Clay Keepsake – Six Months

October 07, 2009 By: erik Category: Art, Nostalgia, Offspring, Parenting, Photos, Timelapse, Videos 124 views

Nora - Clay Keepsake - 6 MonthsNora, we’ve recorded the size of your hands and foot again in a clay keepsake. Recently my parents sent us a new shipment of clay keepsake kits. You requested that one of them be sent to your friend, Matteo, in Brussels, and we kept the other two. Since we used one when you were three months old, we thought it would be nice to do one at six, nine, and twelve months as well. Luckily the package arrived during your six month birthday party. That weekend, we sat down to knead some clay…
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Secret Service Stumped by Facebook Assassination Poll

October 06, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Politics, USA 150 views

A few weeks ago, a poll surfaced on Facebook, asking whether or not people thought that President Barack Obama should be assassinated. As it began to get hundreds of thousands of votes, it also attracted the attention of the Secret Service, who never take any assassination threats lightly. Using all their government influence, they coerced Facebook into giving up the identity of the user that started the poll. Unfortunately, the initiator of the poll left very little information about himself. At the time of this writing, the Secret Services knows the following about the suspect:
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Sunset By The Water

October 06, 2009 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos 127 views

Sunset BollardOn Saturday, Marga had to work all day long. In the afternoon, Nora and I took a walk which took us by the water during sunset, on our way to visit Marga’s work to see her when she stopped working. The sunset was particularly lovely, so I took some photographs.

Warning: This post contains trace amounts of bollards!
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Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol is Anti-Science

October 05, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, Fighting Stupidity, Reviews, Science, Skepticism 3,413 views

The Lost SymbolI started and finished Dan Brown’s new novel, The Lost Symbol this past weekend. While it was a heck of a can’t-put-it-down thrill ride, the overall message and theme of the book was very disturbing to me. It seems like, after pissing off The Church with The Da Vinci Code, Brown has decided to do a 180° and fire in the other direction, at Science.

Spoiler Alert: I will not discuss any aspects of the plot in this post, nor any of the puzzles that are solved along the way. What I will discuss is thematic elements, particularly as they relate to the “science” in the book. If you want to be completely surprised by everything you read in The Lost Symbol, read no further, but I promise you can read this post and still enjoy the exciting twists of the book.

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Dan Brown's Writing

October 05, 2009 By: erik Category: Reviews 1,027 views

I started and finished Dan Brown’s new novel, The Lost Symbolthis past weekend. It was quite the page turner. What follows are a few comments on Dan Brown’s writing style.
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Don Eduardo

October 02, 2009 By: erik Category: Colindres, Offspring, Photos, Spain 126 views

WhiskeryOn Sunday, we took an afternoon walk up to Upper Colindres, and we saw some horses. Nora seems to like the big docile creatures. One horse is particularly fond of her, too. This time we didn’t let him touch her, since he was suffering from a runny nose.
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Messy Eater

October 01, 2009 By: erik Category: Food, Offspring, Parenting, Timelapse, Videos 124 views

thumbI do have to admit that feeding Nora vegetable puree is actually kind of fun. After the first feeding, I realized, “So this is what bibs are for!” After the second day, it occurred to me to ditch the bib, as the shirt underneath always got stained anyway, and why wash two items when you can only wash one? A feeding session seemed like the perfect occasion for a timelapse video. So here we go…
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Kung Fu Baby

September 30, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Videos 277 views

thumbEver since she kicked me in the kidneys from inside her mother’s uterus, I’ve had my suspicions that Nora may, in fact, be a ninja. The video you are about to see is only one piece in a growing mountain of evidence I’m building towards proving my ninja theory. When I’m trying to dress her, sometimes she moves so fast that Jackie Chan would be left blinking in amazement. Imagine trying to get these legs into a pair of trousers!
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Holy Angles of Burgos

September 30, 2009 By: erik Category: Art, Photos, Spain, Travel 117 views

Burgos Cathedral AngleI really like cathedrals. They are a testament to what humans can do with good planning, hard work, creativity, patience, and good funding. I am left in awe by the meticulous detail of carving stone after stone after stone with the exact same shape, so that, when stacked together, they form perfect beautiful lines from floor to canopied ceiling. So I have a pillar fetish, so what?

Below are some photos I took during our recent visit to the Burgos Cathedral that didn’t quite fit in with the main post.
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Nora's First Veggies

September 29, 2009 By: erik Category: Food, Offspring, Parenting, Videos 156 views

thumbLast Friday, the day after her six month birthday, we took Nora to the pediatrician, who gave us permission to start giving her vegetable puree, fruits, and even meat! Rather than grill her up a good t-bone steak, we’ve decided to start with the vegetables, so Marga made her a leek, carrot, and potato puree, while I set up the tripod to capture the event on video.
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