Linc and I went to the rhythmic class last week, but he was more into the cars and toys than the lesson.
This is his favorite car that he got from J-Grandma. Loves so much that he carries it everywhere.
Playing at the park!
My first creation for Linc (on the back of the car, it says ‘Linc’ in Japanese). Pull the little ball to make the car vibrate. I’ve wanted to give him something handmade, and finally I’m trying out some felt crafts. Big project is ongoing for his birthday.
Try to guess what Linc’s doing before it becomes obvious.
I noticed some nefarious characters trying to use member profiles on our site to increase the search engine juice of their spam websites, so I went through and did a purge of several hundred member accounts on the site. If you signed up for an account, but never contacted me to let me know who you are, it is highly likely that your account was deleted. Please see an earlier post for more information on the steps to take to make sure your comments don’t need to go through moderation. Following these steps will also ensure that your account doesn’t get deleted in the future.
Here are some pictures for you fans. I’ll try to post more often!
Just an update on Linc while I’m thinking about it. He has, for a couple of months been talking up a storm, but with very few words that we can understand. Some of the words in his early vocabulary (many translations from Japanese):
You may notice that Mommy isn’t in there. It seems like Mommy is sometimes referred to as Daddy and sometimes as food, it is a little unclear.
Anyway, the new development is that Linc seems to have suddenly gotten confident in his ability to copy the sounds he hears, and he has started repeating us a lot of the time and incorporating them into his vocabulary. UltraGirl could give a much better list of his recent new words, one that comes immediately to mind is bye-bye.
He has also started in the last month or so to throw minor tantrums when he is tired or things aren’t going his way. He stomps his feet, but for him this involves extending his leg waaaaay out and giving the floor a heel kick. The video in the sidebar of playing with Uncle Mitsu might give you some idea, suffice to say it is way too adorable. The other big one in the toolbox besides crying and slapping is much less adorable: he will get on his hands and knees and bang his forehead on the floor. Of course that never improves his mood, and it almost gave me a heart attack when he did it on the cement floor in a shopping center. He is, on the whole, a much better boy than we had any right to expect.
He bows to say hello and he also bows to say he’s sorry. He is very quick with the apologies, but this stems much from the fact that I’m sorry means something more along the lines of “I know you are unhappy, stop telling me about it now.” Of course that is what it means for a lot of people, so I think he’s got a pretty good initial grasp of the concept.
He LOVES powered conveyances, particularly those equipped with sirens. His favorites are ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks. Recently he has shown increased interest in planes, trains, and police motorcycles. Most of his favorite daytime toys are cars, and he is almost always carrying one. At night he has two reliable companions. Dee O. Jee, the pet dog Aunt Heather gave him, and Scout the new talking and singing dog he got for christmas from Grandma and Grandpa. His bedtime routine usually includes some kissing Dee O. Jee and Scout, some snuggling with one or both of them, and letting Scout sing lullabies to him. It also often involves bedtime stories, but he has interesting tastes in narrators. He seems to prefer that I read Japanese books to him, and that UltraGirl read English. I am allowed to be the reader for Goodnight Moon, but otherwise my repertoire is コップちゃん (little cup), a Japanese book about cute puppies, and a slew of Japanese books about “working cars”.
I am acutely aware that at no future point in time will he love me as much as he does now, so I’m trying to bask in it while I can. I had no concept of how much I could love someone until Linc came along, and I’m trying to give him the best start on life that I can. I tend towards the overprotective, but I’m trying to keep it under control. One thing I need to get better at is planning outdoor activities on weekends.
Only one photo to go with this post. If you would like to see more regular photo postings, I encourage you to comment and tell UltraGirl how much you would enjoy seeing them.
Ever since my upgrade to Snow Leopard, I have been having problems with Finder freezes causing my computer to become increasingly less functional (everytime an app needs to open a file dialog it becomes unresponsive) and eventually needing to do a forced reboot when my workaround toolbag is depleted. Before I did the backup I made an exact bootable copy of my old leopard install for two reasons: 1) in case it all goes wrong and I want to go back to my previously existing state 2) In case I realize that after the clean install I can’t recover something I need that I had in my old install, I can go back and grab it (software that is not available for download anymore, documents I forgot to transfer, etc.). I made this backup to a partition on a firewire external hard disk attached to my mac. My latest theory is that this other complete operating system volume complete with applications folder, library and all being mounted is causing confusion which is leading eventually to finder death.
This brings us to the second issue I’ve been having. I purchased the external firewire hard drive through work because I needed a substantial amount of extra space for things like video editing projects I work on there. Unfortunately, for reasons I’m not sure of, the disk always failed to automatically mount on system boot. I would have to reach down and power cycle the drive enclosure before it would mount. At this point, all three partitions on the disk would mount: MY big extra space partition (cleverly named Bison as the drive is from a company called Buffalo), my small Windows partition used with VMWare Fusion, and my complete leopard backup.
Given the long, hard to read preamble above, the goal was to find a way to be sure that Bison and WINDOWS XP mount automatically on system start, but that direct backup refrain from doing so. I know from freeBSD that file system automounts in unix-based systems are usually controlled by the fstab file so I googled around to find out if that is still the case in Mac OS X, which we all now is unix-based at its foundations. That information was not easy to come by, but it appears that it is still used, though it may be phased out in some future version of the OS. I further learned that the command for editing fstab is vifs.
The naming of that command tells me that it is going to default to using the vi editor in absence of another setting, and I kind of loath the vi editor. It is very unintuitive for me. Others swear by it, but I much prefer emacs. If you don’t care about changing the editor, skip the rest of this paragraph. So I opened up the terminal, and since my default shell is zsh I ran the command
echo $EDITORto see what the system text editor was set to, it was empty to I made a note to change my profile to add emacs as the default, and ran
export EDITOR=emacsto set the editor for this session to be emacs. If you were using the default shell (bash), you would probably just run
Now that my editor was set I needed to find out the necessary information about my disk partitions to enter in the fstab. I ran
diskutil info /Volumes/Bisonto get the information for Bison, and copied out the UUID from the heading labeled Volume UUID: and verified the type of partition from the Type: heading. With this information safely tucked away I ran the same command for WINDOWS XP and direct backup and noted down their information.
Next I ran
sudo vifs. You have to run vifs as a superuser since you are making changes that are potentially very damaging to the system (always have a good backup). the format of fstab is:
Identifier, mount point, fs type, options, dump order, check order
with each item separated by a space or tab. I only needed to put in information up to the options section, as I am not concerned about making any manual settings for dump order or check order. Here was my initial fstab:
UUID=070AE21A-4CB1-3AF1-85F6-FCDA55D3C726 none hfs rw,auto UUID=21D65790-4F21-3573-A5B7-C6BDCD119E3E none hfs rw,auto UUID=90410FD7-9CC5-375D-B16C-9C4B2C502D50 none hfs rw,noauto
The last item in the list is the direct backup disk, notice the noauto option on that one. (for more information on options and all that try
I rebooted the system, and joy of joys, my firewire disk mounted. Unfortunately it mounted all partitions, including the direct backup one. I ran vifs again and moved the line for the direct backup partition to the top of the list so the system would parse it first and rebooted. That did the trick. Now when my machine boots, it mounts Bison and WINDOWS XP but leaves direct backup unmounted. I can then mount it at will from the Disk Utility application or from the command line.
I know this writeup is kind of rambling, hopefully it isn’t too hard to follow and can help someone else out who is having similar issues. The main reason for posting it though is so I’ll be able to find it if I run into the issue again.