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Alex sings Alphabet Train

Alex sings along to one of his favorite videos: Alphabet Train.

(Video taken December 2nd)


Alex Finds His Tree

Recorded right after Alex woke up Christmas morning.

Alex helps build an Expedit

12 hours of timelapse total crunched into 3:45. There is a bit of me cleaning before the construction starts, and a bit of me recording my podcast after construction is done.

Actual construction from about 1:30 to 3:00 on the video.

Roscoe and Brandy help a little bit too.

This is of course a snippet of the kind of thing always available on the AbulCam.

Old Home Video: Dancing at One

Video from 2010 Sep 15

Old Home Movie: Alex’s 1st Birthday

I figured that since we are coming up fast on Alex’s 3rd birthday, I’d go ahead and post some highlights of his 1st birthday.  You know, for the three or four relatives who will actually watch it.  :-)

Edit 2012 Aug 17 07:35 UTC to swap video for slightly revised one adding in one clip I’d missed the first time.

Brandy’s Boys “Singing”

(Video taken by Brandy)

Edit 2012 Feb 10 17:42 to add attribution.

Alex Videos a Train Video

Alex has been really into playing with his toy trains for quite a few months now.  Spending hours doing it almost every day, building elaborate arrangements of tracks and blocks, pulling really long trains, asking me to “Play Thomas” or “Play Hiro” under his direction.  But recently he has found something new and wonderful…

Videos of real trains on YouTube.

The video above is one I started to take of him watching one and getting excited.  (He had been jumping up and down and yelling, then I started recording and started it over, which he wasn’t excited about.)  He noticed me videoing, told me “NO!” and took my phone, and started recording the video off the computer screen.  In all he recorded almost 15 minutes of train videos before I reclaimed my phone.  The video only contains the highlights.  :-)

Especially when it is late and he is getting sleepy, but other times as well, he will now ask for “Train Videos“, or sometimes more specifically “Blue Train!“.  On the computer he will happily watch one after another after another, but he hasn’t quite mastered the trackpad (or mouse) yet, so when a video ends, he looks through the pictures for the related videos that come up at the end, and points at the one he wants, and one of us has to start it.

But…  but…  with the YouTube app on the iPhone, he is completely proficient at navigating on his own.  Start it off with a search of “trains” or “blue trains” or something similar, and he will be enthralled and fully engrossed and fascinated moving from one video to another to another, exploring the world of YouTube train videos…  seemingly for hours… certainly long enough for an hour or so long drive home from day care.

Updated AbulCam

The timelapse above is from my home office yesterday.  Since I was working from home due to snow, you actually get to see me in my office some.  The excitement of my crazy gesticulating during conference calls!  The thrills of Alex coming to fetch me and climbing all over me before getting me to carry him back downstairs.  The views of my midsection as I pace back and forth in front of the camera.  All very exciting stuff!

This is all to note that I made some updates to the AbulCam lately. There is now sometimes sound if I don’t have it muted. Also, the way the timelapses are made will slow down even more when there is lots of motion, and speed up more when there is not, leading to more interesting timelapses. At least I think so.  I’ve also matched the sizes of the live shot and the previous day’s timelapse.  They are a little smaller, but that means they will load faster and stream better.  I’ve also emoved some old clunky bits that didn’t work any more.  Finally, at least for the moment, the portable wireless webcam I moved from place to place has died…  a non-waterproof camera doesn’t like being left outside in the rain…  even if it does generate some nice movies before dying…  so the picture is going to be from the webcam on my desktop in my home office for awhile.  But that means more me!  Well, at least a little.  Reality is I’m not in my office anywhere near as much as I would like and sometimes whole days go by without me dropping in at all.  But hey, new and better timelapses!

Toddler Karaoke

Highlights of Alex Month Twelve

That’s right, I said Month Twelve.  And yes, I know at this point in mere hours (specifically at 04:16 UTC on the 13th, which is 9:16 PM on the 12th Pacific time, or 12:16 AM on the 13th Eastern time…  which is a little over 14 hours from now as I post this) Alex will be Twenty Four months old, or a full two years old.  But gosh darn it I got this highlights video out less than a year late.  Barely.  I’d also said that this would be the last of the month at a time highlight videos.  After this I’ll just post little video snippets instead of these longer videos I have no time to produce (obviously, since it took me a year to do this one) and which nobody has time to watch anyway.

Regardless…   enjoy highlights from year ago Alex.  This covers 13 Aug 2010 to 12 Sep 2010.  He is of course much different now at double the age.  :-)  But the personality hasn’t changed much at all.  Definitely the same kid.  :-)