Archive for February, 2007

where is god

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

In the car yesterday Toby, who is getting more and more inquisitive these days, asked “Dad, why can’t you see God?”. I think I had lots of answers for him (pro-religion mostly and a few unneccessarily snarky ones too) but nothing came to mind which would be appropriate for a four year old, so I suggested that Emma would be a better person to talk about it.

She started out with “just because you can’t see God doesn’t mean that God isn’t there” which didn’t seem to get very far, then said “When people love each other, God is there” which maybe made some progress but not much. So she gave an example: “When mummy and daddy hug you do you feel all loved – maybe God is part of that. Do you feel like that?” Toby pretty much shrugged his shoulders at that one, so there was nothing for it but for Emma to say “Um, because God is transcendent?” Only one response from Toby was appropriate, and he hit it right on the head: “Mummy, why does the Pink Panther like everything to be pink?”

very cute

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

I feel like a bit of a big girl posting a link to these pictures of tiger cubs and orang-utan babies but I’m sure you’ll agree it takes a real man to link to cuteness.

oscars, scorsese, eyebrows

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Emma and I stayed up to watch the Oscars last night, which was fun – not the most riveting TV ever but nice enough. I was glad to see some surprises in the winners, and also glad to see Martin Scorsese win Best Director.

Scorsese himself is slightly strange-looking in that his hair is now gray but his voluminous eyebrows have remained jet black. I’m not sure how this is possible – it’s the opposite of what’s happening to me as I get older, where my hair is staying dark but I keep getting very obvious gray eyebrow hairs.

not kosher

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Emma told me a good story at the weekend as we were discussing whether it’s kosher to have dairy with poultry. My understanding was that the scriptural thing around dairy with meat was a line to do with not cooking a young animal in its mother’s milk, which would suggest that this only applies to mammals, but for kosher rules apparently it was extended for all meats. Anyway the story was around a religious studies class Emma took when she was to design a menu for a hypothetical Jewish friend who would be visiting. The only place she got marked down was on the breakfast – she suggested an omelet with cheese and onions, and the teacher said that nobody would eat onions for breakfast, kosher or not.

m – e – h

Friday, February 16th, 2007

A few weeks ago in my Superbowl write-up I slightly guiltily used the word “meh”. Today I saw a post in Slate describing the correct use of meh and other interjections when writing for the web. Fantastic use of a Simpsons quote too.

hooray for pilots

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Remember a few years ago when a plane in California had its landing gear stuck and the pilot heroically landed with no problem? A headline at the time (a time in which so much was going wrong in the Government) said “Competent person found in America”.

Well it seems that another competent person has been found – this time in Africa, and again it’s an airline pilot:

Along the way, speaking to the hijacker, the pilot realized the man did not speak French. So he used the plane’s public address system to warn the passengers in French of the ploy he was going to try: brake hard upon landing, then speed up abruptly. The idea was to catch the hijacker off balance, and have crew members and men sitting in the front rows of the plane jump him, the Spanish official said.

hello mother, hello father

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

For some reason Toby spent the whole day calling Emma and me Mother and Father. No real idea as to why he did this, but it was quite amusing how earnest it made him appear to be. At one point he was walking around the house looking for me saying “Where is my father?”, then later when we went to Target to get some things Emma walked off and he was left shouting “Mother! Come back here! Mother!”

bird flu comedy

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Actually it’s mostly the headline where the comedy lies.

From “Turkey confirms return of bird flu in chickens”. Sounds like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck arguing over duck season/rabbit season – the turkeys are saying “no, no bird flu here – it’s the chickens. All about the chickens. If there’s culling to do, check out those chickens.”

amazon unbox on tivo

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

I think someone may finally have put together a usable video download service: Amazon Unbox on TiVo. It looks like you can order videos, movies or TV shows for purchase or rental on and they will be sent to your beloved broadband-connected TiVo box for viewing on your own schedule. The blurb says that it’ll be better than best-quality from TV – I’m editorializing that it might not be as good at DVD, but still this is an exciting and techy development.

useless account

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

I’m sure you have lots of online accounts with various people – your bank, Amazon, email providers, bill paying services, bulletin boards etc etc. But do you have a plain old useless account? Try it – it’s completely useless!