Colorful Sweater

October 28, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos 212 views

Rainbow HoodSome time ago Nora’s great-grandfather bought her an adorable little sweater. I particularly like these, and I stop to look at all the creative designs when I see the booth of these sweaters at the local Friday market. On the one hand it’s super-cute, but on the other hand it looks like what would happen if you combine knitting with lysergic acid diethylamide. In a surprising discovery that shocked all of us, it turns out that Nora is infinitesimally closer to the asymptote of perfect adorableness in this sweater. The two days she’s worn it, I could do nothing but smile at her.
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Top Ten WordPress Plugins I Can't Live Without

October 27, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Internet, Wordpress 887 views

Recently I’ve been recommending some wordpress plugins to people, and I find myself repeating the same reasons and explanations, so I thought I would write them down here so I can just point people to one place. Ironically, I can totally live without all of the plugins that I took the time to write: Flickr Flash Badge Widget, Revver WordPress Plugin, Widgetize Anything, and YT-Audio: Audio Hosting From YouTube.

I’ve ordered them from least important to most impressive and important, just like top ten lists are supposed to be.
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Hanging Out With Nora

October 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Videos 80 views

thumbBabies spend an awful lot of time doing very little. Or at least it looks like they’re not doing anything, but in reality their constantly learning about their environment and the way the natural world functions. Sometimes I spend time just watching Nora look around at stuff. This video will probably be boring for most people, but it’s the kind of video I wish I had of myself at Nora’s age, just being a curious baby.
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Two Nieces

October 25, 2009 By: erik Category: Experiments, Family, Photos, Photoshop, Weird 69 views

Two NiecesMy sister-in-law has been begging me to make this photoshop construction for a long time. Finally on Saturday I took the pictures, and today I spent a disturbingly small amount of time (< 5 minutes) photoshopping two photos together.

One interesting thing that I discovered in this endeavor was that it’s really hard to move a 7 kg weight from one side of your body to the other without drastically changing your posture. On the photos with Nora on her right, her hips were exaggeratedly to her left, and vice versa.
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Seven Months Old

October 25, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, News, Offspring, Partying, Photos 123 views

Seven Month Birthday Party (crop)Well, it’s not like we can stop now! Yesterday we had a party for Nora’s seven month birthday. Her aunt, Spanish grandmother, and great-grandfather were in attendance. Hamburgers were on the menu again, and we had a wonderful feast. I’m always too hungry to take a photo of the actual hamburgers, though.

Nora had a great time.
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Almost Published

October 24, 2009 By: erik Category: Internet, Marketing, News, Science, Weird 82 views

Two weeks ago, I was contacted by someone claiming to be a contributing editor to a book that is about to be published, asking if I would accept money in exchange for permission to republish a blog post of mine in their book that may or may not sell millions of copies in over thirty languages. Here’s the email I received (hyperlinking mine):
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Bordeaux Reflections

October 23, 2009 By: erik Category: France, Photography, Photos, Travel 210 views

Kid playing Bordeaux reflection poolThere is really only one obligatory photograph that must be taken when you visit Bordeaux, the one on the covers of all the tourism guides. It’s of the Place de la Bourse taken from the other side of the reflection pool. They have a large, maybe 20m x 40m reflection pool between the Place de la Bourse and the river that is maintained with about a centimeter of water. It’s pure high-grade photographer catnip.
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Rainbow Blanket from Janet

October 23, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 123 views

Rainbow BurritoAlso in a recent shipment from the Motherland that included some clay keepsakes was a wonderfully heavy and snuggly blanket made especially for Nora by Janet, a coworker of my mother’s. Nora loves it, and we’ve already begun putting it over her when she dozes off in a pile of toys. I also must confess to having used it myself once while on the sofa on a chilly night. Something tells me that it will never be far away from us this winter.
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Fleur de la Vie

October 22, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos, Videos 72 views

Sweat Suit Photo ShootThis sweatsuit is very representative of the state of Nora’s wardrobe. Her warmer clothes that claim to be for a six or nine month old are all too small, leaving her ankles out in the cold.

I only wanted one good picture of her in this outfit, so, as usual, I snapped about a dozen, hoping to pick out one good one, but there turned out to be nine good ones that I couldn’t bring myself to discard, so rather than one photo, I present you with a slideshow. They are all available on Flickr in their full-res glory.
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Bundle Up

October 21, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 67 views

Hooded NoraThe weather in just the past week has turned decidedly autumnal. Out came the storage boxes full of sweaters, and the sweaters got replaced with summer clothes. Ah, season change.

It won’t come as a surprise to any of her fans, but it turns out that Nora is absolutely adorable in her warm clothes too! She’s really been enjoying her winter coat that her mother bought her a few months before she was born during the post-winter sales what seems like an eternity ago.
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