Bram’s Snowfall

Bram, at 17 months, after seeing the first snowfall of the year. It snowed last night. I think this is the first time he’s realized that everything can change around him: he ran from window to window this morning exclaiming and pointing out the window at the snow-covered yard and trees. The house was cool, … More Bram’s Snowfall

Bram: Year 1

A year ago today, I held my son in my arms for the first time. Bram’s birth was one of those moments that struck me hard: I remember gasping and crying in joy when I first saw him: after months of a conceptual baby, there he was, in the flesh. It’s easy, looking back at … More Bram: Year 1

The New SyFy Channel

SyFy is headed to space, and it seems as though they’re serious. Last week, they announced a 10-episode pickup of The Expanse, a series that will adapt (presumably) the first book from James S.A. Corey, . In the wake of the announcement, I’ve seen a lot of complaints from fans, noting SyFy’s general track record … More The New SyFy Channel

Bram in 2091

According to a random longevity calculator that I found on the web, my son, Bram (as a white male, born in Vermont) has a projected lifespan of 78 years, giving him until the year 2091 to live, provided everything remains the same. I’m guessing, given the age of some of my relatives, and the potential … More Bram in 2091


2013 was a rush. So many things happened that have never happened to me before, all positive. Bram was born in May, and his entry into our family is one of those things that I can’t quite describe. He’s a beautiful, wonderful child. He’s happy, and lights up whenever one of us enter the room. … More 2013

Meet Bram

Little Bram was born this morning at 10:18am, and I’m now a father. Achievement unlocked, I guess. Abraham Charles Liptak is 7 lbs, 3 oz, 20 inches long and 100 % cute. He has features from Megan and myself, and so far, he’s been fairly quiet: some fussing, a little crying, but mostly, sleeping and … More Meet Bram

DIY Dinner

I was struck with a thought a couple of years ago at the grocery store: this stuff is expensive. I was looking at frozen pizza, an emergency staple that got shoved to the back of the freezer and was used too often. My second thought was: I can make this myself, and I would bet … More DIY Dinner

Before and Away

  2011 had its moments. I did some excellent troops with the 501st, read some awesome books and generally got to geek out about some neat things. Started work with Lightspeed Magazine, and published my first article with Armchair General, submitted another couple for publication, which will happen in the next couple of months / … More Before and Away

The Aftermath

This past weekend, I was able to volunteer in both Waterbury and Moretown, two towns that are struggling with the floods. The aftermath was heartbreaking. My hometown was inundated with upwards of 7 feet of flood waters in places, and many other communities around the state were under water, with roads flooded, houses swept away, … More The Aftermath