Category Archives: Domestic bliss

A few thoughts on bringing up children with inquiring minds

As an offshoot from my tweeting about a session at the AAAS meeting, I found myself challenged: “what are some practical things you did with your sons when they were young to nurture critical thinking?”

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Given that I wrote some brief answers in response, I thought I might as well write them up here. This is by no means exhaustive, just a few thoughts and memories.

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Toilets. Newnham 2. Light vehicles only

Near where I live is a village called Littledean. At the southeast end of the village is a mini-roundabout. One direction leads to Newnham, and also to some public toilets. It’s always tickled my fancy that the sign mentions the toilets first, and only then goes on to give Newnham some credit. So the last time we drove through, I asked Fiona to take a photo of it. Here is that photo:

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Acaren and the Evil Wizards, by Matthew Taylor

Acaren and the evil wizards By Matthew Taylor  Long, long ago, in a wizarding world lived Acaren, a powerful wizard.  He was brave, but a little bit rude and he had a friendship with a wild dragon named Fearsome.  Fearsome's favourite food is sausaged.  One time, Acaren was having fun on his firebold (the fastest type of broomstick on earth) when he heard and explosion; it was ear splitting.  He rode to the explosion to investigate, and there they were, Thingbanger, Surt and Sploosh, the world's more evil wizards!  Acaren was really scared and at the same time he wanted to blurt out "Well what are you doing here!?"  Thingbanger knew Fearsome's weakness and he wanted to have some fun, so he threw a sausage far away and Fearsome ran to find it.  Acaren hissed some words and cast a spell at the first wizard, Thingbanger, and he fell the ground-dead!   Then he cast a spell at the second wizard, Surt.  He screamed like an American screech Continue reading

A brief, yet helpful, lesson on elementary resource-locking strategy

Last night, Fiona and I sat down to eat my favourite light meal, spaghetti puttanesca.  I’d grated some cheese to sprinkle on top, but when I’d finished mixing the pasta in with the sauce I found that the cheese had GONE!

Fiona had taken it down to the other end of the table, next to her plate.  I asked if she’d finished with it, and it turned out that she HADN’T EVEN STARTED.  She’d just acquired the lock, then left the resource unavailable while she responded to a completely unrelated event.

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