Archive for May, 2011

Where’s the baby?

May 17, 2011 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos

Motorcycle BlondTo date, we haven’t put much energy into explaining anything to Nora about her impending sisterhood. There are still plenty of months to go, and she hasn’t seemed to notice her mother’s bulging abdomen yet. My blogrollmate, Andrea, has recommended a book called I’m A Big Sister for when the time comes. To be honest, we haven’t really thought Nora had the mental capacity to understand that a baby was on the way…until yesterday.
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Kingdom of Fife Championship – Scotland 2005 – Part 6 of 7

May 16, 2011 By: erik Category: Golf, Photos, Retro, Scotland, Travel, Videos

Kingsbarns Clubhouse

In June, 2011, I’m going on a golf vacation to Ireland with three of my best friends, Paul (my father), Jeff, and Jacob. Six years ago, we took a similar golf vacation to Scotland. At the time, I posted photos and commentary to a website that predated this blog. In preparation for our trip this year, I’m re-posting my commentary on that trip in October 2005.

On Thursday, October 13, 2005, we played the most beautiful golf course any of us had ever played: Kingsbarns. Built in 2000, it has the look and feel of an ancient links course. There is a view of the sea from every single hole!
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Rooster Comb

May 14, 2011 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Photos

Rooster CombRecently during Nora’s bath, I was washing her hair, and had the idea – that most parents have, I assume – to shape her soapy hair into a spike. It quickly fell over, but I was able to get the camera and capture her spiky hairdo for posterity.

Of course it will only be a matter of years before she starts doing crazy hair stuff on her own. At the age of two, however, she had a grand old time looking at herself in the mirror with her rooster comb.
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Mono vs. Morro

May 13, 2011 By: erik Category: Media, News, Soccer, Spain

thumbI love it when current events cause a traffic spike on my blog. The big news in Spanish sports today is regarding a video clip where Sergio Busquets, a soccer player for Barcelona, covers his mouth, looks at Marcelo Vieira, who plays for Real Madrid, and says (no audio, just video) either “morro” or “mono”. Both require the tongue to hit the palate, and are more or less indistinguishable with video alone. The important facts of the case are that, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the principal archrivals in Spain’s favorite sport, and Busquets is a white guy from Barcelona, while Marcelo is a black guy from Brazil. Oh, and “mono” means “monkey”.
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Using Facebook Properly

May 12, 2011 By: erik Category: Geeky, Internet, Marketing, News

Facebook ExclamationAs my knowledge about social networking and online marketing has grown, I have attained a better grasp of how Facebook should be used, or at least how Facebook wants us to use it most effectively. The most important dichotomy to understand is that between Facebook accounts and Facebook pages. These have evolved over the years I’ve been using the most popular social networking site, and they will continue to evolve. Let’s look at the differences…
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First Cinemagraph Attempt

May 11, 2011 By: erik Category: Experiments, Photography, Photoshop, Videos

Faucet Animated ThumbnailJust this year, as far as I’m aware, a new sort of digital photography art form has emerged, called cinemagraphy. It’s so new that there’s still no Wikipedia page for it! The general idea is that you create a photograph with some bit of it that is not exactly still. It’s published in the infamous “animated gif” format that plagued “world wide web” pages back in the 1990’s. The trick is to get the file size down below a megabyte so that it can be downloaded more or less as instantaneously as a regular jpeg photograph. As I have discovered, this is not easy.
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Queso de la Serena – Serena Cheese

May 11, 2011 By: erik Category: Extremadura, Food, Spain

Queso de la Serena, Spanish CheeseWhen my in-laws came back from their annual Easter trip to the La Serena region of Spain, they brought back a wheel of the typical cheese of the region, Queso de la Serena. It’s made from the milk of Merino sheep, and it takes almost two dozen sheep to product enough milk for a kilogram of cheese. It’s coagulated using a natural vegetable rennet taken from the cardoon, a thistle-like plant related to the artichoke. The coagulation happens very slowly, allowing for a rich, but tart, flavor to develop. Cheeses coagulated with cardoon tend to be very creamy, making the interior of the cheese very oozy. In fact, a traditional way to eat it is by slicing off the top and eating the creamy inside with a spoon. I’ve never done that, but it sounds wonderful.
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Infinite Playground Loop

May 10, 2011 By: erik Category: Complaining, Offspring, Videos

Slide LoopSome of my mornings at the local park feel like an infinite loop of watching Nora climb up the ladder and zoom down the slide. Unfortunately, in most of the playgrounds, I don’t quite trust her to get up the ladder by herself, but there’s one that has stairs rather than a runged ladder. I took her there last Sunday and recorded a windy video of her from the stability of a park bench. If the wind wasn’t moving all the trees, I think this animated gif would have compressed a lot better and the quality could have been improved. As it is, it does have an Ye Olde Cinema look to it, especially in grayscale!
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Swiper, No Swiping!

May 10, 2011 By: erik Category: Geeky, Offspring

Fingerprints on dusty television screenThis past weekend, my wife and I were in the living room watching our two year old daughter, Nora, play with her toys. Suddenly, Nora stood up and walked out of the room. She came back with my iPhone that she had fetched from my office. She handed me the phone. “Nora pictures! On TV,” she demanded with a gesture towards the television.
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Los Cronocrí­menes – Timecrimes

May 09, 2011 By: erik Category: Reviews, Spain, Weird


Several weeks ago, I got an email from my Uncle Neil recommending a movie to me. He had previously recommended Primer to me, which I loved and watched several times to catch all the intricacies of the time travel, so I had high expectations. Timecrimes is a low budget Spanish film shot here in Cantabria, my region of Spain. If you look at any of the movie posters or trailer (I recommend not watching the spoiler-laden trailer), you might get the idea that it’s a horror flick with a bloody-bandage-wearing scissor-wielding homicidal maniac, but it’s really not at all. It’s more about an average man trying to outsmart himself.
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