Cutie Pie

February 23, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 497 views

Wispy HairThis morning Nora was looking particularly cute, and I was itching to put the flash back on my camera and take some photos. The result was a little impromptu portraiture session starring a little blond-haired blue-eyed lass sitting lazily on the sofa.
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Learning To Eat

February 21, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Videos 82 views

thumbSometime in the past few weeks, Nora has left her “I must put everything I can touch into my mouth!” phase, and is now often content to hold objects in her hands, passing them from one hand to the other. This shift has coincided, unfortunately, with the introduction of self feeding, whereby she is given a small piece of cookie to pick up and eat. The first few times, she didn’t understand what the cookie was for at all, and she picked it up and dropped it, picked it up and dropped it, just like she does with most things. Eventually she figured out that it was for eating and put it in her mouth…but she didn’t understand that she needed to let go of the cookie once it was in her mouth, so she was just sucking on it with it pinched between her fingers. We’ll keep working with her on this.
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Spitty Face

February 19, 2010 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Photos 110 views

thumbNow more interactive than ever, Nora is about at the stage of awareness of a pet dog…who can be taught to do tricks. Her current tricks include clapping and spitting. Also demonstrated in the video is her current fascination with zippers. Zippers are fun because they have the little handle that jingles a bit, and they vibrate a little in your hand when you move them up and down the track. I have a hard time keeping her attention on my face when I wear a jacket with a zipper down the front.

I love the sun, but there’s nothing like a sunbeam coming through the window to make you feel like you live in a big dust cloud. At first I didn’t like the fact that I shot the video through a sun beam, but it does help demonstrate that she’s actually spitting (for extra spittle, try viewing in HD!).
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This walker's made for walking…backwards

February 18, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 192 views

Nora in Space Shuttle walkerYesterday morning, Nora was exceptionally well behaved. After breakfast (she’s most docile after a meal) I set her on the floor in the living room and did my “toss a toy to the other side of her and leave the room before she notices” Batman exit. She remained there playing alone without complaint for 45 minutes (and she’s doing it again today as I type) while I trimmed my RSS feed and got some stuff done around the house. When she couldn’t take it anymore, I put her in the walker and wheeled her into the kitchen so she could watch me do the dishes. As I was scrubbing dishes, I was thinking about how wonderful her behavior was that morning, and how she wasn’t even complaining that I was ignoring her with the dishes. About that time my “maybe it’s too quiet” mammalian neurons fired and I spun around to see what she was up to. She had vanished!!
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Standing Ovation

February 15, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Videos 108 views

thumbThe other day, I put Nora in her little red chair. She was playing with an empty bag of wet wipes. Garbage, it turns out, makes the best toys. She loves playing with an empty plastic bottle. Anyway, where was I… Oh, right. She dropped it and it went a few feet in front of her, so she stood up!!! I was caught off guard, but was able to put my hand on her belly to stop her forward momentum, and she stood there for a few seconds.

What you’re about to see is a reenactment of the event.
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Carnival 2010 in Colindres

February 12, 2010 By: erik Category: Colindres, Offspring, Partying, Photos, Spain, Videos 346 views

Nora the snowballYesterday, I was informed that Nora was expected to be at daycare at 9:00 this morning, dressed all in white, and with moisturizing cream applied to her face so that her face could be painted and she could be dressed as a snowball and paraded around the streets of town. It’s the annual Carnival parade, the time of year when Spanish kids, who have never had the Halloween costume tradition that American kids enjoy, get to dress up as various adorable things and parade around looking cute. Since I’m always a good sport about trying out traditions of my adopted country, I was there at 9:05 sharp with Nora dressed all in white, and my camera and video camera with empty memory cards and full batteries.
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Myrtle Beach Classic 2010, Official Write-Up

February 12, 2010 By: erik Category: Family, Golf, Partying, Photos 479 views

The following is a document written by my father, Paul Rasmussen, about a recent golfing excursion to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA.

On Monday Erik decided to fly to the States and join the fun known as the Myrtle Beach Classic. Betsy picked him up at the Charlotte airport Tuesday afternoon, and I fed them both tacos and Rioja when they arrived in Morganton. On Wednesday morning, Erik and Betsy went to Grace Ridge so Erik could visit with his Grandfather, and a little before noon on Wednesday, Erik and I climbed into the well-loaded van and headed for Myrtle Beach. On the way, we picked up Jeff in Hickory, along with his clubs, his suitcase, his guitar, his sleep machine, a case of beer, and his bongo drums. Jeff took his normal position in the van’s driver’s seat, I moved over to shotgun position, and with Erik in the back, we had a pleasant and uneventful trip to the ocean.
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Jacob and Ryan's Photographic Adventure

February 11, 2010 By: erik Category: Funny, Partying, Photos, USA 116 views

Blue MonkeyLast Saturday night, two participants in the Myrtle Beach Classic 2010 went out on the town for a crazy night out. Have you ever woken up after a night of drinking and discovered photos on your camera that you didn’t remember taking? Or how about having a friend steal your camera from you and try to take the weirdest photos he can? Well, that’s what happened last Saturday. Ryan took Jacob’s camera and went a little crazy. I wasn’t present, but it’s fun to follow their evening from bar to bar through the photographs. Surprisingly, some of them are quite good photography, creative subjects and skilled framing.
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Myrtle Beach Classic 2010

February 10, 2010 By: erik Category: Golf, Partying, Photos, USA 339 views

The gangI wasn’t going to go on my annual golf outing this year for parenting reasons, mainly because I couldn’t leave Marga alone with the little primate beast for a full week. But then, at the last minute, my mother-in-law got sick; just the right amount of sick that she got time off work and was able to care for Nora. After double checking with my work and The Committee that hosts the event, I decided at the very last minute (16 hours before the flight) to go. Let me just say that it’s true what the psychologists say: Decision is the secret to unhappiness. There’s nothing like making a major decision (and this was only a week’s vacation, not moving to another country or anything) to make one miserable. However, once the decision was made, I immediately began to enjoy the trip. I was naively surprised to discover that me dumping Nora off on my in-laws was more of a favor than a burden. They were elated!
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Learning After Effects

January 28, 2010 By: erik Category: Experiments, Timelapse, Videos 355 views

thumbI’ve been playing around lately in After Effects, which is more or less “Photoshop for Video”. After Apple’s dumbing down of iMovie (Apple dumbed something down? Imagine that!) last year, it’s refreshing to get back to editing videos with an actual timeline and keyframes.

Our little primate specimen decided that everyone should be up and active at 7:30 AM every day this week, so I’ve seen every sunrise so far. Monday’s was beautiful, but I just enjoyed it without recording it. On Tuesday, I actually got out the camera and recorded the area of the horizon where the sun appears. And on Wednesday and today the sky was gray and boring for the sunrise.
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