Carter was ready for Santa this year. He went to visit him during the day on Monday and showed Santa his Wal-Mart Wish Book with the stickers on all the items he liked.

Say what you will about Wal-Mart. The wish book was a cool idea (and a good marketing one, as well). It gave Carter a visual reminder of all the things he liked and it made me remember being a kid and looking through the Sears and JC Penny catalogs at the pages and pages of toys. I would carefully make a list, listing the item and page number of each thing I wanted. Just like Ralphie, I had to have a specific item each year. Good memories and hopefully Carter will have them too.


The Dark Knight viral web campaign is in full swing and the reveal of the full body shot of Heath Ledger as the Joker at Empire magazine has happened. What’s left. What’s the viral campaign building too.

The first assumption is a trailer. Aside from the few that attended the panel at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con, no one has seen any footage from the film. Less that 6 months from release, that’s unbelievable for a release of this magnitude. So a trailer is a given.

What about Harvey Dent. The sites that started all of this months ago ( and are still there, with the content unchanged. The original Pumpkin image decayed into a Two-Face style Jack-O-Lantern. Maybe that’s what we’re building up a too. The reveal of Two-Face. It may be in a trailer or in an image, but I feel like this build-up needs to lead to something new and unexpected. Something more than a trailer. I’d be satisfied with Two-Face.

Carter Superman Drawing

Something about that drawing just makes me absolutely happy.

Carter’s been drawing a lot lately. He’ll wake up in the morning and go to his table in the bonus room and draw. Jill set him up a table with crayons, markers, scissors, and glue in the back of the bonus room and I dug out a few old art pads for him to use.

He’ll draw something, ask for comments, draw some more. When he’s done, he usually cuts it out of the pad and presents it to Jill or myself for approval.

The picture above was drawn this past weekend at Grandma’s house. He had several pages of pictures he’d drawn and this one just amazed me. I asked him if it was supposed to be Superman and he said “Yep” and kept on going. I think I’ll start archiving some of these for him to see when he gets older.