Monthly Archives: September 2006

The peanut gallery

The crazy teeth photo made me think of a few more funny pictures of Hayden over the last few months. Enjoy!

Wearing Mom’s shirt and Dad’s shorts
First thing in the morning in NC—got his arm out himself
Cool dude in Paw Paw’s arms
Flying on Dad’s feet
Strait-laced guy in a bib
Eatin’ a french fry… Or trying to
Bad second to snap a photo—looking crazy
Deranged baby!!!
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The quest continues: TNT L&O commercial mug

Update: FOUND ONE!

Looking for the TNT L&O commerical mug? I <3 L&O too, and the quest for the mug continues. Here’s what I’ve found so far:

  • My mom located the offical NBC L&O store. They have a black ceramic mug with the show logo (and one with the SVU logo).
  • TNT does not currently have a store, but they do have an entire I<3L&O subsite. There’s a lot of fun stuff there. After e-mailing them corrections & new questions for “Stump the L&O experts” and my own “I <3 L&O so much…” stories, I also asked them if they were planning on selling the I<3L&O mug. I informed them that people are searching for the mug (I’ve gotten three or four visitors from search engines looking for “TNT L&O mug”—I’m #1 for that keyword, oddly enough). I’ll let you know if I get a response.
  • If you don’t want to wait for a response, I have a do-it-yourself solution.
    • Locate a site like CafePress. CafePress has a limited selection of ceramic mugs to put a custom design on. Use the images in this post at your own risk if you want them; they may require resizing, touchup, etc.
  • A fourth alternative: there are several professional mug printing companies that offer batch orders. If enough people contact me (by leaving comments), I’d be willing to spearhead an order. I’ve seen a few mugs with a minimum order of 12 (several to choose from, but I like this one best) or 25 mugs. I’d charge even cost, including shipping to you. The end cost would be a minimum of $12.50+shipping to you, and that’s based on a one-color quote. A 2 color quote might be $3-4 dollars extra.
    • Still interested? Leave a comment about the design & cup you’d prefer!

PS. I heart L ‘n’ O, in case you haven’t noticed.

Jeepers, creepers, take a look at them TEETHERS!

So, after much effort, Hayden finally consented to a picture of his big, toothy grin. Here you go!

I love that photo, but I guess not everyone will. Here’s another photo we snapped: same intent, less scary result.


What? You can’t see his teeth? Then look closer:

And for those of you that still can’t see them there, Hayden’s teeth are the bumpy white things here:

Ta. Da.

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How to lie with statistics

This Slate article shows how the medical profession lies with statistics by using qualifiers that virtually no one understands, like “relative risk.” How big of a difference is it? Read to find out.

I also like eMarketer Daily‘s usual habit of overinterpreting differences. I still remember nearly a year ago they published a report on how different ethnicities use cell phone technologies differently. The “findings” talked about how 28% one group (African Americans or Hispanics, I forget which) used text messaging or the Internet on their cell phones as if it were a big difference from the second group, wherein “only” 26% did. There was no mention of the margin of error for the study.

I especially liked eMarketer Daily’s report a few months later that ClickZ lies with statistics. As I e-mailed to a coworker, that’s really the pot calling the kettle black.

Don’t worry, I promise to post about Hayden later today. I know it’s what you really want to see. AND I promise to post about the quest for the I<3L&O mug tomorrow.

Planned obsolence?

So it’s been one year since we bought our newest computer. We got a printer free with rebate, a Canon Pixma iP3000—and yes I have to name names. For the last 6 weeks, the printer has started printing white streaks in documents. It’s gotten worse over time—now it can’t even print a single legible line in three pages of text. I’ve been through the entire troubleshooting process on the Canon website twice, including cleaning and deep cleaning the print heads.

Now it says that I have to take it to Salt Lake to get it serviced (a 40 min drive, which is quite a chore with a baby!) or mail it to their service center—and I’ll need proof of purchase, which I sent to them as part of the rebate and no longer have a copy of.

Sigh. At least the rebate means we got the printer for free . . . I think.

Except we bought $75 of print cartridges last week (after the salesguy assured us that these print cartridges cost less than the printer, unlike my old Compaq/Lexmark) to see if that was the problem. It wasn’t.

…Now what?

On the plus side, I found an awesome pattern to knit a wrap cardigan and some inexpensive, high quality (and gorgeous) yarn.

Well, back to work. Got to make hay while Hayden sleeps.

Naming names

Ryan wanted to wait until Hayden was born before we fully decided on a name to make sure it fit him. But since we didn’t have any other boy names we’d chosen (we’re saving Benjamin for our next son), nothing else seemed more appropriate than Hayden. I was a little worried since Hayden and other -aden names are so popular today. I didn’t want my little boy’s name to be the same as (or rhyme) with all his classmates’!

Then I thought about the other names that I really like: Benjamin, Rachel and Rebecca. These biblical names are each in the top 20 just about every year. If I was looking for originality, my kids are doomed! Maybe I’ll spell it Rhybbeckah. Yeah, then she’ll stand out.

Yep, “standing out” is the #1 quality I want my child’s name to portray. Heritage, traits, beliefs, attributes—none of that matters. MY CHILD MUST BE UNIQUE! I wish we parents could hear ourselves sometimes…

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