Category Archives: Technology

Just another weekend at Caterpickles Central

Mommyo, frustrated while waiting for Daddyo’s iPad to download a dragon game for The (then) Seven-Year-Old: “Wow, is Daddyo’s iPad always this slow?” The (then) Seven-Year-Old: “No. It’s just slow on Saturdays. It takes the day off.” Related Links:  Google … Continue reading

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The Seven-Year-Old has had it with the iPad

The Seven-Year-Old, disgustedly: “I was going to use Daddyo’s iPad to do some reading. But it’s slower than a snail. A snail could get from the center of Paris to 5 inches from the center of Paris before that thing … Continue reading

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“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

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“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

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“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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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