Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I stand with Ahmed: My letter I sent to the principal

I read with shame about Ahmed Mohamed, the 11-year-old who made a clock at home andd brought it to school, only to be handcuffed away because it supposedly looked like a bomb.

WTF is wrong with people, that they'd punish a kid for doing something constructive with his time? It made me sick.

I wanted to share the letter I wrote to Principal Daniel Cummings. I wasn't hateful. Read for yourself, steal it if you want, and send an email yourself. Also, I encourage you to make a donation to the Council on American Islamic Relations. Empty complaining does nothing to change anything. Their donation link is here.

I know you're going to get a lot of hateful emails. I promise this isn't one of them.

I am pleading with you to drop all charges and disciplinary measures against Ahmed Mohamed, the child who made a homemade clock to bring to school.

We live in a society full of kids who only care about what the screen on their smartphone says. Wasting time on Snapchat, Xbox and like after like on Facebook. Here's a kid who isn't doing that. He's spending his time tinkering, creating gadgets. And one day, he may go on to do something great because of all that constructive work he's doing now.

And he's punished for it. That sends a message that you'd rather a child bury their nose in a smartphone than do something creative with their free time.

The one message I constantly hear in the media and in the field of education is how other countries have better test scores than we do. We lament the fact that other countries are supposedly light years ahead of us when it comes to math and science scores. But the one kid who seems to break that mold gets punished.


Please don't feed me the line about "our children's safety." No child's safety was compromised by a student bringing in a handmade clock. If anything, this is an instance of a child being bullied by a system that's supposed to help and educate.

I trust you'll take a step back, examine the situation, and act with courage and common sense. If not, I can only assume you'd rather Ahmed obsess over mindless activities instead of doing something great with his life.

God bless,
Dustin Faber

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


I woke up to what I thought was the sound of my phone vibrating, it was actually a moo! 

If I can get the video to load I'll add that. I have never seen so many humming birds at one time! 

Friday, May 8, 2015

My next adventure: Living my vocation-day 1.

If I wasn't sure about being home with the kids fully before now; I was convinced today. My first official day at home and Flynn's first tooth finally broke through the gum. This is definitely the stuff that moms want to witness. I am so blessed! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New episode of The 16-Bit Catholic

James Ryan and I talked Daredevil in my latest podcast, which you can find here. It's very spoilery, so please wait before you listen.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New 16-Bit Catholic podcast

Just letting you know that I have a new episode of The 16-Bit Catholic available. Sarah Vabulas stops by to talk about her new book, vinyl records, and how her life revolves around more than just tasty alcoholic bevarages!

Give it a listen here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

7QT #8

Favorite Websites: has some of the best writing. has some of the best planner ideas. has some of the best parenting goofs.
was told during one of my gaming video streams that I need to blog more and podcast more. I promise I'm trying! 
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I was supposed to sleep in today but forgot to turn off my alarm. It's ok, I'm going to get up and clean the bathroom.
I started a new business and I LOVE IT! LegalShield is what makes it possible for me to stay at home with my kids starting next month!
Please watch this video about it, it's 2 minutes. If you (like me) need to know more after watching it just send me an email! ///It really deserves more than a QuickTake but I couldn't wait Until I had the time for a full post to share this. ///
Ever since Flynn was born I am addicted to Dr Pepper.
I never realize how much stuff I have until it's time to move. SO.MUCH.STUFF.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review A Great Game Day: Tetris

I know there are about 50 different versions of tetris.  I love most of them. Some are a tad more difficult than others. 

Today I'll specifically reference two newer versions; Tetris Party on the Wii, and Tetris Ultimate in the 3DS. 

A while back I played Tetris Party for almost 2 hours straight, scoring in the ballpark of 2 million points.  I like this version of the game because it has a beginner mode that is only 3 peices. It is so much fun. You can also play solo or against friends. Battle mode against my husband is often fun and fierce! 

Tetris ultimate on 3DS is a typical version with some cool variations in the game. I mostly play on marathon and unlimited modes when I play Tetris. It's a bit tricky for me to play in 3D but the graphics are very neat when played that way. 

Basically, I love Tetris. Now go get your game on!! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Review a Great Game Day: Team Fortress 2

 This article is in response to the fantastic Review a Great Game Day holiday that 1 More Castle has created. I've chosen Team Fortress 2 for PC. It's also available on Mac and Linux.

For the season of Lent, many Christians choose to give something up as a sacrifice. Some people give up chocolate, some give up cigarettes. Josh Hartnett gave up sex in some movie I didn't see back in the day. For me, the decision was easy.

I had to give up Team Fortress 2. I had put 304 hours into that game, it was clearly the one luxury I valued more than any other. It is a game that, any time I have 10-20 minutes, I'll make time to play.

It might just be the perfect game. For those who aren't aware, Team Fortress 2 is a team-based free-to-play first person shooter. There are different classes of characters with different abilities and weapons, ensuring that nearly every gamer gets a unique experience. Wanna just crank up a machine gun? Pick the russian Heavy. Like torching people with a flamethrower? Pyro is your man. Do you abhor violence? Pick the doctor and heal your teammates!

Far from the gritty, ultra-realistic Call of Duty games on the market (fine games in their own right), TF2 has a Norman Rockwell art style and a wild sense of humor.  Seriously, one character throws jars of urine at enemies and players can start a conga line instead of shooting each other. And most of the time, you'll need to work together with your teammates to win a variety of game modes, including King of the Hill (control the point in the center for 3 minutes), Payload (push a cart of explosives into the other team's base), and my personal favorite, Mann vs. Machine.

MvM is where I've spent the majority of my 304 hours. Instead of killing other players, you're tasked with clearing a handful of rounds of robotic versions of the different classes you can play as. This play mode is fantastic. I've had some really intense moments where my team literally won at the last second (you lose when a robot gets into your base and plants a bomb). And when I mean at the last second, I truly mean that: The robot had jumped into the air and was about to land with the bomb when we finally blew him up! If one or two of those bullets had missed, we'd get a game over.

That intense gameplay is what keeps me coming back for more. When you're overwhelmed by an army of robots, and you're managing to hold down the fort, and just when it seems like you're about to gain the upperhand, a tank bursts through the walls, demanding that you blow it up (which takes a lot of firepower and time), while juggling the other robot running towards your base with a bomb.

What to do? Pray your teammates take care of that renegade robot while you try neutralizing this tank before it gets any closer to blowing you to smithereens.

While I'm fairly competent with every class, Pyro is my specialty. I wield that flamethrower with bad intentions. Whether it's burning an opponent alive, or airblasting them down an endless pit, being a pyro is a joy that I've yet to find replicated in any other game.

Team Fortress 2 was the first modern PC game I had ever played. While a member of Apple's cult, I had an old eMac computer (a really reliable gem of a machine) that was on it's last legs. Couldn't run new software because my processor wasn't an Intel, couldn't upgrade the flash player, and couldn't play any games made past 2006.

So when I switched to PC two years ago, I started looking for all the great PC games I had missed out on. Things like Arkham Asylum, Bioshock, FIFA, etc. But one game stuck out in a PC Gamer magazine my wife got for me. Team Fortress 2 sat at number two on their greatest games of all time list (published in 2012), only trailing Skyrim. And OMG it was free! I didn't have the money for a new game, so I gave this TF2 a shot.

The graphics blew me away. The goofiness of the game still makes me chuckle (one gamer had the screen name Brotato Chip, which will always be the best screen name in the history of mankind). And the people, for the most part, weren't giant jerks. I've seldom run across someone using homophobic slurs the way other games are plagued. And the gameplay itself? It is the most polished first-person shooter I've played, and it's not even close. Even on a stock, cheap mouse, it controls extremely well. And you can go without spending any money on it and you won't be a competitive disadvantage.

The first "next gen" game I got my hands on didn't disappoint. Some people have golf to relax. I've got TF2.

And in addition to Valve updating the gameplay with new maps and playmodes (they always keep the game fresh), they also produced what I consider to be the best animated short film of all time, Expiration Date, using characters from the show. Really funny, and they give the characters engaging personalities. If you have 14:59 of free time, give it a watch.

More than 300 hours later, I'm still in love. And while the passion might have cooled down a bit over that amount of time, my flamethrower is still scorching hot and ready to burn you alive. Just don't challenge me during Lent.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Week of April 6-chicks and stripes!

Well I can't figure out how to flip the first picture.. The trouble with posting from my phone. Oh well, enjoy it anyway. 
Purple striped washi from who knows where! Chicks stickers for my daughter's easter card. Jelly bean chick and flowers from target $1spot
Also, this is awesome. It's a sticky todo list. Target. Stationary section. Small enough to stick in my lament on any given day. Big enough to use for a full day of tasks! 

Thanks Jamie @ for the linkup! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Planner linkup: week 13

I need to have more focus in my life and less chaos. I say this amid the most chaos possible. I am parenting alone for a few more weeks, planning a move, packing the house, starting a part time job, and working a full time job... You're probably exhausted just reading that. I am too! I realize that I am a casual "planner person" and I often leave one of my planners at the office but I should start using it to its full advantage. My favorite planner is of course the pink one I told you about last time. It has hourly breakdown on the days. I need to use these!! I find myself often wasting time.. If I can commit to just focusing on one thing per half hour I should surely stay on track. I want to be a more active blogger so I haves tarted planning my posts. Bright pink should be a good memory jogger!! Take a look. I'd love to hear your tips. Find me on Twitter and Instagram @alliwait. Until next time.. Happy planning! And check out the For Love of Cupcakes planner linkup!!