Friday, September 24, 2010

"Gene Weingarten: I hate Facebook sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much..."

An excellent piece by Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post on Facebook:

"Critics contend I am unfair to Facebook merely because I have described it as an ocean of banalities shared among persons with lives so empty they echo. I defend my thesis but admit my evidence has been unscientific -- entirely anecdotal -- based on my occasional dips into this tepid, lifeless lagoon of dishwater-dull discourse."

By the way, GW does not extend his point on how bored Facebook users are, but I will. The medium is the message (as dear old Marshall MacLuhan said), and perhaps one should think about picking up a book, or pen and paper, or even go for a walk... rather than sit and type, "I'm bored."

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Here's a fun site: They rank an area's walkability (including how many various types of amenities are within walking distance). They also rank cities around the US, and have a walk score "heat"map for some major cities.

Fairfax gets a great 83% score :)

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Baby Name Map

Here's a time waster... It turns out that in 2008 there were only 552 Simone's named in the USA.

Speaking of iPhone/iPad Apps...

...Here are two really cool ones for kids:

My cousin designed this interactive alphabet for kids (and it's been #2 on kids iPad apps!).

I just read about Paper Town Friends (created by a former Martha Stewart Magazine designer)--paper dress ups--that looks adorable.

The Man Booker Prize

So, along with the exciting announcement of this year's Booker Shortlist (I think C looks like the most interesting by far--can't wait to read it), the Booker also has a new iPhone App. So cool.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Baby Food

So I posted four years ago on my two favorite books on introducing solids & child nutrition. I also posted this great article on making baby food more taste-ful (or why do we start them off bland?!). 

I love the new baby things that are finally coming out it being popular to have babies right now. People are using great materials and design that is more aesthetically pleasing. Silicon is my new favorite thing--it's BPA free, freezer, dishwasher and oven safe. I got these Green Sprouts trays to make baby foods. They are perfect for making huge batches of baby food and freezing perfect 1 ounce portions. 

I also got these Kinderville bowls, cups, and lidded jars. They are great for transporting food, as well as storing food. They also have popsicle molds which will be fun to try some day. 

The babies are 8 months old, and here's what I have introduced so far (in the approximate order of introduction):

rice cereal
sweet potato
chicken (dark meat pureed)
cottage cheese (this was not a success--the curds were too big, and i did not have the patience to mash them, so it's off the menu for now, and will be reintroduced later)
herbs de provence
egg yolk (hard boiled then dissolved in breast milk or water)
yogurt (both soy yogurt and whole milk yogurt)
turnips and parsnips
blue berry
purple carrot
apple sauce
curry powder
fish (halibut)
sunflower seed butter ("sunbutter" like peanut butter)
Kirkland brand No Salt Seasoning
rice seasoning like this:  (you can get them at the asian markets--I look for the ones that are mainly vegetables) 
green beans