Friday, January 22, 2010

So we've had a national referendum on gay marriage also?

Apparently the fact that the people of Massachusetts chose a Republican to take over Ted Kennedy's seat means that everyone in the US is against health care. So, by that logic, since Massachusetts has legalized gay marriage, we've had a national decision already made on that also.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I'd rather not do that to my child

With our new baby came an instruction manual (well, maybe a book that my in-laws got us). It has some good advice, it's mostly fact-based (i.e. it does a pretty good job shutting down the anti-vacciners), but one thing caught me eye. It's about soothing a fussy baby:
Dan, a chiropractor father of a fussy baby, came up with this fuss fixer. Hold baby at his hips and swing him upside down at sixty beats per minute, like the pendulum of a grandfather clock. According to chiropractic research, upside-down swinging has a calming effect.

Yikes... how did that research get IRB approval?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Holy crap!

I'm a father.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Oh, no! We've qat another target!

With all the recent talk about Yemen (and Fox News telling everyone that Despite Al Qaeda Threat, US Not Planning to Expand Terror Fight in Yemen - don't click on it, it'll go to Fox News), reminds me that we may be on the verge of "liberating" yet another country that we don't understand. Yemen is a pretty interesting place, the history and politics of which does not fit any of the other oil-rich middle eastern countries. I recommend reading "Motoring with Mohammed" about life in Yemen (it's an awesome travel book by Eric Hansen). Plus, you'll learn a lot about qat (a euphoria-inducing stimulant used daily by the Yemeni).

Gotta love the qat break

Saturday, January 2, 2010

At least we're not elephants

Still waiting for mxh jr. Mrs. mxh is getting pretty tired of being pregnant... but I guess he'll get here when he gets here.

10 month elephant fetus... only halfway to birth

See National Geographic's In The Womb specials for more cute animal fetus pictures.