22 May 2007

3-D, Baby Signing, and...

A Couple of Three-Dimensional Things
The June 2007 issue of Scientific American just hit newsstands, and it has a four-page article about volumetric 3-D displays including your favorite 3-D visualization company, Actuality. Check it out next time you're in B&N.

The annual 3-D display research conference, IS&T/SPIE Stereoscopic Displays & Applicatons, is now accepting abstracts for the 2008 conference in sunny San Jose, California. Abstracts are due July 16, 2007.

Teaching Your Toddler Sign Language Actually Works
When I was a less clueful pre-dad, I went to quite a few classes at the various maternity shops around town, such as Isis Maternity. They sold all sorts of toys, gadgets, and doo-dads, including a DVD/book combo that would teach us how to teach young pre-TFav how to... sign!?

Well, a year later & I'm a believer. I'm posting this for all the other parents who might be Googling, "Does baby sign language work?" Yes. We got Joseph Garcia's Sign With Your Baby; we tried using signs like "more," "milk," "food," "water," and "please do daddy's patent-filing take-home work" from months 6-8 and just sort of gave up. Then, to our surprise, Toby began using the signs at around 10 months that he observed a few months earlier.

This is a great help for us and hopefully a relief for him. He can let us know if he's thirsty, if he's looking for Eddie, if he wants a banana, and now and then strings a couple of signs together. Otherwise I could imagine him getting quite frustrated without us knowing what's wrong!

No Smelly Fish!
Where else but Boingboing could you find a link to a blog that posts only "passive-agressive notes from roommates, neighbors, coworkers and strangers"?

The Things That'll Get You Noticed on YouTube
This laughing baby still makes me laugh. A guy teaching you how to beat-box, you know, while driving in his car, who just happened to be videotaped. Perhaps a diplomatic safe-for-work title of this one would be, "gentleman playing The Entertainer whilst self-hand-squeezing."

Any XKCD Fans Go to Randall's Talk?
...at MIT.

Look at the Spam that Got Through My Filter
I was about to delete a spam e-mail today -- the usual thing with hyperlinks to click and weird phrases -- and then I noticed the following in hyperfine type underneath:

Don't you find it worrying that doctors call treating you their "practice" ?
Do they have the word "dictionary" in the dictionary?
What do you call a female daddy long legs?
If croutons are stale bread, why do they come in airtight packages?
If a transport truck carrying a load of cars gets into a car accident, does it increase the number of the cars in the pile-up?
In France do people just ask for toast and get French toast? or do they have to ask for American toast?
Why is it called a "drive through" if you have to stop?
Why does mineral water that has "trickled through mountains for centuries" go out of date next year?
If Milli Vanilli fell in the woods, would someone else make a sound ?

Well, maybe they're onto something.


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