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GenCon was much with the good. I'm still quite exhausted - I may think about skipping Game Night tonight and actually attempting to rest and sleep when I get home. I met a lot of really neat people (*waves at seasong1*), and I got asked to come back next year. I think that'll work just fine, provided we get a hotel within walking distance of the convention center - being shuttled around is NOT to my liking at all. Next year, I want a t-shirt with "Demo Chick" or possibly "Rockin' Booth Weasel" on it, to make it perfectly clear that I am the one teaching the games, not the guy I am teaching. Several times, this mistake was make, and it was rather obnoxious. Still, though, games goooooooood.

Did I mention that I'm exhausted?

Brain is on the verge of going 'splodey. I just finished helping a co-worker with her Spanish homework, basically just going over her compositions and trying to turn it into real Spanish instead of Babelfish. Y'know, kinda like what Eric does with Asmodee, only English -> Spanish instead of French -> English. Man, but I'm getting rusty. Speaking of French, I think that I'm going to see if I can find the French for Dummies book Eric picked up last year and take a stab at that goal I've had for a few years now (that of being a polyglot when I grow up).

Work is...well, work is. My inboxes had exploded a bit while I was gone, but nothing too serious. I'm still a bit behind on one of them, but it's nothing like when I first started with it, so I'm not really all that concerned. I'm going to be covering one of my co-workers spreadsheets while she's gone next week, which is only fair, since she's covered one of my inboxes twice now. Share and share alike, and all that jazz.

Eric's mom brought something up that made me think. She and Eric's dad are planning to adopt three small children (7, 5(about to be 6, I think?), and 2 years old), and she was talking about how the oldest one was doing a worksheet for Sunday school in which she wrote her name (which has a 'y' at the end) just fine. Later in the worksheet, however, she wrote "I love you" and had the 'y' backward. "How can she write it just fine on her name, and then flip it later on? It's the same letter!" His mom was quite distressed by this. It made me realize that, for most kids, the world does not begin with a complete submersion in the wonderful world of letters. There are some kids who don't learn that lines and curves symbolize the world around them until they enter kindergarten or preschool. It's not necessarily an innate idea, that these lines will mean the things they can feel and see, or even the things they can't feel or see but they know are there. So, they enter school, and what's the first thing they learn? Usually, it's that a certain pattern of symbols is supposed to mean them - they learn what their name looks like when it's written out. Before the alphabet, before the number, kids have their names written on their cubbies, on a chalkboard, SOMEWHERE. It's an intro into the world of letters, and the first thing a person learns sticks. So, a certain pattern means a name - but the bits of that pattern aren't going to mean much by themselves, at least, not right away. So, in this case, the girl recognized the pattern for her name, but didn't necessarily see that the 'y' in 'you' and in her name are the same symbol.

...Aaaaaand lunch is over, so I must return to work. There. You've now had your regularly irregular dose of Stephie randomness.


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Aug. 16th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
huh. i started reading the "...something that made me think...parents adopting kids" and immediately though that you and Eric had decided to immediatly have kids. not that there would be anything wrong with you and Eric having kids. just, y'know, KIDS! terrifying. in general. So, much relief for the thoughts on coding and text perception. feel free to mock me now.
Aug. 16th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
Well, we have.

Six of them, packed as closely together as possible.

Ideally, they'll be three sets of twins.
Aug. 16th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
What, you're not even trying for triplets? Weak, man.
Aug. 16th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
I don't want to break my wife.
Aug. 17th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
you underestimate the power of steph, and the strength that can be gained from 9ish months of irrational "no, this is all your fault you stupid male" rage. Apparently the mothers of quintuplets run on pure hatred of all men at the end of the pregnancy.
that and peanut butter.
Aug. 17th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
Um, see, I don't want my wife hating me, either. I can get away with twins. I think. Triplets would be pushing my luck more than I feel comfortable.
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
no sense of adventure.
Aug. 17th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Um ... right.

Gaming has prevented me from developing anything resembling a Sense of Adventure, and, indeed, has turned me into Mr. Boring.
Aug. 18th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
the problem here is that i am losing this debate/exchange.
i don't suppose you'd fall for a shiny diversion?
*waves pictures of extraordinarily rare rule books which may or may not exist in reality*
did it work?
Aug. 18th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
See, I've already got most of those ... and ...


Is that the Battletech House Davion book?
Aug. 18th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
I think you're absolutely right about how kids learn letters and whatnot. The oldest kiddo may not have ever had the opportunity to learn the alphabet properly; Eric's mom should keep in mind that the girl might have a learning disorder and to get her tested by the school (this is free) if she continues having problems with letters. Ah, the joys of being on pedi psych for a month!

On the other hand, you would produce lovely offspring, should you two ever decide to spawn. However, to unleash six of your genetic combinations on the world might be more than it could handle (never mind what you could handle).
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)

I say six isn't enough, but my wife just doesn't listen to me.
Aug. 18th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Which part is lovely and which is terrifying? I'm so confused...

Either way, why on earth should your wife listen to you? I was there, and I never heard her saying anything about "obeying" nuttin'. ;)
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