Wednesday Nov 12, 2008

Prototype Sun Ray laptops

My wish for an Intel Metro Sun Ray laptop still lives on - but I was somewhat chuffed to find my 6- and 4-year old had prototyped some for me.

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Lightweight, packaging can be recycled, ultra-low power consumption and surprisingly economic to manufacture. A touching moment, especially when I found that the older one had written "Sun Ray" on the lids. Geek dad moment.

Thursday Oct 23, 2008

Father of three

New babyDelighted that I'm now the father of three children - a lovely little girl born on Wednesday morning in lightning quick time. We arrived at the hospital at 0800 and the baby was born at 0850 - certainly kept the midwife busy.

All's well with mother, baby, older brothers not to mention dad.

Monday Feb 06, 2006

Life with a tandem - day one

Following much discussion with Chris we've bought a tandem - fantastic.

Family on a Thorn tandemAfter much searching it turned out to be easier to buy a new one from St John Street Cycles as they make a budget childback tandem in the Voyager range. Our eldest is four and can just reach the double-drilled cranks. We are currently using the toe straps plus some velcro to keep his feet in the pedals and out of the power train. This is our solution to how to get around with one parent and two children.

It's already a hit with our children and my other half as (a) she doesn't like driving, (b) she likes to cycle everywhere and (c) getting on and off buses with a buggy and buggy board is hard work.

It was delivered on Friday and we spent the weekend trying it out much to the curiosity and probably amusement of all. Not quite as amazing as Chris's triplet but I've not seen anything like it around here before.

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Friday Jun 24, 2005

How To Balance Life And Technology For Kids?

JP found an interesting SlashDot thread on geeks and kids. As a father of two gorgeous boys (8 months and 3½ years) I read it with interest though you probably want to set the moderation threshold to 5.

The general advice is, as you might expect, obvious: spend lots of time with them and make sure they get outside and play.

I find that my technical interests have mostly to be confined to normal office hours which isn't so bad as I have a very technical job. Urgent out-of-hours stuff gets done when it must after Lara and children have gone to bed. This will most probably change as the children get older, but I see this being the case for the next 4 years or so.

Some things I've very much learnt to appreciate are:

  • How valuable time is (I try to spend it wisely and probably fail at least 50% of the time)
  • Where my priorities lie (the family)
  • Lara (even more of a gem than I thought)
  • The value of a good night's sleep

One current joy is carrying the older boy on my shoulders to his nursery which is a pleasant 10 minutes walk. It's hard to take the blank faced commuters seriously when there's a happy tousle-haired urchin jumping around pretending to throw snowballs at everything.

I wonder how Bryan is getting on :-)

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