Tag Archives: Parenthood

The almighty soft-power princess bomb

Chinese soft-power is doomed. I came to this conclusion a couple of weeks ago. The message was delivered in the form of a guy in a mouse suit on ice skates, and I received it loud and clear when Mrs. … Continue reading

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Missing children and how parenthood killed my chances of being a manly-man

Stick with me here, because I want to plug Charlie Custer’s work-in-progress documentary, Living with Dead Hearts, but before I do I need to go into some history. It’s clear in hindsight that I was never really meant to be … Continue reading

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Physics in the gaze of a thousand grannies

Imagethief was an indifferent student in high school. My success in any given class was dictated by my level of personal interest in the topic. So I did OK at biology, which I liked, great in English and composition once … Continue reading

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I suck at Christmas trees

So I’m back in the US of A for Christmas and based on a sample size of two (my parents), I can report that the political mood here is bleak. My mom’s dog of many years died a week or … Continue reading

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They must not get many mixed-race kids in Xi’an

Here is my son Zachary prancing (prancing, mind you) in front of seven women and girls outside the terracotta warriors exhibit in Xi’an: This wasn’t the only time something like this happened on this trip. It was just the most … Continue reading

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The zombie-slugging toy police car

Imagethief’s son, Zachary, turned two this week. I’m amazed we made it. By this I mean I’m amazed that Mrs. Imagethief and I made it. If the boy’s engine room telegraph is stuck on “full-speed-ahead”, Mrs. Imagethief and I are … Continue reading

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We’re back, plus the great Christmas pox of ’09

Note: This is cross-posted from the old Imagethief blog. The original post is here. On Sunday Imagethief arrived in Beijing from two well-earned holiday weeks in the San Francisco Bay Area. Flying with Zachary), now 22 months, is always an … Continue reading

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Illegal baby part 2: I fought the law (and the law won)

Regular readers will recall that Imagethief became a father earlier this year. Having a child requires new parents to undertake many unfamiliar responsibilities. These include the obvious, such as the care and feeding of an infant, and some things that … Continue reading

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Illegal baby part 1: The strange case of the sluggish passport

Note: This combines two original posts. In the first part, I suggest something to the Singaporean embassy. In the second part, they respond. Illegal baby part 1: The strange case of the sluggish passport July 1, 2008 Anyone within earshot … Continue reading

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The baby is coming next week, pinhead!

Although his wife may disagree, Imagethief believes very deeply that Homo sapiens should have a gestational period of 241 weeks. Forty weeks is simply not long enough for first-time parents to come to grips with the reality of having a … Continue reading

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