April 3, 2006

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Or CHMOD My Wife, Please...

It's Monday. If you're anything like me, you had a great weekend but you're feeling pretty bleh about this whole Monday thing. I know what you need - something funny and achingly cute. Here you go.

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Wait, typing that out, it didn't sound nearly as cute as I remembered. Oh hell, you better just watch my heartfelt reading from O'Reilly's Learning the UNIX Operating System for yourself.

Posted by Chris at April 3, 2006 7:30 AM

Holy shit, dude...hilarious, and REALLY cute. She's got a great future in IT...

Posted by: CroutonBoy at April 3, 2006 12:13 AM

ROFL! How cuuuute!

My husband is having me send this link to his geeky friends now.

See? I'm doing my part in spreading the Mia Fan Club empire!

Posted by: Oakley at April 3, 2006 12:25 AM

Oh. My.

My first thought: ohmygod, why would her put her through the torture of listening to such boring stuff!

My second thought: ohmygod, she actually likes it!

My third thought: yeah, she obviously has NO idea what he's saying.

My fourth thought: I wonder if he's making stupid faces.

Posted by: Emily at April 3, 2006 7:38 AM

How adorable is that?! What a way to start a Monday morning. Thanks Chris and Mia :-)

Posted by: JuJu's Mom at April 3, 2006 7:41 AM

Like Tom Selleck so wisely said in Three Men and a Baby, it's not WHAT you're reading that matters. It's the tone in which you read that counts. I bet NO ONE ever has had that much fun while reading an O'Reailly book. Not even O'Reilly himself and he's raking in the bucks.

She's darling and precious and every other word for beautiful. But this you already know.

Posted by: pea at April 3, 2006 7:42 AM

Oh, so cute! What a great laugh.

By the way, those videos, DVDs and such on the shelf behind her? Those'll be gone soon!

Posted by: Kris at April 3, 2006 8:26 AM

You sort of sound like piglet in this one.
But she thinks you're a gas!

Boy I wish you were around for my SCO CUSA cramming days

Posted by: Pamalamadingdong at April 3, 2006 8:28 AM

OMG the cuteness! This makes the whole time change seem meaningless. Her laugh is infectious. And I mean that in the NOT creepy way.

Posted by: Wicked H at April 3, 2006 8:33 AM

Its rainy and grey here in Michigan...brrr...cold. Mia brings the sunshine and warmth! Thank you for a Mia Monday!

Posted by: kristen at April 3, 2006 8:47 AM

The. cuteness. is. too. much.
Can't. handle. this. much. cute.
(Not really... you're funny and I want to eat her with a spoon!)
(But not in a cannibalistic way.)

Posted by: mooalex at April 3, 2006 8:51 AM

Thanks, I really needed that this morning! Mia is just too cute for words.

Posted by: Beth in StL at April 3, 2006 9:00 AM

at one point, she gets this look on her face that says "daddy, i have no idea what you're saying, but you're expecting me to laugh, so i will..."

excellent - you've already got her socialized to laugh at uncomfortable situations ;)

Posted by: suze at April 3, 2006 9:01 AM

She is so cute. Every time I try to read my computer books, I fall asleep which may explain why I still don't know what I'm doing here. Good thing I already knew how to type.

Posted by: ann adams at April 3, 2006 9:15 AM

O.M.G. the cuteness. the laugh. you're making my ovaries ache.

Posted by: monique at April 3, 2006 9:26 AM

Holy CRAP, she's too cute. I have so much to look forward to with Shepherd....

Posted by: Corinne at April 3, 2006 9:28 AM

It's a great skill to see humor in everything...especially dry technical writing instructions. What a cutie!

Posted by: wordgirl at April 3, 2006 9:29 AM

Awww - that is simply adorable! Mia is such a happy little girl :smile:

Posted by: Marie at April 3, 2006 9:37 AM

Aw, listen to that laugh! Not to gush, but HOW CUTE.

Posted by: Spring at April 3, 2006 9:50 AM

I had no idea UNIX could be so funny! :)

Posted by: Julie at April 3, 2006 9:58 AM

This was AMAZING!!! you just made my morning.

Posted by: Ava at April 3, 2006 10:23 AM

Gosh, she is so adorable. SO bright-eyed and alert too! Kids: what they lack in disposable income, they make up for in giggles.

Posted by: Sheryl at April 3, 2006 10:32 AM

Oh MAN! So. cute. But I do want to know what kind of faces you (or Beth) were pulling.

Posted by: Alison at April 3, 2006 10:43 AM

That's too adorable!!

Posted by: goofy girl at April 3, 2006 10:53 AM

Awww, she's adorable!! And: you just gave me a great idea to entertain Tim and still do my homework!!

Posted by: Sweety at April 3, 2006 11:02 AM

I know that she is the daughter of two savvy computer geeks, uh, I mean...technological marvels, but REALLY! Are you wearing a funny clown nose or something?!? Ahh...it's all in the tone, eh?

Posted by: angela marie at April 3, 2006 11:05 AM

I think I am in love.

Posted by: Brenda at April 3, 2006 11:06 AM

Madeline cried when the clip was over!

Posted by: JuJuBee at April 3, 2006 11:10 AM

And that is why UNIX is better than MSWin. Amen.

Posted by: Pammer at April 3, 2006 11:11 AM

Oh, you're bringing her up Nerdy; wonderful choice. You DO of course know that this will come to backfire on you when she brings home her first pimply bespectacled date.

Posted by: Gavin at April 3, 2006 11:12 AM

That was so great that my little 20 month old toddled to the computer and watched too! I think she wants to be friends with Mia.

Posted by: Krista at April 3, 2006 11:32 AM

I'm going to have to wait till I get home to see this.


Posted by: candace at April 3, 2006 11:47 AM

Please, oh please, read me my stats book!
That was tooo cute--especially, the "is the camera still on" glance.

Posted by: Jaycie at April 3, 2006 11:47 AM

Heh, heh. This cracks me up (to the point that my $4 Starbucks coffee almost squirted out my nose). But hey-- ingrain this shit in her head now. You never know what kind of genius it can bring on later in life. Well geek genius anyway... and it could be worse. :-)

Posted by: Bethany at April 3, 2006 11:59 AM

Stop it!! You are killing me with the cuteness. Mia is so obviously smitten! I love it. For more giggles, you should read her the tax code.

Great start to my Monday, dude! You rock.

Posted by: Ms. Q at April 3, 2006 12:03 PM

never before has UNIX been SOOOO entertaining... hot damn she's cute, chris!

Posted by: brianna at April 3, 2006 12:09 PM

You should do books on tape.

Posted by: wendy at April 3, 2006 12:22 PM

That is great! I know they laugh at just about anything at this age! I loved that. I have to watch it again now. Bye. LOL

Posted by: Sabrina at April 3, 2006 12:23 PM

Ok, how do you ever manage to get any kind of work done with that kind of cuteness around??

Posted by: Traci at April 3, 2006 1:07 PM

lol, awwww! you have to save that video for her to watch when she's older.

Posted by: Denise at April 3, 2006 1:28 PM

That was the cutest thing EVER! Thanks for making my really bad Monday into a not-all-that-bad Monday. I sure miss baby laughs. I think I'm going to have to have another one.

Posted by: Mary at April 3, 2006 1:31 PM

Maybe it was the way you read it that was so funny. Just a guess. So freaking cute. I love baby giggles. Does she do that every time you talk?

Posted by: Melissa at April 3, 2006 1:55 PM

oh, God, that was so damn funny. You need to send that to the writers of that manual.

Posted by: jen at April 3, 2006 2:23 PM

Who knew computer books could be so much fun? Brilliant!

Posted by: Katherine at April 3, 2006 3:27 PM

awww... that's pretty dang cute. I'm going to go watch it again.

Posted by: jodi at April 3, 2006 4:12 PM

So adorable. And amusing to hear your voice in a very different tone than we usually do! She's just...*sigh* I want a baby.

Posted by: Heather at April 3, 2006 4:21 PM

Oh my God, I love it...cute...hilarious...what more can one ask for on a Monday? Just great.

Posted by: Catharina at April 3, 2006 4:25 PM

she is so going to be able to hack your computer to bits. Cause if the UNIX information you are imprinting in her brain doesnt do it... those giggles sure as hell will :)

Posted by: stinkerbell at April 3, 2006 5:01 PM

Too. Damn. Cute.

(And it had to be the tone of voice and the silly/animated faces you were making... because the text itself could put ANYONE to sleep!)

Posted by: ironic1 at April 3, 2006 5:13 PM

POP! There goes an overy foolishly throwing an egg down the tubes. So cute it almost makes me reconsider the whole "uterus closed for business" rule.

Posted by: Elaine at April 3, 2006 5:16 PM

Oh dear Lord in Heaven! That baby is adorable!!! And how cute are you reading your Unix book thingy? So adorable!

Posted by: Doula Amy at April 3, 2006 5:30 PM

Holy crap! She's freaking adorable!

You, on the other hand? Might possibly put me to sleep with that junk.

Posted by: Queen of Ass at April 3, 2006 5:38 PM

There is no more beautiful sound in the world than a baby laughing. God, I miss that sound in my house.

Posted by: Jodi at April 3, 2006 5:41 PM

Omg, that is the cutest thing EVER!

Just goes to show it's not what you say, but how you say it. Of course, it also helps if your audience doesn't technically understand English yet. :)

Posted by: Kestrel at April 3, 2006 6:02 PM

Absolutely darling. Totally reminded me of Three Men And A Baby, but Mia's response was way more adorable than the lump of prop than Tom Selleck was reading to.

Posted by: Vaguely Urban at April 3, 2006 6:04 PM

rcp?!? I can't believe you would be teaching an insecure command at such a young age. What's next? FTP? Telnet? Jeesh...

Posted by: Dan F. at April 3, 2006 6:19 PM

That has got to be THE funniest thing!!!

Mia seems like such a happy baby! And Adorable!

Posted by: Amy at April 3, 2006 6:39 PM

I went to And The Fish Said for my Mia Monday fix and was sent here! That is one of the sweetest children I have ever seen! Thanks for my Monday Mia fix!

Posted by: Maribeth at April 3, 2006 7:56 PM

That is too frickin' cute for words.

A genius in the making, for sure!!

Posted by: carrster at April 3, 2006 8:29 PM

What fun! She is a doll.
I remember my girls laughing like that.

Posted by: Jenn at April 3, 2006 8:35 PM

She's adorable!

Posted by: Jazzy at April 3, 2006 9:04 PM

Man, I'm SO glad I remembered to play this when I got home. She is so unbelievably cute.

Posted by: Polichick at April 3, 2006 9:57 PM

Well, that was just cute. Of course, you sounded like Barney on drugs, but that kid's laugh made me laugh with her.

Posted by: Contary at April 3, 2006 11:05 PM

Oh man that is so freakin' funny!! I'm glad she thought it was funny, I kinda blocked you out after the first little bit. HAHA

Posted by: Mary Jo at April 4, 2006 12:50 AM

yeah it's 10:21 pm in my state and yes, i seriously? am back here watching the cute baby unix-ness AGAIN.

(hot damn she's cute. and that laugh!)

Posted by: brianna at April 4, 2006 1:20 AM

That was adorable. I have never seen anyone so entertained while listening to one of those books.

And, has anyone ever told you that you sound a lot like Matthew Broderick?

Posted by: Nicole at April 4, 2006 6:56 AM

Wonderful. Thanks so much.

Posted by: cassie-b at April 4, 2006 8:45 AM

OMG - That much cuteness should be made illegal!
Mia has me hooked. She is such a sweety!

You are a very lucky man Chris!

Posted by: Nynke at April 4, 2006 9:22 AM

Awwwwwww... LOL
Well that just made my day!
It made me laugh and giggle....

Thanks for that Chris!

She's so darn CUTE!

Posted by: Bonita in Pink at April 4, 2006 9:37 AM

Eireann showed me this last night and I loved it! Then I got to work today and started having a mini-freak out and decided I needed to come watch it again. Even with the sound almost all the way down (I share office space), it made me giggle. She's the cutest thing ever. It isn't even fair.

My ovaries ache. :D

Posted by: Rhonda at April 4, 2006 12:26 PM

ahhh her laugh is the best!

Posted by: betty at April 4, 2006 12:45 PM

How will you ever say no to anything that child wants-- TOO DAMN CUTEEEEEEE

Posted by: 2faced at April 4, 2006 2:05 PM

I think my son, age 9.5 months, is smitten. As soon as he heard Mia's voice he stopped trying to grab my mouse and was rapt with attention. He leaned up off my lap and over my keyboard in attempt to get closer to her. He asked me to give you this note for her:

Dear Mia,

I like you. Do you like me? Check yes or no.


PS: Rest assured, I am very cute and I crawl faster than all the other baby boys!

Posted by: Izzy at April 4, 2006 2:37 PM

Ouch, ouchouch, my ovaries, they're throbbing again. And maybe my uterus too, I can't tell. That was the best thing i've seen in a....month, yes definitly a month!!

Posted by: Bethany at April 4, 2006 6:30 PM

LOL oh my gosh, she is absolutely breathtakingly SWEET!!!!!!!!!! love her! you rock too dad!

Posted by: Tricia at April 4, 2006 7:28 PM

Ok, I'm really late on this, but getting caught up on blogs. That is so freakin cute....who knew babies didn't need their own books?

Posted by: Dana at April 4, 2006 10:06 PM

She is now going to have to marry a nerd. Just like dear old dad.

Don't worry. Said marriage is 50 years from now, or whenever they invent flying cars, whichever comes later!

Posted by: alektra at April 5, 2006 2:59 AM

One word. AWW. :)

Posted by: Stephanie at April 5, 2006 5:23 PM

That is awesomely cute.

Posted by: liz at April 6, 2006 6:38 PM

That was so damn cute! :o)

Posted by: Milly at April 6, 2006 7:01 PM

Congratulations! My 7 year old says you do a wicked awesome impersonation of Chucky's dad from The Rugrats!

Posted by: kristie at April 7, 2006 7:01 PM


The cuteness...it overwhelms me.

I remember reading to Maddy like that, only usually from the newspaper.

Thanks for the middle of the night smile...I needed it.

Posted by: kim at April 8, 2006 3:52 AM

I love her. That is so darn cute.

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