Just one more number

LogoThere are:
people with the name My Name in the U.S.A.
How many have your name?

Interesting concept. I wonder if anyone has included this in any calculations of being a victim of identity theft.



One of my resolutions for the year was to learn a musical instrument. The instrument I wanted to learn is the concertina. So early in January I stopped in and checked out our local music shop to see what they might have in stock. They did not have one, but usually do, can we call you when it comes in so you can see if it is what you want? They finally called a few weeks ago to say it had arrived. We tried to visit last weekend when we were out for a walk Saturday but they were already closed. I managed to stop by this afternoon about a half hour before they closed and I bought the concertina. A very simple Hohner D40 20 button concertina in the Anglo style. I also bought a book title, appropriately, "The Concertina And How To Play It" by Paul de Ville. I then proceeded to spend the rest of the evening futzing around with the thing. I started out with simple stuff like figuring out how I wanted the hand straps to rest and making sure I could reach all of the buttons. I moved up a notch and spent some time seeing what I could do with the scales that were listed in the book. Not the most graceful of things to witness but helpful. I decided I needed to take a shot at a tune I chose the first one in the book. It only uses three buttons on the left hand and is called "Augusta's Favorite" but in fact turned out to be "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". After working my way through it for a while I thought I would record it for posterity. And sheer amusement value. (Don't forget, I am not the most musically inclined person. I really like listening to it but that is in general about as far as it goes. In fact I have never studied any kind of musical instrument, so bear with me. Ok, there was like maybe two clases in drums when I was 12 but that hardly counts now does it?)

My last class for the graduate degree thing starts on Monday and continues through late April or early May. So there might not be any interesting updates once that kicks in. That means I will either not be posting at all or posting all of the time a vague effort to avoid doing my research etc. We shall see.



fixed my audio delay problem

Ok, perhaps better to say I have found a workaround that does not have the audio delay in what I post to youtube.

Here is a video of our son blowing out candles. He really likes doing this and it shows.

For the full list of videos check out http://www.youtube.com/ca5m1th



it has been a while, so here is a video dump of cuteness

My most sincere apologies on my lack of posting. No good excuse or anything, just not managing to post. (Ok, so there has been this cough I have had for a few weeks or so, and that craziness with the student loan and getting the taxes done, but none of it is very interesting so you won't hear about any of it here. Nope, not a peep.)

So here are a bunch of videos of our little one to make up for the missing few weeks. These videos are in no particular order. Just moments captured that we want to share with friends and family. Enjoy!

Jumping is a skill he is working very hard at mastering. This one captures his current state, and he rightfully happy with his progress!

A very strange noise. Not too sure what he was trying to do but we liked it.

This is a combination of two of his favorite activities: climbing onto the coffee table and playing with blocks.

Sometimes the only way to knock over the tower of blocks is with a truck.

Drinking a glass of water. What could be cuter.

Still not sure why there is a few seconds delay in the audio on everything that gets posted to youtube.