Chris Schmidt (crschmidt) wrote,
Chris Schmidt

Life, the Universe, and Everything

A number of people have complained recently that my journal sounds more like a technical manual than a day to day account of life: something that most people see as a complaint, although it's something I was aware of and was just a change in how I used my journal for a while. I'm still not sure exactly what I want to do regarding that: I have a weblog that I don't really use for anything other than cross posting to here; perhaps I should make that into something that's entirely technical, and keep this for non technical posting.

I have had a lot of interest in more entries about my life, rather than my technical interests, so I'm going to switch veins a little bit, I think.

One thing that I haven't talked about much lately is how much I've been working with both girls to teach them how to use the computer. Alicia has been learning to type: slowly, but surely, and I think it's a great exercise for her. It's helping her spelling: Logjam highlights words she spells wrong, so she gets immediate feedback on how she's doing or when she misses something. (Of course, this did lead to her telling me that "Tagline" was misspelled: apparently it's tag-line?) Previously, we had a journal that Jess, Kristan and I updated for her, but now that she's updating regularly, she's got her own account, as aliciagayle. If you're interested in reading it, let me know, and you can be added to the friends list (assuming I know you well enough to know you're not some psycho stalker from Russia or something.) However, all posts will be friends only, for reasons that are relatively obvious: Alicia is not quite old enough that she can defend herself against the world knowing everything about her (which is a difficult concept for someone who lists everything in RDF).

Julie's tasks are a bit less complex: she's been playing a very out of date game called "Stickers", available from its homepage, which I found via the Linux for Kids project. She is absolutely loving it, although a lot of times I have to take the mouse and do things for her. Still, she enjoys playing at the computer, something that I'm happy about.

Anyway, things are good, the girls are doing well, and I'm turning them into geeks at the fastest rate possible ;)
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