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 332 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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Regular

November 23, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Parenting, Photos 97 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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Shuttle Waltz

November 19, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Science, Timelapse, Videos 127 views

thumbI’m a bit of a NASA TV addict. I particularly love watching live shuttle launches and ISS docking maneuvers. The fact that we can launch ourselves up out of our atmosphere and rendezvous with a space station moving at 7.7 kilometers per second 340 km above the Earth blows my mind every single time. Yesterday, as I was watching STS-129 approach the ISS, I had to pause the video to do something else, and when I moved the Quicktime slider back up to the live feed, I noticed how much cooler it all looked at accelerated speed. So I saved the feed I’d been watching, sped it up twelve times, and put some music to it.
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Red Shoes and Walker

November 18, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos 184 views

Cutie FaceThese are some photos from two Sundays ago when Nora’s grandparents, aunt, and great-grandfather visited us. They came bearing an awesome gift: a walker mocked up to look like the Space Shuttle! I couldn’t be happier with the walker. I love that it smashes the gender toy stereotypes. Hell yes, my daughter can be an astronaut if she wants to!

But before we get to the walker, let’s first check out a cute outfit that we bought in a much-needed winter clothes shopping trip we went on the weekend before.
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Drinking Buddy

November 17, 2009 By: erik Category: Denmark, Nostalgia, Photography 124 views

Carlsberg Bottle OpenerI had never really drunk much alcohol before going to Denmark as a naive 20-year-old. There in Scandinavia, I fell in love with the two main lagers available, Tuborg and Carlsberg. Upon returning to my homeland, now of legal drinking age, I sought them out, only to find no sign whatsoever of either brand. Once, shortly thereafter, I was on a business trip in Chicago when I entered a bar that had a neon Carlsberg sign. I rushed up to the bartender and asked if they really had Carlsberg, but he told me that hadn’t had it for a couple years and that the sign was left over from some publicity from ten years earlier. Apparently Carlsberg had stopped exporting to the US just before I’d learned of its existence.
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A Room of Her Own

November 16, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, House, News, Offspring 98 views

Not counting my office, our house has two bedrooms, one large, and the other freakin’ enormous. Ever since moving in, we’ve been sleeping in the smaller of the two for several reasons, the main ones being the gorgeous view and the fact that it’s exterior, with no neighbors’ balconies nearby. When it became clear that we’d be having a third resident in our house, our irrational greed took over and we both agreed that, “There’s no way we’re giving the baby the biggest room in the house! Over our dead bodies!” Actually the whole house would be hers since she’s the sole heir. So we moved into the bigger bedroom, set up the crib in there with the intention of banishing her to the smaller bedroom when the time came, and we lived like this for eight months. Until…
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