Mr. Wake

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Location: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

Sunday, April 30, 2006

T plus 1 week

Not much to tell...hold on, baby woke up...

Later...Aika Jane has added squirming and stinking to her short list of skills....hold on, baby woke up...

Later...While it's possible these will be Olympic events by the time she's old enough to compete, I wouldn't want to hang my hat on it. So we are working on equestrian and table tennis, but it's slow going....HO,BWU...

L...Particle physics is also a stumper. Perhaps we should wait on mastering the concept of spin until she masters rolling over. Though I think her concept of a nipple-shaped universe has promise....HO,BWU...

L...And what does any of this have to do with a disgusting fish? This is the Japanese idea of a celebratory gift for a new mother. The fish is a red snapper, in Japanese a tai. And omedetai is the word for an event worthy of congradulations, esp. a birth. So it's all a nifty pun. My farovite part of this picture is the little plastic flower. It's to make it look pretty.

New pics on Flickr.
And how boss is this?

More movies here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


We brought Aika Jane home last Saturday. Since then we've spent most of our time filling her stomach, and she's been busy filling diapers. It may be my imagination, but I think she has gotten less jowlsy. Perhaps we haven't been feeding her enough and forced her to consume the nuts she was storing for winter. So far she has expressed an interest in faces, stripes, orchids, TV, and fluorescent lighting.

I think this would be a great picture for her first album cover. But she has been too busy preparing her Nobel Prize acceptance speech to advance her music career. There are more pictures on Flickr. Search the tag "aikajane." WARNING: You do not care about these pictures. Since they are not pictures of her dressed in silly clothes, tormenting animals, or hurting herself, they are not interesting. Give me a few months and I'll come up with the good stuff.

Saturday, April 08, 2006


It just occurred to me how many freaking remotes I have on my nightstand.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Beggar and a Chooser

Often at Japanese shrines one can purchase a wooden tile with a picture of something on one side and nothing on the other. You write your wish on the side with nothing and hang the tile up at the shrine's designated tile-hanging zone. I wish I could read Japanese, because I bet they are interesting. No problem understanding this one, however. Good luck, Barry.