Monthly Archive for February, 2008

Welcome Lila

On February 2 my lovely daughter Lila was born at 7 pounds 11 ounces.  Iris and I (along with the rest of our family) immediately fell completely in love with her.

Lila was born with a heart defect called transposition of the great arteries.  My deepest thanks go out to the brilliant and caring staff at Mount Sinai and Sick Kids hospitals who gave Lila a tremendous amount of care from the moment of birth, performed a flawless surgery, and are now helping her (and us) through these last stages of recovery.

Thank-you to everyone who has been emailing and calling over the last week, your support has meant the world to us. Iris and I can’t wait to bring Lila home and introduce you all to her.

Fail

Truth about airline seatbelts

“What’s the point of listening to the safety instructions given by flight attendants? If there’s a crash, everybody dies, right?” Wrong.

Debunking the Tipping Point

“If society is ready to embrace a trend, almost anyone can start one–and if it isn’t, then almost no one can,” Watts concludes. To succeed with a new product, it’s less a matter of finding the perfect hipster to infect and more a matter of gauging the public’s mood. Sure, there’ll always be a first mover in a trend. But since she generally stumbles into that role by chance, she is, in Watts’s terminology, an “accidental Influential.”

Black Mirror

This Arcade Fire online video makes turns you into the producer. Fun!

universcale

Putting all sizes into perspective. A wonderful visualization tool.

LP portraits

The social cloud

An interesting video presentation from Google main OpenSocial evangelist mashing up social computing and the social graph. A must see.

100 books every child should read

“If children are to become readers for life, they must first love stories.” Books for early years, middle years & early teens.

Mommy tortise, baby hippo

“After it was swept away and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother. Fortunately , it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together.” Great pics.

RPM Jukebox

Crowdsourcing the Library of Congress

The Library¬† has chosen about 3,000 photos from two of their more popular collections to show on Flickr. Through tagging, the community will help identify and categorize the content. Enjoy these wonderful color photographs from the 1930’s and 40’s.