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Family PictureVirtually Blind will be relatively quiet for the next few weeks as my wife and I adjust to being parents. Our first child, a darling little girl we’ve named Charlotte, joined us very early this morning.

She and her mom (who made a rare virtual world appearance last week for this screenshot) are both doing great.

Of all the rotten things parents can do to a newborn, I suppose that posting a tiny, pixelated, round-headed avatar picture on a geeky law blog on the internet is right up there. So, my darling Charlotte, when you find this via search in seven or eight years, know I posted it with love and that I really do, deep down in my heart, understand that I am way less cool a dad than I think I am in my weaker moments.

VB will be back to normal in a bit. In the meantime, advice, encouragement, and ideas for automating this whole “changing” thing are welcome.

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28 Responses to “Taking a Short Very Happy Break”

  1. on 07 Jun 2008 at 12:22 pmTakuan Daikon

    Woo! Congratulations!!! Being a parent is hard, but very very rewarding work :)

    Best wishes for you and your family :)

  2. on 07 Jun 2008 at 1:23 pmLem Skall

    Congratulations, Ben and all the best to your family!

  3. on 07 Jun 2008 at 1:44 pmAshcroft Burnham

    Congratulations! Charlotte is a very lovely name.

  4. on 07 Jun 2008 at 3:29 pmCat Galileo

    Wonderful news, congratulations :)

  5. on 07 Jun 2008 at 5:44 pmRobin Linden

    Congratulations Ben! We’ll look forward to your return, but in the meantime enjoy this very special time with your new family!

  6. on 07 Jun 2008 at 7:01 pmForelle Broek

    Let me add my congratulations to the chorus. And, as embarrassing-stuff-parents-do-to-kids goes, posting a cute little avatar of young Charlotte hardly registers on the scale.

  7. on 07 Jun 2008 at 7:18 pmEric Reuters

    Great news. Congrats Ben!

  8. on 07 Jun 2008 at 8:48 pmDave Elchoness

    Congratulations to you and the family. Wonderful news. Charlotte will never remember a time before web3D and the avatar.

  9. on 07 Jun 2008 at 10:20 pmcsven

    Congratulations to both you and your wife, Ben.

  10. on 08 Jun 2008 at 12:49 amChristina Wan

    well congratulation~~~

    and ur website is really helpful to me~~

  11. on 08 Jun 2008 at 12:13 pmSophrosyne Stenvaag

    Ben –

    I’ve been keeping an eye out for the news! Congratulations to all of you, and my very best wishes to Charlotte for a long, healthy, happy life full of wondrous things.

  12. on 08 Jun 2008 at 12:55 pmMichael Donnelly

    Congrats to the three of you!

  13. on 09 Jun 2008 at 7:29 amFlipperPA Peregrine

    Congratulations, Ben! Fantastic news, and I wish you and yours all the best.

  14. on 09 Jun 2008 at 12:43 pmDoubledown Tandino

    TOTALLY AWESOME BEN!!! Congrats!!

    Ok, now, while Ben is away, he told me to run things and take charge and act all judicial.

    So…. beheadings in the town square at 2pm.
    and a gold farmers against gold farming meeting will be heald at 3 by the swamp of Schmazzeroth

  15. on 10 Jun 2008 at 12:31 amLincoln Beck

    Great news! Congratulations and very best wishes for the future :)

  16. on 10 Jun 2008 at 10:16 amTony

    Congratulations to you both! I hope get to enjoy the next few weeks with the new family member!

  17. on 11 Jun 2008 at 8:43 amDoubledown Tandino

    On our ongoing guest comment posts while Ben is away and Doubledown runs a muck…

    I will discuss the current court case vs Dr. Seuss

    Aparently Dr. Seuss owns the rights to “there” “where” “who” and several other locations.

    more info to come soon.

  18. on 12 Jun 2008 at 11:04 amLuke

    Congrats! As for automating the changing – if you’d like I can take a look at Charlotte’s LSL script and make some tweaks. It may be as easy as changing “integer gDoesPoop = true;” to false. Enjoy!

  19. on 12 Jun 2008 at 6:53 pmPeter S. Jenkins

    Congrats Ben – great name!

  20. on 12 Jun 2008 at 9:03 pmDoubledown Tandino

    I am sooo curious to know if post #18 was actual LSL code or just being funny?

  21. on 14 Jun 2008 at 8:19 amRoland

    Congratulations!!! All the best wishes, enjoy these moments!

  22. on 20 Jun 2008 at 12:59 amMagdalena Kamenev

    Congratulations and felicitations to the 3 of you. :>

  23. on 27 Jun 2008 at 2:30 pmChadddd Taylor

    Ben, congrats. That’s great news, but please get back to preparing more slides for Bao.

  24. on 27 Jun 2008 at 3:27 pmBenjamin Duranske

    @23 – That is possibly the funniest thing ever left in the comments — particularly since not a single reader except me will understand it.

  25. on 27 Jun 2008 at 3:47 pmVince Kovalick

    What do you mean no one will understand it? I kind of understand it, a little.

  26. on 27 Jun 2008 at 3:49 pmDC Sausage Vendor

    I understand it, too

  27. on 27 Jun 2008 at 3:50 pmBenjamin Duranske

    For the record, @23 & 25 are from a couple of jokers I used to work with, and not from who they appear to be from. 26, of course, is straightforward. Somewhat amazingly, I actually miss these guys.

  28. on 28 Jun 2008 at 10:43 amDan Rosenthal


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