Skip to main content

Jon & Kate + Hate

Tonight I watched the "Beach Trip" episode of Jon&Kate+8 and was inspired to find out exactly where they went since it looked so much like where my parents own a condo. It turned out to be close but no cigar. This googling session happened to also lead me to a video from Aunt Jodi. After dismissing Aunt Jodi's sister's blog a couple weeks ago as jealous ramblings, I finally took the time to read it through which took me about an hour. The latest entry which includes this video of Jodi verifying the claims her sister has made 'in print', was what changed my mind. I read the posts in chronological order this time which helped me to better understand her tone, rather than just reading the last entry as I did previously. So for those that haven't taken the time to read it here's the summary.  Keep in mind this is just my recap of her posts (in case the Gosselins see this little post and get pissed): 

  • The production company offered to pay Jodi for opening her home to the camera crew via Kate starting with Season 2
  • Kate, without discussing it with Jodi, said no and said "no one but us gets paid" and "no one will make money off our family"
  • The production company broached the issue again at the start of filming season 3
  • Kate refused again
  • The production company approached Jodi directly, and off-the-record shared the backstory with her
  • She didn't believe it and her husband Kevin, Kate's brother, asked Kate it this was true.
  • Kate verified it and laughed.
  • Kate then decided to replace Jodi's services and got TLC to pay for child-care (Jenny)
  • Jodi approached Kate and said it wasn't about the money and still wants to be a part of the kids' life.
  • Kate refused saying how could she expect her to do it for free (even though she was doing it for free for years).
  • Jodi is now involuntarily estranged from the eight children she helped raise.
Between the video from Aunt Jodi and this 3 year old article in a Pittsburgh newspaper I'm beginning to believe Jodi's sister's account of what happened. Reading it through was really heartbreaking especially when she recounts her son's reaction to watching GumGate.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Paperless

I've been slowly going paperless over the past decade. The first step on my journey started in 2000 when I signed up to use a payment service, PayTrust, to receive my incoming bills, scan them, and put them online for me to pay. The next major step was probably when I got a digital camera to replace my traditional film cameras. It might not be considered a "paperless" use case, but it has lead to very little hardcopies over the years as monitors and HDTV with screensavers and AppleTVs have become so beautiful.  Back to the paperless office, my next big step was eFileing my taxes but that didn't come until about 5 years later. Then suddenly about two years ago, I hit a real shift in my desire to go completely paperless when I got my iPad and installed Evernote.

digital notes...
If you aren't familiar with Evernote its an excellent app, available on all the major desktop and mobile OSes, that makes note-taking and organizing really simple. The killer feature is …

3D Photo Viewer for Looking Glass

I created my first Chrome extension, which is now live on the Chrome Web Store! It's built for the Looking Glass, a holographic display that let's you view three-dimensional objects without glasses. I've also opened the source to the extension on GitHub.

The Chrome extension allows you to view Facebook's "3D Photos", a feature they added in 2018 for displaying photos that include a depth map like those from phones with dual cameras, such as Apple's "Portrait Mode".

Getting Started To use the extension, connect your Looking Glass to your computer, navigate to Facebook and open the viewer from the extension's popup menu. This will open a browser window on the Looking Glass display's screen in fullscreen mode.
Once the viewer is open, the extension watches for any 3D Photo files being downloaded, so browse around Facebook looking for 3D Photos.  I recommend some of the Facebook groups dedicated to this topic like Facebook 3D Photos, and th…

Simplifying logging with Maven and SLF4J (Part 2)

So in my previous post I explained how to simplify your logging with Maven and SLF4J. If you haven't read it yet, please do before reading more.  Since then I've discovered an easier and cleaner way to remove the secondary frameworks from your Maven dependency tree.

Here's a revised overview of the steps:

Decided which logging framework will be your primary, aka who will actually write to your log file.Define the dependency scope of all the secondary frameworks to be 'provided'.Configure your project to depend on drop-in replacements of each secondary framework from SLF4J.
Define secondary frameworks as provided
Use the dependencyManagement section for this. Its used when you might have a dependency transitively.
Add dependency on SLF4J Add the following to your pom.xml
Conclusion
So now in only 3 steps you can redirect all your logging to your primary logging framework without changing a line of code!