December Magic

About a month ago, I came across a great arti­cle on Medium. In it, Refe Tuma tells us how he and his wife ded­i­cate Novem­ber (or, as they call it, Dino­vem­ber) to mak­ing their kids believe that their toy-dinosaurs come to life every night and play around the house. They do it in order to pro­mote their kids’ imag­i­na­tion and creativity.

It got me think­ing and made me want to try some­thing sim­i­lar. There were two issues, though: it was too late for Novem­ber and our daugh­ter isn’t big on dinosaurs. How­ever, Christ­mas was con­ve­niently around the cor­ner and she likes to play a lot with Play­mo­bil figures.

So, I cre­ated for her, “Decem­ber Magic”: every night on Decem­ber, the Play­mo­bil fig­ures come to life thanks to “Christ­mas magic” and play around the house!

So far it has been a great suc­cess. She gets up every morn­ing in a hurry, runs to see the lat­est Play­mo­bil mis­chief and enjoys it very much — with excep­tion to the day when they tried to steal her lollipops!

To be hon­est, I think we enjoy it even more than her, both every night set­ting them up and every morn­ing watch­ing her reactions!

(pho­tos of the project on Flickr)

iOS 7 — at a glance

Last night, iOS 7 came out. It’s the new oper­at­ing sys­tem for Apple’s iPhone (4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S), iPod Touch (5th gen) and iPad (2, Mini, Retina). As expected, the inter­net is already full of reviews. If you don’t have time to read them… Read more

Weekend Reads

Do you want some­thing to read on the week­end? Here is a small coll­ec­tion of inter­est­ing links I’ve gath­ered in the last few days: → To improve today’s con­crete, do as the Romans did In a quest to make con­crete more durable and sus­tain­able, an inter­na­tional… Read more

Weekend Reads

Do you want some­thing to read on the week­end? Here is a small1 col­lec­tion of arti­cles I’ve gath­ered in the last few days: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It: Ancient Com­put­ers in Use Today Com­pa­nies tra­di­tion­ally used the 402 for account­ing, since the machine could take… Read more

Cat Painting

Today, my wife gave our daugh­ter some sheets of paper and some finger-painting colours to play with. When she told her mother that she was paint­ing the cat, my wife assumed that she was mak­ing a pic­ture of a cat on paper. It turns out that… Read more