Lucky Shoes

April 23, 2009 By: erik Category: Golf, Offspring, Photos 370 views

Lucky ShoesAunt Belén bought these for you when she visited Dublin last year, as well as some onesies, one of which says “I am a happy spotted snake,” or something similar. These little socks dressed up to look like shoes are already too small for you, and you’ve only worn them once. The problem with baby socks is that so many baby trousers have the feet built into them, so the socks rarely get used. But we put them on you and took this picture because they’re so cute. I suspect they might be reassigned as golf ball warmers, as they seem to be the perfect size for that. Yes, it’s important to keep your balls warm, especially on a cold day. It’s okay to snicker.
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Grandma Marce

April 21, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos 266 views

Grandma MarceFor eleven days this Easter, your grandparents, Juan and Marce came to live with us. They spent most of their time taking you for long walks around town. Once, down at the port, you were all watching the fishermen come in and unload tons and tons of fish. Someone who your grandfather had met at a bar the night before offered him a couple fresh fish (to eat it any fresher, you’d have to cook it on the boat!) because, well, your grandfather is the kind of guy that those things happen to. Your grandmother mainly busied herself with preparing food every day, cleaning the house, and doing load after load of laundry…because we do laundry every day since you arrived!

Yesterday, on your grandmother’s 59th birthday, she went back to her house, 90 minutes away in Mondragon. From the amount of tears she shed when leaving you behind, any bystander would have thought she was terminally ill or going to live on another continent. Both your Spanish grandparents absolutely adore you and spent several hours a day during their stay watching you twitch and grunt…which is what I expect your American grandparents will do when they visit next month. Heck, they already do via streaming video. Read the rest of this entry →

A Moment in Time at IWUS Headquarters

April 20, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Stuff I Found, Videos, Weird 132 views

This video represents a snapshot of what it’s like at the IWUS International Headquarters all the time.

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What I want in a Twitter client

April 17, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, Geeky, Internet 198 views

Foul Owl?It’s really simple. I want my contacts organized in groups, just like any RSS client. When I open up my Twitter client, I want to go directly to my friends’ new tweets before reading my celebrity or news tweets. I care more about jagosaurus or sgazzetti are up to than what celebrities like Wil Wheaton or Penn Jillette or John Hodgman are doing. And I want an unread count for each group, like most RSS readers give. The total unread count should be shown in the dock icon.
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Quarter Included For Scale

April 16, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 216 views

Quarter Included For Scale (cropped)Now that I’ve grown accustomed to her, my infant daughter no longer looks very small to me. But everyone else that sees her can’t help but remark how minute and doll-like she is. It occurs (and was suggested) to me that, as she grows up, I will surely forget just how tiny she originally was. So I’ve tried to take some photos that will remind me, and surprise her, about just how small she really was at a few weeks old. Unless the economy goes really bad in the next few years, she will know what a US quarter looks like and be able to compare her body parts to one in the future.
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Nora's First iPod

April 15, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Offspring, Reviews 380 views

iNoraNora, yesterday we received a package from your Rasmussen grandparents. In it were a few toys, some bedtime story books, a lovely blanket, and, at your three week birthday, your initiation into Apple Geekdom: an iPod Shuffle. I had never seen one of the new talking Shuffles, so I was rather perplexed by the earring-box-sized plastic box with an Apple logo on it. The card with it said, “Tell Daddy to load this with some good tunes.” Once again, I am awestruck by the sheer aesthetic beauty of Apple’s products. This thing, like it’s new owner, is absolutely adorable! It’s smaller than either of my two USB pen drives and weighs so little that you can’t tell at all when it’s clipped to your clothing.
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Erik and Nora

April 14, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 216 views

Erik and Nora (Father and Daughter)Recently I asked, just out of curiosity, my parents to scan and send some infant pictures of me. The results were astounding. Marga’s family and I looked at the photos and immediately said, “That’s Nora!” Also, Marga, who knows me best, says that she often recognizes gestures that Nora makes as being identical to mine. Apparently Nora and I spend a lot of time touching our faces.

The other day, while watching a fíºtbol match on television, with Nora in my arms, I was resting my elbow on the armrest and my chin on my closed fist. I glanced down to check on Nora and saw that she, in her sleep, was making the exact same fist-to-chin gesture. It’s like looking into a time mirror sometimes.
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To Live It Or To Record It?

April 13, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Geeky, Musings, Stuff I Found, Videos 116 views

thumbThis TED Talk by Renny Gleeson is called “Busted! The sneaky moves of anti-social smartphone users”, and it is so very, very true. It brings into focus the issue that I battle a lot, especially as a new father, which is, “Should I be living this moment to the fullest, or recording it to share with others and relive it myself in the future?” With the ubiquity of recording devices, so many people are experiencing so many important events in their life watching the LCD screen of their device as they record the event. The photo in the video from the Obama inauguration gala is one of the best representations of this I’ve seen.
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Deep Thoughts, with 18-day-old Nora

April 12, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Videos 164 views

thumbNora spends a good bit of her waking time in a state of deep concentration, her brow lowered and her eyes fixed in the distance. So far I’ve narrowed down the probable sources of her profound preoccupation to:

  • Solving the global economic crisis
  • Performing multidimensional String Theory calculations
  • Proving the Riemann hypothesis
  • Pooping

It’s definitely some combination of the above activities.
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Bath Time

April 11, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 541 views

Bath TimeWe like to say that Bath Time is Nora’s favorite time of day. But I think that’s just because it’s the only thing she only does once a day. The rest of her life follows no schedule whatsoever. My hands are always too full during bath time to take photos, but last week her Aunt Belén was visiting and took these photos for us. Genitalia has been blurred for internet modesty reasons…and because it might damage her political career.
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