Meeting Nora

May 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Travel 205 views

My regular readers will know that, whenever my parents visit, my father likes to write up an account of his travels. You can download and read his 2.5 MB PDF by clicking on the document image below.
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Two Months Old

May 25, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Photos, Videos 289 views

Two Months OldFor Nora’s two month birthday, her parents feasted on cheeseburgers, champagne, and strawberries. Nora behaved herself all day and even allowed her mother to read a couple hundred pages, a feat that left Marga in a wonderful mood all day. The weather was dismal and drizzly, but we had an excellent day. In the evening, I attempted a passport photoshoot with the birthday girl. Below I present a video slideshow of the photos I took.
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May 24, 2009 By: erik Category: Photos, Spain, Travel 1,900 views

Guernica's New Oak TreeOn Sunday, May 17, my parents, inlaws, wife, daughter, and I made a quick stop by Guernica on the way back home to see a bit of the town and its famous oak tree. My father had recently read a historical novel about the town, titled Guernica, and wanted to see it for himself. It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed walking around the park and museum/legislative building where the tree stands.
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Nora's Baptism Pictures

May 21, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Partying, Photos, Spain 1,600 views

Four GenerationsThere’s not much to say about Nora’s baptism that these pictures don’t say a thousand times better. The ceremony was short and boring, and the meal was delicious. I think that everyone in attendance would agree that the day was enormously fun and spent with a very loving family. I could think of no happier way to spend a Saturday than eating and drinking well surrounded by people whom I love and who love me so much.
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May 20, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Internet, Photoshop 241 views

I dedicate this post to my high school World Literature teacher, Glenda Stephens, who crammed way too much Greek mythology into my head. As with many good teachers, I hated it at the time and have been grateful ever since.


My favorite lolcats are the ones that are way over the heads of most lolcat viewers.

The photo was found on the internet by my friend, Seth. The caption is mine.

Baptism Menu

May 13, 2009 By: erik Category: Mondragon, News, Partying, Religion, Spain 816 views

Merluza con gulasMy parents and grandmother are leaving home today to come visit us. They will arrive tomorrow evening and meet their granddaughter (and great granddaughter) for the first time. They bought their tickets on March 23, four hours before Marga went into labor. Needless to say, they (and we!) are pretty excited about their trip. Seeing a baby via video conference and actually holding a baby are two completely different things.
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Off-Camera Flash

May 12, 2009 By: erik Category: Experiments, Geeky, Offspring, Photography, Photos 1,101 views

Experimenting With Off Camera Flash (crop)A couple months ago I eBay’d a wireless flash trigger mechanism so that I could take my photography to the next level: off-camera flash. Of course I soon realized that using an off-camera flash is actually really, really hard, at least for someone like myself who still has to look up the term f-stop occasionally. Last weekend, I finally got around to experimenting with off-camera flash on my intended subject, for whom I justified the expense of starting down this road of photogeekery.
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Swiss Banks Reject American Clients

May 11, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, Politics, USA 1,170 views

Switzerland Unlocked!When I moved from England to Spain exactly four years ago, I began investigating how to manage my multi-currency financial situation. All of my assets were in British Pounds, my salary was in US Dollars, and I would be living in Spain paying all my bills in euros. My investigations led me to one of the most respected institutions in all of banking: Swiss Banks. At the time, there were not many banks that had support for multiple currencies, and the ideal of having my £, €, and $ all in the same bank, the tax free interest, and the allure of having a Swiss bank account were too much to bear. I signed up.
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Turtle Milk Splashing

May 10, 2009 By: erik Category: Experiments, Photography, Photos 585 views

Turtle Milk SplashingThat title might seem a bit odd, but, as you soon shall see, it is really quite apt. I have made another attempt at high speed flash photography. Rather than use a coin this time, I have chosen to use a little turtle that I got in a Kings cake. I’ve also changed the liquid from water to milk. The result is a set of photos with a very playful-looking turtle splashing about in a puddle of milk.
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Bug in java.util.EnumMap.clone()

May 08, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, Geeky, Programming 1,144 views

At work today we found ourselves totally confused by the behavior of one of our EnumMap instances. No matter what we did to it (setting new values, clearing, etc.), when we iterated through the entry set, the values were the same. After investigating the source code for java.util.EnumMap, it became clear that the problem was based on the fact that the EnumMap instance we were working with had been generated by calling EnumMap.clone() rather than using the constructor. I’ve written a test program to demonstrate this bug. It should NOT behave like this!
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