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Jul. 22nd, 2009

Neither builds this bridge:
the trees nor forest therefrom -
winter sweeps this land.
My wife is playing peek-a-boo with my five-month-old (nearly six month old) son.

When she hides, he's not wondering where she went.

He's trying to look /around the obstacle/ because he knows she's behind it. She's popping out of the top, he's looking around the side.

that is some serious spatial conception skills.
Aidan is very smart. If he's holding something, and you ask him "Can I have some?" and hold your mouth open while he's watching you, he will extend his arms to put what he's holding into your mouth. He shares!

He also drops and throws things off the edge of the playmat so that he can roll off or reach off the playmat to retrieve them.

He is also ALWAYS VERY LOUD WHEN VOCALISING. We have to shout to hear each other over him grunting and groaning while trying to figure out how to crawl.

Super precious boy.

My father was in the US Army in 1966. Last night he found this footage on youTube.

"At 8 minutes 7 seconds that's me, SP5 Richard Akins (the skinny guy) walking from the center toward the camera, then turning to the right (your left) and standing with (my) back to the camera at 8 minutes 10 seconds.   The guy walking along the right side away from the camera is one of the guys that worked for me, SP4 Simon Bellamy.    There's a couple more shots of him pacing around talking on the phone and me typing on a teletype in a left profile shot right after that.

I absolutely do not remember anyone shooting film, but it looks like professional footage. (Well, professional for the US Army in 1966.)

By the way (if you noticed it in the earlier part of the film), that "high speed" data transmission of 200 cards per minute translates to about 1600 eight-bit text characters per MINUTE or much, much slower (painfully slower!)  than the snails-pace dial-up modem connections we use now when we can't afford cable.

This was long before the internet or even DARPANet.

Fax transmissions were still analogue and took about 3 to 8 minutes per page, depending on the complexity of the media. "

That was forty-five years ago.




I was reading through my copy of The Poetic Edda and on page 38, there's a rune-inscription left untranslated in a photo. I cannot quite make it out - maybe someone out there with more skill at Old Norse can help?


Aldri þaðan er látumat
þaðan er órœktu
Aldri þaðan er fararleyfi

Help, pls?

Chaptah Two