Birth of a Daughter – Twitter Feed

March 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Internet, News, Offspring 229 views

Below is my Twitter feed posted during the birth of my daughter, saved here for posterity.
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Waiting For Nora

March 26, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Photos 1,043 views

Birth is ExhaustingWow, what a day March 24, 2009 turned out to be. Marga started having contractions at 23:45 the night before and suffered for three and a half hours at home before letting me take her to the hospital. During that time, she took her midwife’s advice to take a shower and do her best to relax. I spent those three and a half hours pacing around wildly, writing the previous blog post, and making sure our bag was fully packed for the trip to the hospital. At 3:30 we left home, and I said, importantly, “We leave as two…”, setting up the obvious ending that I said earlier today when we arrived home as a family of three.
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The Gift Of Light

March 24, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring 259 views

In Spanish, the phrase “to give birth” is dar a luz, or “to give to the light”. It seems rather fitting, if you ask me. After all, what is this world after the warmth of the womb, but a cold, bright wilderness. Other related terms are the verb mamar, meaning “to breast feed”. Thus the third person singular would be “mama”, as in “la niña tiene hambre y mama“, from which we obviously get the world “mama” for mother. I’d never considered the similarity between mammary and “mama” before learning Spanish.

Personally I’ve been betting and hoping for March 27, 2009 as the birth date of my first child, what with 3, 9, and 27 all being powers of three, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to make it that far. I will be posting updates here as things progress and I bore myself to death in the wee hours in the hospital. The 24th isn’t that bad. After all, the Phoneticians chose it for the basis of our clock because of its divisibility with five of the first 6 positive integers.

Also, why is there not an iPhone app for counting the time between contractions??

Augmented Reality: One Step Closer To The Holodeck

March 23, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Reviews, Science 1,113 views

thumbI recently tweeted about some cool new technology that is fast approaching and has been dubbed “augmented reality“. The basic gist is that some sensors read information about a real scene and then a computer somehow projects additional virtual objects onto the scene. The easiest sensor type at the moment is the lowly computer “web”cam. The optimal setup for augmented reality, in my mind, would be transparent glasses with camera that can both see and figure their orientation. This technology already mass produced and demonstrated in the Wii Remote. Then the virtual elements of the scene would be drawn on the glasses the user is wearing. I see this as being the ultimate medium for what some people are calling Sixth Sense technology, an always online digital assistant that helps you navigate your life without ever touching an actual interface or looking at what we now consider a screen. You’d just have a little Clippy-like assistant with you at all times.
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Favorite Fragile Possessions

March 23, 2009 By: erik Category: Musings 191 views

The only thing worse than accidentally breaking one of your favorite fragile possessions is when someone else accidentally breaks one of your favorite fragile possessions. They didn’t mean to do it, but it happened anyway and it’s their fault. But holding a grudge or getting angry doesn’t improve the situation at all, nor is it appropriate to throw them for a guilt trip, so you’re just left to silently mourn your loss.
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Zucchini Pizza

March 20, 2009 By: erik Category: Food 1,278 views

Tomatoes with BasilToday I experimented a bit with the pizza toppings on our seems-to-be-tradition-now Friday pizza. I went (gasp!) vegetarian! I thought I’d try some zucchini (that’s courgette to you French-loving Brits) because there just aren’t enough z’s with just “pizza” and “mozzarella”. The result was pretty good, but not without mistakes.

Not having any real clue as to what I was doing, I figured that the zucchinis might need a little more time to cook than the pizza itself, so I placed them on a tray by themselves, sprinkled with a little extra virgin olive oil, and placed them in the oven for 15 minutes (our oven sucks, so your time should probably be shorter). Read the rest of this entry →

What the close-up? #3

March 20, 2009 By: erik Category: Games, Photos 1,244 views

What the close-up? #3Interesting. So #1 was too easy, and #2 proved too ambiguous and difficult. I agree that “grains of some powdery stuff” was about as close as anyone could reasonably get to the answer. Hopefully #3 will strike some balance between too trivial and too impossible.
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San Jose – Father's Day

March 19, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Religion, Spain 325 views

In the Roman Catholic tradition of assigning saints to days of the year, March 19th is the date assigned to Saint Joseph (or San Jose in Spanish). It is also the date that Father’s Day is celebrated in Spain. I think it’s because Joseph was such a good dad that he stuck with his sexless marriage and raised a son that he knew wasn’t even his, just like his father-in-law did.
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Faith and Magnets

March 18, 2009 By: erik Category: Religion, Spain, Weird 7,833 views

Somehow I managed to live in Spain for four years without ever learning the word for magnet. The Spanish word for magnet is imán. After learning this recently, I thought nothing of it besides a chuckle about it sounding like some sort of bionic implant or sex toy from Apple. But then I was listening to a radio broadcast about Islam and I heard the word iman mentioned several times, so I looked it up. Iman (إيمان‎) is Arabic for “faith”, one of the tenets of the religion of Islam.
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Happy Saint Patrick's Day

March 17, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Partying, Photos, Photoshop 164 views

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Worth seeing detail large.

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