When Raising your Kids to be Smart and Self-Reliant Backfires

Yesterday, my pre-teen daughter's friends rescued a bunny.You can see where this is going.She started the conversation with, "I just want you to listen..." and laid out a very thorough plan to prove that she can care for it (including cleaning her room and the fish tank -- I've tried for years to get her … Continue reading When Raising your Kids to be Smart and Self-Reliant Backfires

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Theramin in the Wild

Son, age 13, wanted a theremin. My dad is a classical electrical engineer, who grew up pulling apart vacuum tube radios. I made Son call Dad a month before vacation. Dad found the schematic for the minimum theremin. He had Son redraw it, replacing logic gates of one type with the type he had on … Continue reading Theramin in the Wild

Python Programming — Nostalgia First

This series will review several Python programming books, but let me enjoy some nostalgia first. I'm self-taught, and my programs only have error checking if it's faster to do that than restart if I make a typo when using them. My husband, with 20 years in the business, laughs at my little programs and, after … Continue reading Python Programming — Nostalgia First

Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition, 1st Impressions

We took the plunge earlier this month. We bought Daddy the 4e Players Handbook and Dungeon Masters Vault. After our first play session, I like the system but think the early learning curve is steeper than other editions. A list of acronyms is at the end. Family History Husband has played every edition so far, … Continue reading Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition, 1st Impressions