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- Monday, April 20, 2020:
With each day of self-quarantine running together featurelessly like every scene in Gosford Park , I don't have anything new to talk about today.
Here is a video of Maia going head-first down a slide for the very first time, taken exactly 1 year ago today.
Here's Maia independently discovering that she can hold a book up by crossing her legs, taken on the sly during the two hours she sneaks out of bed to read the Berenstain Bears every night.
And here are Maia and Rebecca reading yet another Berenstain Bears book online through the Loudoun Library, taken last night. Maia is intentionally wearing three layers, two of which are dresses.
- Friday, April 17, 2020:
Virtual Paint Day
On Day 35 of self-quarantine, we did a virtual painting date through Pinot's Palette. Rebecca picked up the canvases and paints from our local shop where we used to do paint dates in person. I jury-rigged an easel using scrap wood and dozens of zip ties.
Guess which one of us painted the Left and Right pictures!
- Monday, March 09, 2020:
Stuff in My Drawers Day: Bunnies
A small subset of the bunnies I have been conscripted to draw.
" Maia, what should I draw next? It doesn't have to be a bunny. "
" No, it gonna be a bunny. "
- Monday, August 05, 2019:
Interested in watching Dark on Netflix but worried that you'll get lost amongst the millions of white actors speaking German? I've created a set of character reminder sheets to guide your watching in a progressive, spoiler-free way.
The intent of these sheets is to provide quick reminders of names and faces, not a dedicated family tree or relationship structure. Characters are only added after their first extended scene or speaking role. You can print a sheet out after you finish each episode, and use that sheet to remind yourself of the characters in the subsequent episode. Enjoy!
Spoiler Warning! There are spoilers from Season One of Dark in these links. D...
- Wednesday, March 27, 2019:
Stuff in My Drawers Day: Choir Sketch
This picture was drawn sometime in the late 1980s, at the United Methodist Church on Washington Street in Alexandria.
My parents were regular members of various choirs that practiced on Tuesday evenings. In the awkward period where we were too old for babysitters but too young to stay home alone, we would often be forced to tag along to practice sessions and play quietly in the pews.
After getting yelled at for running around various churches and disrespecting their sacred nature, we would calm down and read books or draw pictures (this was a few brief months before we got our first 8-bit Gameboy). I was probably in 4th or 5th grade when I captured this choir practice on paper. Apparently, they ...
- Friday, March 22, 2019:
Google+ Death Day
To commemorate the final death rattle of Google+, here is my (unsurprisingly short) entire Google+ feed since 2011.
Looks like we've reached the end, indeed.
- Friday, March 08, 2019:
Shaky Cam Day
Or, "why you should put the camera out of reach during your yoga session"
- Monday, February 18, 2019:
As a delayed Valentine's outing, we did another paint'n'wine outing at Pinot's Palette. Here is the original:
See if you can figure out which half is mine and which half is Rebecca's!
- Wednesday, December 05, 2018:
Stuff in My Drawers Day
I drew this picture in kindergarten, for Christmas 1984. My narration was transcribed by one of the teachers, Ms. Lovo.
Clearly, I was an unreliable narrator. My dad and I never went out and chopped down a Christmas tree even once, and definitely not one with a star already on it. We got live trees with all the roots from a local lot and then planted them in the backyard after Christmas, where they died within months.
Also, I'm pretty sure that bird is an airplane.
- Thursday, November 22, 2018:
- Monday, October 29, 2018:
Data Day: BU's Halloween Costumes
- Wednesday, October 03, 2018:
Ninth Anniversary Day
As anniversaries pass, and senility robs us of our wedding memories, we'll always have the photographic evidence to fall back on.
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- Monday, July 23, 2018:
Extra Baby Picture Day
For everyone who wants more baby pictures.
The last hurrah for the YAY balloon, which held shape for over a year before starting to melt down the wall like a Dali painting.
Maia is used to the Tallest Grandpa now and doesn't cry when he enters the room.
An afternoon walk along Holmes Run in Alexandria.
Maia excels at following directions.
- Friday, July 06, 2018:
- Wednesday, July 04, 2018:
Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy this low-effort backlog of recent videos!
Maia plays for you the song of her people
BU dances to JT in Beat Saber
Maia's first dance party
- Monday, June 25, 2018:
On Sunday, we went to one of those date nights where you drink wine and paint a picture. Here's the original:
Can you guess which one is Rebecca's and which one is mine?
- Monday, June 18, 2018:
Face Recognition Day
Have you noticed how creepily accurate the face recognition feature of Google Photos has become recently? Especially mapping from baby pictures to kids!
To see this in your own Google Photos albums, bring up a picture with people in it, hit the "i" Info button, and it will show you who it thinks is in the picture. Drill down on one of those people and it will show you every photo from your albums that it believes includes that person!
- Friday, April 27, 2018:
Extra Baby Picture Day
For everyone who wants more baby pictures.
This week, Maia pulled herself up onto our low-rider coffee table (by way of an even lower footstool). It lasted mere moments until she tumbled down, unphased and instilled with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Kilroy was here.
This is Maia sitting in the grass at Claude Moore Park, performing science experiments with sticks and gumballs. The temperature that day was a pleasant 72 degrees.
- Monday, April 02, 2018:
Maia has a stuffed animal that sings different songs when you press its paw. The repertoire is a mix of nursery rhymes as well as some brilliantly composed original music that was clearly not written by any guilded composer:
Apparently the creator of this song couldn't think of a final line to the song and allowed it to sway gently to completion with MIDI flutes. As if that weren't bad enough, the Morning Song is part I of a three part opus:
Why are the birds singing to the afternoon? Why is the MIDI accompaniment devolving into Ives-meets-Skrillex-like drum machine chaos? Don't think about it too hard because EVENING IS COMING:
Though Violet ...
- Monday, March 26, 2018:
Happiness: It Is Known