Death of our goggles

I think that when a kid gets older, specialization and limitation is more important in order to build up specific expertise, but my feeling for younger kids is that it’s important to get a bit of everything — play with friends, solo play, skill-building video games, strategy games like chess and zig-zag and abalone, physical challenges of all sorts, mental challenges of all sorts, reading and writing and story telling (and yes, even TV), tests of responsibility and independence, science and history exploration, mischief and rule testing, and rule enforcement — in order to build the foundation of a robust individual that can become anything they later choose to. Nefarious and I go in phases of what physical activities we do after school, but I sure do enjoy the days that we go swimming. Today the pool was swelteringly hot — entering the pool room took my breath away… it was like a sauna. In the bad news department both of our goggles finally broke, but still, lots of fun.



Other than that, I successfully wrote my first Firefox extension today (a simple search bar — here’s a good tutorial if you want to try). It’s actually pretty simple — although with Javascript skills as poor as mine, “simple” may be a stretch. Anyway, feel free to add yourself to the mailing list at, and in time you’ll see why I’m brushing up on these skills.

PS. Oh my god that’s terrible.


  1. Laura wrote:

    i never knew that you could do that with a pool noodle.

    Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10:20 am | Permalink
  2. Obiwanbenwin wrote:

    I really enjoy the colours in both these images.
    As well as your ideas on learning.

    Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 11:37 am | Permalink
  3. peteD3 wrote:

    holy chrap!
    like i dont have enough to be paranoid of… exploding chairs!!

    Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 10:25 am | Permalink
  4. marty h. wrote:

    im in the middle of an interesting book called hothouse kids that is about gifted children and society’s obsession with specializing children and “enriching” them is specific areas. quite apropos. ill give it to you when im done if you’d like.

    Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 9:50 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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