Sandwich Party 4: I can has cheezburger

November 27, 2009 By: erik Category: Food, Photos 313 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 135 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 327 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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November 23, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Parenting, Photos 96 views

Cute HatThe word “regular” is spelled, means, and is more or less pronounced the same in Spanish and English. In Spain – in my Spanish family, at least – it is the worst possible response that can be given when someone asks you how you’re doing, guaranteed to get a, “Aw, what’s wrong?” in return. Of course it’s funny to me because if you got that response from an English speaker, they’d be referring to their regular bowel schedule.

After one night of pure hell last week we have had a resounding success in our nocturnal parental negotiations. The key, it seems, is keeping a regular schedule and sticking to it no matter what.
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Eating Coasters

November 20, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos 66 views

Eating CoastersNora’s favorite toy recently are the coasters that her great-grandmother made. I’m not sure what the technique is called, but my grandmother taught me how to make them, and I made a set for a school project once. It’s sort of like cross-stitch, except that it’s done with yarn on a grid of white plastic. They are very nice and get a lot of proper use in our house as coasters. But they also happen to be the perfect size, weight, and shape to be of incredible interest to a baby. I think she likes the way the plastic grid on the bottom feels against her two teeth.

I took some photos of her playing with one the other day and made this little slideshow to avoid choosing which photos to post here. They can all be found on Flickr.
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First time on the swings

November 20, 2009 By: erik Category: Colindres 106 views

Nora's first time on the swingsToday I took Nora to the park and put her on the swings for the first time in her life. Last night during bathtime we learned that her ability to sit up straight is positively correlated with the coefficient of static friction of the surface she’s sitting on (i.e. the bathtub is too slick to sit up in). It turns out that her sitting skills are also very dependent on the ground not moving freely on a pendulum. She was unable to remain completely vertical in the swing. But luckily it’s shaped like a smooth bucket and she could slouch down against the back of it. She seemed to enjoy the experience very much. I think we both look forward to further park outings.
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Sarah Palin – Going Pogue

November 19, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Geeky, Photoshop, Politics, USA 1,482 views

Going PogueWhile I’m certainly not the first to think of this particular play-on-words, I do think that my book cover is better than the other parodies I’ve seen already floating around. The font, in case you’re wondering, is called Didot.

For those of you that don’t know who David Pogue is, he’s a technology columnist for the New York Times, and general internet geek celebrity who gets to test new gadgets before they are released.
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