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By duxup (Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 02:42:50 PM EST) (all tags)
Baby talk
Baby talk
Baby talk
Civ V
Droid X




Holy cow it has been a while since I posted a proper Husiary.


Status

Baby is nearing 1 year old. Yes, that is what I consider MY status these days. The baby is everything.

It is fall so Mrs. duxup is now doing student teaching (and taking a couple classes) at the local University graduate program. Her first stints of student teaching are at the University lab school. The term "lab" isn't as exciting as say the University chemistry lab that from time to time plays host to a dangerous spill or an explosion. Since they're working with kids and education their lab work is more subtle. I was thinking more along the lines of popping some goofballs in some of the kids juice boxes and seeing how they learn compared to a control group next door but I guess they don't do that either. Oh well.

Mrs. duxup's schooling means Mr. duxup does the baby waking / prep in the morning since Mrs. has to leave the house early to get downtown. Accordingly I get up about an hour or more earlier than my old pre baby status quo and race to get myself ready in an effort to be ready before the boy gets up. He isn't one who enjoys waking up in his crib alone much and once up in the morning he likes to stick to mommy or daddy's arms for a bit.

The daily schedule goes something like this:

5:30 or 5:45 AM - Mommy wakes and gets ready for the day.

6:00 AM - Daddy checks baby and tosses his blankets back on him (most times you check he has wiggled out of them). Daddy goes to get ready.*

*If Baby wakes early Mommy gets him for a bit and then she plops him outside the master bedroom bathroom door so he can see daddy and he plays with his toys there (for now this works pretty welll)

6:30 or 6:45 AM - Mommy is downstairs snacking on some sort of breakfast. Daddy finishes getting ready for the day and goes to wake Baby if he isn't already waking up.

6:45 AM - Mommy says goodbye to Babby (who insists on some holding) and Daddy (Daddy usually doesn't need to be held). Daddy resumes baby morning cuddling. Baby just likes to be held and tickled at this point.

6:50 or 7:00 AM - Daddy changes Baby's diaper and clothing.

7:00 - Daddy loads car and then finagles Baby into the car seat. Drive to daycare begins.

7:20 - Daddy and Baby arrive at daycare. Baby is happy to be there so no worries here. Daddy can do a quick drop off if needed.

8:00 AM- Daddy gets to work.

2:00 to 3:00 PM - Mommy arrives home in the afternoon. Mommy might take a short nap or head straight for the homework.

4:30 to 4:50 - Daddy leaves work and picks baby up at daycare. Baby does NOT like his car seat so it takes a bit of play and filling up the daddy meeter on the baby before Daddy can get him in the seat.

5:00 - Daddy arrives home with baby who usually commences his traditional ride home nap (Baby seems to be phasing this out). Daddy dropps baby off with mommy asleep (or maybe not) in his car seat.

5:15 or 5:30 - Daddy begins dinner prep for Baby, Mommy and Daddy.

5:30 or 6:00 - Baby wakes up during food prep and cuddles / plays with Mommy.

6 or 6:30 - Dinner for all.

7:00 or later - Daddy does some dinner cleaning up while Mommy finishes with feeding or cleaning up baby.

7:20 - Daddy takes baby for some daddy playtime and mommy studies / does homework.

- Every other night there is an 8:00 PM bath that lasts until about 8:30 -

8:00 to 9 PM - Sometime in there daddy decides it is time for the goodnight bottle and baby falls asleep during or after a bottle by Daddy (sometimes Mommy). Mommy studies / does homework

9:00 PM - Daddy finishes cleaning up dinner / dishes / baby chair. Daddy preps baby stuff for the next day. Mommy studies / does homework

9:30 PM - Daddy heads to bed if particularly pooped. Mommy studies / does homework.

10:00 or 11:00 PM Mommy heads to bed.

**Weekends are of course a bit different as Baby is home, but Mommy has an early morning Saturday class so not much easier.

***I've taken to taking a day off here and there while baby is in daycare to get misc stuff done around the house and relax a bit.


Daycare

Baby duxup was in some daycare (couple days a week) between three and five months old. Mommy kept him home this past summer since she was not going to school. Accordingly Baby recently started his second round of daycare this fall. This time five days a week. Neither Mommy nor Daddy like sending him there that often, but Mommy can't do grad school and Daddy can't work without someone keeping an eye on baby. This daycare run is at a new (new to us) facility. I call it the "fancy" daycare, and without Mommy's parents footing some of the bill Baby would NOT be attending this particular daycare.

I'm not sure that you ever really know what is up with a daycare facility with 100% certainty. Having said that what I feel the fancy place is better than the last place we had him. I didn't have any serious issues with the last daycare facility but the new place seems a lot calmer, more structured, the staff are very nice, the kids all cooperative and happy. The kids seem to respond positivity to that einvironment and there is a lot less chaos. The baby to adult ratio is also much more consistent / lower than the last place, at least when I'm there. Our little guy always squeels with excitment when he realizes where he is when I'm dropping him off in the morning.

The boy gets breakfast shortly after I drop him off. They have these adorable little toddler chairs (although most kids are still crawling in the room I drop Baby duxup in). The chairs and table are proportionally appropriate to the kids, and don't have any straps or high chair like attachments. Most kids know what it means when their teacher announces it is breakfast so they crawl or toddle over to the chairs and sit down and wait patiently, many doing various baby sign language to indicate they'd like to eat. Baby duxup just sits and smiles trying to charm his way into getting food ;) They each get their little plate or bowl of food along with a spoon (most don't use it but they try to teach them) and a sippy cup. The baby eats FAR better than I do, the food they get looks yummy even to me. He was getting french toast, applesauce, and I think some mashed up potatoes one morning. When I stood at the door as if to rub it in Baby duxup waved his french toast stick at me and smiled, then rubbed it his hair on the side of his head... and then took a bite with a big grin. Hard to know but my son might be kind of a jerk...

We are lucky our little guy is such a social baby. We're told how friendly and happy he is by the daycare staff all the time. The ladies who float around from room to room to offer extra help at daycare note that they have to rotate who gets to hold / play with baby duxup so that everyone gets a chance. Granted they may say this to every parent but I haven't heard it yet. I guess I shouldn't be suprised that with Mommy and Daddy things are different than they describe at daycare. He is a happy friendly baby at home but he is much more reserved in some ways with people other than his parents, and much more quick to laugh and play as playing with new people is very exciting. At home with mommy and daddy he seems more likely to get all clingy and cry from time to time. Having said that I think I'd rather it be that way so he stays happy at daycare and with other care givers.


More Baby

Baby keeps on developing fast. He now has little to no patience for being spoon fed, he wants to pick things up and feed himself. He will even manhandle a heavy full sippy cup into his mouth. He does have a nasty habbit of eating too fast, shoving everything in his mouth and then getting upset about it... I guess I do that too but I don't get upset until I look in the mirror.

Baby enjoys crawling but mostly that is just a method of getting him to things he can climb up. He LOVES to stand. He can now walk side to side while holding himself up and I've even seen him let go with both hands and test himself from time to time.

Downside is he LOVES trying to crawl into the dishwasher (if he hears you open it he races over to the dishwasher) and the oven. It isn't as if we let him in either device to encourage it, he just WANTS to get in there. This makes cooking and doing dishes a challange and something daddy usually saves for after he goes to sleep.

Baby's behavior feels much more ... little boy like every day. Just the little behaviors like staring you in the eye for a long period of time and laughing about new things.

Our little dude has gone through two colds since his adenoidectomy. Both colds were relatively much easier on the boy and Mr. and Mrs. duxup.

Baby is sleeping much better than the near nightmarish past winter, although he still isn't a consistent nighttime sleeper. About once a night he starts crying in his sleep and if you don't pick him up he goes into full scream mode (something he hardly ever does when awake). After you pick him up it takes maybe 5 min to comfort him and then he is asleep. Sometimes you can even get away with just some gentle rubbing of his back and he will go to sleep. A bit of observation also helps to identify a stuck arm or leg as he rolls around and moves a great deal.

Every three to five nights he wakes up at 3 am and won't go back to sleep until 5. He will moan and cry until you come and get him. Then you pick him up and he just lays in your arms staring at you. If you put him down he starts throwing a fit or starts playing around in his crib wildly, pick him up again and he just stares and maybe tries to get your attention with some tapping his hand on your face. This awake staring lasts almost exactly from 3 am to 5 am give or take 15 minutes. Thankfully it isn't super frequent.


Baby Facts


Baby loves mandarin oranges.

Baby's favorite toy to tote around with him in his mouth as he moves through the house is a little bath time toy starfish.

Baby loves his soft blankets that daddy used to keep exclusively for bedtime but once baby kept a hold of one when daddy picked him up and it was a big revelation to baby that those blankets could be elsewhere. Now if he sees it he goes right for it and rubs his face in the blanket.

Anyway baby talk requires baby photo so here he is being metal:




Lottery Win Thoughts

I sometimes think about interesting things I'd do if I won the lottery (but I think you have to play to win... humm). One was that I'd go take some retail jobs and work them until I encountered some jerk manager and then quit and make a big production out of it. Something like you always hear about "oh man when I quit..." or those rumors about some guy quitting because Bill is such a jerk, but never really see.



Civilization V

I keep meaning to write up a proper review of Civ V but time does not allow it. The short is that V provides some of what Civ needed, some serious changes, but the game also stinks. Those big changes like one unit per tile, a hex grid, and etc are largely well thought out and good ideas IMO. Having said that everything surrounding those ideas is unpolished and reeks of a game without enough development time or developers, such as garbage AI, an insanely opaque diplomacy system, a mostly recycled tech tree, an in game encyclopedia that can't be bothered to give you basic stats in some cases. There was a news article from this past summer where they noted Firaxis fired a group of developers and QA folk, Civ V reeks of such an event. These aren't here or there minor issues either. One game, on any difficulty, map, any setting, and you could come up with a laundry list of issues. Just a couple hours and you'd have a mess of things to fix. This of course makes it all the more maddening that the game is released with so many issues. Now I can still have some fun with it but this is largely due to the fact that aside for the first few weeks I don't get to spend a lot of time gaming. Even then the flaws were getting to me...

Civ V scores a very mediocre 1.5 on a scale of 3.14. 2k, Firaxis, and Sid (not that he is involved anymore, but still) should be embarrassed by the end product quality. Granted Civ games have GREATLY benefited from significant patches since Civ III, but those usually involved adjustments to the game not outright broken aspects, and Civ V needs a serious set of patches just for bugs, outright broken systems, and a ludicrous number of polish issues.


New Cell Phone: Droid X

Mrs. and Mr. duxup's shared cell plan contract time was nearly up. Mr. duxup was trying to convince Mrs. duxup we need some new phones and a sale popped up. Buy one Droid Incredible and get one Incredible (or equal or lesser value phone) free. We pounced on the offer and saved a few hundred bucks. Mrs. duxup got the Incredible and I got the Droid X. Life with an Android phone reminds me of PCs when everyone was buying PCs and hopping on the internet in the late 90s. It feels a bit like the wild west. Everyone is trying all sorts of crazy things and has eight ways to do it each more weird than the next. For all its flaws I like it. I'm sure the iphone has its advantages but I'm not a big fan of the "THIS IS THE EXPERIENCE YOU WILL HAVE. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE IT AND LIKE IT" Apple system, some people like their stuff, that is good for them.

We came from Blackberry Storms. Not a great phone from a hardware standpoint. RIM does a good job with e-mail since they push it from their servers and I get how they work really well with business. The hardware was not so great on the storm. Clicky touchscreen inaccurate and while the core software worked great, not many apps to open it up at all.

The X is pretty keen. I have big hands so the thin nature of today's phones can be an issue, fortunately I like to put some form of a protective case around my phones so that usually addresses that issue quickly. I couldn't give a rats ass about the thinness of the phone. I'm not cool, or hip. I'm an ugly SoB who wants to do stuff with his phone. I need to get a message to phone makers that I'm willing to pay for a device more powerful, or with a bigger screen, or longer battery life if they made the phone three times as thick. Having said that battery life on the X is alright, if you get a phone with a big ass screen you're pretty much NOT prioritizing battery life. I think I have to charge it about every other day, maybe more if I spend several hours dorking with the phone each night. To save battery life I do keep wi-fi, gps, and blue tooth disabled unless I'm using one of them. It is easy to turn them on or off as I wish with some handy widgets. One thing I don't like about the X is that the home, menu, back, and search buttons on the front of the device are hard buttons (rather than just touch screen like buttons) and they make a little "click" when using the phone. I much prefer the Incredible's menu buttons.

The Incredible oddly enough is smaller, but has some battery life issues. Much less power when it comes to the battery compared to the Droid X. I'm not sure why that is. If someone comes out with a good high capacity battery for the droid incredible I think we will need to get it

I think HTC (maker of the Incredible) does a better job with hardware design (other than the battery) and the software they toss on their phones than Motorola with the Droid X, but I wouldn't change my choice as I really like the X's big screen.


Both phones are way fast.
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baby pic by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 03:51:39 PM EST
that's what I looked like at lunch yesterday after my falafel pita encountered a massive mechanical failure.

Civ 5: Kind of getting sick of it. All my games look the same...either I get run over by about 1500AD or I win a force victory in the 1800s. Hmm. Are there are decent sim games out these days?

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman


Sim games by duxup (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 03:58:59 PM EST
They went the way of the dinosaurs I think. 

These days I sort of hope for a mini strategy revolution on mobile platforms with some crossover web action or something.  That actually makes sense in my head.

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so what is out there these days? by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 05:18:08 PM EST
is it all MMO, FPS, and sports games? I don't pay attention anymore. I wish a new sim city would come out.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman
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Usual stuff by duxup (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 05:26:15 PM EST
I quit on the gaming mostly last winter when the kid was born. 

Last saw it was a lot of MMO, FPS, franchise whoring, lots of linear stuff with no imagination but a lot of PR garbage seemingly driving much of it.   Sims, strategy games, and entire genera  seem to have been labeled as forbidden by the major publishers.  Like with Firaxis if the big publishers acquire someone who makes something they usually don't make they just kill it somehow, intentionally or via stupidity the results are the same. 

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I haven't played it by ks1178 (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 06:20:35 PM EST
And the reviews range from meh, to kinda okay.

But there is Cities XL 2011, which is a sim city style game, but suppossedly not quite as good as the maxis games.

Settlers 7 is suppossedly pretty decent too. But I can't always guarantee an internet connection, and the Ubisoft DRM requires that (even if you get it through steam, then it has bost the steam DRM, and the ubisoft drm...)

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oh, and all of the cool kids are by ks1178 (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 06:35:55 PM EST
Tempting by duxup (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 06:53:03 PM EST
I have to say that game looks tempting.   I watched the sub Animal Cannon; Space program video ... that game looks tempting.


A lot like the early days of games where folks were just trying stuff and making a game out of it.  The games were as much an experiment in some ways to see what could be awesome. 

These days it seems the formula is set in stone for what games get made with budgets and if it doesn't fit, no make.

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Pretty much by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #13 Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 01:33:33 PM EST
The telling bit was when they decided that the next XCom game would be yet another FPS.
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makes sense to me too by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 05:32:58 PM EST
I have no idea why something like Panzer General or MOO isn't available on a mobile platform.

I fear thinking games are a thing of the past.

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I am nearing a rant by duxup (4.00 / 1) #10 Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 06:57:18 PM EST
That is what is SO ####ING FRUSTRATING.  There is great old stuff that all you have to do is polish up and blamo you've got some good stuff, but no... if they do it they'll dick with it too much these days.

Oh man I could rant.  There is money just sitting out there... not just in some proper recycling but damn some is that easy.

Minecraft is insanely popular and the graphics are ... big blocks and nobody gives a rats ass.  Every other game spending insane amounts of time (even on these days strategy games) on graphics stuff and you know some stuff like Sim City 3k and such still look pretty damn good but when / if they ever make another SC game it will be like SC4... pretty, and clunky as hell.


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Droid X by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 09:22:43 AM EST
Almost bought one, then Verizon announced the 4g/LTE system is being rolled out now. So I'm waiting for hardware that supports it.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)



I thought about that but by duxup (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 11:44:19 AM EST
I hated my current phone.

Waiting for next best technology rarely pays off IMO.

Telco tech roll outs always seems low and wonky.

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4G by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #14 Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 01:35:22 PM EST
I used 4G on my EVO for the first time just yesterday.  5 MB/s download on a phone!

Unfortunately, it only works within  a mile of downtown SF, so it isn't exactly "there" yet.
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Also the need by duxup (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 01:42:16 PM EST
I'm sure things will change but I'm not sure the need for such a system is there yet either. 

Most everything I DL on my phone I think "oh man should turn on the wi-fi here at home here where it is fa... oh it is already downloaded".

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I heard that 4G wasn't everywhere. by muchagecko (4.00 / 1) #16 Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 01:53:39 AM EST
It's rare that I don't have 4G. Although it doesn't seem that much faster to me.


A purpose gives you a reason to wake up every morning.
So a purpose is like a box of powdered donut holes?
Exactly
My Name is Earl

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Hmmm by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #18 Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 12:35:15 PM EST
I only get it in a very limited area.  What does the Android Speedtest tell you?  I get 5mb/s down.
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Your days have a nice routine. by muchagecko (4.00 / 1) #17 Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 01:55:50 AM EST
And baby is wicked cute as a metalhead.

Look at all the love for duxup.


A purpose gives you a reason to wake up every morning.
So a purpose is like a box of powdered donut holes?
Exactly
My Name is Earl



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