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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 10:22pm on 15/08/2014 under ,
Beth

This evening I’ve been organising Beth’s birthday party. She was 10 in the middle of last month, but we were away around her birthday (and many of her friends are away in July), so we decided to put her party off till the end of the school holidays.

So the party is in a week’s time, and like last year, we’ll spend an hour playing on the beach followed by lunch in the garden at home. (Beth’s choice this year is pizza. And cake, obviously.)
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:20pm on 12/02/2014 under ,
Now that Beth is 9½, I figured that it is time for her to learn some simple programming. I started programming when I was a similar age, in Commodore Basic on a VIC-20. With a wealth of languages and learning resources available, I thought back to my childhood enthusiasm for computers, and what I currently find exciting, and decided that Ruby would be a good bet. I use it extensively at work, and generally find it a mood-lightening language to work with.

I figured that it would be useful for her to start off with the groundwork of programming — thinking in terms of input and output, variables, and algorithms. A command-line interface was appealing; I don’t see the value in teaching programming through graphical tools.

Beth spent today working through the first few chapters of the book I bought her, Learn to Program, a child-friendly introduction to programming Ruby that concentrates on teaching programming, rather than just teaching Ruby. She responded with enthusiasm, and is looking forward to more in the morning.

I’m rather disappointed that her school don’t appear to teach any real computing; they are taught to use office apps and web sites, but as far as I can tell, don’t get near to programming. This is a missed opportunity.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:42pm on 02/01/2013 under ,
Beth enjoyed watching the seven Moore Bond films; we watched the final one this afternoon. She is going to pick her favourite to rewatch tomorrow morning.

But there was one component of the Bond films that she wasn’t so keen on… the kissing. She declared at several times, “This is not a kissing film!”
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:25pm on 27/12/2012 under ,
Another Bond film today, and Beth has maintained her enthusiasm. I always rather liked “The Man with the Golden Gun”. It is critically viewed as being one of the weaker films in the series, but for me Christopher Lee is a joy on screen. (He more than makes up for the deeply irritating Britt Ekland).

The oriental locations and the then-trendy kung-fu work quite well, and Beth was very taken by the reappearance of Sheriff J. W. Pepper, and by the midget butler Nick Nack.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:26pm on 26/12/2012 under ,
Before Christmas, Beth expressed an interest in watching James Bond films. This delighted me; I’d been looking forward to watching Bond films with her, but I hadn’t wanted to rush her into something that she wasn’t ready for. I am always happy to watch Bond.

So when she started talking about them, I let her watch all the trailers on iTunes. She worked through all of the trailers three times.

Today we watched “Live and Let Die”. I thought we’d start with the Roger Moore films; they are my favourites and the light blend of action and quips should suit Beth. She thought it very exciting, and is greatly looking forward to “The Man with the Golden Gun” tomorrow.

We should be safe up until Timothy Dalton; then the films go from PG to higher age ratings.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 09:29pm on 12/12/2012 under , , , ,
It was our work Christmas party in Dundee last Friday. I missed it, as I was down in London. I suppose I could have gone to the London office Christmas party if I’d wanted to as it was on the same day, but I dined with my parents instead. The work Christmas parties aren’t my cup of tea — noisy, loud music, lots of drink, and heading off to a club at the end of the evening.

Instead I appreciate our team Christmas meal, which we organise ourselves. This evening our team dined at the Pizza Express in St Andrews; our team’s first meal south of the Tay. We started the tradition two years ago with a team Christmas lunch at Braes on Perth Road, and thought it was such a good idea that we’ve had a team lunch or tea every month since. So this was our twenty-fifth monthly team meal; I think I’ve been to twenty-three of them.

We’re also organising a work children’s Christmas party, which will be held on site in Dundee on the Saturday before Christmas. This is our first year of it; I hope it goes well. Seeing colleagues with their children will be fun. Beth is looking forward to it.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:03pm on 10/12/2012 under ,
One of the joys of buying a present for a child is having a good reason to go to a toy shop and spend time examining all of the Lego sets that are available. After work this evening I went shopping with a clear idea of which set I wanted to buy for Beth, and came out of the shop with my intended purchase. In between I had a very enjoyable time browsing.

As Beth grows older, the complexity of her Lego sets is increasing. I’m already eyeing up the ones that she won’t grow into for years.

Long may she love Lego.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 08:19pm on 28/03/2012 under ,

Beth did her Brownie promise this evening. She was very excited, and now has a sash, a couple of badges to sew on, and a yellow box to keep her important Brownie things in.

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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:04pm on 30/04/2011 under , ,
Only a couple of weeks to go until this year’s Frogmarch weekend. Looking forward to going to Northumbria in the middle of May.

I spent some time taking photos in Andrew’s garden today; as well as snaps of Andrew in some of his Eastercon costumes, I took some of Andrew and Beth wearing this year’s “Frogwear”, a cricket sweater with our logo.

 
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:04pm on 30/04/2011 under , ,
Only a couple of weeks to go until this year’s Frogmarch weekend. Looking forward to going to Northumbria in the middle of May.

I spent some time taking photos in Andrew’s garden today; as well as snaps of Andrew in some of his Eastercon costumes, I took some of Andrew and Beth wearing this year’s “Frogwear”, a cricket sweater with our logo.

 
location: St Andrews, Scotland

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