Oh The Cleverness of You!

“Can I borrow your iPad?”, comes the familiar request from the short people in my life. It’s a work tool. I use it for research, as an interactive teaching tool and for writing hundreds of inane blogs about random things.

I also have an app called Paper which I use to demonstrate the joys of wireframe designing software interfaces (oh yes, I’m just that exciting). But this morning, TinyPants decided to hijack the app and create her own masterpiece to send home to Nana & Grumpy who she’s missing while we are off on our travels.

I know by 7 I should be cooing over her written words and her mastering some form of instrument, but her drawings never fail to make me happy. Just like listening to Beanpole reading aloud in her expressive tones.

So here is today’s breakfast masterpiece. Another of the many reasons for reassessing my life priorities – there is no job satisfaction or prestige that could match the pride in her face when I set this as our current screensaver.


Being down wiv da kids innit : Minecraft

It’s been a long day and I was in need of some head space, so as LSH was playing taxi to my mother, I downloaded Minecraft for the iPad. I’d played it on the PC, but was finally tempted by the more flexible, play it on the sofa idea.

The kids I’m teaching are obsessed with the game and even beanpole has expressed an interest. But why?

…… An hour later and I’m standing back looking admiringly at my new treehouse which is fully equipped with leaf based stairs, bay window and now my very own sign.


This treehouse? It belongs to me. I built it. I balanced along walls as I constructed it risking life and pixel. I can totally see why people are getting addicted. This is the Sims for a new generation with added evil plant fun… And a sword.

The graphics are pants, the scenery is blocky, there’s no music. But I just need to build a quick extension to that bay window there before I go to bed….