Thursday, February 26, 2015

Parking Perks

Parking is often challenging in Berkeley, CA, but it if you win the Nobel Prize, one of the perks is you get your own parking space.

If you visit UC Berkeley, you will see a lot of these parking signs all over campus. It's a subtle message to let you know what the expectations are and the caliber of staff and students in this environment.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

First Drawing

Another first! The kiddo is given some crayons and seems pleased to discover what they can do.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

P's and Q's

"Mind your Ps and Qs is an old printer maker's way of saying, "pay attention to details".

Back in the olden days, when printing was done on a press, the individual letters were reversed on the block so they could print forward. It was easy to,confused those letters and read the p as a q, or the q as a p.

Hence the saying, "mind your Ps and Qs".

Friday, February 20, 2015

Self Video Watching

Bambino, who is 1.5 years old, maneuvers the iPad so he can watch repeat videos of himself.

Pretty amazing skill for a young tike.  Gramz can't even do this and she is more than half a century old!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bambino goes to Stanford

"Look!" shouts the Bambino.  "I already have the run of this place!"

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Review of Spoons

You can use a spoon to peel ginger (who knew?)

You can use a spoon to make the medicine go down

You can use a spoon to cut someone's heart out.

He, he, he, he....there really is no spoon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

It's a Smoothie Kind of Breakfast at Our House

"Yay!" declares the grandkid. "No more breakfast mush for me! I've advanced to SMOOOOOOTHIES! Just like Pops!"

"See Gramz, I'm getting my greens, just like you told me to do!"

Monday, February 9, 2015

God Only Knows

A dreamlike escape of the Beach Boys song, "God Only Knows" sung by many famous musicians for BBC Music.

and the behind scenes of making this musical with its visual wonder.....

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Kiddo's First Train Ride Video

Who doesn't love a video of a kid in total delight with his first experience on a train?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tilden Park's Steam Train

Tilden Park has a steam train, which is perfect for kids looking to experience a train ride adventure. The conductor will come and punch your $3 ticket (kids under two are free).

You then wait for the Conductor to say, "ALL ABOARD!" 

The Engineer will then put the pedal to the metal and the train starts to move

and he will blow the train whistle so everyone knows the train is leaving the station.

The Conductor will then speed up the train so it is fast enough the wind will gently blow through your hair. 

The train will also go through a dark tunnel. At first it may seem scary, but it is really rather fun and exciting.

Then, when you are out of the little tunnel, you get to see lots of fun things around every bend in the tracks. 

At the end of the line, the whistle blows again and you come to a stop. 

Then if you want to go again, you can!  You just need another ticket!

It is a pretty cool experience and highly recommended for any kid who loves trains.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Powered by Bambino

"Hey, why is it not moving? It used to move when I get in my cart! remarks the Bambino.

"OK, I give up." he continues.
" I'll just stay here and pretend I'm at a drive in movie."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Superbowl Football

The Wilson Sporting Goods factory is the source of the N.F.L.’s handmade footballs. This NY Times interview with Jane Helser ,who recently retired after working for nearly 50 years sewing these special footballs, shares her experience in making footballs for the SuperBowl.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

An Adventure Box

"Nah hah hah haaaaah" whispers the Bambino with obvious glee.
"I found an empty box!"

"I am going to use it for some pretty exciting adventures!"

Thursday, January 22, 2015


"I'm ready to embrace winter.  Let's go skiing!"

"I've changed my mind. I'm now ready for spring!"

"Please try and keep up with my changing moods and desires. "

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Problem Solving Skills in a 1.5 Year Old

Some kids seem to be born with a blueprint of their interests and abilities on display at a rather young age. For example, when I observe the Bambino, I can see this 1.5 year old's mind actively work and solve problems in a way similar to how his engineer father used to do, at a similar age.

For example, in these series of photos, it is as if you are able to observe the Bambino's thought process, clicking through different stages of a problem he needs to solve.

He begins first with a pouty face, as if he is faced with a problem that has just been handed to him. He displays an emotion of doubt, concern, or even frustration in his facial expression and slumped posture. He then quickly seems to have a plan and starts to pull tracks out of the box to create his solution.

Next, he diligently focuses on putting the pieces together to express what he is thinking.

He will not, and cannot be stopped at this stage of the process; he is very focused.

He finally reaches a point where he pauses, as if to check his work, placing the engine on the track and watching it move.

It is absolutely fascinating to watch this young mind go click, click, click while he creates, expresses, focuses, and learns.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bambino's Walk in the Park

Bambino and his buddy take a walk in the park, making sure they hold hands, follow the rules, and don't get lost.

So grown up.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Google Year in Search 2014

Google's 2014 year of searches and what it says about us.


Soaked to the bone
Sink like a stone
I will take you home
It's not the first time
It's not the worst crime
Our souls will be OK