March 13, 2006

Zebras are reactionaries

We took Gloria to the zoo yesterday. We're not sure that she really got it, but we had a good time. She was incredibly good while we were there. She enjoyed the chickens and monkeys and thought that penguin feeding time was hilarious. Marc took lots of pictures and I'm sure more will be added since we decided to join while we were there.

She claps a lot now and it's much louder than it was before. She also waves a bit more and seems to make the connection that it's something you do when people first come into a room, but that's not always the case.

My FAVORITE thing that Gloria does now is pull herself up to sit by grabbing on to someone's hand. She also can pull herself up to stand, but can't do much once she gets there.

Congratulations to Frank & Rebecca, proud parents of Baby Clementine.

Sager Clementine Worshek
Born: March 4, 2006
Time: 8:11pm
Weight: 9 lbs.
Length: 22 and a half inches

March 11, 2006

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

What do you do if you're an elderly Japanese, and your nation's demographic collapse has left you without grandchildren? Well, you're Japanese, so you replace them with robots:

As Japan’s birthrate continues to fall, and its elderly get ever older, toy manufacturers have been quick to latch on to the new mature market. Last year’s Ifbot is a prime example, but despite its maker claiming the robot has the conversational ability of a 5-year-old, a price tag of 576,000 yen (2,880 pound) is enough to stretch even the most prosperous of pensioners.

Thankfully for the less affluent aged, Tomy has stepped in with its new Yumel doll. And at a cost of only 8,500 yen (42 pound), it means that potential buyers still have plenty of money left to stuff in tin boxes or squander at the local bingo hall.

Just be glad you live in America, where us breeders are still supplying plenty of precious, non-robotic grandchildren.