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words of wisdom from toby

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Some sayings from Toby over the weekend:

When discussing the gifts from my team at work I mentioned how flattered I was that they would do something like that. Toby said “But I don’t want our house to be squashed. It should not be flattened.”

When discussing the baby (any day now, hopefully) Toby said “When the baby sees my cool bedroom it will just like freak out.”

While driving to school/work this morning, we passed a McDonalds – Toby said “I really, really don’t want to go to McDonalds.” We asked him why not – he said “Because I want to stay healthy!” Score 10 points for good parenting!

criminal musings of a very pregnant person

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Last night on the way home from dinner with friends we were driving past the light rail depot, and saw a few trains parked in the shed. Here’s what Emma had to say: “Look, the trains are all going to sleep. Hey, I wonder how easy it would be to steal a train? That would be really cool.” I pointed out that you’d need the tracks and points to cooperate, plus the light rail line is just a single line from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America and back, so you wouldn’t get very far. Plus with an electric train they’d just shut off the power and you’d be stuck. Sorry to be a killjoy, but really.

Unperturbed, Emma said “Yes, but it would just be really fun. I should do that some day. However, it would just be a short step from that to joyriding. Maybe I shouldn’t.”


Sunday, August 19th, 2007

We’ve often thought that gymnastics might be Toby’s ideal sport. It’s got a lot of things that he enjoys – at soccer class he seems to prefer the solo exercises more than the team game, for example – and the people who seem to do well tend to be stocky, flexible and self-aware – all of which he is, for his age – and don’t have to be tall and thin – which with his genetic heritage he is unlikely to be.

Tonight just before dinner Emma had the TV on and they were showing a gymnastics championship. They were showing the girls’ events, and I’m not sure Toby had seen anything like it. He took a break from his Lego adventures and was transfixed by the jumping, tumbling and balance. Emma was telling him how strong the gymnasts need to be, telling Toby to see how strong one girl’s muscles were. Toby said, “Yes, she’s pretty strong. If we had a fight, I think she’d probably win.”

more royal news

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

I updated the royal family tree post with as many links as I could find from wikipedia to the people in the list. Hope it’s interesting to you.

Also, here’s the line of succession to the British throne, featuring the top 1,285 people in line. For some reason I’m not on it, suggesting that either there is some kind of mistake on wikipedia (in which case I guess I can edit it) or my task of eradication to reach the throne is going to be harder work than I thought.

Some great names though, notably:

Count Prosper of Castell-Castell
Countess Désirée of Castell-Castell (sounds foxy)
Fabian von Ritter Baron zu Groenesteyn (sounds dashing)
Countess Anna-Elisabeth Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (sounds, um, kinsky?)
Alexandra Nikolaievna Eltchaninovna (over-syllabled, surely)
James Townsend (yawn)
Prince Alexis of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (do not attempt to pronounce if you do not have a full complement of teeth)
Oda Hug (sounds dumpy but sweet)
Fie Bitsch (no need for that kind of language, thank you)
#1028: Karoline Matilde Vlangali-Handjeri (b. 1900), great-great-granddaughter of Louise Auguste of Denmark through her son Friedrich Emil August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, and the oldest person on this list. (probably not going to ascend to the throne, realistically)
Dana Smith (I’m sure we can get more inventive)
Count Valdemar Georg of Rosenborg (that’s better)
Prince Emmanuel Emmanuelovich Galitzine

Well, you get the idea. Maybe a few prospective names in there for baby Mogendorff? I wonder if we could get away with any of those fantastically European names.


Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

I think my toe is getting better – it’s still sore but not as excruciating as yesterday. Maybe that’s because I had a couple of beers after work, we’ll find out tomorrow.

In the meantime my son has been taunting me. He’s quite into Loony Tunes cartoons at the moment – he said to me last night “Because you hurt your toe you can’t go fast any more. So I can’t call you Speedy Gonzales – I will be Speedy Gonzales. And I will call you: Slow Gonzales.”

worst covers

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

If you have loads of time and a strong constitution you might want to take a look at the list of 100 worst covers ever. Are there any you think might be missed here?

another game

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

With thanks to Paul, here is an online game, excitingly named Flash Element TD. I haven’t played it yet, partly because I’m at work, and also because there’s a “quick reminder” at the top of the screen:

A quick reminder:
Fast levels are [6, 13, 19, 26, 32] Are is [8, 17, 27] Immune are [10, 21, 32] The boss levels are [11, 22, 33] You get wood every 7 levels.

pirate rphone

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

A couple of years ago I posted about National Talk Like A Pirate Day. The picture I added has been linked to from a few other sites too:

Pirate Keyboard

Now, obviously technology is moving on, and as a result you need not just the pirate keyboard, but also a pirate rPhone.


Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

When we travel, one of Emma’s favorite things to do is to browse the SkyMall catalog. It’s full of ridiculous things you don’t really need, and a few you think “that’s actually not a bad idea” but would never actually buy. Lots of pet-related stuff, and tons and tons of things you would imagine a sad executive who is never home would get for his children. Slate recently ran an article featuring some highlights and lowlights.

When we went to Orlando a couple of weeks ago, we found a new item which I’ve been meaning to blog about for a while. I think that once you see it you will realize why. Mostly it’s for the name: the Original Backnobber Ii


Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

The commute here in Bangalore is pretty crazy as I have observed several times before. We saw a few near accidents today. But we have not had the inconvenience of having to get past an abandoned Boeing 737.