Tomorrow is Anti-Bullying Day in Canada as it should be everywhere, so get your pink on.
Father & Son Stuff
It’s obscene how much Lego we have. Ten years of buying for birthdays and Christmases, followed by hoarding then spending allowances, has left us with two huge boxes of pieces that were once star ships and castles. So what do you do with all the bits and pieces that your kids are getting too old to enjoy playing with so much but which can absolutely, under no circumstances, be sent to the thrift store? Build a chess set.
On a recent episode of Mythbusters (one of our favorite shows), Jamie and Adam examined what they called the Monty Hall paradox. It is a great example of how intuition can be wrong even when backed up by math. It also shows why a paradox is not what most people think.
The time it took my son to understand echoing text to the screen and concatenating strings (chunks of text), was about a quarter as long as it took me to blog about it. That means this blog series might go on for a while and he’ll be coding on his own long before I get done. Let’s hope anyways. Next topic: iterative loops.
I am a total nerd.
If you haven’t gleaned that already from other posts on this blog then know it now. I play D&D, I play Minecraft, and I program computers for a living. They are all equally awesome, though the programming bit pays the bills so that’s a bit more awesome.
Even more awesome than that, though, is showing my youngest son how to do it. He looks forward every day to learning some more, partly because he finds it interesting, I think, but also because while I’m teaching him, we are building a databased character sheet for the Warriors RPG.
When my oldest son was in kindergarten, I tried to sit him down every day after school and teach him some math. The school wasn’t doing it yet, but I knew he was ready to do simple addition. So I tried. I tried and I failed. But in failing, somehow I succeeded. Here’s how.
The Order of the Stick is an irreverent, fully nerdy comic strip about Dungeons and Dragons. It’s full of meta-gaming and rules references that only the true RPG fanatic (admit it, you played a bit in grade five) will truly appreciate, but even my wife, who generally looks askance at all things to do with fantasy, chuckled quite a lot while reading the first book.