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bahamut's Avatar Picture bahamut – November 15, 2008 04:46AM Reply Quote
a thread about our spawn.

stan adams – November 17, 2008 10:03AM Reply Quote
Yeah, I am/was serious about smiling at 'em. Works wonders for both you and her. The mobiles are serious fun for the kids too. Those "playmat arches" are totally worth it too.

Ron Burns – November 17, 2008 10:17AM Reply Quote
"We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation." Voltaire
A bit premature? He's only just getting used to the first one...

Jeff Cooper – December 16, 2008 04:50PM Reply Quote
There was a time, four years or so ago, when we worried that Noah would never talk. There was a time, two years or so ago, when we feared that he would never talk to anyone other than family.

And now?

I took Noah to the new Indianapolis airport last Sunday to check it out in advance of our upcoming trip to New York. We rode an elevator from the main concourse (what they call the Civil Plaza) to the baggage claim, and then I told Noah that I wanted to use the restroom before we went back to the car. "Can we ride back up to 3?" he asked, and I agreed.

We boarded the elevator, and an airport employee got on with us. About midway through the ride, Noah turned to him and said, quite loudly, "Excuse me, we're going back to three because my dad needs to pee."

The guy lost it. So did I (well, I held the pee, but I laughed pretty hard. Then I tried to explain to Noah, once again, that we don't talk about that in public.

bahamut – December 20, 2008 05:38AM Reply Quote
I found the domes on both of my tweeters pushed in on my B&Ws. The small creatures deny any knowledge and I sort of believe them since if they had done it, they not have been able to put the fabric screens back on. My hunch is that one of our baby sisters's kids did it when they came over and she put the screens back on. I have no other means of explaining this. So this is going to cost me a couple of hundred, at least. Any thoughts for how to anchor the screens better? I could imagine poster putty, but not so sure. Don't want cosmetic damage. Thoughts?



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stan adams – December 20, 2008 09:57AM Reply Quote
Man that sucks. I have a bunch of stuff that the kids have "no idea" how it broke. You live with a lot...

Anyhow you might be surprised how relatively inexpensive replacement drivers can be. I have had to buy a few over the years and it seem like the better manufacturers and dealers price the higher end stuff at a "good will" sort of level for repair purposes. Some of the old school audio shops even have connections to guys with skills like a brain surgeons that can repair even torn drivers for out of production speakers.

As to how to protect against future "little hands" I have catalogs full of wood worrking fasteners that MIGHT work -- you'd risk installing something that might resonant though.

I have thought about getting built-in speakers OR the inverted dome styles from MBQuart/ Focal OR ribbons. Also, kids do grow out doing stuff like this...

John Willoughby – December 20, 2008 10:08AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
My wife and I have come to the conclusion that we will not buy any decent furniture or easily-reachable electronics until our youngest is at least ten. We also have to re-carpet and re-paint the house. That girl is Destruction.

tomierna (Admin) – December 21, 2008 07:29AM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
Pushing in the dust caps on most speakers doesn't diminish the sound quality in any way, it's just unsightly.

If it's a fabric dust cap, you can use a fine needle to catch between the fibers and pull gently to pull them back out. If they're plastic or rubber, you might have luck with something sticky to gently pull on them till they retain their shape. If they're metal, try a vacuum or "kissing them out"



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bahamut – December 21, 2008 11:01AM Reply Quote
Thanks guys! This was all stuff I bought BEFORE the kids. Now I'm thinking of ripping everything and putting it on the AppleTV since the only harm they can do there is buy movies...

John Willoughby – December 21, 2008 11:39AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I have discussed concrete furniture with my wife. Seriously. I don't have to be comfortable, I just don't want it broken.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – December 21, 2008 11:41AM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
Trust me, they can break concrete.

John Willoughby – December 21, 2008 11:59AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Damn. Do you have any idea what a titanium sofa would cost?

ddt – December 21, 2008 02:20PM Reply Quote
it'd have to be shaped, not welded -- those are potential break points. but interesting... bet one could, with some effort, fashion some eames shapes in Ti!

ddt

ARL (Moderator) – December 21, 2008 03:59PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Oh boy, got all this to look forward to. I'm wondering how I can make sure my electric chair doesn't get played with when I'm not it it. In the wrong hands it would be damn lethal and aside from the wreckage it would cause I really need it to get around.

I've been amused lately with all the baby/kids books saying "taking your baby for a drive is a great way to calm unsettled babies" and "babies/children love car trips!"

Oh really? Well our little bundle of joy must be the exception to the rule. Blood-curdling screaming from start to finish on most trips. Makes for a fun, stress-free drive too (I'm freaking out because, aside from the elevated stress-levels from the crying, my s.o. is driving about 15-20 Kph faster than she would otherwise...)

And my s.o. -- God-bless-her-cotton-socks -- wondered why I said "Hell, no!" to a 7-hr car trip for christmas?

stan adams – December 22, 2008 10:50AM Reply Quote
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Tony Leggett
Oh boy, got all this to look forward to. I'm wondering how I can make sure my electric chair doesn't get played with when I'm not it it. In the wrong hands it would be damn lethal and aside from the wreckage it would cause I really need it to get around.

I've been amused lately with all the baby/kids books saying "taking your baby for a drive is a great way to calm unsettled babies" and "babies/children love car trips!"

Oh really? Well our little bundle of joy must be the exception to the rule. Blood-curdling screaming from start to finish on most trips. Makes for a fun, stress-free drive too (I'm freaking out because, aside from the elevated stress-levels from the crying, my s.o. is driving about 15-20 Kph faster than she would otherwise...)

And my s.o. -- God-bless-her-cotton-socks -- wondered why I said "Hell, no!" to a 7-hr car trip for christmas?

It gets better. Really. There is a "magic" period where they are big enough that they won't be adhered to mom's chest every waking moment and they are not yet strong enough to fight with the car seat that you could probably take them to Jupiter or Saturn and they'd wouldn't care...



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Dr Phred (Moderator) – December 22, 2008 01:50PM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
Jupiter yes, Saturn no.

Then comes the "are we there yet? years

John Willoughby – December 22, 2008 02:07PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I get a lot of, "Daddy, I'm bored." So the thousands of dollars worth of books, toys, games, movies, and music aren't enough to keep you entertained? What do I do, dance?

ARL (Moderator) – December 22, 2008 02:28PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Give them chores to do. A lot of menial work will quickly make the "I'm bored" comments disappear.

Mokers (Moderator) – December 23, 2008 05:49AM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
Lots of small menial tasks proffered by my socialist parents turned me into a libertarian, so watch out.

rino – December 23, 2008 09:07AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
I present:
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Oh wait. Wrong thread? :)

tliet – December 23, 2008 09:42AM Reply Quote
Ah, that is so sweet...

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