Monthly Archives: April 2017

Screentime and… What is Work?

Great article from Silvia Beier on the nature of work for many of us and what this means when we worry about screen time for our kids.  That’s right… look in the mirror!  And I don’t mean that in a negative way per se.  Just that a lot of the work we do looks EXACTLY LIKE what our kids look like when they are on screens — whether they are watching a TV show or vlog, or playing video games — either alone or with a mob of friends on a minecraft or terraria server.

I sometimes feel like the hard work they are doing understanding Terraria (“OK GOOGLE: terraria vortex wings”…) is EASILY as complicated as the software engineering work that I do for a living.  (They would probably love it!)  But for now… this PLAY is their WORK.  I see no difference between the WebEx meeting I had this afternoon — sharing screens and discussing a design with colleagues — as when my kids are working on crafting and defeating bosses in the latest game while discussing it all on Skype running in the background.  Some in the same room or across the house…. others across town.  Really.  It’s awesome, it’s natural, and it’s work.

http://www.sudval.org/essays/102016.shtml

Silvia Beier, Are They Getting Their Work Done?, October, 2016

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What it’s like for our Sudbury School family

Family First and Peaceful Parenting

Our kids go to SVS.  What’s it’s like for our family is this (and forgive me if I’ve written this down before)… peaceful!  It’s peaceful.  Not that it is quiet… we tolerate a lot of “wild fun” around the house.  But there are things missing that I know are pretty common like homework battles (there is no HW, unless they choose it), getting-up-in-the-morning and get-to-the-bus-stop battles (there is no set time they have to be at school… just the 5 or 5.5 hours the state requires), no tears, none of this stuff.

It’s wonderful and amazing and priceless!

Off to Work!

What I also wanted to say was what it is like for me personally when the kids go off to school.  Frankly, it’s exactly the same as I felt when I was a kid and my parents went off to work.  Namely, they would go off and do their own thing for “a few” hours a day, they would later come back into the family fold, and we’d maybe hear a bit about their day at work, but maybe not, and that’s it!  It’s the same with the kids at school.  That’s their time to do exactly as they wish!  And we hear bits and pieces of it, but certainly not right when they get back.  They are usually physically exhausted, mentally exhausted, and/or starved, because they were too busy to eat!  So it’s usually “Hi, welcome home!” until they have recharged their batteries a bit back at the family cave.

Now granted, we try our darndest to do the same (give the kids complete freedom) around the house, but it’s not going to be quite like being independent at school for a few hours a day.  At home with Mom and Dad they are expecting a little help and parental care and we’re happy to oblige.

So that’s one of the really great things.

“There’s nothing more exciting than peace!” — Byron Katie 

I like that quote because it reminds me of a concept(and forgive me if this seems like a stretch) in technology standards and generally in technology/tools we use.  When there is “peace” (standards) at one level, it allows incredible creativity to bloom at a level up on the stack.  So in software, the standards of HTTP and HTML have allowed for the creativity of the web to happen.  In the home, the peaceful state we experience allows for the creative expression and development of all of us, especially our kids.

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(BICYCLES) MAY USE FULL LANE

Here’s a post where I will collect interesting posts discussing the flaws in the SHARE THE ROAD yellow diamond signs and why MAY USE FULL LANE (R4-11) is much better.  Some towns and cities have already begun to change their signs. (Columbus Ohio — http://road.cc/content/news/203414-us-city-replace-share-road-signs-bikes-may-use-full-lane-ones)

  1. It’s linguistically clearer
  2. It shouldn’t be a yellow-diamond warning sign.  It should be a white rectangular informational sign.
  3. The MAY USE FULL LANE (R4-11) is already in use
  4. There is even an add-on — “R4-11aP” CHANGE LANES TO PASS http://azbikelaw.org/change-lanes-to-pass/

“A yellow diamond sign is for warning drivers of potentially hazardous road conditions, whereas the Bikes May Use Full Lane signs are white rectangles, which are regulatory signs that control lane use. We believe it is more appropriate to treat bicyclists less like potential hazards and more like the legal road users that they are, and to remind other road users of that fact.”

OK, on to the links for your consideration:

1. Critique of Share the Road (2012) https://bicyclingmatters.wordpress.com/infrastructure/critique-of-the-share-the-road-sign/

2. Share The Road stinks (2010)

http://www.ohiobikelawyer.com/uncategorized/2010/09/share-the-road-stinks/

3. Crazy Driver Buzzes Cyclist and Incites a Heated Argument (Youtube 2016)

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