Archive for May, 2009

Stuff I Thunk – May 2009

May 31, 2009 By: erik Category: Musings

Occasionally I have publishable thoughts that are more than 140 characters long, but not long enough for a full blog entry. To allow an outlet for these I’m going to start a series of monthly blog posts where I let these thoughts accumulate, and then I publish them at the end of the month.

The way Apple gives free Apple logo stickers with every product is pure marketing genius. What do people do with stickers? They stick them on things. Not only that, but they stick them in places that will be seen by other people, thus making your logo even more ubiquitous. Genius!

After watching an unhealthy amount of streaming NASA TV recently, it occurs to me that someone putting a satellite in orbit should include an HD video camera pointed towards Earth at all times. I’d tune to that channel and just leave it on my television for a long, long time. They could even put small ads at the bottom.

Note to self: When moving a rotten pear from the fruit basket to the trash, do not assume that the stem will support its weight. When they hit the floor, they explode into a gooey sauce that resembles human vomit, both in color, consistency, and desirability to clean up.

More Dresses

May 30, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos

Flowery DressNora has such an enormous queue of clothing to try on in her wardrobe that it’s daunting to even consider. With the summery weather this week we’ve used three summer dresses, the pink one, and the two you see below. So far, I think we have bought her three, maybe four, outfits, and we have received about 50 as gifts. This kid has an impressive wardrobe, I tell you.

Blanket Face

May 28, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos, Videos

First Worn Summer DressToday the weather was very nice and Nora wore a dress for the first time (if you don’t count the baptism). I also filmed a favorite1 game of Nora’s, which, for lack of a better name, I’ll call Blanket Face. The gist of the game involves Marga throwing a blanket over Nora’s face and then removing it. This “blindness quickly replaced by Mommy’s loving face” provides the shock-relief cycle that is the basis of human laughter, and this activity elicits the closest thing Nora has to laughter.

First some summer dress photos, and then a video of Blanket Face in action. (more…)

iPhone App Idea: Almost There!

May 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Musings

One of the most forehead-slappingly clever iPhone app ideas I’ve heard is iNap, an alarm clock for public transportation commuters to wake them up when they get close to their intended stop. Rather than setting a timer, you set the location of your stop on a map and then your iPhone 3G follows your location and the alarm goes off when you are within a specified range of your target. As someone who has spent several years going drowsily to work on public transportation, I applaud the developers of iNap.

The other day, I was driving home to pick up my wife to go somewhere, and, as I approached our neighborhood, I wanted to call her with my mobile phone to tell her to come down from our apartment and out to the street so I wouldn’t have to park. But there were a few round-a-bouts to negotiate and I didn’t feel comfortable using my cell phone while I was driving (it is actually illegal in Spain), so I ended up parking and going up to the apartment to get her.

Okay, here’s my idea:

Meeting Nora

May 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Travel

My regular readers will know that, whenever my parents visit, my father likes to write up an account of his travels. You can download and read his 2.5 MB PDF by clicking on the document image below.

Two Months Old

May 25, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Photos, Videos

Two Months OldFor Nora’s two month birthday, her parents feasted on cheeseburgers, champagne, and strawberries. Nora behaved herself all day and even allowed her mother to read a couple hundred pages, a feat that left Marga in a wonderful mood all day. The weather was dismal and drizzly, but we had an excellent day. In the evening, I attempted a passport photoshoot with the birthday girl. Below I present a video slideshow of the photos I took.


May 24, 2009 By: erik Category: Photos, Spain, Travel

Guernica's New Oak TreeOn Sunday, May 17, my parents, inlaws, wife, daughter, and I made a quick stop by Guernica on the way back home to see a bit of the town and its famous oak tree. My father had recently read a historical novel about the town, titled Guernica, and wanted to see it for himself. It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed walking around the park and museum/legislative building where the tree stands.

Nora's Baptism Pictures

May 21, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Partying, Photos, Spain

Four GenerationsThere’s not much to say about Nora’s baptism that these pictures don’t say a thousand times better. The ceremony was short and boring, and the meal was delicious. I think that everyone in attendance would agree that the day was enormously fun and spent with a very loving family. I could think of no happier way to spend a Saturday than eating and drinking well surrounded by people whom I love and who love me so much.


May 20, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Internet, Photoshop

I dedicate this post to my high school World Literature teacher, Glenda Stephens, who crammed way too much Greek mythology into my head. As with many good teachers, I hated it at the time and have been grateful ever since.


My favorite lolcats are the ones that are way over the heads of most lolcat viewers.

The photo was found on the internet by my friend, Seth. The caption is mine.

Baptism Menu

May 13, 2009 By: erik Category: Mondragon, News, Partying, Religion, Spain

Merluza con gulasMy parents and grandmother are leaving home today to come visit us. They will arrive tomorrow evening and meet their granddaughter (and great granddaughter) for the first time. They bought their tickets on March 23, four hours before Marga went into labor. Needless to say, they (and we!) are pretty excited about their trip. Seeing a baby via video conference and actually holding a baby are two completely different things.