Category Archives: Technology

“Did Isaac Newton invent the cat door?”

In which my daughter learns that you can’t believe everything you read in books. Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe Being able to explain complicated ideas in simple terms is one of my favorite art forms. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe sets out to explain how complicated stuff like the microwave (food-heating radio boxes), the International Space Station … Continue reading

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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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