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And the Winner of Essential ActionScript 3.0 is …

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
ActionScript 3.0 Flash Meridian

First of all, I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who sent in a post card!  :)   Meridian has shown a great interest in maps lately, so (as it happens) we bought her a windshield-sized world map not long ago and had it mounted on foam board.  She’s been noting places we’ve traveled with stick pins, and as post cards started to arrive, we had fun discussing what places they came from.  I really think it’s neat that people visit this blog from over a dozen different countries!

Post cards were deposited into a pillowcase, and Meridian chose one without looking.  The winner was John in Sweden, whom I’ve contacted via email for shipping information.  Here’s the post card drawing in five photos.  Enjoy Moock’s Essential ActionScript 3.0, John — it’s a winner!

Glücklicher Dritter Geburtstag, Meridian!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Meridian turned three on May 26.  I’m reporting on it late, but thank goodness the celebration itself was on time.  ;)   Not only that, but she had a blast, mainly due to my wife’s creativity.  We had a handful of friends over, and Dawn had prepared various paint stations in the back yard.  Every kid received a colorful smock and got to paint a tote bag — not just with paint brushes, but with cool implements like Koosh balls, mini cars with oversized tires, and of course fingers!  They got to wallpaper a good-sized castle made from appliance boxes.  I did face painting … but Meridian wanted her butterflies painted on her feet, so that’s what I did (can’t see that in the picture, but hey, everything is forgotten when a kid gets a new bike!).


Things I’ll Forget If I Don’t Note Them Now

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Meridian is at a terrific age.  People speak of the “terrible twos,” and while she does occasionally throw a tantrum, I’ve decided the term is either an urban legend, sour grapes, or something I’m gratefully oblivious to.  Heck, I throw a tantrum now and then myself.  ;)

The truth is, we have a wonderful relationship, unique among any I’ve had.  Although it encompasses a number of facets, it mainly feels like friendship, but at a deeper level of trust than most.  Above all, it is preciously innocent.  Meridian makes me feel like Christopher Robin, while she alternates among the various characters at Pooh Corner.  Keep reading »

Broken Bones

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Somehow, Meridian managed to break her arm — in two places.  It’s been a few days now, and I hasten to add that Meridian is just fine.  Really, she’s a trooper.  Dawn and I occasionally blink and shake our heads at the wonder of it all:  one, that this happened in the first place, and two, that it’s not nearly as dramatic as it sounds.  Keep reading »

Papi’s Wah-feh (An Audio Guide)

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

This article contains clickable microphone icons.  Click to hear Meridian’s pronunciation of the associated terms, as recorded on Papi’s kleines Radio [Papi’s little radio].

I like Turkish coffee.  Dawn chides me jokingly that this zealous preference makes me a coffee snob — but that’s taking it too far.  I’ll happily drink whatever’s served when dining at a friend’s house.  I certainly don’t turn away a “cup of Joe” while on-site with a client.  But, see, there’s a difference between browsing a magazine at the airport and curling up in bed with one of the classics:  savoring something doesn’t make a person snooty.  ;)   Keep reading »

Lost, and Not Lost, in Translation

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

I made a quick stop at Farm Fresh yesterday to pick up milk, cereal, and a couple cases of soft drinks.  I had Meridian with me, partly because I love simply being with her and partly because the trip was a good diversion before her bed time.  As I was leaving, Dawn added a few items to my list, so I made a mental note and had all the more fun talking Meridian through the process of finding our goods.

She stood at the head of our shopping cart, facing in and holding tight (she’s just tall enough that her eyes peer over the edge) — a cute round head with all those corkscrew curls and a grin.  Typical scene:  stop at the produce section and she’d hop off, run to retrieve a tomato, oh-so-carefully cradle the fruit in her arms on the way back, then violently dump it into the cart … all while I stood looking on, uselessly holding an open plastic bag, shaking my head, smiling.

But I’m waxing idyllic, which isn’t even the point.  Post checkout is where the head-scratching began.  Keep reading »

Frohe Geburtstag, Meridian!

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Ach, du bist ja zwei Jahre alt! Papi liebt dich, Bohne! Mami und Papi lieben dich sehr. :)

Meridian turned two today. She is a treasure in Dawn’s and my life; it’s a simple as that.


The Oma on the Bus Goes …

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

Meridian loves the song “The Wheels on the Bus,” and we happen to have a board book edition of Raffi’s version of it.  The book is wonderful, because the illustrations are detailed, including little “side plots” that allow me to ask her questions above and beyond the actual story line.  Separate from this, Dawn has added at least a dozen new verses, because Meridian keeps asking for “more, more” when the song ends.  Keep reading »

Macaroni in My Pocket

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Earlier today, I reached into the left front pocket of my jeans and found a single piece of elbow macaroni.  At first, I was taken aback, “What on earth?”  But then I remembered.  Ah, and it gave me a smile, too.

My daughter, Meridian, will be two years old in a month.  She’s a bright kid.  (Yeah, I know, that’s the expected assessment of a loving father, but hey, it’s true!)  She speaks German with me and English with my wife, Dawn.  She loves all animals, but especially dogs, and the rabbits and squirrels in our back yard.  She loves to read.  She loves to cook.  Keep reading »