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Cute pictures of children - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 11th, 2011

08:53 am - Cute pictures of children

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Something I've noticed about LJ and my flist - pictures of kids. Now I'm not really a big fan of kids, however other people's kid pics manage to be remarkably cute - probably because I don't have to live with them! Also, they're little people..

Anyway, most of the people who post kid pics on my flist have younguns, like, preschool or early primary age. Hardly any of my friends have teenagers or if they do, they don't post pictures of them. Maybe teenagers aren't cute?


So all that preamble was just to get you to click the cut so that I could brag about my offspring who is not particularly cute as kid-pics go but is feeling quite clever because he pretty much built his own PC this weekend. Here's a pic of what a build looks like in our house:



Personally I think all the power supply cables look like Cthulu rising from the depths. Unfortunately the hard drive he's holding never went in because it's out of his old machine and IDE and um, yeah - we had the same problem with the DVD-rom but never fear! Remember we had a geek just there who happens to have one of everything in his house, and going to get it gave thomasdequinc a chance to wash grist's car as a thank you.

There was only one OMGNO moment when it didn't like the serial keyboard (even though it had a port for one) and I'm slightly weirded out by this case having no speaker, something I failed to check because all cases have speakers, don't they? Which meant when it went *sad beep* instead of *happy beep* there was no beep to be had and we had to figure out what the problem was by a process of elimination. But we did. Ha!

Here is my offspring somewhat later looking, umm.. something. I think it's smug?



As you can see on the screen, by this point Cthulu is back in his box and it's busy formatting the new 1TB hard drive. And everything went very smoothly from there. I was surprised to discover that the old hard drive that had his previous operating system on it booted up and Win7 went "Huh, new motherboard, new CPU, new other hard drive. New video card, new RAM. Oh well, we can do that, lalala" and proceeded to Just.Work. I was expecting to have to install a new operating system because it's essentially a new machine and I thought Win7 only worked on the machine it was installed on, but apparently not. So, um, I have a copy of Win7 left over - hopefully they'll take it back.

And he installed his own CPU, with much "OMG what if I mess it up" from him and much "Just don't touch the pins" from me. Mission accomplished. Kid built his own machine with minimal help from us, and it works. Neato!

Of course now I probably won't see him for several months but oh well, I can't really complain, I spent much of yesterday evening playing Portal. doop de doo...


OK, puzzle time. I saw this sign for the first time on Saturday and am wondering what it stands for. It's obviously a danger warning sign, but to me it looks like starbursts in your heart, which probably would kill you but is kind of a nice thought anyway:



So if you actually do know what it means, please tell me. If you don't, you get points for imaginative/amusing possibilities. One day I'll tally these points and we'll have a winner. The prize is knowing you're not Charlie Sheen.

Finally, today is the one year anniversary of Mum's death. Much has happened in that time. Tonight I'll light a candle for her on the ancestor altar.

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From:friggasmuse
Date:July 10th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
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He is so good looking and stylish!
What is your relationship with him like?
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From:friggasmuse
Date:July 10th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Also, I'm sorry about your Mum. One year must seem like far away and not that long ago. <3
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From:tatjna
Date:July 10th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm a money-and-food vending machine!

Nah, we get on pretty well most of the time. Because he's nearly an adult I'm mostly about teaching him to be independent, think for himself, stuff he'll need to know and use pretty soon. This makes it much easier to treat him as closer to a peer, and he likes that.

In my experience that stuff they tell you about teenagers is not really all that true, and teenage difficulties seem to be more about the parents' expectations rather than anything inherently in the kid. But Tommy's always been pretty laid back so maybe he's just easy.

I like my kid and right now I'm inordinately proud of him. ;-)
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From:friggasmuse
Date:July 10th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
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I love the name Tommy :)
Does he date? Do you like to meet the dates first?
I'm super impressed that he built that!
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From:tatjna
Date:July 10th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
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He's named after my Dad, and at this point says he never wants to be called Thomas or Tom. hehe

He doesn't date so much as have a lot of friends of a variety of genders. Dating isn't really a thing here, even among older people - some say that if it weren't for alcohol kiwis would never get laid! But at this point I've met most of his friends and I like them - I can't imagine not liking a partner he chose, because he seems to have pretty good taste in people!

He just reached the age of consent, so to all intents and purposes he's legally an adult where *cough* interpersonal relations are concerned, so it's probably good that I feel I can trust his judgement on it..
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From:t_c_da
Date:July 10th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Yay for the Proud.Parent feeling!
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From:bekitty
Date:July 10th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
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That sign looks like it means "warning - may cause heart attacks". :)

BTW, I just left a comment on the post you did the other day about Google+. It's about the privacy and pseudonymity issues they're having.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 10th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I saw that. I know _fustian was interested in that too, so hopefully he'll spot this and go have a look.
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From:heartofawarrior
Date:July 10th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
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That is a pretty damn awesome accomplishment! There's nothing like putting something together and having it work - getting to do the dance of evil glee (or other appropriate celebration maneuver) is fantastic :-D
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From:saltdawg
Date:July 10th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Caution: Ninja Throwing Stars ahead!
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From:vernacularity
Date:July 10th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm throwing a practical guess at it meaning warning: inhaling fairy dust may cause googly-eyes.
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From:vernacularity
Date:July 10th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
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but certainly an airborne-particle-hazard notification of some kind
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From:misshapen_fro
Date:July 11th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
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You should friend hepkitten in the next booj friendapolooza or whatever. She's an awesome mom of teens (I think 2 teens an an almost-teen) and posts really great pictures of them all the time. And just really great pictures in general. She's a photographer.

Anyway, your offspring is TOTALLY cute! Long hair looks good on him. I like his t-shirt in the first picture, too.
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From:polychrome_baby
Date:July 11th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
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I think that the life of teens is one of extraction from the family as an identity and to establishment of self as identity. So, there tends to be less parental involvement. I mean, there doesn't have to be, but it's a tendency. So, there's less pictures.

Maybe?

I dunno. Your youth is a handsome youth, though, so there's that. There's also the weirdness of that? I mean, here's this picture of a person who's nearly an adult. It's awkward to say "good looking kid!" in the same way as one would of a child.

I think that it's a subtle thing, but it makes sense. If I had the brain space to think about it, I could muddle through it well, because I can see the paths, I just have to describe them aptly. Which I don't as much feel the brain space for at the moment.

Sign means: Warning, spinning top alien beings that sparkle.
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From:clashfan
Date:July 11th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
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I think he's adorable! You've a lot to be proud of, with that one.

As to the warning sign: "Danger! Shooting range nearby!" (That might be my Yank sensibilities coming through)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:July 11th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
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Sign meaning: particle accelerator will cause you to be dispersed across multiple dimensions (the "star" looks like the outline of a 3d axis)
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From:morbid_curious
Date:July 11th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
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I was thinking miniature black hole hazard, myself. Or possibly "Temporal Anomaly Zone: full of stars; may cause seeing through time."

They didn't have a 1:4:9 black monolith stored anywhere nearby, did they?
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From:tatjna
Date:July 11th, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
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Not that I'd noticed, but it may have been in disguise.
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From:thatgirljj
Date:July 11th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
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Awww... I think he's adorable even though he's a big strapping young thing. :-)
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From:tatjna
Date:July 11th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
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He is definitely strapping. I realised from looking at those photos that he can probably see the top of the bookshelf behind him (which I can't), dust bunnies and all!

I am constantly amazed at how I managed to produce something that grew so big.

(he is kind of adorable eh)
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From:rivet
Date:July 11th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
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Warning: do not huff the sparkleponies.

On that topic, I was operating a comb binder at work and pondering its pictogram. I suspect that it was intended to suggest 'if you're replacing this part, get help to lift', but to me it said 'to clone self, pull this part out'.
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:July 11th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Warning: Watch out for singularity!
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From:weeweekittie
Date:July 11th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
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B'awwwww, look at those plump little cheeks! Awww--- oh, wait.

My guess:
Warning: Alien Breeding Zone
Chest Bursting Imminent

Tom's guess is that it's a warning for people with pacemakers, which I find much more educated than futuristic sci-fi alien references.
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From:meesto
Date:July 11th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
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That's an international carcinogen hazard symbol (with added googly eyes): http://bit.ly/g9fIzd
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