Fruteria – How to open a small business

December 04, 2009 By: erik Category: Colindres, Musings, Photos 419 views

Fruit Stand ConversationRecently a small shop in town selling decorative housewares, that had been there for the entire four years we’ve lived here, went out of business. While it was always interesting to look into their shop window, I think I only went in once, and the shopkeeper wasn’t very pleasant, so nothing was purchased. The shop was on a prime corner right in the center of town. I can’t think of a better location for a shop in town. So of course I was pretty curious as to who would jump on that choice piece of real estate. It was empty for a couple weeks, and then the painting started.
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Zoí« Keating Is Awesome

December 03, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Music, Stuff I Found, Videos 103 views

thumbFor several months now, my favorite podcast has been Are We Alone?, put out by SETI. At first one might think that a podcast from an organization that has listened to the heavens for years without hearing so much as a peep from the aliens might not have much to talk about, but it turns out that they do: astronomy, anthropology, biology, psychology, etc. It’s more about understanding how humans became what we are and extrapolating that to speculate about alien life.
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Small Town Victories

December 01, 2009 By: erik Category: Colindres, Musings, Spain 131 views

Recently I’ve been particularly enjoying living in a small town. Many of the shopkeepers and bartenders know me, most not by name, and even some not by nationality, but they all say hello and some of the bartenders will even start preparing my drink when they see me enter.
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Grass Between Bricks

November 30, 2009 By: erik Category: Colindres, Damn, Nature!, Experiments, Photography, Photos 181 views

Grass Between BricksLast week a sprout of grass sticking out of a bricked town square caught my eye, particularly the shadows it made, so I took a picture of it with my iPhone camera. I liked the photo so much that I decided it might make a worthy subject for a real camera outing, so some days later I took a few more photographs. What’s really sad is that the sunlight in these photos is from noon. That’s how low the sun is in the sky, and how long the shadows are, these days.

Feel free to make your own profound metaphor about Nature resiliently fighting back against human Urban Progress. Or don’t.
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Sandwich Party 4: I can has cheezburger

November 27, 2009 By: erik Category: Food, Photos 314 views

Yum!If Simon’s going to go all quintessential for SP4: A New Hope, then I guess I should too. As an expat, one encounters a lot of strange stereotypes about what foreigners think your country is like. Probably the most common I’ve heard is that Americans eat nothing but hamburgers. Rather than dispel this myth, I’ve sort of adopted it as part of my “the American expat” role. For five or six years now I’ve thrown a hamburger party on the Fourth of July, and somehow it’s become a ritual on my daughter’s monthly birthday celebrations. So here we go.
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Thanksgiving Pizza 2009

November 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Food, Nostalgia, Partying, Photos, USA 385 views

Thanksgiving PizzaThis year I made another “Thanksgiving Pizza”, which I choose to define as a pizza with turkey as a topping eaten on the fourth Thursday of November. My in-laws are visiting this entire week, so we had a nice dinner with family. Even Nora had some turkey today mixed in with her vegetable puree, which she dutifully ate twice the normal quantity of (I told her overeating on Thanksgiving was a requisite for her to keep her American citizenship). Other Nora news includes a third tooth, a top incisor that is making an appearance setting off a chain of events that somehow effects her bowels, setting a new record of eight movements today, one requiring an emergency bathing procedure. I would like to wish all my users a wonderful Thanksgiving, and thanks to you all for reading. Here, have some pizza.
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Moving Photographs

November 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Colindres, Experiments, Geeky, Photography, Videos 225 views

thumbWhat happens when a photographer walks around town on a windy and sunny day with, not a still camera, but a video camera? Photographs…that move.

On my walk yesterday I had quite a few American Beauty moments1 where something as simple as a flower dancing in the wind made me stop and admire Nature. When I filmed the first few clips, I didn’t know how I would put them together, but by about the fifth one, the idea for this video was formed.
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Eight Months Old and Sitting High

November 24, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Partying, Photos 136 views

Eight Months OldNora turned eight months old today. It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were still trying to figure out what to call her. She got a very special gift this birthday: a high chair! We evaluated several models at the two local baby paraphernalia stores, eventually settling on one made by Chicco with the humorous product name: Happy Snack Cube, which sounds like a better name for the Buster Cube that my parents’ dog plays with. She loves it, and more importantly, it makes feeding a much more pleasant experience.
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My Girls

November 24, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos 182 views

Swinging with MommySince taking Nora to the swings for her first time, we’ve gone three other times, and she always seems to enjoy it…almost as much as the adults she’s with. On Sunday I took some pictures with Nora and her mother playing on the swing set. One of them is just so great that I had to share it here. I love them both so much.
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Sparkly Candle

November 23, 2009 By: erik Category: Experiments, Photography, Photos, Timelapse, Videos 330 views

Sparkler ProjectilesI’ve been wanting to make this particular timelapse video for a long, long time. Oddly enough, it was a Viagra commercial I saw the other day that played a candle burning in reverse (obvious imagery) that made me finally decide to do it. I used some birthday candles that we’ve been using for Nora’s birthday parties, which, by chance, are “sparkler” candles that not only relight themselves when extinguished, but also send off sparks every so often. The camera was set to take a photograph every three seconds, so the majority of the sparks were missed, but several of them where captured. What surprised me about them was the obvious rotation of the burning projectiles, resulting in squiggly lines of fire in the photographs. Behold!
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