Sunday, February 28, 2010

will quotes

So I noticed recently that while nobody really seems interested in my posts about abstract computing theories, it is always a hit when I tell funny stories about Will.

Joie has been diligently teaching Will his numbers and his alphabet, but his progress is slow. Every once in a while he casually takes an interest in the games that we try to encourage and one of his favorite questions for us is, "What number starts with 'car'?"

A few days ago on the return trip from the bazaar we found ourselves about to start walking up Mullingar Hill, a long steep winding climb at the near end of our bazaar. The hill is quite steep and we frequently see drivers stop to let traffic pass and then need to roar their engine like a jet to get moving again. Guys on motorcycles sometimes have to make a few of their friends get off and walk up the hill. Will looked up at the coming climb with an air of weary discouragement. "I'm not gonna like this... upping thing," he said, all the more pathetic for being unable to come up with the word "hill".

That's my boy.

Friday, February 12, 2010

valentine candy

A few days ago we received a package of goodies from Mormor and Morfar. After Will and Annie got a taste of some Valentine's candy we put the box out of reach where they wouldn't be tempted beyond what they can handle, which isn't much. "Pappa, can I please have some more?" "No, you need to wait until later, you've had enough now". Then Will spotted in the package a pack of shiny alphabet stickers, which he recognized as ABCD's but was unable to read. "Pappa, what does this say?" Then Will tried to read it: "Mormor... loves... us... and... we... can... eat... whatever... we... want".

Thanks for the candy, it was a hit.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

game of life

John Conway's Game of Life is not actually a game as there are no players or winners or decisions. Rather, it is a sequence of states that result from a single set of initial conditions by employing a set of a few simple rules. The Game of Life was invented by Cambridge mathematician John Conway in 1970.