Simon

An explorer of what it is to be a father, a husband, a devotee of fine food, a dragonboat paddler, and a professional technologist... and few of these discoveries are mutually-exclusive...

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Where The Wild Things Are

The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another. His mother called him “WILD THING!” and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” so he was sent to bed without eating anything. That very night in Max’s room a forest grew and grew- and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around and an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max and he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are. And when he came to the place where the wild things are they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws- till Max said “BE STILL!” and tamed them with a magic trick of staring into their yellow eyes without blinking once and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all and made him king of all wild things. “And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” “Now stop!” Max said and sent the wild things off to bed without their supper. And Max the king of all wild things was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all. Then all around from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat so he gave up being king of where the wild things are. But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go- we’ll eat you up- we love you so!” And Max said, “No!” The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled theur terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him- and it was still hot.
 – Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Read this book to a child if you truly wish to rediscover your childhood.

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501st Littlest Trooper

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A long time ago, when I first started this blog, I wrote a post about Katie, the little girl who was bullied at school for having a Star Wars drink bottle. Katie’s story was read around the world and the outpouring of support from thousands of people helped a little girl regain her confidence and stand up proudly as a Star Wars fan.

I recently came across this post again and wondered what had happened to Katie.  I did a little bit of research and discovered that some of her most vocal supporters were members of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Imperial officer uniforms, Clone Troopers and other villains from the Star Wars universe.

So, when Katie decided that she wanted to dress as a stormtrooper for Halloween, the 501st Legion stepped up to the plate in an incredibly awesome way!

Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper? Star Wars fans worldwide join to build a Halloween costume for one lucky little girl.

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Living in a technological world, and I am a technological boy…

Is there a place for teaching our children how to code?

Is there a place for teaching our children how to code?

I fell into IT. Seriously, I was studying Mechanical Design until my course was abbreviated, removing any accreditation for any additional higher learning that I wanted to pursue. However, I topped both of my CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) classes and so I thought that maybe I should switch to Computer Sciences… and the rest is history.

However, these days, information technology pervades all aspects of our lives! As a father of two young children, I find myself wondering how much should I guide my children towards technology studies without having them glued to a computer screen 24/7? (which would get me killed by their mother!)

I have recently come across the following article which is about why you should be introducing your children to coding from an early age. Just having them learn the concepts of logic and problem solving can help a child understand how to tackle even non-IT problems with a structured approach, hopefully saving them a lot of frustration and angst.

Why your 8-year-old should be coding

One other point made in the article is this: There is very little innovation in the education sector with regards to schools today and what they are teaching our kids. They are teaching the same things that they have taught over the last 50 years, but only in different ways. As a parent, you need to look outside of the education square and find other ways to supplement your children’s learning… not only improve the quality of their education but to also feed the natural curiosity that we all start life with, but what a lot of us seem to lose somewhere along the way.

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Just For The Record

Just For The Record

Just For The Record is a blog written by a great friend of mine, who is almost as funny as she thinks she is. 😛

Please check out her blog and support her in her new efforts!

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Welcome!

If you have found this site blog please contact me immediately – you will be my first (possibly last) visitor and even if it’s accidental I would like to thank you personally…because you are possibly proof miracles and sympathy site visits do happen.

This entire blog started from being told I was hilarious – not just funny … funny people stay on Facebook – I am apparently hilarious… first lesson of this fun filled page – do not build up the mildly talented – they will take your confidence in them and create multimillion dollar blogs … don’t look at me like that … it could happen.

My boyfriend has told me there are free blog sites … I was half way through purchasing this site when he told me – it’s like he hasn’t even met me… I will put a lot of money into something before I know…

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How to stop sending iMessage texts to a Contact

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So, I had this issue: my Father-in-Law had replaced his iPhone with a Samsung Galaxy III. However, my iPhone insisted on sending iMessages to him even though his mobile number had been ported across to the new phone. This led to messages never getting to him or failing.

So, for those of you who don’t know, if you send an iMessage from your iPhone and it is struggling to get through (classic example of this occurring was during the Boxing Day Sales at our local shopping centre… too many people have iPhones these days :P), you can hold your finger down on the iMessage bubble and you will get the option to “Send as Text Message”.

This is great!  However, you don’t want to have to do this EVERY time you want to text someone who has broken their shackles and fled the Apple Eco-system.  After a bit of searching, I discovered on a forum that after you force a number of iMessage txts to “Send as Text Message”, your iPhone gets the point, and stops sending iMessage texts to that person (though no one could agree how many texts that needed to be forced).

My solution to this is simple:

  1. On your iPhone, go to the Message app.
  2. Tap the “New Message” icon.
  3. In the To field, select the Contact that you wish to stop sending texts via iMessage to.
  4. In the message field, type “?” and tap the Send button.
  5. Hold your finger on the new text “bubble” and select “Send as Text Message”.
  6. Repeat Step 4 & Step 5 until your iPhone stops trying to automatically send your texts to that Contact via iMessage.

Enjoy!

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Welcome to 2013

So, once again we have been disappointed by another lack-luster Apocalypse, and have staggered into yet another new year. Welcome to 2013 and everything that that means to each of you.

Still wondering where my friggin flying car (from The Jetsons, of course) is… *sigh*

I hope that all of you have had a great Christmas and have survived NYE relatively unscathed. May 2013 be everything that you need and more!

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Rebuilding Your Online Presence

This is a great article over at Lifehacker Australia about how to clean up your online representation and then expand your online presence in a more professional manner.

How To Clean Up Your Online Presence And Make A Great First Impression | Lifehacker Australia.

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