Guitar Lessons

January 22, 2010 By: erik Category: Music, Offspring, Videos 156 views

thumbMy guitar playing has dropped off significantly in the past year or two, downgraded from “enough to not forget any songs” to “enough to barely keep finger calluses”. Occasionally when Nora is upset about something or generally demanding to be entertained, I’ll pull out the ol’ six-string and strum a bit for her. To her, I think the guitar is a big sound-making box that amuses her for no more than ten minutes. Last night, I played a bit for her and let her touch the strings. I think she enjoyed how the strummed strings felt on her hand.
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January 22, 2010 By: erik Category: Media, Soccer, Spain, Weird 204 views

Corner FlagThe other day I noticed an interesting article in Spain’s sports newspaper, MARCA. The article starts something like this like this:

Yeste walks towards the corner flag for a corner kick after two attacks on goal by Athletic Bilbao. He hasn’t yet set the ball down when a shout is heard from the far end of the bar: Gooooooal!!! Seconds afterwards, Yeste kicks the ball, which deflects off Lass in the first row, and Llorente scores the goal.

All the excitement of watching a soccer match has been ruined. What just happened?
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Crawling is Hard

January 21, 2010 By: erik Category: Complaining, Offspring, Parenting, Videos 86 views

thumbNora, for these first ten months, you have always been sort of lazy, choosing the path that involves the least amount of work. When it was time for you to breast feed, you opted to have the milk extracted for you and, first syringed drop by drop into your mouth, and eventually placed in a bottle. At the moment you’re at least a month behind your contemporaries (our friends’ early 2009 babies) in the area of locomotion. It probably hasn’t helped your progress that you have never liked being on your stomach. Especially ever since you learned to roll over, we barely even have time to snap back-fastening your pajamas closed sometimes.

In my search to rationalize your shortcomings, I’ve come up with a theory:
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Modified Blanket Face

January 20, 2010 By: erik Category: Funny, Games, Offspring, Videos 107 views

thumbThe old favorite game of Blanket Face continues to be a success. It’s particularly more fun now that Nora knows how to remove the blanket or other cloth item from her face herself. The sheer relief of being able to see and breathe again delights her to no end.

Yes, this seems to have turned into a video blog lately. This is mainly because a certain someone won’t let me leave her alone for more than two seconds in the mornings these days. Oh well. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a 24 frames-per-second video should be plenty, right?
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Wild Arms

January 19, 2010 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Videos 108 views

thumbJust like she’s particularly sweet after her breakfast in the morning, Nora’s pretty cute after her dinner in the evening and before bed. Her sleepiness gives her a drunken wildness that’s very funny. This video was recorded on January 5, 2010. [Have you noticed how hard it is not to hit that zero key twice in a row when typing the year?] The pair of green pajamas you see here, which I call her Space Monkey Suit, has now been retired, as it is now too small and she’s worn a hole in one heel from kicking the floor so much.
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Interview With A Nine-Month-Old

January 15, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Videos 261 views

thumbRight after breakfast, Nora is most attentive and generally content with life. So I decided to interview her one morning. She’s not a big talker. Frankly, I don’t think even Jack Bauer could get any information out of her. But she does exhibit her two latest tricks in this video. The first is the tongue clicking, which we jokingly refer to as “calling a donkey”. The second is shaking her head from side to side, as if to say “No”. The latter ability is endless fun for the adults around her, who can pose all sorts of yes/no questions, to which she will surely answer in the negative, as she does not yet know how to nod.
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$50 for a link

January 14, 2010 By: erik Category: Internet, Marketing, Weird 185 views

thumbThe other day I received an email asking me to link one word in one of my posts to a website. In exchange, they offered me $50 per year. Now, my ad revenue from Google AdSense is about $7/month or $84/year. If someone (not you, Mr. SEO Marketer!) offered me $50/year to put a large bold ad on every page, I might consider it. But one ad hyperlink on one word on one post? No problem!

To be honest, I was a little doubtful, but I added the link and replied that I would remove it if I didn’t receive $50 in my PayPal account within 24 hours. Sure enough, the next day, there was a big fat Ulysses sitting in my PayPal account. Awesome.
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January 14, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Videos 61 views

thumbWhat you are about to see is a first person view of what happens to most objects in our home. First they get noticed, then they get tasted. Of course if it’s an object like a remote control, a mobile phone, or a camera that Daddy is holding and staring into the viewfinder, the interest is piqued even quicker. Luckily she didn’t manage to lick the actual lens, but she got close. So if you ever wondered what it’s like to get eaten by a 9-month-old, here it is…in HD!
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Bored on the Couch

January 13, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Videos 71 views

thumbWhat follows is a video I recorded on December 5, 2009, which would make Nora 8 months and 11 days old. It’s rather a boring video, and, to be honest, if it was your kid, I probably wouldn’t watch it all the way through. But it’s very representative of what it’s been like to spend time with Nora over the last month. She sits up, looks around, looks for things to play with, sometimes gets tired and lies down, babbles, complains, and is generally as cute as a button. I have recorded and posted it mostly for my future self to be able to look back and remember exactly how she was at 8 months old.
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Focusing Your Attention

January 12, 2010 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photoshop 97 views

Bishops and Pawns (crop)After my recent splash back into the tilt-shifting pool, my Photoshop muse has been working on ways to focus a photograph viewer’s attention to a particular part of the photograph using, well, focus. While what follows are technically fake tilt-shift effects, the aim in choosing the photographs and choosing the focal depth of each image was not only to make the subjects look miniature, but to draw your attention. All the photographs are mine, plucked from my photo library. I highly recommend viewing them all larger than they appear here, as they are much more impressive large.
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