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Autofill follies [Dec. 10th, 2016|12:05 am]
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The iPhone's word completion algorithm could use a little more context sensitivity.

For example, when I was typing a reminder about Christine's Secret Santa exchange, it
suggested I autofill to "secret sandwich" after the first 3 letters. Santa didn't even
make the cut of suggested words.

Or if you type "I need you to wait a few ..."
it will suggest "years" but not "minutes".

Sometimes the suggestions are downright dangerous, like "Do you want to get d[inner]?"
suggesting "Do you want to get drunk?"
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Choices [Nov. 30th, 2016|01:24 pm]
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Vivian will refuse birthday cake in favor of rice noodles.
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Vivian vocab update (13.5 months) [Nov. 29th, 2016|07:42 pm]
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Her speech seems to be improving quickly these days.
Here are the words we know she uses in proper context:

Nai (milk)
Uh-oh ("It fell," or more likely, "I threw it.")
Hello (when she sees someone talking on the phone. Or hears Adele on the radio)
Gou (dog, or other furry mammal)
Ba (mispronunciation of "bao", pick me up)
Jie (big sister, though she pronounces it more like "de")

She also uses lots of short nonsense phrases. Occasionally I hear one I'm pretty
sure is not just babble, like "Get down!" or "Are you there?", but they are so
garbled one can't be sure, and she never repeats them on request. It will become
obvious in a few months if any of them are real.
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Uh oh [Nov. 7th, 2016|11:40 pm]
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Vivian seems to have entered the "poops in the bathtub" phase. We're at two in
a row now. I guess I'll have to bathe her later in the day after she's already
done her business. Anyway, ew. Still less gross than thinking about the election, though.
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Comprehension Testing [Nov. 2nd, 2016|07:40 pm]
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Vivian seems to be understanding a bit more of what people around her are saying.
For example, now that my in-laws are here for a bit, sometimes I leave her with them
while I try to get things done. She doesn't like me going away, and will cry until
I am safely out of sight. Once she realizes it won't make any difference, she calms
down and will play more or less happily for them.

I asked Vivian if she wanted to go with me to pick up Michelle from school, and she
continued babbling happily. So it's not the word "go" by itself which sets her off.

Then I tried a ridiculous case: "Vivian, is it OK if daddy gets on a rocket ship and
flies to the moon?" This one did affect her and she started bawling. I think it's
maybe in the tone of voice.
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Alchemy [Oct. 26th, 2016|09:39 pm]
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Christine has decided that Cheerios + Nerds = Fruit Loops. More or less.
Well, she liked it, whatever it was.
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Vivian at 12 months [Oct. 26th, 2016|12:11 pm]
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She's been a year old for a few weeks not, but I haven't had time to post. Vivian walks around now pretty well, and only stumbles once in a while. She moves at a rapid clip, so the mean time to trouble is pretty low. She likes to fish things out of trash cans, for example. One time I found her take a piece of used gum one of her sisters had thrown away in the dining room and put it in her mouth before I could get to her. Ew. I took it our of course, causing indignation on her part.

She speaks a little more, but still mostly "Ma-ma", "Da-da", "Uh-oh", "Hi", "Nai" predominate. She babbles a lot with a variety of consonants. Sometimes I think she's using other words or short phrases ("get down"), but her enunciation isn't clear enough to be sure, and they aren't repeated regularly. She doesn't like to repeat words on cue and gets bored if you try. She can shake her head no, wave, give high fives and so on.

She likes to play peek-a-boo, and will cover her face with her hands or any small object if you ask "Where's Vivian?" Then she removes them and laughs. She will pet a small stuffed animal and pretend to comfort it if you make a fake crying noise while holding it. She has one particular fuzzy white blanket which is "her" blanket now, and she loves to flop down on it or rub it against her face. She doesn't actually like to go to sleep though.

She's still nursing, but gets a large fraction of her diet from table food now. Some favorites are white fish, cut grapes, apples, pears, blueberries, cereal, chips (she loves salty food), fried rice, corn kernels and such. She doesn't like water and pretty much sticks to milk or formula. She has to be strapped into her booster chair or she will climb up on the table to grab things. When she's done with something she will throw it to the floor. Always. Setting things down is not an option.

She likes playgrounds, especially the swings. We'd like to have her run around more outside, but refuses to wear shoes or socks, and is getting too big for footie pajamas. She tolerates car rides better now, but she tends to fall asleep, which throws off her nap schedule. She likes to ride in her stroller and look around. She can escape from restraints pretty easily but not as much as Michelle (who inherited my double-jointed shoulders). Vivian fortunately doesn't seem to share the severe car sickness Michelle had as a young kid.

She sleeps some time between 9 pm and 1 am, wakes up around 7 or 8 am, and then takes a long morning nap. She wakes up very easily from noise in the night, and tends to want to nurse before she will settle down again. She uses a pacifier sometimes, but doesn't really like it that much. She will take another shorter nap or two during the afternoon.

She can open doors on her own now, so she pretty much can run free throughout the house. She likes to look at baby books and pull them off the shelves. She fill play with legos, but doesn't know how to stick them together. She just likes to pick up and put down new things. Sometimes she likes to take things in and out of containers. She loves music, singing and instruments. Her favorite song is "Ophelia" by the Lumineers, which she can listen to over and over on YouTube if you let her. I think she likes it because you can see someone playing the piano in the video. If her sisters are practicing piano she will run up and bang on the keys.

That's all for this time, but I'll try to post these descriptions every couple months from here.
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Shirt pocket [Oct. 19th, 2016|01:03 am]
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When Vivian is done eating cereal, she starts sliding them down her shirt instead of eating
them. I have no idea. I guess this explains why I keep finding cereal on the changing table.
For most other food and drink she lets you know she is done by enthusiastically throwing them
down on the floor.
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Monkey see, monkey do [Oct. 17th, 2016|10:01 am]
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Last night, Vivian was lying on the floor pulling her lies in and out in alternation, something I've never seen her do before. Eventually, I realized what was up. She saw Annie riding on the exercise bike in the same room, and was copying the leg motion, without the bike.
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William Gibson Interview [Oct. 16th, 2016|02:25 pm]
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I liked this interview with William Gibson, the author of Neuromancer. Apparently one of his early short stories came about when a friend asked him to critique a story he had written. After reading it, Gibson decided it would be too much bother to do that and just rewrote it instead. Afraid his friend might be offended, Gibson was surprised to next hear back that his friend had sold the revised work to a magazine.
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