For all you Helmet fans out there, there’s apparently still hope that Page Hamilton will eventually release something in the not too distant future. I found this article about Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails) from April. He’s not only been working with Page, but he’s also involved in the much rumored Tapeworm project that includes Maynard from Tool among others. No idea when that’s ever going to see the light of day. The beginning of the article is here.
Today, I offer up two articles out of New York.
The first is a truly engrossing account from the NY Times (free registration required) of what went on in the World Trade Center before and during the plane crashes on 09.11. It’s emotionally difficult to read at times, but it really gives a more human face to the events that are slowly fading from all our minds. It definitely made it much more real for me.
The second is a more light-hearted story from the Village Voice. It highlights some of the more ridiculous laws in Texas. I’m waiting for a more rebellious Austinite to re-fit one of the ubiquitous pickup shotgun racks to hold the apparently much more illicit (at least according to Texas state law) devices mentioned in the article. Now that would be amusing…
Here’s a pretty interesting article on why we like the books that we do. The article seems to lose focus part of the way through, but he does bring up some interesting points. I can’t get through “The Sound and the Fury” and I found “Turn of the Screw” excruciating, although I did actually finish it.
The ultrasound photos of the new baby are finally posted. You’ll find them linked under The Boy in the menu. Thanks to Stepan for the use of his scanner. We’re now having heated name debates. I may put up a poll with the finalists in the near future, so be on the lookout for that.
We’re going on a hunt for a “big boy” bed and some Star Wars sheets (bribes) this weekend to get The Boy to give up the crib. We may decide just to give him The Wife’s old full bed. It’d have the benefit of clearing out the guest room to make way for the baby and we wouldn’t have to shell out the cash for a new bed for him. We haven’t decided yet.
I’m psyched to check out Insomnia after all of the good reviews it’s gotten this week. Check out Paul Tatara’s review which is linked in the “Recent Reviews” block on his database page.
I know what you’re all here for, so I guess I’ll just come out and say it. It’s…….a……….girl!
We actually weren’t too surprised. This pregnancy has gone quite differently than the first, so we figured that it was a girl. She’s got all the right parts in all the right places and the due date is exactly what we thought it was, October 10th or thereabouts. We’re officially at the midpoint of the pregnancy right now. I think I can commandeer a scanner at work tomorrow, so I’ll post the ultrasound photos in the afternoon.
The title of this post is appropriate for two reasons:
- This. All I have to say is, “It’s about time,” and who ever thought I’d be anticipating the arrival of something on TNN.
- The other reason is an amusing The Boy anecdote. The Wife called me at work yesterday as usual after picking The Boy up from daycare. The first thing out of her mouth is that she has something to talk about, but she’s not sure if she wants to talk around The Boy. My mind immediately starts going through all kinds of wild things. I can’t imagine what it would be that she would make a point of saying that she needed to say it out of his earshot. She finally just decides to tell me. I haven’t actually talked to any of the teachers yet, so you’re getting this fourth hand. I’m hoping to get some more details tomorrow.At some point during the day yesterday, The Boy decided that it would be raucously funny to drop his pants in the middle of his daycare class. Apparently he was correct in his decision as no less than five other kids thought it was a great idea and followed suit. If you’re laughing right now, you’re not alone in your reaction. This is exactly what I did on the phone after being told and my third hand account tells me that one of the teachers had a hard time holding back a giggle as well. The even more interesting part is that this is the second time he has done it. They just decided not to tell us the first time.
So, it appears we have a class clown on our hands (or a budding exhibitionist). I had a talk with him last night. It’s one of those weird parent things. You don’t want him to think nudity is wrong, you just don’t want him turning into the mad flasher. I told him he’s only allowed to drop his pants outside of the house when he’s going to the bathroom. I was afraid if I told him he couldn’t do it anywhere outside the house, I’d hear about some horrible potty accident the next day. It’s tough because he’s so literal minded right now. When I asked him why he did it, he told me, “Because it’s funny.” And who can argue with that?
Well, it’s started again and the reviews are pouring in. This is a perfect segue to get you to check out the Paul Tatara movie review page that I’ve set up. There’s now a recent reviews section that includes a link to his review of AoTC. There’s also an interesting article in today’s Austin American Statesman (imagine that!) about the Star Wars saga in general. I tend to agree with the guy. Since I probably won’t see it for a few more weeks (I’m just getting to see Spider-Man tonight), I’ve given up all hope of avoiding spoilers.
Some of you have already noticed that you can’t access any of the The Boy stuff anymore. I’ve moved it all to another area of the site that will require user registration and my approval to view. I’m doing this because there’s a good chance that the site will be getting a lot more traffic in the near future and I don’t want a bunch of strangers going through The Boy (and in the not too distant future, the new baby) pictures, etc. I’m not letting on what it is until I’m sure it’s going to happen. If you need to get access, email me and I’ll tell you how.
Once again, the picture of the week lives up to it’s name. Check out the new one.
We’ve scheduled the ultrasound for the new baby on the 21st (a week from tomorrow).
In sad news, my Great Aunt Cora died on Friday. It was quite unexpected, so my relatives in England are having a rough time. I really wish I had gotten back over there. I haven’t seen her since 1991. I think things like this are starting to affect me more as I get older.