Saturday, October 27, 2007

Baby is Born

Kenji Alphonse Rawlins was born on October 25th 2007 at 15:55 PDT at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland Washington. Kenji weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Mom and Baby are doing well.

Friday, October 12, 2007

What's in a name, a nose by anyother name could still smell

So why Kenji Alphonse Rawlins?

Rawlins is easy: It is our last name.

Kenji Alphonse, because we liked it.

Kenji is Japanese in origin, and has a variety of meanings depending on the Kanji used to represent it. The -ji was in the past used often for the second son, -ji being one of the alternate readings of the kanji meaning two. Ken- and -ji can be any number of things. Below are some examples. Please note that you must have unicode support to view these. Macs should come with that support, Windows machines will need the asian language support files installed, and Linux will depend on the distribution.

So here are the various Japanese readings:

Katakana: ケンジ
Hiragana: けんじ
Kanji: a few variations that are known to be used as name Kanji
 健二: ken-strength or persistence -ji two (film director, actor)
賢二: ken- clever or wise -ji two (popular Seiyu)
 賢治: ken- clever or wise -ji an era (known composer, poet)
健児: ken-strength or persistence -ji newborn (another Seiyu)
憲次: ken- law -ji next (known composer)
Other Combinations, not known to be used in names, but with correct readings. These would need to be viewed by someone fluent in Japanese and with a good knowledge of name kanji and possible connotations.

We picked this one, and you can see it on the top of baby site


Blogging a new baby

Chinese Ink
Originally uploaded by Nathanael.Archer

So now you have it. I can post pictures fairly easily if it is one picture per post. This is a cool picture of ink sticks. Because we are doing something unusual and giving our white child an asian name, I figured this would be appropriate.

This blog is to detail the silliness of two fans and their work to raise a child. Heidi and I were married two years ago and now are going to have a child. So how do two star wars, anime, & manga fans raise a child and try to "settle down"? We don't know either.

So this will detail everything from baby's first cosplay and baby's first con all the way to how do you decorate so family and friends don't think you are living like a teenager. (Lets face it, most anime wallscrolls are not living room material)

In my next post I will re-post what is on the baby website about why we went with the name and how to spell it in romanji, katakana, and kanji. (hopefully the japanese characters will show up correctly)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Starting Up

Just a sec while I get this going. Hopefully this will be more successful than previous attempts at blogs. I will soon be moving most blog like things to blogger.