the sketchbook project

Look what Claudia and Béla got for Christmas (in addition to months’ worth of books, a week of summer camp at “The Business of Doing Good”, requisite toys and candy cigarettes, fidgets and other treats): The Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project registry date has come and gone, but the kids got sketchbooks, registered — and…

enjoying the blue yeti microphone

Why even bother with my commentary? And my apologies for the repeated photo — it’s all I could really think of to give Soundcloud when I uploaded those files. Here are B. and C., making an “audiobook”:   And then, the beginning of “podcasting”:   The VERY sudden appearance of Mrs. Motherpuffs is one of…

first (and second) online class!

In the span of eight days we did two, one-off, one-hour classes using Outschool, and we are signed up for a three-session class on the Periodic Table. So far, I can’t recommend the experience highly enough. The first class was a math/art class in creating “impossible shapes”, such as Penrose triangles, and tesselations. Declan had…

south silly cam episode 4

I’ve got some great posts coming up because we are doing some cool stuff, but this appeared online on Thanksgiving morning and we sacrificed a bit of the Macy’s Parade to put it on. Worth it! All three shoots our family worked on to be part of this episode were great and the kids definitely…

ok, david byrne, we will forgive you this time.

They tried. But, no responses. Still, a kid’s first Reddit AMA is an important milestone. While they were waiting to see if they got a reply, a friend sent me an event listing on Facebook for something we had HOPED would happen (and which I thought was a lot more likely to happen once Jonathan…

ode to DIY.org

A place to make creative goals,to learn new things, to admire what other kids are doing — a carefully moderated, kind, online space for young users making their first internet friendships. That is what DIY.org is and we are so lucky to have found it. When Claudia groaned about having to do solfege exercises for…

social media

Our kids are growing up in a house full of introvert and autistic adults. Social media, and “being” online, isn’t this “waste of time, get out and get some sunshine” bad thing that many people make it out to be. Not here. We’ve made good friends, friends we’ve had for many, many years, online. We…