Archive for June, 2007

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.

bunch of photos

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

My sister in law, Rosey, just posted up a bunch of photos from her recent visit over here. There are some great ones – mostly Toby at his soccer class, our trip to the baseball, and the zoo.

Here’s set one; here’s set two


Monday, June 11th, 2007

This just in: fairground riders left hanging upside down. While we were in Florida Toby insisted on going on the kids’ Shamu rollercoaster at Seaworld (here we are getting ready to go). This is not normally the kind of thing I’d do, but for my boy I’ll go the extra mile. My confidence was not heightened by the fact that the people on the ride right before us had the cars stop part way up the initial ramp – they were stuck for about 5 minutes in the broiling sun until a bloke with an enormous bunch of keys got to the control desk and did something to get them moving. It was fine for us, actually really fun, once we got going but I wouldn’t have like to have been stuck there with a four-year-old asking “why have we stopped? Why aren’t we moving? Why have we stopped? I need to go to the bathroom! Why have we stopped?”

time passing

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Yesterday was my birthday – a milestone in fact – 35. The card from my dad said that I had reached half of my three score years and ten and am now officially middle aged. Thanks a lot. On the other side, he did get me the complete New Yorker DVD set (all New Yorkers ever on 8 DVD-ROMs (or should that be DVDs-ROM)) and the complete New Yorker cartoon book/CD-ROM set too. Fantastic. Toby got me some very nice beer glasses, and Emma got me new workout clothes to encourage me to get back into going to the gym – this was my idea not her being mean.

It was actually a really nice day – chats on the phone with family, and in the afternoon Toby had been invited to a friend’s birthday party. We went along too, it was very nice. Perfect warm day in their backyard, food and drink for the grown-ups, and a splash pool for the kids. Fun for all.

Today is Toby’s first day in his new class at daycare – Preschool II. It’s the class for the oldest kids, and it’s pretty amazing to me. He started there in the infant class when he was about 7 months old (I’ve been trying to find a blog post from when he started but can’t – maybe I just didn’t write anything at the time) and now he’s one of the big kids. He has been very excited about this, and zoomed into school this morning. There was some swagger there too. A couple of the other kids shouted out “Cool! Toby, you’re in our class now!”

ear today

Friday, June 8th, 2007

For the last week and a half I’ve had a really painful ear – it’s been so uncomfortable that I’ve been woken up pretty much every night, and has felt blocked so that I have no idea if I’m being really loud or really quiet.

Today I finally got a doctor’s appointment, and it seems that it’s a minor infection, no particular damage evident. I’ve got some ear drops and hopefully it’ll be back to normal soon. I’m glad about two things with this whole incident – firstly the drops have antibiotics in them, so no oral antibiotics which may have interfered with beer consumption over my birthday this weekend. Secondly the diagnosis was “swimmer’s ear” – I always like to have something which has an athletic or sporting connotation, it sounds so much better than “guy who sits on a chair in front of a computer all day ear”.

UPDATE: it’s about 12 hours later and after three shots of the ear drops (anti-inflammatory and antibiotic) it’s feeling so much better. Still a bit sore inside, but the pain on the outside of my ear and the blocked feeling have both pretty much gone. Hooray for medicine, pharmacology and science!


Friday, June 8th, 2007

You probably won’t notice much diff, but I just spent 15 satisfyingly, but not too complexly, geeky minutes upgrading WordPress from 2.1 to 2.2. Apparently there are some good things in WordPress 2.2 – basically as far as I can tell it continues to be seamless, and it just works great.

As far as the blog itself goes the backup produced a text file of over 1.6 Mb – that’s a lot of typing over the last six years.

Hope you still like what I’m doing here – please let me know, and also let me know if you see any technical issues with the upgrade.

on the road – arkansas edition

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

I’m out of town once again, this time just for two days, visiting Bentonville, Arkansas. So far nobody has explained to me why the “–kansas” bit of Arkansas is pronounced differently from “Kansas“, the state (and the 70s band).

Reasonably quick flight down here in a teeny plane this morning. It seems quite a nice town, fairly rural round the edges and compactly corporate in the center. The airport is very small, and right in the middle of some fields.

Two moments today when I wished I had a camera with me. Firstly in the strip mall next door to the little Mexican restaurant where I had lunch (two people for less than 10 bucks) was a big picture of a bemuscled, tanned and oiled guy with the tagline “Body for Jesus”. I gathered that it’s a homoerotic Christian gym where I would assume that the people who go are totally anti-gay. Just a feeling.

The other thing which freaked me out was in the restaurant at another table was a guy who looked exactly like my dad. OK, he was a few years younger, and a few inches taller, but he had the exact same profile and hairstyle as my dad. Quite disconcerting.


Monday, June 4th, 2007

When Emma’s sisters were here last week, her sister Sarah mentioned a strange fruit I’d never heard of – the mangosteen (and no, it’s not a Jewish mango). It sounded very odd when she described it – here’s a picture. Hopefully she’ll leave a comment describing taste, aroma etc.


Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

We went out to a toy store this afternoon to get something for the birthday of one of Toby’s friends. While we were there, we saw this: a kids’ punching ball. Toby strapped on the boxing gloves then took a swipe – in required comedy fashion the ball bounced right back in his face. Not enough to hurt him, but it was pretty funny. Then after he’d spent quite a while at it, Emma had a bop at the ball – again in required comedy fashion it bopped Toby on the back of the head. Hours of fun. Apart from anything else Toby looked kind of cool wearing boxing gloves.

So if you’re looking to get Toby a gift, and give us all a laugh too, this may be what you’re after.

toby’s orlando photos

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Toby and I finally got around to getting the photos from our Orlando trip into the computer, did some editing and some hilarious captioning – the results are here. Hope you like them!