Posts Tagged Family

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

Logo-501st Legion

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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Where have I been?

Random photo to prove that yes, I have been busy.

So, anyone who has stumbled upon this little blog AND who has been foolish enough to attempt to follow it would know that it has been a little over a year since I have written anything for it.

I’m pretty sure that I posted a warning somewhere about how infrequent posts could end up being…

Anyway… since my last post I have:

  • posted a number of dining reviews for EatDrinkBrisbane.com and EatDrinkGoldCoast.com
  • helped in the process of bringing another midget into the world
  • gave up on dragonboating as I couldn’t commit the time to training since moving back to the Gold Coast
  • been working on new software (at work) to replace the product that we have been providing professional services for for over 10 years
  • been to the Colorado, USA twice (VERY COOL) for training on the new product
  • working like crazy to gear up the business to “step up to the next level”
  • stopped writing dining reviews because I just have not had the time to do it justice
  • oh, and have completely ignored this blog!

So, as you can see, I have been pretty busy.  Most importantly, now that we are a family of four, I have been very much trying to focus as much time as I can on the upbringing of my two incredible kids, keeping my amazing wife sane, whilst trying to secure our future financially… and it has been bloody exhausting! LOL

So, I am not going to make a commitment to update this blog on a regular basis, but I will be writing of things interesting to myself from time to time. If, by some stretch of the imagination, you find these posts interesting and/or informative, please drop me a comment and let me know.  Everyone loves to know when their rambling interests others… it separates us from that crazy guy that hangs around outside of the local Seven Eleven, with a stuffed Aardvark on his shoulder, mutting about the “End of the World is Nigh”. 😛

Happy Reading!

PS – I have changed the website’s theme as I am no longer trying to impress Telstra to be a part of their Windows Phone 7 Social Review (I feel pretty dirty for even attempting that).

PPS (or is it PSS??) – I had to be honest with myself and remove the “dragon boating” element from the site’s by-line, since I no longer participate in the sport…. actually, I am not participating in ANY sport, which is something that I really need to rectify at some point.

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Bullying over Star Wars?!?!

Ok, I grew up with Star Wars and I freely admit that I am a bit of a Geek about it… no I do not still collect all of the figurines, but if a new movie/tv series/xbox game came out, I’m there!

I also have a very young daughter, who is the absolute joy of my life, and whom I wish I could protect from all of the horrid things that people do/say to one another.

So this blog post caught my attention. Have a read about how a little girl in the First Grade has to deal with bullying for having a Star Wars drink bottle! By all means, show her some support, and let her know that it is fine to be different.

Portrait of an Adoption – Anti-Bullying Starts in First Grade

Special thanks to the lovely Eliza Dushku (of Buffy, Angel, Tru Calling and Dollhouse fame) for the Re-tweet of this that caught my attention. You can follow her on Twitter at @elizadushku

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