Home Economics 101 – How To Iron

January 11, 2013 By: erik Category: Offspring, Videos

How To Iron - ThumbnailI have a very vivid memory from my Developmental Psychology class in college about a study in which a diapered infant was given to adults to babysit for a short time. Half of the babysitters were told that the infant was a boy and half that it was a girl. The half that were told it was a boy went to the toy chest and selected cars and hammers to play with, and the half told it was a girl selected dolls and combs and kitchenware. The experiment did an excellent job of calling into doubt the origin, Nature or Nurture, of our societal gender stereotypes.

When I learned I would have a daughter I promised myself that I would make every effort to not provide her any gender stereotypes. I’ve never bought her any pink toys or “girly” stuff.
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Parenting Tip: How to talk to a three year old about the future: Make a calendar!

October 26, 2012 By: erik Category: Offspring, Parenting, Photos

Making a CalendarWe have this trip coming up in a few weeks to the United States to visit my folks, and my three year old daughter, Nora, is very excited about seeing Grandma and Grandpa. Lately, her video conferencing hours have skyrocketed. She speaks to and sees her Grandma and Grandpa nearly every day lately to fill the second hour of her two hour lunch break from school, and often until phone battery death on the weekends. Ironically, despite the ocean between them, I don’t think they’ve ever been closer.
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Parenting Tip: How to manipulate a three year old

October 24, 2012 By: erik Category: Musings, Offspring, Parenting

Uninterested NoraLately I’ve been reading some books on parenting, and the paradigm that best jives with my morals and ideals originated from a psychologist named Thomas Gordon, who became an expert in relationship conflict resolution, valuing negotiation and collaboration over the use of power. I had not heard of him until recently, but he was thrice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, so he’s not a complete kook. It makes sense that losing an argument because the other person played the power card would breed resentment and poison the relationship. I’ve had some success with talking through conflicts with my child, but sometimes when you’re parenting, you don’t have thirty minutes to work through the peace process and converge upon a solution of compromise for every item of clothing your kid refuses to put on in the morning before school. I have found a few shortcuts that I’d like to share with you.
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How to throw a ball against a wall

September 14, 2012 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Parenting, Videos

How to throw a ball against a wall (thumbnail)One day back in July, I was out with my daughter at the school playground and she was playing with a ball. She wasn’t throwing it very well, so I stepped in to fulfill my fathering responsibility of teaching my child how to throw a ball. I explained that you turn your side to the target, and step forward with the opposite foot as you pivot your body and transfer your weight before releasing the ball. Step by step, I pointed out how my body was positioned as I slowly mimicked throwing the ball.
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A Step-By-Step Guide to Booting Hackintosh to Striped RAID

March 31, 2011 By: erik Category: Geeky

Hackintosh LogoAlmost two years ago, I bought a Hackintosh: a normal Intel PC that can be converted to run Mac OS X, resulting in an $800 computer with the power of a $2400 Mac Pro. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so pleased with a computer purchase, especially two years later. One important decision I made was to go with a Solid State Drive for the boot drive. The biggest bottleneck in common use of most modern personal computers is the hard drive access; processors are fast, memory is fast, but hard drives are slow. As if using an SSD wasn’t fast enough, I bought two of them and used RAID striping, a technique which splits the data evenly across both drives, so when I want to load a file, half of the file is read from one disk and half is read from another in parallel. As you might imagine, it’s pretty speedy.
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