Archive for November, 2010

Fun with Cousin Chloe

November 04, 2010 By: erik Category: Experiments, Family, Photos

With Nora and Chloe (crop)Last weekend Nora got to see her second cousin, Chloe, again. Chloe is five months younger, and several kilos heavier, than Nora and has just begun walking. They were pretty cute together. Unlike Nora, Chloe is happy to be picked up by a relative stranger. I picked her up when I first saw her and she took an immediate liking to me after that, which is the exact opposite of what Nora would do.

I became a fan of Three Frames (sometimes NSFW) about a year ago. It’s an idea I’d never have thought of, to take just three frames from a movie and make an animated gif. The result can be quite comical. One side-effect is that, if the camera was moving at all, the resulting gif takes on a 3D effect. While it was not my intention when I was snapping photos like crazy of Nora and Chloe, when I later got them in my computer and was flipping between them, I just had to make a three-framed animated gif of three of the shots.

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Social Networking and Flight Search Mashup Idea

November 02, 2010 By: erik Category: Internet, Musings

Suitcase SamI’ve got some extra vacation time to spend this year. I’d like to travel somewhere, but I don’t have any ideas. For the longest time I really wanted an app to show me all the places I can go from my local airport on a given week, but no one had anything like this. Recently, however, I have been blown away by the Kayak iPad app, which does just that, plus price range and temperature range sliders, and even checkboxes for pastimes like skiing, golf, beach, etc. It’s amazing.

But what I really want, and I suspect there are clever people coding this as I type, is a way to combine information from my social networks, primarily Facebook, with flight searches to find the best deals to go see my friends.

Halloween Zebra

November 02, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Partying, Photos

Nora Zebra Halloween CostumeIn Spain, the primary holiday for children to wear costumes is Carnival, not Halloween. However little by little, the virus of American culture is taking hold. Several of my expat friends in Spain have reported some trick-or-treaters, and some of the local shops say they got some too.

The Problem With Representative Democracy

November 01, 2010 By: erik Category: Complaining, Politics, USA, Voting

Just some food for thought to my American brethren as you head to the polls on Tuesday. Not that it should discourage you from voting. Please vote! It’s important.

The Problem With Representative Democracy