Archive for May 6th, 2007

White noise against colic?

While working on some spectral analysis and listening to my son crying I somehow ended up on this side, which states:

Some people say that ‘white noise’ helps to soothe colicky babies. White noise is background, non-specific noise such as made by vacuum cleaners, washing machines, etc. You can even buy tapes of white noise which claim to soothe crying babies. Again, there is lack of proof that this is effective in most babies, but may be worth a try.

This means, that after my failed attempts to study the crying of babies (see here and here), that I could restart my work. Instead of looking on the spectral distribution I should have been more focused on the probability density distribution of his crying sound and try to modulate the sound distribution (by putting big things in his mouth?) in such a way that he radiates sounds close to a Gaussian distribution. At least that is what I thought, but Wikipedia taught me that white noise does not have to be Gaussian and vice versa. I learned something, ole!

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Discover our neighbourhood

As mentioned in the previous post my parents in law are here and they wanted to see where we live. So I was forced to explore places I never have seen before. I mean, I know the way to the closest shop and to the university and I have visited the shore just few minutes from our home. Today, however, we did something crazy, we went slightly farther (1 km in total) to see the Ulriksdal palace. I several time attempted to visit it, but never had the time to go farther, so today it was time.

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It is not a big one or a beautiful one, compared to the other Royal Palaces, but it is nice to have one in front of your own home, so you don’t have to go so far if you have visitors 🙂 On the way back I saw this sign, which was little bit disturbing. But see for your self:

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The sign shows a smiling guy with the note “We are not allowed to play here!” next to him. Either this guy can’t read or is just stupid. Or why should he be happy, if he can’t play there? It reminds me on Tyler Dyrden:

Tyler Durden: [pointing at an emergency instruction manual on a plane] You know why they put oxygen masks on planes?
Narrator: So you can breath.
Tyler Durden: Oxygen gets you high. In a catastrophic emergency, you’re taking giant panicked breaths. Suddenly you become euphoric, docile. You accept your fate. It’s all right here. Emergency water landing – 600 miles an hour. Blank faces, calm as Hindu cows.
Narrator: That’s, um… That’s an interesting theory.

PS: Apropos Royal. I just mist the King few days ago, when he was inaugurating the Spiros Eco car. Luckily someone else took some pictures, which I indent to upload here very soon, not because I am a fan of royalty, but just for fun.

Hej dÃ¥ my son!

Finally the East-German delegation, aka my parents in law, have arrived. Before picking them up with a rental car from Arlanda airport I had the chance to break my all-time record on Swedish highways with a rental car. I am probably not allowed to disclose this secret. Now after unloading them at home I gave them my son until Friday, so that I can for at least 5 full days study, sleep and study as much as I want. There are again lots of sweets and presents. And as soon as I have time I will try to give them my personal mark and maybe upload them pictures. We also got some childhood pictures of my wife, which I haven’t seen before from the old good East-German times. Our soon looks really like a combination of both of our childhood appearances. So far so good, now it is time to show them the neighboorhood so that they can take a walk later without bothering us until Friday. Hej dÃ¥ son!


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