My son, Corbin, did his first bit of real walking, this Morning. He's been doing some forward falls while taking a couple of steps on the way down, before Today, but Today is the first day that he's moved his feet forward to maintain his balance. He still falls within 5 seconds of starting, if we don't catch him, but he does, at least, get the idea of moving his feet to maintain his balance. Now, he just needs practice.
He is, now, officially a toddler.
I found a job. We're exchanging paperwork, and I start, officially, on Wednesday.
Thanks to all of you who offered encouragement and other help.
My wife believes in homeopathy, and I don't. I'd like to find a test that we can use to help convince one or the other of us to give ground on this difference, and I'm asking for help in devising such a test. I will be the test subject, and I want the test to get at the heart of our disagreement.
As I understand it, homeopathy is based on the premise that you can take a substance that is harmful and water it down to the point of insignificance and that this super diluted result will cause the opposite effect as the original substance. I believe this idea makes no sense, but my wife thinks (as far as I know) that it works. She also believes that if I "overdose" on some homeopathic remedies that they will cause bad side effects. I want to test that idea.
Now my wife and I are both biased on this issue, so we need to find a testing protocol that leaves us with little room to squirm out of acknowledging the results. If, for example, I find that I experience the side effects that she predicts, I will naturally look for other explanations, like perhaps I would have had that symptom, anyway. So I expect to be able to repeat the test until I'm convinced that the remedy works or until enough repeated trials fail to show results. Also, if I find that the homeopathic remedy really does contain significant quantities of an active substance, then we really won't have tested the theory I'm interested in disproving. So I want to make sure I'm really testing something watered down to insignificance.
If I turn out to be right about one substance, then I would expect her to wonder if that's an isolated case where I just don't respond normally to the specific remedy, and I'd expect her to want to try something else. I will want to cooperate with her on that.
So, can anyone who reads this help me refine the protocol on this test and help me choose substances to try? Remember I want the test to be convincing to one or the other of us.
On a final note, those who you who agree with me need to be extra careful to be polite and civil to those who believe in homeopath and comment here. I want this discussion to be welcoming to both sides of this debate. I do not want to chase of anyone who has valuable insight to offer simply because they are biased in a direction different from my bias.
I haven't posted here in a while, so I thought an update would be appropriate.
I hit a horse in November and totaled my Toyota 4runner. No one in the car was hurt, and the horse got up and ran away, afterward. I managed to slow down to about 5 miles per hour before impact, so I'm hoping the horse was okay. My 4runner was 15 years old, so it didn't take much to total it. I was almost up to 300,000 miles on it. Oh well. We've been a one car family, since then. I hope to get another car soon.
My fiance became my wife on December 20th, 2008. We've been happily married for a little more than two months, now. I'm changing my default user picture to one that includes my wife, Julie.
Those seem like the two most significant things that happened. I'm still around. Having an instant family has certainly shifted my priorities, so I'm not posting here, as often. I still try to keep up with the journals I follow, here, but any given post out there has about a 50% chance of being read, simply because I can't get online every day to catch up. Still, LiveJournal offers things I'm not eager to give up. Some of you have quite interesting things to say.
I don't normally talk a lot about my personal life, here, but an event, last week, warrants an announcement.
Last Friday, at Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, I got down on one knee and proposed to my girlfriend, Julie. She said, "Yes."
We haven't planned a wedding date, yet, but it seems likely that it will be next Spring.
I bought a house, Today. in Raymore, Missouri. For those of you who don't know, Raymore is a moderately remote suburb of Kansas City. This means I'll be moving across the state line form Kansas to Missouri, so my vote will have a chance of making a difference, rather than being washed out by the religious, conservative masses in Kansas. Tomorrow, I move most of my stuff into the new house. It's not going to be fun.
I'm going out of town, for a few days. I'll be back Sunday Evening. I'll have some access to the internet, while I'm gone, but I won't get El Jay notification emails.
I am about to leave town for a couple of days. I may have limited access to LJ, but I will not have email access. I should be back Monday Evening. I hope all of you have a good weekend.
I'll be out of town, starting later Today and I'll be returning late Saturday. I won't have access to my normal email, and I'm not sure how much LJ access I might have. I hope all of you enjoy the holiday.