen got right up on stage with Mom-O to learn some hula moves at our Hawaiian luau:

15Sep/160

“Soldiers vs. Tidal Wave!!!”

The dudes have been busy "basementing" up a storm lately, crafting all kinds of Lego maritime misadventures using teams of hapless soldiers, pirates, sharks (real & mechanical), and more. Here's a little stop-motion film that Finn created last night:

Whirlpool 1
Whirlpool 2

7Sep/160

How to Scare Your Cub Scout

What would a campfire be without some terrifying tales? Check out the boys' skit from last weekend's scout camping:

27Aug/160

Bricks by the Bay, 2016

Each year brings a return of the giant (and growing!) Lego brickstravaganza held at the convention center in nearby Santa Clara. Here's just a glimpse of this year's gathering, in which the boys scored a few fun little pieces while seeing various friends:

17Aug/160

Cub Scout Tug-of-Warriors

Last night's pack meeting focused on physical fitness & challenges, including performing various long jumps, push-ups, and jumping jacks. Later the pack split in two to duke it out in a tug-of-war in which Team Micronaxx prevailed! (see below) That was just a warm up prior to all the kids teaming up to beat down the adults, though we suspect that their end of the rope just might have been tied to a pole outside. 😉

2Aug/160

Mysterious Lego Mayhem

Another year at Steve & Kate's Camp, another round of charming if incomprehensible stop-motion Lego vids from the guys. 😉 Note the "flying stick" effect, of which Finn is very proud:

18Jul/160

Pure Diving Grace

There are times you say, "Yep, that is definitely my kid"—then look for a stiff drink. 😉 (Click image to play)

(funnier with sound) Finn's inherited his old man's gracious diving #MotionStills

A video posted by John Nack (@jnack) on

[No Finnsters were harmed in the making of this vid]

17Jul/160

Boots on the Ground: Quicksilver Edition

Yesterday the guys gamely braved the heat & elevation to traverse the slopes of San Jose's Almaden Quicksilver County Park, home of the country's first working mercury mine. Being kind of nuts, they & their pals insisted on periodically trying to piggyback one another up the hills. Here's a 30-second taste of the day:

Tuckered