Archive for January, 2007

search stats

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Here are the search stats for the last month – lots of powerpuff as usual, the resurgence of the sesame seeds question, bit of toddler stammer, some techy things and the whole thing sullied by chosen-by-god Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

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where do sesame seeds come from?


Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Tonight I upgraded WordPress to the latest version and I think it went just fine. The instructions are of course a little more involved than a hosted service like Blogger where changes happen automatically, but it’s not particularly difficult.

So I hope it looks OK to you. You’ll also notice the reappearance of the hits map, showing from where in the world people are viewing these pages. At time of writing it looks a little pathetic because I haven’t had the code embedded for ages, but it’ll show more blobs soon I’m sure (I hope – otherwise I clearly am Billy No-Mates).

non discrimination

Monday, January 29th, 2007

I read with approval today that Tony Blair has firmly stated that faith based groups will not get an exemption from anti-discrimination laws, specifically as they relate to adoption by gay couples in the UK. I’m obviously not a gay person living in the UK, but it seems to me that for all their flaws the Blair government have done more to legislate for the rights for gay people in Britain than any previous government. I’m sure there’s still a long way to go, but the view from afar seems like it’s a lot better than ten years ago, and certainly than the situation in America.

I also appreciate that he sent a strong message to the Catholic Church (and an implicit slap-down to the UK Anglican Church’s bizarre support of the Catholics here). I see no reason why a group (faith-based or otherwise) should have an exemption from anti-discrimination laws of a country. If the Church or, say, a business wanted an exemption from tax laws or labor laws or whatever we wouldn’t stand for it would we? So why should they have gotten an exemption in this case?

cold, cold, cold

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Yesterday the temperature got to a balmy 34F – the first time we’ve been above freezing in over two weeks (for youngsters or non-Americans, freezing point is 32F). Unfortunately it was a one-off “warm” day and looking at the long range forecast I’m seeing nothing above 25F for at least another two weeks. Sigh.

toby is four

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

It’s Toby’s fourth birthday today which has been the subject of much anticipation and excitement. It seems to be a real milestone for him – four is much bigger than three in his world. He’s been telling us lots of things which four year olds do which three year olds don’t, including liking salad and avocado – we’ll see how that works out in the next few days.

He came through to our room in the night, about three thirty, and mournfully said, “But, Daddy, am I big yet?”. I told him no, he should go back to sleep and give it another three hours.

she slimed him

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

It’s not often I feel sorry for President Bush. But this video of extra-right-wing harpy and generally unpleasant Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann clutching, stroking and pretty much head-locking the President is quite repulsive – the woman behaves, as our local paper described it, like a schoolgirl. Yeuch.

feeling valued

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

In the car last night on the way home from Toby’s swimming class, Emma said to me, “So if you die, how much money is it that I’ll be getting?”


Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

While we were in Bermuda I read the latest Ian McEwan novel, Saturday – a ripping yarn and considerable food for thought. On the whole I very much enjoyed it even though I felt there were some ambiguities about character and story.

One of the reasons I was excited about reading it was that I could finally listen to one of the Slate magazine audio book club podcasts and compare my thoughts with those of the Slate reviewers (the Saturday review is here). Little did I know how disappointed I would be! If you’ve already read the book or don’t mind some giveaways, read on… (more…)


Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Last night I was about to go upstairs to bed when I noticed Toby’s daycare class activities calendar on the fridge, specifically that today was going to be sharing snack day. There have been lots of sharing activities and learning about being good friends all week due to Monday having been Martin Luther King Day. So for the snacks I checked in the kitchen cupboard to see if there was anything appropriate (peanut-free due to a couple of kids’ allergies, unopened packaging and reasonably snackish). The only thing I could see which met those criteria was a big jar of baby pickles, which I’m sure Toby would have loved but he’d be marked as the weird kid who brought pickles to school.

So I was a good dad and went out at 11:30pm in the 18 degree cold to the 24 hour grocery store and picked up a couple of packets of cookies, which apparently were very well received today.

Speaking of MLK, tonight when we were discussing the snacks and the legacy of Martin Luther King, we reminded Toby that King famously had a dream, and asked Toby if he also has a dream. He said, “Of course, I have dreams ALL the time.”


Monday, January 15th, 2007

In a rather progressive move, my company has from this year onwards stated that Martin Luther King day is a company-wide holiday. There’s a lot of stuff in the media about race relations (including a very interesting interview on Public Radio right now), and we’ve been talking a lot with Toby about this – he’s also got classes all week at daycare about differences and being friends.

Google have a great logo for the day – you can click on it to run a search on Martin Luther King Jr:

Google MLK logo