Metric Money

September 25, 2009 By: erik Category: Musings, USA 494 views

Fourteen Thousand EurosThis is an idea that’s been rattling around my brain for some time. It involves how we talk about large sums of money. The past year has seen banking system and government bailout news stories that often reference millions and billions and trillions of dollars. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one that has trouble grasping the difference between large quantities when they are thrown out quickly by a news reporter. The famous web comic, XKCD, as it often does, hit the nail right on the head some time ago.
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Six Months Old

September 24, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Partying, Photos 509 views

I'm half a year old! (crop)Well, Nora, it’s hard to believe, but we’re actually on the complete opposite side of the sun from where we were when you were born. It’s been a long 470 gigameter semicircular journey, kiddo. As clichéd as it is to say so, you’re changing every day and each day you are slightly more interesting and fun to be around than the last. Your current record for sitting upright unaided is about 20 seconds. You’ve recently learned an adorable little trick.
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Autophagic Ice Cream Cone

September 23, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Photos, Scary 274 views

Mr. Ice Cream ConeSince becoming a member of a Flickr group called Scary Beings Eating Themselves, I’m always on the lookout for such a photographic subject. Well, last Saturday in Burgos, we had a little run-in/altercation with one such scary being. Below I present the photographic evidence.
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Blind Man

September 22, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photography, Photos, Photoshop 1,981 views

Blind Man - Frame BreakWhile in Burgos this past weekend, I watched this old man make his way across this open square. Normally, in my experience, canes for the visually impaired make little clicking sounds on the ground as they are swung back and forth feeling the landscape. But this one had a big rubber stopper on the end. Initially it make me think that it was really a cane for support, but he never put any weight on it, and swung it around in front of him. When he got closer, I took his photograph.
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Meeting Cousin Chloé

September 22, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Mondragon, Photos 161 views

Cousins Holding HandsOn Sunday, we were in Mondragon to meet Nora’s cousin Chloé for the first time. Chloé is the same relationship depth to Nora as Cousin Rodrigo. Chloé is Nora’s mother’s mother’s brother’s son’s daughter. Marga and Chloé’s father, Andoni, are first cousins. We went to Chloé’s parents’ wedding just over a year ago. Chloé’s mother is French, so she will be growing up in a bilingual household like Nora.
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Burgos Cathedral

September 21, 2009 By: erik Category: Photos, Religion, Spain, Travel 1,003 views

Burgos CathedralOn Saturday afternoon, we took a stroll around the center of Burgos and visited the Burgos Cathedral. To get there, we had to walk a little along the Arlanzón River that runs through the center of Burgos. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful walk. I now invite you to walk along with us with this slightly picture-heavy post.
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Meeting Cousin Rodrigo

September 21, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Photos, Spain 183 views

Rodrigo: Small head, Big handsOn Saturday, we drove two hours to the city of Burgos to meet Nora’s youngest cousin, Rodrigo, for his two week birthday and baptism. Rodrigo is related to Nora because – concentrate here! – he is Nora’s mother’s father’s sister’s daughter’s son. His grandmother and Nora’s grandfather are siblings. I had never been to Burgos, and I was interested in seeing its famous cathedral. With two cars and two conflicting GPS guides, we somehow managed to park near Rodrigo’s neighborhood.
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Tornado Takes Roof Off Spanish Restaurant

September 18, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Scary, Spain, Videos 447 views

The video they can’t stop showing on the Spanish news cycle today, besides the one where Obama thanks a member of the Spanish royal family for being in attendance when she was not (what’s Spanish for faux pas?), is of a restaurant in Jávea, Alicante, where a tornado came by and took the roof off while customers were eating inside. Clearly Spain doesn’t have the kind of tornadoes that the US does, because no one was sucked out and thrown miles away, but it’s pretty darn scary enough as it is.
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Midnight Songbird

September 18, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Videos 65 views

thumbTwo nights ago, we put Nora to bed at her normal 9:00 PM bedtime, and she slept like a baby for about an hour. At that point, she began singing at the top of her lungs. Since Marga wanted to go to bed, she brought Nora downstairs and gave the little songbird to me to watch after. The songs continued for 2.5 hours.

I got a couple requests after a recent post to share some audio of what the Monkey Alarm sounds like. Well, this is more or less it.
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Four Noras

September 17, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Parenting, Photography, Photos, Photoshop, Weird 292 views

Four Noras on the SofaA little while ago, I had an idea for a cool photography project to visualize Nora’s growth, one that hopefully won’t involve peeing on electronics. My idea is to take a photo of Nora at six months old on one side of our sofa, and then take another picture of her at one year with her slightly to the right of her previous position. Ditto for 18 months and 2 years. Then, I can photoshop them all together to have four versions of Nora sitting together on the sofa! Cool, huh?
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