Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Lia tested positive today! Whew.

What a huge relief.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mountain Bike Trails on Google Earth/Maps

Ever since I got my GPS unit I've been tracing all my tracks through the backwoods on the bike. I figured out you can post your tracks on Google Earth and Google Maps. Now I have profiles in both places. Pretty Sweet.

Here's the trail network in Flag that I've hit so far, and below that, the area in Sedona I've done with the GPS, which is only the stuff around Cathedral Rock. I gotta get out and do more riding!

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

X equals two to the Nth

We implanted three "A" grade embryos out of our batch of 19. They were perfect: 8 cells, no fragments, still growing. It turns out each cell divides once a day, and we stuck 'em in on day three, so 8 or more cells is perfect (hence the awesome equation I derived all by myself).

Lia has to sit on the couch for a day, and then take some more drugs, then we get a preggo test on the 30th to see if they stick. I say "they" meaning one or two. Not all three!

This T-shirt from the XKCD store will be the first item of baby clothing we will buy when this is all over:

I don't think they sell it in a onesie. He, or she, or they, will have to grow into it.

There were four other embryos that were "B"s and still growing. So Dr. Patel (a skinnier, more Indian version of my brother-in-law Ernesto: super smart and totally awesome, and catches me off-guard a lot with random jokes) said we could freeze those if in a few days they grow up to be "A"s.

So if you are a radical fundamentalist, and you're keeping score, we have committed at least 14 acts of "murder" in the course of having one kid. That's from the two we didn't implant last time and the 12 we didn't implant or freeze this time. I just want to point that out for everyone at home.

Guess what? I feel great about the whole thing, because until we get something that actually poops, I pretty much don't care. We'll do some stem cell research with the rest.

We're stoked, eh!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

IVF Round 2

Lia and I have 19 babies growing in Scottsdale right now, so things are looking even better than last time, and last time our numbers weren't too shabby. We have an excellent chance of having some RoarkSpawn soon. We'll implant this weekend at the latest.

It was a little painful for Lia over the last few days, and then have the procedure on Monday, but she recovered faster than last time and now I'd say she's 90%, with a little discomfort now and then (we both went to work today). The implant will be a little uncomfortable, but it's all for a purpose.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Space Tourism is Coming

PopSci had a little blurb on WhiteKnightTwo. It's good these guys are still up and running after their mishap last year.

Why do they go after Mumbai?

A Bombay (Mumbai) native asks why the city was attacked. The answer is the same as it always is: democracy, whiskey, sexy!
Why do they go after Mumbai? There’s something about this island-state that appalls religious extremists, Hindus and Muslims alike. Perhaps because Mumbai stands for lucre, profane dreams and an indiscriminate openness.


From the street food vendor squatting on a sidewalk, fiercely guarding his little business, to the tycoons and their dreams of acquiring Hollywood, this city understands money and has no guilt about the getting and spending of it.

He has a reaction to this attack that is very similar to the one I had after 9/11. When everyone else was talking about building little, short, squat buildings in the place of WTC 1 and 2, I was hoping for something not 110 stories, but 111 stories right back in the same place. Paint a big middle finger on it with an AA battery at the top and we got a deal.
...the best answer to the terrorists is to dream bigger, make even more money, and visit Mumbai more than ever. Dream of making a good home for all Mumbaikars, not just the denizens of $500-a-night hotel rooms...of clean running water, humane mass transit, better toilets, a responsive government. Make a killing not in God’s name but in the stock market, and then turn up the forbidden music and dance; work hard and party harder.
By the way, I remember the middle finger being Lia's idea.