The new baby

At approximately 3:30 this afternoon, all productive activity in our home came to a halt due to a delivery. Yes, after all the research and anticipation and waiting, the stork brought us a brand new baby, 11.8 inches long and weighing 2.3 pounds (1.06 kg).

It came in a very small shipping box.

external box

(Unboxing and comparison photos after the jump.)

The interior box was even smaller.

internal box

And inside that was the Great Wonder itself, the 11-inch MacBook Air, which turns out to be just about the same size as two DVD cases laid side by side.

DVD comparison

At its front edge, it’s quite a bit thinner than a DVD case. (The black-and-white item behind the laptop is the box it came in.)

front edge

The rear edge is almost exactly the same thickness as the DVD case.

back edge

It really is an engineering marvel. It’s absolutely solid, light as a cloud, exudes quality, and is noiseless while operating. (Pear for size comparison. We did have apples, but apples are so variable in size — they don’t make good comparators.)

laptop open

Here’s the collection: 24-inch iMac in back, 15-inch MacBook Pro on the bottom, 11-inch MacBook Air on top of it, and atop the Air is an iPod Touch.

size comparison

My wife is now huddled over her new baby, madly installing programs and customizing to her heart’s content. I confess to being just a little bit envious. However, I would like to point out that our cat prefers my 15-inch MacBook Pro to the new baby.

cat on laptop

I don’t think she’ll give her stamp of approval to that tiny little laptop. Not enough heat.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to The new baby

  1. Lies says:

    Love the cat!

    (oh, and btw, congratulations with the baby 😉 )

  2. chase cameron says:

    Congratulations to the wife and I envy all your Mac products. One day. My gf has a MacBook Pro and I sigh but won’t touch it. “No way am I going to inadvertently damage it and live. I want to keep our relationship going. I’ll just sigh wistfully from nearby.” She laughs.
    Your little workspace is nice and every view … you seem to have a nice home. I had a cat who looked just like that one. Is his/her meow as…raspy?

    Enjoy. You may not see the wife for a few days, find her collapsed over the computer like the cat over yours. 😉

    • oregon expat says:

      No. Actually we chose her breed specifically for its lack of voice. After 18 years with my beloved but extremely loud Siamese-ish cats — including one who had dementia in her old age and meowed constantly — I needed a quiet cat. Ours is a Chartreaux, a variant of the British Shorthair. They are known for having either very quiet meows, or none at all. Ours generally squeaks instead of meowing, except during the mysterious pre-dawn hours when all cats turn into something entirely different. At those times she cuts loose with the most amazing meows, wanting to know if anyone is awake to play with her. Though the answer never varies, she still asks the question on a regular basis. Hope springs eternal.

  3. JJ says:

    Congratulations on the new technology addition. (Wipes drool). I covet all Macs but especially the Macbook Air. Macs Rule!!!!!! I even made a t-shirt “ I am only dating U… For UR Macbook” . I work part-time as a barista in an internet café. We, the staff, all have a unique sense of humor, so I wear my shirt to work. Quite apropos. By the way nice tech set-up. (darn that drooling)….

  4. Karyn says:

    Lovely addition to the family! I enjoyed your kitty’s perspective on the new baby.

  5. Ana_ñ says:

    Congratulations to the proud parents!
    That is a non-primate, non-cute baby freaking cool! Enjoy!
    You really did a great post

  6. René says:

    “Green,” said the cuttlefish.

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