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  • Babies’ brains are wired to learn multiple languages at once
    I think most people know that learning multiple languages is beneficial for kids, but I was surprised how early it needs to be done.

    Between six and 12 months, infants who grow up in monolingual households become more specialized in the subset of sounds in their native language. In other words, they become “native language specialists.” And, by their first birthdays, monolingual infants begin to lose their ability to hear the differences between foreign language sounds.

  • Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships?
    To add upon the IQ/EQ discussion, this article posits that attachment theory can show and affect a person’s social skills. And these are mostly set by the parents when the child is very young.

    If the baby was upset during separation but sits still as a stone when her mother returns, it’s likely a sign of an insecure attachment. If the baby was relaxed when left alone and is nonplussed by reunion, that’s less significant. If the baby hightails it to her mother, then screeches mid-approach, indicating a change of heart, that’s a worrisome sign too.

    But the most important moment is Reunion No. 2, after the mother leaves again and returns again. If a baby who was upset during separation still does nothing to acknowledge her mother’s return, it’s a sign that the baby, at only a year old, has already come to expect her advances to be rebuffed. If the baby reaches out for love but isn’t able to settle down enough to receive it (or it’s not offered), that may reflect a relationship filled with mixed messages. And if the baby is wild with sadness then jumps like a monkey into the mother’s arms and immediately stops crying, the baby is categorized as secure, coming from a relationship in which she expects her needs to be met.

  • Marie Kondo and the Ruthless War on Stuff
    I’m very confused about this article. It almost seems satirical and from The Onion but it is also disconcertingly serious. Who knew that tidying up was such a big industry and that there were some many subscribers to this way of life.

    At Conference, I met women who organize basements. I met women who organize digital clutter. I met women who organize photos. I met women who categorized themselves as “solopreneurs,” which, what’s that now? I met a woman who organizes thoughts, and please don’t move onto the next sentence until you’ve truly absorbed that: I met a woman who charges $100 per hour for the organization of thoughts. I heard the word “detritus” pronounced three different ways. I met a woman in camouflage (though the invitation begged us to confine ourselves to our native business-casual), who carried a clipboard and called herself Major Mom, and instead of an organizer she calls herself a liberator, like in Falluja.

  • David Chang’s Unified Theory of Deliciousness
    I don’t understand cooking & food but this is an article I can relate to since it takes a scientific approach – David Chang of Momofuku fame talks about how tastes are ingrained in your memory and are reawakened by similar tasting foods

    But here’s the thing. When I taste that dish, I don’t taste Bolognese—I taste mapo tofu, a spicy, flavorful Chinese dish made with soft tofu, Szechuan peppers, and ground pork. I’ve had way more mapo tofu than I’ve had Bolognese, so that resonates more for me. I’d never seen a connection between Bolognese and mapo tofu before, but Joshua had inadvertently discovered this overlap between them. We hit the middle of a Venn diagram, creating something that incorporated enough elements of both mapo tofu and Bolognese that it could evoke both of them, while being neither one precisely.

  • The Top F2P Monetization Tricks and Chasing The Whale
    This one is a two-parter which I might have blogged before (I do remember reading about it before) on monetizing and the freemium model of mobile gaming. It’s already a few years out of date but the basic principles are still in use.

    Another novel way to use a progress gate is to make it look transparent, but to use it as the partition between the skill game and the money game. Candy Crush Saga employs this technique artfully. In that game there is a “river” that costs a very small amount of money to cross. The skill game comes before the river. A player may spend to cross the river, believing that the previous skill game was enjoyable (it was for me) and looking to pay to extend the skill game. No such guarantee is given of course, King just presents a river and does not tell you what is on the other side. The money game is on the other side, and as the first payment is always the hardest, those that cross the river are already prequalified as spenders.


We started October with a housewarming party Iron Ring Chef and we bought an Xbox360. Between playing games and watching some movies, we didn’t get much else done this month. Well aside from pizza, but that was done through telekinesis!

On the news front, gas is cheap again! It was under $1 for the last week of October and dipped to a low of 90.2¢/L! The markets were also not doing so well and were in fact pretty chaotic. There was also snow (at least a little bit) in mid October which is a fairly rare occurrence.


On Saturday, we hosted Iron Ring Chef at our place. Although the name is reminiscent of Iron Chef, it wasn’t really. It was more of a housewarming in disguise, although we provided food and other people brought stuff too. We waited a long time to do a house warming (3 months!) for a couple of reasons, first we didn’t really have anything to do and I didn’t want to do a DS/Tetris party.

The other aspect was seating. A few weeks back, all we had was a couch which sat 3 people, and 2 bar stools. So we could seat 5 people comfortably. Now we have 4 more dining room chairs, and we bought 2 more fold up chairs from Canadian Tire; so we were up to 11 chairs. That was still a problem because including us, there would be 19 people there. Actually with 19 people, I was afraid that some people would have to hang out in the balcony in order for there to be enough space!

Luckily, the arrivals and departures were staggered so that there was enough room. Peter, Horace and Aaron came and left early, and Norris, Janet, Leo and Adrienne went to Nuit Blanche after dinner.

Our original idea was that people could bring over stuff to cook; but logistically that would prove difficult to do. We ended up watching a few movies (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children [twice], Kung Fu Hustle, and Aeon Flux) and played Victor’s Ruk-Shuk. Goal for our next party is to have better activities.