We finally made it back down to the Bronx Zoo again this year. This was partially spurred by rumors that the park would be scaling back operations, and partially because Angela is the perfect age for the Zoo. We decided memorial day would make a good day to visit as most folks are traveling.
It is nearly impossible to see the whole zoo in one go so we decided to prioritize. The butterfly garden was a big hit as was the Asia area. On the whole I am always impressed at how well this zoo is maintained and kept up. You can tell the folks who work their take pride in their jobs.
I went to the zoo many times as a child, and I remember these giant Rhinos scared the pants off of me. You can tell Angela has no fear.
Ariel had a good time in spite of herself. Here’s the full stream of pics on flickr.
So far Angela is the only one of my three kids who enjoy’s the circus. The current “Over the Top” edition of Ringling Brothers is quite a show. I hated it as a kid but I have to say that I appreciate it more now. Of course clowns like this one is probably why I didn’t like it as a kid.
Now I know what inspired Steven King to write IT.
I have a 5 year old daughter who is about to turn 6. A few weeks ago I was reading iWoz (Steve Wozniaks book) and he mentioned that he built his first crystal radio at 6. Hmm 6 thought I, I wonder if my daughter could handle building a crystal radio at this age.
Poking around the net, I came across snap circuits a collection of electronic kits aimed at kids. Being unsure of the reaction I ordered the SC-100 kit (which has a set of 100 simple experiments included LED, Motors switches etc). All of the parts are clearly labeled and are encased in solid plastic with clothing snaps to put them together.
She opened the kit and listened to her dad drone on about electricity traveling paths along the wires, parallel circuits and what a resistor is, but before too much time passed she was snapping the parts together on her own just to see how to make it work. We put together a flashlight first, and her eyes lit up. She then tried the motor, and was even more enchanted.
I literally had to pry the kit from her hands last night so she would go to bed. When she woke up this morning she ran down the stairs with the kit in her hands wanting to build a few more of the experiments.
The experiments are well constructed, fun, and entertaining. From a clapper to a launching fan, you can literally see the wheels turning in her head. My only regret is I ordered the smaller kit, but that will be soon rectified.
If you have a young child, I urge you to look at these kits. You can let them know Steve sent you.
Crossposted from geekheretic.com
In terminal run the following
defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES
Log out then back in (Apple-> Logoff)
Then bring up dashboard and while dragging widget, hit dashboard key again. Widget is now at desktop level. To reverse drag widget and press dashboard key. Then stop dragging while dashboard is up and hit dashboard key again.