Category Archives: Technology

“How do imaginary time machines work?”

Um… With your imagination? Any one got a better answer for The Five-Year-Old? She doesn’t like mine. Related Articles: Time Machine project for a child’s birthday (Kidlink.org) The Time Machine, by HG Wells (Wikipedia) Tardis (Wikipedia) Dr Who Tardis Schematic … Continue reading

Posted in Funny Stuff My Daughter Says, Technology | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

“Did some of the Victorian-time people use duct tape?”

After presenting me with a Victorian necklace crafted of the finest rainbow-splattered duct tape and yellow construction paper, The Five-Year-Old was naturally concerned about the authenticity of her work. “Mommyo, did the Victorian-time people use duct tape?” I didn’t know … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Technology | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

“What does a new-fashioned gas mask look like?”

Several months ago, The Five-Year-Old and I were reading Stephen and Lucy Hawking’s children’s book George’s Secret Key to the Universe when we came across a picture of Dr. Reaper wearing an old-fashioned gas mask sort of like the one … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Technology | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Google vs. Siri

Mommyo, after yet another incident in which Google has accurately guessed what she wants to search for after she’s typed only three letters in her mobile browser: “Google is amazing.” The Five-Year-Old, authoritatively: “It’s not as amazing as Siri. Siri … Continue reading

Posted in Funny Stuff My Daughter Says, Technology | Tagged , | Leave a comment

It’s the Sound Stupid, and Other News of the Week

Just a quick set of links this morning as The Four-Year-Old is headed to the kitchen to begin her morning science experiment with or without me. So far she’s collected some sugar and salt. Personally I’m hoping she’ll add a … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Technology | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

“How do they make cooking oil?”

Fun in the kitchen week continues with a look at another ingredient in homemade play-doh: Cooking oil. There are lots and lots of kinds of oils in the kitchen, each with their own fascinating manufacturing account, I’m sure, but for … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Technology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

In which The Four-Year-Old uses Siri to send her first text

For those of you who have not yet met Siri, it’s a voice recognition application that you can use to operate the latest generation of iPhones. In this case, The Four-Year-Old commandeered her father’s iPhone and said something to it … Continue reading

Posted in Funny Stuff My Daughter Says, Technology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

In which The Four-Year-Old gains a new appreciation for my age

The Four-Year-Old, interrupting her parents’ discussion of what to do with our out-of-date technology: “Mommyo, do you really have the first Kindle ever made?” Mommyo, glossing over the fine print* with her usual wild abandon: “Yep. And your Daddyo has … Continue reading

Posted in Funny Stuff My Daughter Says, Technology | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

“When did they invent wheelchairs?”

For reasons that are lost in the dustbin of my memory, The Four-Year-Old became intensely interested in wheelchairs about a month or two ago. “When did they invent wheelchairs?” The Four-Year-Old asked while we walking into Kohl’s one day. Fortunately … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Technology | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Oil-Eating Mushrooms and Other News of the Week

From Red Orbit comes good news for anyone concerned about the ecological effects of soil contaminated by our ongoing reliance on fossil fuels. Mohamed Hijri, professor of biological sciences and B. Franz Lang, the Canada Research Chair on Comparative and … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Technology | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment