Archive for the ‘Baby’ Category

A Photo in Time

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Baby, Computing, General, Movies/TV/Music

Looking through my iPhoto library the other day I realized something profound. My son’s generation will be memorialized in a way never seen before. A hundred years from now, it is very possible for my son’s great-great-grandchildren to pour through hundreds of photos and video from the day that he was born until possibly the day he dies. The images that we take today have no life-expectancy.

The first photograph was taken in 1822, but the first truly consumer camera didn’t come about until 1888. At $25 for 100 photos, though, it wasn’t really reasonable for a household whose yearly income was less than $500.

It wasn’t until World War II when personal photos started to become an approachable consumer technology. In the sixties photographs were joined by Super 8 film. Followed by VHS in the eighties.

This accelerating progression found an important new medium in the early nineties with digital imagery. Becoming truly approachable in the new millennium. The cost of capturing a quality photo or video has dropped to almost nothing.


Putting the word out

Posted: August 9, 2009 in Baby

I’ve been doing a lot of research into my family, really the big mystery is my mother’s side of the family. My mother was adopted when she was four (and I know it’s uncouth to share an age, but this happened probably around 1951 or so). About a decade ago she was able to get a copy of her original birth certificate, and with that I’ve been trying to discover her past.


8 hour sleep

Posted: June 30, 2009 in Baby, Short

I know it’s not going to be the norm, but Zachary slept 8 1/4 hours straight last night (2 hours more than he’s ever slept before). It would be nice if he does this more often!


Posted: June 2, 2009 in Baby, General

Earlier I mused about the progression of age, and how my son will always be 37 years younger than me. That started me thinking about the things that he will see (or the things that we will both see in the future).

To judge the possibilities I started thinking about things in regard to “how long before I was born”. What happened in the 37 years before I was born? 37 years before my birth was 1935. In the mid-30’s the jet engine was built, the photocopier was invented as was FM radio (not to mention the thousands of things since then).

It’s a little bit of a useless exercise, but it does encapsulate the idea of progress pretty well. I think that’s kind of amazing. (more…)

Sobering thoughts.

Posted: June 1, 2009 in Baby, General

I’ve been on this earth 37 years now. It’s weird, 37 sounds so old. I don’t feel old, but the number sounds old. I’m closing in on 40 which is sounding quite old. I think back to my parents and my perception of them. When they were 37 I was 12, I don’t think I had a gasp on what was old and what was “older”. Then again, I don’t know if I ever really thought about my parent’s ages until I was well into my 20’s.

So I guess this is poignant because today is Zee’s first day of daycare. This started me thinking of the other events and our relation in age.

Five weeks

Posted: April 27, 2009 in Baby

It’s been five weeks since Zachary was born, and it already seems like so much longer than that. I still don’t feel like a father, but I don’t think it’s a lightning bolt. Zachary has been more like a pet than a child. At five weeks he’s starting to become a little more human.


The baby is here… no really!

Posted: March 28, 2009 in Baby, General

I really wanted to write a post about the long saga of Zachary’s birth, but at this rate it may never happen (or at least it will never be posted here). Instead I’ll write a quick summary of events.

Cara woke me shortly after midnight Friday March 20. She had been having contractions for the last 30 minutes. We talked to the doctor and he suggested we head over to the hospital. We did so, and the contractions got intense and very painful.


Filed away under “things that I’d really like to do some day”, has always been SSCA rally racing, or some kind of auto sport. Maybe it’s that excuse to modify my car, but with purpose. One race that happens once a year is the “One Lap of America“, which is like the Canonball Run, but completely legal.

I remember reading about the 2006 race in Car and Driver and thinking that it is totally something that I could do. The idea is simple, take one car and two drivers, then drive across the United States stopping at race tracks along the way to compete with others. The uniqueness is that your race car needs to be road worthy (and somewhat comfortable), and the car needs to be fairly reliable since you don’t have any support staff or vehicles.


Does anyone have any asprin?

Posted: January 3, 2009 in Baby

Well a long, interesting week is coming to a close… finally. It seems as though both Cara and I have been magnents for disease over the past few weeks.

Cara was fighting off a cold as we visited relatives over the holidays. As the new year approached she seemed to be getting better until the day before New Year’s eve.


Other than the small issue with the hotel not having a registration for us, we were able to get to our room pretty easily.