Comical T-Shirts

November 11, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Geeky, Offspring, Photos 340 views

Area BabyT-shirts that say funny things on them aren’t very big in Spain, for babies or adults. Also, Nora has just now gotten big enough to wear the ones she has, right when t-shirt weather has ended for the year. So she probably won’t get to wear hers very much. But the other day I put them on her and took some photos, because I think they’re cute and funny.
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iPhone + Beer = Beer Lamp!

November 11, 2009 By: erik Category: Art, Funny, Geeky, Photos, Weird 370 views

iPhone + Beer = Beer LampI recently found myself in a dark room with my iPhone and a cold pint of lager. For reasons still unclear to me, I set my beer down on top of my iPhone, and the result was amazing. A beer lamp!

In short, Apple has manufactured not only the best mobile phone on the market, but also the most awesome coaster ever!
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How To Roll Over – A Tutorial for Babies

November 09, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Videos 683 views

thumbNow that Nora has mastered the art of rolling over from her stomach (prone) to her back (supine), she felt it would be best to spread this knowledge to other babies around the world. There are only four steps, and she demonstrates them clearly in the following instructional video.
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An F in Sitting

November 08, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Parenting, Photos, Videos 161 views

I'm a good sitter!Nora’s academic career is off to a pretty dismal start. She got her first report card from daycare. Imagine the disappointment on her parents’ faces to see that she’s getting an F in Sitting. Her daycare attendant informed us that, for her age, she severely lacks the muscle tone needed to maintain herself in a seated position. She said that she placed Nora in a walker, and Nora pretty much just slumped over. The attendant gave us a book about exercises that we need to be doing with Nora and told us how to practice with her. Needless to say, we were pretty shocked and devastated. But, like good parents, we set her up a strict regimen of regular beatings homework time to practice.
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Black Out

November 06, 2009 By: erik Category: Colindres, Complaining, Experiments, Photos 129 views

Colindres Blackout - Nov 5, 2009 (crop)Last night at eleven o’clock our power went out. I’m unfortunately accustomed to this because our circuit breaker is incredibly weak and about twice a month flips to the off position out of sheer laziness. So I got up to flip it back on, but it was already in the on position. It was at that point that I noticed how dark it was outside the window. After fumbling through the darkness towards the window, I looked out into the blackness. It had been raining with low clouds all day, and there was no light reflecting off the clouds from Colindres, nor from nearby Laredo or Santoña. The entire region was blacked out!
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How do you pronounce Rasmussen?

November 06, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, Denmark, Family, Spain, USA 2,371 views

For my entire life I’ve had to live with a last name that no one pronounces like I do. I’ve lived in four different countries, and practically no one says my name correctly to my ear. There is only one correct way to pronounce “Rasmussen” in American English! Why is it so hard? Because so many Americans don’t understand the pronunciation rules that guide the phonetics of English.
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Obiter picta – A photoblog

November 05, 2009 By: erik Category: Art, Geeky, News, Photography 71 views

Obiter picta - Nov 5, 2009The brainchild of my blogrollmate, Lance, he and I and three other people he knows are participating in a photoblogging project that we call Obiter picta. From the About page (as a lawyer, he couldn’t resist the Latin play on words):

Obiter dicta are incidental words, things said in passing. Obiter picta is a collaborative photo blog updated Tuesday through Friday. The participants’ contributions are not coordinated in advance. Any consonance or dissonance perceived in the themes, content or composition presented here is coincidental.

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Marionette

November 05, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Videos 103 views

thumbNow that the barefooted days of summer are long past, Nora’s got to keep her feet warm. If she wears just socks, in the rare times when they stay on for more than ten minutes, they get sucked on, drenched in saliva, the saliva evaporates, and her feet are freezing cold. Thus, shoes are a requirement both because they keep the saliva evaporation away from her feet and because they are a good way to keep socks on. But this child lives in a fishing village, and her concoction of patience and entropy is enough to undo any knot I know how to tie. As a result, she’s discovered something way more fun to suck on than feet or socks: shoelaces!
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My aunt was in a movie with Johnny Depp

November 04, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Funny, News 259 views

thumbI don’t know many details about the experience on the movie set, but a few months ago I heard that my Aunt Lynne had a part as an extra in Public Enemies, in a scene with none other than a gentleman by the name of Johnny Depp, playing the part of John Dillinger.

Excited to spot her, I “found” the first copy I could, which was a handheld camera recording from a cinema, and I couldn’t make out any of the faces in the courtroom. Later I “discovered” a DVD-ripped version, and I still couldn’t see her! Finally I “got a hold of” an HD version of the movie, and there she was, just as clear as could be sitting there in the back of the courtroom, with Johnny in the foreground.
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Inebriated Fruit Flies

November 02, 2009 By: erik Category: Damn, Nature!, Photos, Weird, Wine 123 views

Drunk Flies (crop)…or Why You Should Put The Cork Back In The Wine Bottle. Yesterday I opened a bottle of wine to have with lunch, as I often do on Sunday. Normally, however, I either put the cork back in it when I’m done, or insert a plastic cap. Yesterday I forgot, and today when we went to pour some leftover wine for our midday meal, we found some intruders were in there enjoying our delicious beverage.

At least some of them were alive and swimming around…perhaps drunkenly.
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