A colleague of mine, who is having a baby pretty soon, was asking me about my experience with baby products during this last year or so.
Some times Orlando appears in this web log and people ask why did you choose that name? Well, Orlando has the advantage that is spelled the same (and with similar pronunciation) in English and Spanish. No, I do not have any relatives with that name and did not know anybody with the name.
There is Tony Orlando, but I didn’t know about his existence before Orlando was born. More popular is Orlando in Shakespeare’s As you like it play. Funnily enough, the most well known Orlandos these days are Orlando Bloom (Legolas in the Lord of the rings movie) and Orlando, the city where Disney World is located. I say funnily because I am not interested in any of these two. Orlando is related to Orly and seems to be related to Rolando and Rowland.
I am writing this in Rotorua (New Zealand), where English and Maori meet in a big way. Maoris are often surprised by my pronunciation of Maori words, that appears to sound very well. Vowels in Maori are quite close to Spanish, so it is not really a reflection of my language skills, but just another linguistic accident.
Yesterday was my first Father’s day; I mean as a father, of course. The day started at 5am with Orlando reciting a 45 minutes poem full of goos and gaas, and smiles. Really memorable. It is incredible to see how much he is changing everyday.
I later called my dad, 11,000 km away and 14 hours time difference to say ‘Happy father’s day’. It was a real surprise for him: Father’s day in Australia and in South America are in completely different times of the year.
Later during the day I felt touched by the news coming from Beslan (North Ossetia): the sadness of so many wasted lives due to fundamentalism. What would I do if I were in that situation? There are no words to express the horror suffered by those people, and here we are on the other side of the world without much that can be done.
I have not written for a while about Orlando. No, I have not lost interest on him; on the contrary, there is so much interest that I try to spend as much time as possible with him doing things rather than writing about it.
Several people have asked for new pictures of Orlando. Here we have a couple when he was just three months old (two weeks ago):
After a slow start he is catching up on weight (5.5 kg) and size (63 cm) and becoming very talkative, with lots of goo, gaa, etc. He is smiling very often and starting to sleep for longer during night (for the relief of his parents).
As I mentioned some days ago, I bought a PalmOne Tungsten T3. I have slowly been exploring (and discovering) software and hardware features.
Yesterday, I went to K-mart and saw a Kodak digital lab. I was starting to pull the SD card off my PDA when I realised that the lab had an infrared port. A few taps and I was in ‘photo’ beaming Orlando’s pictures to the lab. A few seconds later I had photo quality prints of the cute boy. I really love when technology works without any hitches!
I have also been testing and buying some additional things for the PDA: Agendus Pro, a calendar replacement (which I bought, it is very good value); Bonsai, an outliner (which I am testing but I have not bought yet); and Handbase a database that I am starting to evaluate. I have also purchased a Krusell leather cover for the PDA, which has good quality, although it can not be used while synchronising, and Brando’s WorkShop Screen Protector. This screen protectors are great, washable and the delivery took only four days from Hong Kong. Before I purchased Brando’s products I tried with Belkin’s clear screens, but they were too short for the T3 and not worth the money, so I took them back to the shop for a refund.