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April 02, 2009


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Posted by: Viewhunter at Apr 2, 2009 4:44:19 AM

Thank you!

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 2, 2009 4:49:14 AM

congrats my friend!!!
I'm very happy for you

not sure you'll have too much time to blog ;)

Posted by: alban at Apr 2, 2009 5:20:03 AM

It took only a second to parse this, and another second to verify that hearty congratulations are indeed in order!

Posted by: Glass at Apr 2, 2009 5:51:28 AM

I've resisted it for most of the first 56 years of my life...

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 2, 2009 6:00:13 AM

I kept waiting for the rest of the post...then it dawned on me... Well done you sly devil you ;-) I'm very happy for both of you. Congratulations. Now the fun REALLY begins. :-)

Posted by: Cam McCubbin at Apr 2, 2009 7:54:15 AM

Great news. Start stockpiling sleep now.

Posted by: vanderleun at Apr 2, 2009 9:52:51 AM

Looks like you're off to a great start! Congrats!

Posted by: Fred Schechter at Apr 2, 2009 10:03:59 AM


Posted by: Tarik at Apr 2, 2009 10:06:52 AM

Congratulations! Welcome to the greatest adventure of your life!

Posted by: michelle at Apr 2, 2009 10:09:39 AM

Mazel TOV!!!!!

Posted by: AidelMaidel at Apr 2, 2009 10:10:49 AM

Felicitations to both you and the missus!

While stockpiling sleep be sure to stay fit, there's stuff you'll want to do with them when they're teenagers.

Posted by: Quantumfog at Apr 2, 2009 10:22:53 AM

Breeding a DWARF!

Gone ahead an went n reproduced yowself, Hmmmm

Nostrovia Friend!

Posted by: Paul in Prep at Apr 2, 2009 11:21:07 AM

YES! Nice One!!

Posted by: Tony at Apr 2, 2009 11:52:55 AM

Mazel Tov!

Posted by: heidster at Apr 2, 2009 12:16:48 PM

Oh how lovely! So good to see such happy news. We know you have been so fond of your sister's kids and now one of your very own. Beautiful.

Posted by: Julie at Apr 2, 2009 1:40:12 PM

Yep, it changes everything, and mostly for the better. Also, remember that one in four are born Chinese...

Posted by: Bunk Strutts at Apr 2, 2009 2:13:10 PM

This one will be 1/2 Chinese & 1/2 Israeli with dual American & Danish citizenship...

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 2, 2009 2:26:06 PM

Congratulations Hanan!
I had mine when I was young (20). Sometime I wish I'd waited until I was smarter. NAH! They're great at any age! Good luck!

Posted by: Jon at Apr 2, 2009 3:07:21 PM

Haven't visited growabrain for quite some time... so it's lovely to read this, HL! Happiness certainly ensues.

Posted by: Jengiz at Apr 2, 2009 3:43:09 PM

Congrats indeed!

Posted by: Grizz Fo Shizz at Apr 2, 2009 5:24:18 PM

congratulations!!!!!! CHEERS to a happy and healthy pregnancy!
this blog is my absolute favorite thing on the internet. thank you for all the e-Enjoyment in the last year!!

again, congratulations!

Posted by: Andrea at Apr 2, 2009 6:19:01 PM

Why do people congratulate women who are pregnant?
Is the world lacking in humans? Last I checked there is 2 humans born every second. Not quite the so called "miracle".
I would prefer to congratulate any one who chooses to get a vasectomy, or have their tubes tied. That is worth a celebration and a true contribution to save the environment.

In majority woman who choose to reproduce can be reduced to a selfish desire to feel self-worth and influenced by peer pressure from other women and family. Cheap labor for the third world.

Posted by: JJ at Apr 2, 2009 7:45:22 PM

You're right... I think your mother should have had her tubes tied. What a tasteless comment to make at a happy time of someone's life.

Posted by: Cam McCubbin at Apr 2, 2009 8:53:30 PM

There's always one bitter bitch in the bunch. Congratulations on your little blessing.

Posted by: Arlene at Apr 2, 2009 9:40:49 PM

Talk about "growing a brain"!!!


Posted by: DB at Apr 2, 2009 10:21:41 PM

Absolutely fantastic news!!!! This made my day.

Posted by: Barb at Apr 2, 2009 10:26:55 PM

Mazel Tov, Hanan and Bing. It will be a 2010 model. If you need a sitter let us know.

Posted by: realcocos at Apr 2, 2009 11:07:40 PM

Thank you, Mike. we will take you up on your offer.

Posted by: Bing at Apr 2, 2009 11:18:44 PM

so, this bring up an interesting perspective; Instead of shutting down the blog as I was going to do now, I can simply continue the conversation inside this comment section, so only the people who might be interested in whatever going to transpire, will follow it here.

So actually, the blog will change into a "comment blog"... mmmm...

I have to think it through more....

See below for what I mean -

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 2, 2009 11:31:44 PM

B'sha-ah Tova

Posted by: Jeff at Apr 3, 2009 3:03:04 AM

Congrats!!! Now you guys are actually growing a brain!

Posted by: Jay Moretti at Apr 3, 2009 9:50:07 AM

First, Congratulations!

As for the sourpuss poopypants poster, well, it takes all kinds to make a world. Bitterness makes sweetness even sweeter.

Posted by: Terrence N. Philip at Apr 3, 2009 10:59:15 AM

Does this mean you are going to change the name of the blog?

Posted by: Bill at Apr 3, 2009 11:22:31 AM

Irregardless of ol' sour puss above, my Uncle is a pediatrician, and he never gets tired of the miracle of life. That's what he says it is - a 'miracle' every time. I think you'll be a great Dad, Hanan. Congratulations.

Posted by: Michelle at Apr 3, 2009 12:13:05 PM

Congrats! Enjoy!

Posted by: John Sanders at Apr 3, 2009 1:12:16 PM


Posted by: Tom McMahon at Apr 3, 2009 3:09:46 PM

Great news! Congratulations to you and your woman. Let the journey begin! E.

Posted by: E. at Apr 3, 2009 4:26:41 PM


you're quite literally (or is it figuratively 'growing a brain' now! :)

Posted by: kunal Ashok at Apr 3, 2009 11:44:29 PM

Here I go ^ ^

The economic crisis as seen in store fronts from the streets of Paris


A gallery of unusual No Smoking signs


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 4, 2009 4:05:15 AM

Giraffes on Horseback Salads


A movie script by Salvador Dali


Goat shoulders & necks

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 4, 2009 4:07:35 AM

Guns & bikinis


This video is much better quality than this still suggests. There again if you are not a fan of bikinis and automatic weapons you won't mind.

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 4, 2009 4:10:04 AM

Timothy Leary meets Cheech & Chong & Peewee Herman


10 different types of pot dealers


Wearable Gardening Stool


Addiction is -


From David Golding - http://pah2.golding.id.au/2009/03/13/my-favourite-post/

Stoner cinema


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 4, 2009 4:14:21 AM


Lawrence Sanger was the co-founder of Wikipedia, together with Jimmy Wales. Above he’s playing The Piper on Horseback on the violin


Wikipedian Protester: “Citation needed”




Posted by: Hanan at Apr 4, 2009 4:36:47 AM

I will add my congratulations. I gave birth about 9 weeks ago and it's pretty much the best thing I've ever done. Not the birth, that wasn't so pleasant, but the resulting daughter. Even though almost anyone can do it, her existence is somewhat surreal. Have fun.

Posted by: The Sallow Thing at Apr 4, 2009 9:28:31 AM

You could arrange to have the birth take place here in New Zealand, and have both a baby and a citizen. Congratulations, Hanan and be prepared for the best of your years, with your new child.

Posted by: Benoit at Apr 4, 2009 11:37:52 AM

Hi Benoit,

Long time... Wasn't it 3 years now since we had that delicious Mövenpick ice cream at the beach there (forgot the name)...

Photos here - http://growabrain.typepad.com/photos/nz_dec_06/index.html

and http://growabrain.typepad.com/photos/south_island/ there (I named the album 'December 2006' by mistake, should have been 2005)...

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 4, 2009 5:28:56 PM

Quelle bonne nouvelle!
Toutes mes félicitations et soyez heureux!

Posted by: Marie-Cécile at Apr 4, 2009 7:49:02 PM

Je vous remercie tellement, Marie-Cécile

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 4, 2009 7:52:06 PM


Tasting Rachael Ray


Greats of Russian literature rendered in gingerbread


^ Edible Architecture ^


12 of the Most Expensive Foods and Drinks

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 5, 2009 2:45:25 AM

Woot!! Us too! Beginning indeed, soon to be: what the hell was all of that behind this?!

Posted by: hypersloth at Apr 5, 2009 3:06:56 AM

(by us, I mean my girlfriend - I still don't get the "we" in pregnant, but) if I've read correctly there's a 50% chance either yours or mine will be born Asian. Crazy modern times, eh?

Posted by: hypersloth at Apr 5, 2009 3:13:42 AM

well well well hypersloth - congratulations are in order to you too!

What's two more? Why not?


It's not that they are going to be born ugly, right?

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 5, 2009 7:57:08 AM


Vizeddit - visualizes a stream of votes and comments from the Reddit. Colored bars represent articles that rearrange, grow or shrink over time, based on user voting

Ball pool - Start by shaking the browser, then create new balls (click on empty space), move some others (drag) and reset the screen (double click)

This is the way you speak with God

The most WTF image

"Trust in God but tie your camel"

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 5, 2009 5:49:18 PM

Dear Hanan, I'm thrilled for you both. Wishing you a safe and healthy pregnancy. Marilyn

Posted by: Marilyn Terrell at Apr 5, 2009 8:05:37 PM

Oh jeez, I'm late. No pun intended. Congratulations to both of you! What a wonderful smile in that pic. Hanan, I hope you stay good and healthy, because you have to stick around for a lot more years. Being an older parent is not as easy as it should be, but it's an adventure you won't regret.

Posted by: Miss Cellania at Apr 6, 2009 9:55:58 AM

So, THIS is what you were doing when this site was down about, oh, 9 months ago??

I see.

Posted by: Moon at Apr 6, 2009 11:48:32 AM

Congratulations, Hanan! Having a kid was one of the real joys of my life (so far - I'm only 3 years in to the whole parenting gig). You have lots of happy memories in front of you.

Posted by: Jonathan at Apr 6, 2009 2:00:31 PM

Congrats to the two of you.

Posted by: Jo-Ann Burton at Apr 6, 2009 5:51:44 PM

Someone Jack my comments?? WTF?

Posted by: "Quantumfog"at Apr 2, 2009 10:22:53 AM ??
was orig pubbed by moi- "Paul in Prep" Who da wht Da where da???? Not that it makes a diff in the whole scheme of things; but damm---

Still Grow A Brain ---- Best of Wishes an Such to your Wee One An You 2 ---
Paul In Prep

Posted by: Paul in Prep at Apr 6, 2009 6:10:47 PM

Thank you Miss!!

Now everybody will know about it.......

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 6, 2009 8:10:16 PM

The ice block expedition of 1959 (Norwegian: isblokkekspedisjonen) was a publicity stunt carried out by the Norwegian insulation material producer Glassvatt (today called Glava AS). Responding to a challenge from the radio station Radio Luxembourg, Glassvatt decided to equip a truck to bring a three-ton block of ice from Mo i Rana by the Arctic Circle, to Libreville by the Equator. There was no form of refrigeration applied, and the expedition was intended to display the efficiency of the insulating glass wool used. The truck also brought 300 kg of medicines to the hospital of Albert Schweitzer in Lambaréné



Posted by: Hanan at Apr 7, 2009 5:00:37 AM

Congrats Man!!!!!!

Posted by: earl at Apr 7, 2009 6:02:10 AM

As a long time reader and big fan of your blog, I'd like to pass on my congratulations to you both! I hope you still have time to blog ;).
Best of luck!

Posted by: marc LeBlanc at Apr 7, 2009 10:08:09 AM

congratulations!! you both will be fine parents :´)

: D

Posted by: triciclo at Apr 7, 2009 2:23:52 PM

House for rent

A little house for rent on the Greek island Paros.
It is called la sussurata, (that which one murmurs about)
Click on one of the flags for cost & rental information
It is owned & available through artist Cynthia Korzekwa (Of the delightful blog Art for Housewives)

Also: Art in public

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Bulgarian "Squat Shops"

London's abandoned Underground Stations on Google Street View

‘Old New York’ at ‘Charlie Parker Gunslinger’

Another trip to Chernobyl in pictures: Drive to Chernobyl with passing "Dytyatky" (on the border of the 30-km "Zone of Estrangement"). Arrival to Chernobyl. Meeting with the leadership of "Chernobylinterinform" Agency…

St. Louis Walk of Fame

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The world's biggest hotel suite is part of the Grand Hills Hotel and Spa in the mountain village of Broumana between the ocean and downtown Beirut. The Royal Residence has six floors and private swimming pools. Guiness World Records declared it - at just under 44,500 square feet - the largest hotel suite in the world. It was finished last year
(^ Re-sizes the browser)

“I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 7, 2009 9:32:19 PM

How to make spinach and sardine cupcakes

Chocolate Covered Squid

Pierre Hermé overload

Colorful Cake Art, a collection of impressive designer cakes

How To Make Cake Pops

Chocolate Mail

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 7, 2009 9:45:54 PM

Enrique De Fazio & Guillermo De Fazio dancing the Tango

Nice profile in Torontoist of the guy who does the hand-lettered signs for Honest Ed's
From Endless Parade of Excellence

Is this the worst job in the world?

Barcode tattoos


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 7, 2009 9:50:50 PM


Downtown Train

I like my town with a little drop of poison
Nobody knows they're lining up to go insane
I'm all alone, I smoke my friends down to the filter
But I feel much cleaner after it rains

Posted by: Hanan L at Apr 7, 2009 9:54:48 PM

“Hey, is this heaven?”

“No. It’s Iowa.”


Posted by: Hanan Levin at Apr 8, 2009 1:52:16 AM

I am delighted for you, our family just added a new baby two weeks ago and it's WONDERFUL! Mazel Tov!

Posted by: whatifound at Apr 8, 2009 6:49:47 AM

Hanan, you could consider a NZ birth and claim NZ citizenship as well. Congratulations and enjoy one of the best experiences life offers.

Posted by: Benoit at Apr 8, 2009 10:49:48 AM

So Long, My Boy

Nicholas Andrew Butcher died tonight. He was my son and I loved him, he was a good kid who lost his way. He lost his way enough that tonight in the county jail he took his life. At 3:00 AM the police knocked on our door and brought us the news. Two distressed cops and a chaplin came to my door to tell me that our son had committed suicide. It wasn't a long conversation, there was no need for them to have to watch my wife fall apart and there was nothing anyone could do to comfort her and my grief was bone deep enough that an outsider was no more than an annoyance.


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 9, 2009 5:54:42 PM

Where Google Street View cars aren't allowed, they uses tricycles


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 9, 2009 11:04:02 PM

that's a very good begining. success with it!

Posted by: danijela at Apr 10, 2009 12:28:58 AM


Posted by: Max Birrax at Apr 10, 2009 12:38:57 PM

So much happiness and so much love! Blessings to you three....

Posted by: Jenny at Apr 11, 2009 7:46:51 PM

Amish Barn Raising


10 hours compressed into about 1 minute

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"Ten Items or Fewer" at Trader Joe’s


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 11, 2009 9:55:45 PM


Charles Manson dancing


Celebrities Riding Invisible Bicycles


Vern Fonk Insurance Wishes You Merry Christmas


Can YOU Explain This Image?


The unknown Brezhnev

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 11, 2009 9:58:47 PM

Why did Michael fail where Vito succeeded?

I'm rewatching the Godfather series on Blu-Ray, and one nagging question occurs to me: what's different about Michael that causes his life as Godfather to be ultimately empty, insofar as his pursuit of power to protect and enrich his family destroys that family in the end?


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 11, 2009 10:17:33 PM

JJ, congratulations on being a bitter, lonely, and miserable misanthropic recluse for the rest of your life! What a blessed event!

Posted by: Two Worlds at Apr 12, 2009 3:24:17 PM

Congratulations Hanan! I wish your new found family the best.

Posted by: Chad at Apr 13, 2009 6:19:17 AM

JJ has spoken like a true disheveled and potentially suicidal lesbian.
Get help JJ. But in the meantime keep your horrible convictions to yourself. Last time I checked the world is still a beautiful place for everyone including children.

Posted by: Chad at Apr 13, 2009 6:33:15 AM

Ignore the snarky troll! Congratulations, mazel tov, and hold on tight because you're on the roller coaster now!

Posted by: hazelbroom at Apr 13, 2009 12:29:53 PM

Congratulations! I have three myself. Well, my wife was in on it too. Still is, actually.

On a selfish note, is there any way you could not pay so much attention to your new life path that you stop maintaining one of the hands-down greatest reasons ever to log on?

Posted by: Tim at Apr 13, 2009 5:56:43 PM

Three days prior to his assassination, Abraham Lincoln related a dream he had to his wife and a few friends. According to Ward Hill Lamon, one of the friends who was present for the conversation, the president said: "About ten days ago, I retired very late. I had been up waiting for important dispatches from the front. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible. I went from room to room; no living person was in sight, but the same mournful sounds of distress met me as I passed along. I saw light in all the rooms; every object was familiar to me; but where were all the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break? I was puzzled and alarmed. What could be the meaning of all this? Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. 'Who is dead in the White House?' I demanded of one of the soldiers, 'The President,' was his answer; 'he was killed by an assassin.' Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke me from my dream. I slept no more that night; and although it was only a dream, I have been strangely annoyed by it ever since."


Abraham Lincoln's teeth


In Love With A. Lincoln


In Lincoln's Watch, A Mystery Revealed


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 14, 2009 8:20:20 AM

Pince-Nez Renaissance


From GGTH - http://ggth.typepad.com/media/

Gaping hole halloween costume


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 14, 2009 8:24:38 AM

.......and now GROWABABY...Congrats!

Posted by: Patrick from

Growababy.... CUTE!

Posted by: Hanan at Apr 14, 2009 11:24:38 AM

congrats on your own lil baby-grow-a-brain!!!!

Posted by: jane at Apr 14, 2009 11:44:57 AM


Posted by: mike at Apr 14, 2009 11:50:32 AM

congrats, and save that tester thingy from the photo. Ours got lost, and even though hes five plus years old now, and plenty of miscellaneous keepsakes are all over the place, I always regretted no saving the pregnancy tester that told us he was on the way.

Posted by: dave at Apr 14, 2009 3:23:11 PM


Posted by: Laurie at Apr 15, 2009 7:03:11 PM

Somewhere beyond the sea
somewhere waiting for me
my lover stands on golden sands
and watches the ships that go sailin


The Dead Live On


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 15, 2009 10:32:04 PM

The Chesa Futura apartment building in St. Moritz, Switzerland, has a curved, shingled façade


The Brooklyn Superhero Supply store in Park Slope, Brooklyn


5 Pointz in Queens


Self-portraits taken inside the bathrooms of museums


Jane Fonda's blog


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 16, 2009 7:59:24 AM

My Top 5 Beatles (Week Ending 2009-4-12)

1. George
2. John
3. Paul
4. Ringo
5. Pete Best


Beatle juice by designer Marc Valega


Yoko Ono: A Feminist Analysis


Yoko Ono's flickr page has a ton of gems, some of which combine illustrations from the John Lennon Anthology with first-hand accounts of their relationship by Yoko: Introduction, Ascot, New York City, The Lost Weekend, Dakota


People are Strange (Crazy Faces, Part 5)


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 17, 2009 5:40:39 AM

Frank Zappa - Before and After


When Legends Gather - Zappa & Michael Nesmith


For many years I have been a student and performer of the serpent, the ancient wind instrument invented in 1590 to accompany chant in the Roman Catholic Church


Douglas Yeo Trombone Web Site


Paulie Gee’s collection of pizzas on Flickr


especially this - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pauliegee/sets/72157603296443911/

Take me to the kittens


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 17, 2009 5:50:02 AM

Cry Me A River sung by Susan Boyle (1999)


Exceeding the Speed Limit at the California Alligator Farm

Diana Krall - Look Of Love


Ann Coulter's Jerry Falwell Obituary


Posted by: Hanan at Apr 17, 2009 10:59:57 PM

B'sha-ah Tova

Posted by: Jeff F at Apr 20, 2009 9:34:54 PM

You can't shut down the blog now....you need to be able to pass it down to your child...filled with all the things that are going in the world, year by year, till he/she is old enough to read it...I sure wish I had something like this in my world - I haven't even filled out a baby book for my guy. You could even shift the topic according to how the pregnancy is going etc...It's a lot of work, I know.

Posted by: Kate at Apr 23, 2009 7:38:03 AM