Friday, August 03, 2012
1. Last week, I decided that Baby Van
Horn is "officially" walking. I'd thought about holding out until
walking was her preferred mode of transport, but she crossed that line some
time yesterday or the day before. What convinced me that she was beyond
"cruising"? Seeing her walk several feet alone and successfully reach her
destination. She still trips easily, but is becoming steadier and more
confident by the day.
Seeing her develop has been fascinating. Each day brings some improvement, usually incremental. But occasionally, some new behavior really makes an impression. For example, a day or so after I "declared" her to be a walker, she started carrying around a new favorite toy of hers (pictured at right) that she had been pushing around. The day before yesterday, she started using the music feature of the same toy to get Momma and me to sing "Old McDonald" to her. She waves her arm a little like she's a conductor and does a cute little dance once we get going.
2. We're visiting an island off the coast of Maine with Mrs. Van Horn's parents. Below is the current view from where I'm sitting. I'm enjoying the feeling of solitude that has rolled in with this early morning fog, but the place is gorgeous without it.
In any event, a few years ago, a grad student in my lab was at an impasse about which fellowship offer she should take. I told her to try this technique. She found my advice so helpful that she thanked me a few days later for telling her about it.
4. With the spectre of Palladium -- I mean "secure" UEFI booting -- looming over most commercially-available computers, I'm glad to see that Dell will be offering Linux laptops again.