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fun in manila earlier this month, seeing old friends andrew and joon.  here’s a few shots of joon’s great kids too.  thanks for all the entertainment!


kai walked up to each of the beijing olympics mascots and gave them a good smack and a squeal of delight. then he tried to pick the (just planted) flowers.  apparently he’s excited for the olympics to start! sorry for the mobile phone resolution.

i remember lexis-nexis fondly from my lawyer years – the joy of searching (okay, there is a hint of sarcasm there) easily outweighed by the points offered for conducting various activities on a daily basis. i must admit that i am a sucker for points. offer me points, and i’m willing to do quite a bit of otherwise unappealing work. in this case, lexis-nexis paid (or point-ed me sufficiently) for a beautiful set of global knives which we value as one of our most prized kitchen possessions.

anyway, i digress.  unless you have used lexis-nexis and been exposed to the nuance of targeted searches, the next part of this post may leave you scratching your head.  for all you lawyers out there, you can file this away for future manipulation.  i came across the following article courtesy of slashdot:

jamie writes “The politicization of Bush’s Justice Department, which this week was officially determined to be illegal, has a funny side too. Sometime in 2005-2006, White House Liaison Jan Williams attended a seminar on LexisNexis searches, and wrote one herself. When she left, she passed it on to her successor Monica Goodling in an email. Justin Mason, author of SpamAssassin, is skeptical about its accuracy: [First name of a candidate]! and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm! Needless to say, when asked about it, Williams first said she didn’t remember ever seeing it, then said she’d used an edited version just once. LexisNexis records show she used it, as shown, 25 times.” Note that ‘sex!’ appears twice in the query. Must be VERY important.

definitely not us anymore.

kai thinks he is the man of the house here.  he likes to throw tantrums regarding any restrictions we try to give him, request frequent dora episodes, and yell at us if we don’t bring his food/milk fast enough.  i know the move has been hard on him, (we admit to using dora as a partial babysitter – just til we are done unpacking) but he is getting really bossy!  isn’t this only meant to happen around age two?  we haven’t even hit 18 months yet!

tip: in case you wanted to squeeze out some extra quality from your youtube viewing, add “&fmt=18” to the end of any youtube URL and see your chosen video in high definition.

courtesy of my bro-in-law jan bender, please prepare to be amazed by this robot. made by boston dynamics.
i love music, and here’s one that i won’t mind singing along to with kai – courtesy of my cousin jenny (representing from india).
¡ıɐʞ puɐ ɐıɔılɐ ƃuıssıɯ ɯ,ı ˙ƃuıuǝʌǝ ʎɐpsǝupǝʍ lıʇun ǝq llıʍ ı ǝɹǝɥʍ ‘ɐlıuɐɯ ʎuıɐɹ ɯoɹɟ ǝʌıl noʎ oʇ sǝɯoɔ ʇsod s,ʎɐpoʇ

˙ʎɐʍɐ oƃ ‘uıɐɹ ‘uıɐɹ

here’s the link.

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