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The Noel Family Pool 2006 Season Begins
Written by Mike Noel   
Sunday, 30 April 2006
swimming begins
Our pool season started today! After waiting through the cold winter months the water tempurature in our pool and the outside temperature were finally high enough and we decided to go swimming in our pool for the first time in 2006. It was fun. If we're going to live in the desert we might as well take advantage of all that sunshine and enjoy ourselves in the water. As you can see from the pictures below the kids are sure having a good time. Even the grown up ones...
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Domains To Dollars
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 20 April 2006
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Before 1995, as far as the public was concerned, the Internet didn't exist. Sure, Al Gore invented it sometime back in the 60's, but the public wasn't really aware of it until Netscape burst onto the scene with their handly little Navigator. During the intial exposure there were mixed opinions about the future of the WWW and the Internet but it is likely that no one seriously thought it would become what it has become today. Each day millions of websites are updated with fresh content and thousands of brand new websites are published. In the midst of all of this a new business opportunity is emerging. Technically it is called domain monetization.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 April 2006 )
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Failure To Launch
Written by Mike Noel   
Tuesday, 11 April 2006
ImageAs a romantic comedy Failure To Launch just didn't work for me. Matthew McConaughey plays a live-at-home bachelor, Tripp, who apparently prefers the life of luxury living at home. The parents are not pleased with their border so they hire a Paula, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, to help get their son out. Paula is a self-proclaimed expert at helping men gain the confidence needed to move out and start a life on their own. Her methods are simple and straight-forward. She makes the young man fall in love with her and then slowly makes the relationship more and more serious. Through the relationship she builds their self-confidence so that by the time she breaks up with them they are ready to stand on their own. The twist in this whole story is that Paula ends up falling in love with Tripp and that messes up the whole plan.
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Proof
Written by Mike Noel   
Saturday, 08 April 2006
ProofProof is a movie about the struggle of a daughtler coming to gripes with her father's illness and resulting death. Anthony Hopkins plays the father who was a brilliant mathematician early in his life. In his early 20's he made astounding and ground-breaking strides in his field and soon became recognized as a genius. But soon his genius turned to mental instability. Before he was 30 he was mentally disabled an unable to function independently. His daughter, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, gave up her promising life to care for him.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 April 2006 )
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Mastery - George Leonard
Written by Mike Noel   
Sunday, 26 March 2006
ImageIn this book George Leonard describes the concept of "mastery" and explains how to acheive it. Mastery is defined not as a goal to be achieved but as an acceptance, and even enjoyment, of the process of learning and growing in a skill. The journey is much more important than the destination. Leonard states that this focus on the process rather than the end result is counter intuitive to our western, result-oriented culture. He encourages the reader to look past the immediate gratification of results and embrance the times on the plateaus of development.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 July 2006 )
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Growing Up Fast
Written by Mike Noel   
Sunday, 05 March 2006
ImageKids grow up fast. Ask any parent. One of the major milestones is learning to ride a bike -- without training wheels. This was acheived by my twins a couple months ago. As you may recall, it's a scary thing letting go of the training wheels. When I first took them off the bikes neither of the kids were willing to ride their bikes. They both took a sudden interest in the skateboards and scooters we had hanging around the garage.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 March 2006 )
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The Great Balloon Adventure
Written by Mike Noel   
Sunday, 05 March 2006
ImageOne of the pleasant things about living where we live is the abundance of hot air balloons. Prior to moving to this part of the country I had seen maybe a couple dozen balloons in real life. This north part of the Phoenix valley must be the ballooning capital of the world. Nearly every day of the year we can easily spot five to ten balloons floating in the sky. Some are much closer than others. On one particular day a hot air balloon almost landed on our house!
Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 March 2006 )
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Lake Pleasant Camping Trip
Written by Mike Noel   
Sunday, 19 February 2006
ImageOn January 1st my Dad and I took my oldest son on his first camping trip. We went to Lake Pleasant which is only about 30 minutes from our house. Even though the trip was only one night it was still a lot of fun for all of us. We didn't do many activities but we got to enjoy being out doors and all the things associated with camping. Most of all, my son had a great time. We can't wait to do it again. Below are some pictures from the trip.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 February 2006 )
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The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe
Written by Mike Noel   
Sunday, 11 December 2005
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This movie is a great rendition of the book. As expected, a few things have been added, altered, or deleted in the on-screen retelling of the story but none of the changes take away from the original story. By today's standards some of the special effects and filming are a tiny bit rough. Again, this isn't something that ruins the movie.
Narnia and it's talking animals has always been a special place for children. This movie was tailored for this younger audience. It has some intense battle scenes but nothing anywhere near as action packed as the battles in the Lord Of The Ring movies. Even the climactic scene with the witch and Aslan is toned down a bit compared to the heart wrenching book depiction.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 December 2005 )
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