More Super Cute Baby Pix

September 30, 2008 at 12:16 pm (Family)

Enjoy these pictures tomorrow night as you celebrate International “Avery is 4 weeks old” Day at 11:35 PM!


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Baby’s Homecoming Pictures

September 24, 2008 at 9:57 pm (Family)

You know, everyone warns you in advance that parenting is a lot of work, and that you won’t have time for anything else. But it’s hard to really appreciate just how much work it is, until you’re actually doing it. So, a week late, here are some of the pictures of Avery’s homecoming. I’ll be trying to put up a few pictures every night, but we’ll see how well I do.

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Avery is finally home

September 11, 2008 at 4:22 pm (Family)

In fact, she’s been home since Tuesday afternoon. We weren’t expecting her to be discharged until Wednesday, but we luckily had the carseat with us and were able to bring her home. Of course, she’s doing her best now to keep us completely exhausted!

I’ll put up pictures of her at home in a day or two, but I thought I’d first share pictures of some of the many visitors that she received while in the NICU. She appreciated all of the love, and can’t wait to see all of you again! Her parents, on the other hand, have barricaded the doors and turned off the phones. We’ll see who wins… :o)

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September 6, 2008 at 5:41 pm (Family)

Dear All and Sundry,

I am exceedingly proud to present Avery Elizabeth Lynch to the world. Avery was born at 11:35 PM on September 3, and is already making her mother and father very proud. She had a rough ride at first, and had to go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the hospital to take care of her, but she is doing just fine there, thanks to the care of the incredible nurses there (AKA the Baby Ninjas), who are also taking the time to teach Daddy a few of the essential parenting skills, like changing diapers and burping!

I’ve attached a few pictures of my beautiful baby girl. Things are still pretty busy for us here, so there may not be updates regularly, but I’m sure that, when Avery gets to come home, we’ll post some pictures of that, too. In the meantime, admire her totally awesome hair!

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Cool Pix

June 12, 2008 at 7:37 am (History, Travel)

Maybe it’s my Indiana Jones complex, but when I saw these pictures, I was pretty impressed. Apparently, these come from an early Christian sanctuary just recently rediscovered, a hidden cave underneath a known ruined church in Jordan. The cave may have been a secret meeting place for Christians, during the period when Christianity was still persecuted by the Roman Empire. Later, when Christianity became legal, they would have built the later church on top of the cave, and then forgotten about the original sanctuary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Crystal Skulls

May 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm (Dissertation, History, Horror, Movies)

Let me start off by saying that I loved the new Indiana Jones movie. I’ve heard a number of different reviews, good and bad, and as far as I’m concerned, it was absolutely pitch-perfect Indy action and adventure. Of course, archaeologists around the world have been trying to ride Indy’s coattails to the top, with mixed successes. One article that I found very interesting was Archaeology Magazine’s investigation into the actual crystal skulls that inspired the legend that is at the core of the film. It’s a fun read, with some good links. Given my macabre tastes, it shouldn’t surprise either of you that one of my favorite parts of the inset note and photo about the French obsession with skeletal images, either! Now, if only going to see Indiana Jones movies somehow made me work on my dissertation faster…

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A Grand Experiment

May 12, 2008 at 6:26 pm (Computers, Environment, Family, Travel)

My two fearless readers: I am about to request your participation in an experiment so thrilling, so dangerous, that I would not be surprised at all if you disowned me at the very first mention of it. Yes, I need your help testing… my geotagging.

“Your what?” you might say.

“My geotagging,” I would calmly reply, only the fires of anticipation glowing in my eyes to display my real excitement.
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I Am a Filthy Liar

April 30, 2008 at 6:26 pm (Education, Environment, Family, Uncategorized)

So, just days after my musings about a post-apocalyptic future and my own current and future inability to survive in those conditions, on account of a lack of time to invest in such skills, I find myself compelled to eat at least a little bit of crow. Luckily, it is still fairly warm, which makes it less offensive than it might otherwise be. :o) Behold: Read the rest of this entry »

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I Have a Small Brain…

April 28, 2008 at 11:38 am (Economics, History, Writing)

…so I love it when really smart people come up with really simple explanations for apparently very complex problems. Case in point: NPR on the current credit crisis, specifically why people just don’t seem to save money. I strongly suggest you listen to the article, rather than just read the synopsis, since it is, in fact, only a synopsis, and (as that name might suggest) leaves out some of the most interesting and compelling details. Read the rest of this entry »

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Survival of the Poorest

April 20, 2008 at 6:04 pm (Comics, Economics, Education, Environment, History, Horror, Wine)

I was thinking today about what would happen to our society if we ran out of oil, and therefore could not afford to transport food between cities, states and nations the way that we currently do, and it occurred to me that the wealthiest people in the world, those inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere who have embraced the economic promise of cities and the specialization of labor, will be the group most affected, and hardest hit, by said (still hopefully hypothetical) collapse. After all, the bulk of the world’s population is much closer to the land than your average Angelino, and is either capable of, or knows people who are capable of, large-scale agriculture, animal husbandry, and other activities associated with pre-industrial human life. It’s only us city-slickers, who are used to our frozen pizzas and two-dollar lattes, who will find ourselves suddenly without food when the crash comes. Although that’s kind of terrifying, since I am one of those city-slickers, it’s also kind of heartening, since it means that, whatever happens to the population of North America, humanity will almost certainly survive and prosper somewhere else, whether it be Africa, Asia, Australia or elsewhere.
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