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Assume a Spherical FutureBaby…

Welcome to today’s exciting episode of “How Big a Dork Am I?” Today, we’ll be discussing the making of unnecessary models: In this graph, the blue points represent the average mass in grams of a fetus at a given week of gestation, while the red line is the mass predicted by a simple model treating…

I think it’s the bright thing right in the middle of this ultrasound image. Because, of course, in the Future we’ll all have personal jet packs, even the babies… A somewhat more recognizable picture:

The Queen Surveys the Scene

“What the hell is this?” “We’re remodeling the garage into a family room.” “Oooh! That’s a good idea!” “Thanks. We’re so glad you approve.” “So, where are you going to put the bunny hutch?” “I beg your pardon?”

Sheet Rock Makes It a Room

Behold, an ordinary garage: Now, watch as it is transformed:

FutureToy!

I have to go to work unpleasantly early to give an exam, and then I’ll be occupied for most of the day with a visiting speaker. Here’s something cute and fuzzy to compensate: That’s the plush triceratops I bought Tuesday at the Natural History museum shop, as an advance gift for FutureBaby. We’re developing a…

Kate and I have been discussing possible names for FutureBaby when he or she ceases to be a baby in potentia and becomes an ActualBaby. We’ve also talked a bit about the issue of FutureBaby’s Internet identification– specifically, whether I should refer to him or her by name in the eventual blog posts (and oh,…

Physics for Babies

Kate and I made a run to Babies “R” Us today, and looked at a bunch more baby stuff. We got a little punchy after a while, so it was perhaps not surprising that I was tremendously amused by the idea of Penguin Bowling. On further reflection, though, it’s really only natural. After all, the…

Get a Grip!

A few days back, John Scalzi posted a piece celebrating YA books and authors, which included some reading recommendations. In the comments, a few people said that as childless adults they were reluctant to go into the YA section of the store, lest people think they were creeps looking for kids to prey upon. I…

FutureBaby Chronicles: Naming Names

We’ve asked not to be told the sex of FutureBaby, even though Kate’s doctors know it, having done an amniocentesis to screen for genetic defects. So far, they’ve been very good about not hinting at anything. We may have cause to reconsider this decision, though, as we get deeper into the issue of names. There’s…

One of many parts of the FutureBaby! process that I was lamentably ignorant of is the idea of the hospital tour. When I first mentioned to colleagues that we were expecting, many of them (mostly women) asked “Where are you going to have the baby?” My initial response was “How the hell should I know?…