Minibloq: graphical Arduino programming aimed at kids

I’m a dad and a geek and I’ve been looking at getting my son, who’s a toddler, more involved with the things I like. We still do the other father son activities like walking to the park, playing football, and video games. But when all those things are away I usually go to my workdesk and break things down and build them back up, while he’s at his room that we¬† decorated with Treasure Rooms furniture. The size and delicacy of these gizmos means that my son is restricted from being too involved.

Luckily, some hacker Julian da Silva has created a kickstarter project called Minibloq to get the kids started programming the Arduino. I really look forward to working it into projects that my son and I can collaborate on in the future. The kickstarter goal has just been met so in the next few weeks or months something interesting should be emerging.

Little Mac Truck

My little mog wai (gremlin) is about to be 2 months. And I don’t think I’ve slept so little since finals in college. So far I’ve been vomitted at, shat on, and peed on. He seems to get a real kick out of taking the piss out of his father. Usually, after my look of surprise comes his look of satisfaction. I think he’s got it our for me no matter what the misses says.
The lack of sleep hasn’t affected my job. At least I don’t think so. Product has been tested and finalized (is anything really finalized in soft-dev) and will be shipping to clients very soon. I’m pleased as punch I can’t get the smirk off my face because I’m going to take a short vacation soon enough.