Sunday, January 18, 2009

Wanted: A Defender of Modern Art

A few weeks ago we went to the Tate Modern, an institution that is widely regarded as one of the finest modern art galleries in the world. One would naturally assume, given its prestige, that the art contained within its walls would exemplify the finest talent humanity has witnessed over the last 100 years. Instead, nothing but rubbish. Yep, I said it, rubbish.

Perhaps its my years of schooling in maths, engineering, computer science, or physics that has shaped my mind into a cold, analytic, unemotional mass that's incapable of appreciating the many layers and complexities of modern art....or maybe it really is rubbish.

Some examples:
Mondrian - he refused to use green. WTF?
Pollack - "Whoops, I kicked a can of paint on to that canvas. I'll just call it art so I won't have to throw it out." Well, guess what Mr Pollack, it's still rubbish.

So here's my request -- please send to me an articulate, thoughtful, and convincing argument in favor of modern art. If you convince me it's not rubbish I'll send you a Google t-shirt.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Edison!

When I asked Edison who he wanted to invite to his birthday party he said everyone in his class (which is 30) plus 2 other friends. After trying to convince him otherwise (turns out he knows EVERYONE in his class and they are ALL his friends) we decided to invite them. We were a bit last minute sending out invitations with Christmas, Andy and Sophie's birthdays and a trip to Germany - so we were thinking there would be a lot of people busy to cut the numbers down...apparently not. So we had 25 4 &5 year olds here for his party. The party passed with only one cut (she was allergic to band-aids) and one sad enough to call her mom. It was absolutely insane, and we couldn't have done it without the help of Marta (our Scottish nanny friend) and some of Edison's friends' moms. The next day, on his birthday - we had a pretty tame party with dinner and cake and a couple adult friends from church. Happy Birthday Edison! We love you!

Right now Edison loves:
building with legos
making things with paper, tape, glue, and anything else around
driving remote control cars with Dad
making funny faces
making Sophie laugh

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday Sophie!

We had a last minute party (after out trip to Germany) but still had everything we needed; friends, homemade pizza, birthday cake, and candles.

Some of Sophie's favorite things:
Her Dad!
Laughing & playing with Edison
Bob the Builder, her purses, her dolly
Doing anything and everything by herself (including sledding)

Things she says:
"No problem"
"It's really tricky"
"That's super cool"
"Good job, Mom"
"I look beautiful"

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Day 9 - Brussels to London

We woke up and had breakfast in our room.  Within half an hour we were all ready to head out.  We had about 20 minutes to explore Brussels before we really needed to hit the road since our reservation for the ferry was at 2:00.  It was amazing what we packed in to a short 20 minutes!

We made it to the ferry dock just in time, though there was a scare about being bumped to the next ship.  The ride back across the Channel was far smoother than before.  The weather was also much better so the view was really nice.

The drive from Dover to London was quick so we decided to stop at Peter Jones to pick up birthday presents for Sophie and Andy.
It was nice to finally be home after such a long trip!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Day 8 - Munich to Brussels

We hit the road around noon, just after checking out of the hotel.  We headed north for about an hour before we hit traffic.  We decided to abandon the GPS in favor of Google Maps directions so we cut across Germany toward Nurnberg.

We thought it would be interesting to check out the Nazi Rally Grounds, though we didn't have a map of the city and the GPS failed us once again.  After driving around the city for an hour we called my mom for info (uggg, it's painful to have a G1 but to be too cheap to pay for data roaming!) and she managed to read some German and give us the address.

The view from the top of the podium was errie.  It's hard to imagine there could be that much hate in the world.

The rest of the drive to Brussels was uneventful, though it did take another 7 or so hours.  We finally checked in to our hotel around 1am and went straight to bed.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Day 7 - Munich

After breakfast we took the U-Bahn a few stops to Marienplatz in the center of Munich.  We were really rushing to get there in time to see the Glockenspiel.

We climbed to the top of St. Peter's Church (Edison climbed all 306 stairs!) where we enjoyed a great view of Munich.

We had a very long and relaxing lunch at the HofbrÀuhaus and then made our way back to our hotel in time for a fun swim in their pool.

We had dinner at the hotel (an American themed restaurant) and then had another movie night in our room.