It’s my daughter’s birthday today. It’s been a better quarter century with her in the world and in my world especially.
Fifteen years ago I helped her set up a blog where she could write about her summer: SRM @ 110. Just a few years ago I helped her set up a home page on github: Sophie Reich-Michalik. And twelve years ago I wrote this advice to someone who is (more or less) 25 | Smart People I Know. Perhaps she can find some value with this too. I give her lots of advice. Some is even taken. 🙂
Happy birthday, Sophie! You’re the best! (I know, she always replies. :))
There are stages in parenthood when your children occupy all of your mental time, and when they do, you may find your mind is closed. If before parenthood you found yourself open to contemplate and examine ideas, after parenthood you may find that your ability to do that has shutdown. I found that for certain stages of the life of my child, all of my time was spent either focusing on their care or worrying about them. But then there were stages when they settled down and there was less to worry about and my mind freed up again.
If you are a parent and you find yourself wrapped up in the state of your child, you should believe that that will pass, and while you never stop thinking about them, you will find you think / worry about them less. This is a good thing.
Pley is a cool idea and much like Netflix is. You subscribe to the service, you get a new Lego kit. Once you build it and enjoy it for awhile, you send it back and they send you another one. Your kid always has new kits to build, and you avoid having their room fill up with Lego.
For more on this, check out: Cool Tools – Pley.
I am a big fan of the Raspberry Pi. And I think there is no better way to learn about computers and take your knowledge to a deeper level than building your own computer. The folks at Kano must agree, because they have put together this kit than combines the Pi with everything the owner needs to build a workable and very useful computer. Now you can buy all these things separately, but this kit saves you time and makes up for any lack of knowledge you might have in this area.
You will still need to have a display device to connect to it. Preferably this will be a HDMI device, though it is possible to hook it up to a non-HDMI device. (See here for details.)
For more on the Kano, go here: Kano – Make a Computer.
Now if you are going to watch a “beta” version of anything, this is the one to watch.
I think I will have a and watch them. 🙂
Go here for the videos
If you want to get a toy for a baby — and assuming this one isn’t coated in lead — I highly recommend this one that they currently are selling of at Toys “R” Us. It’s the Mozart Magic Cube and it:
inspires creativity and interactive play. Plays 8 Mozart compositions. Mozart Magic Cube teaches how sounds combine to form musical masterpieces. Add and subtract instruments at the touch of a button!
It’s alot of fun, regardless of whether or not you are 6 months or 600 months old. 🙂