Thursday, July 30, 2015


[Please forgive the absence of pictures; I just can't manage it. Also because lately Baby Leopard has been making all these fantastic expressions--raised eyebrows, surprise, concern, interest, curiosity. Pictures just can't capture them. Clearly video is necessary.]

9 months old: He's been out now as long as he'd been in. 

He had his first bumped head at daycare. Of course Francisco and I panicked and googled everything --you're supposed to put ice on his head for an hour. Haha--yeah right--this kid has opinions and won't allow anything on his head that he doesn't want. And you're not supposed to let him sleep. (I suspect this has been discredited.) Because yeah, when it's passed nap time, you can't keep a kid awake!

He loves his books. He crawls over to the book box, pulls one out, and turns the pages. This is Francisco's favorite thing that Baby Leopard does. 

9.5 months: Baby Leopard pulled himself up to standing for the first time ever (to get close to me while I was laying on the couch). I don't think I've ever been this proud. 

9.75 months: This is a horrible stage: We put him in his crib, he pulls himself up and doesn't know how to lay back down. It's been several hours of trying to convince him to take a nap and no luck. It feels like this will last forever; I know it won't. But boy, we leave for vacation tomorrow and it would be nice if this weren't happening right now. 

10 months: Separation anxiety has set in. When we drop him off with his caregiver, whom he loves, he cries and crawls toward me. I have to drive away listening to his cries. (I know that he stops soon after I leave, but it's emotionally hard to go.)

He is exploring everything--opening all cabinets, pulling himself up to standing every chance he gets. Pulled the kitchen door open, despite being latched to the wall (he simply tore the latch out of the wall--I don't have any idea how we'll fix the door so that he can't destroy it). It's a terror. We need to do another level of childproofing to make it possible to be in this house with him. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Random Assortment

Imagine a world where you’re driving to campus, and before you get there, your car tells you to park in one lot because it already knows another is full. That could soon be the reality at Carnegie Mellon University, where researchers have teamed up with Google to place wireless sensors around the campus to connect everyday items with the web.
Students could determine whether their professors were in their offices, or see what friends were available for lunch.
Security and privacy are top priorities, said Yuvraj Agarwal, an assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon and one of the project’s researchers. 
I like that students seeing whether their professors were in their offices is next to seeing what friends were available for lunch. I imagine the latter is far more important to students than the former.

That said, yeah right, privacy is a top priority! Imagine the soft pressure profs will feel to share the info that they're in their offices. And probably also to spend more time in them (whether or not that space is most conducive to their work).

~ Speaking of privacy and the university: "Students under surveillance" talks about the affects of gathering big data on accessing students' engagement in the class. (Via Francisco.)

~ A man tried to charge his phone in a fake outlet at a Broadway play. Great video.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Just asked a professor for a letter of recommendation by "mid-Augustine."

More Movies

The Missing Picture

Really moving depiction of life under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. It really brings political theory down to earth by portraying the horrors of its Marxist ideology.

The Guards

Cardigan picked this one out, because she just saw Calvary. It was really funny (sometimes on the verge of corny). I really enjoyed it. And there are similarities to Calvary, too, in Gleeson's imperfect magnanimity in the face of difficult circumstances (in addition to having lots of the same cast and crew).

Father Brown

Pretty (very) corny, but the Fr. Brown character is a good one. Light tv.

The Thin Man

We watched this as it should be watched, while drinking manhattans in champagne coupes.

The fashion is just so great (not to mention the style and the witty repartee and the love):

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Central Market

We took Baby Leopard on his first visit to Lancaster's Central Market. We think he loved it, although, since he was on my back, I forgot to let him share in the food.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quebec City

Sort of crazily, on the last day of our trip we went up to Quebec City.



Francisco noticed that in this stained glass map of the train lines, North America is backward. Awkward mistake!

It wouldn't be summer without rose with an accent mark.

I love the ships hanging from the ceiling in old churches.

Okay, the pictures are finished. At least for a little while.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Montreal, Markets

We also enjoyed lots of markets.




Saturday, July 18, 2015

Montreal, The Square

Here are some pictures from a square near the apartment where we stayed.

The square was complete with a great little cafe.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Montreal, Churches.2 St. Joseph's

One of the great disappointments of the trip was walking all the way up this enormous hill (with 20-some-odd pounds of baby on my back) to this apparently beautiful church. 

Which, it turns out, looks like a gigantic, futuristic space-settlement on the inside.

Francisco claims that a month before the trip he told me about a modernist church in Montreal he wanted to visit. I claim he should have reminded me of that fact before I climbed this hill.

It certainly is a sight to see. But sadly you can't unsee it.

The basement got even weirder:

It was partially redeemed by the nice view of Montreal from the top:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Montreal, Churches

We also loved exploring the old churches of Montreal.


And the most famous church (although not necessarily our favorite--these colors are really a bit over the top):