Friday, May 3, 2013

As I Once Did

I have fond memories of taking things apart and putting them back together with my father. Today I will continue in that tradition and introduce you to the world of linux. We live in a world where most consume and the few create. I want you to be a part of the few. I want you to use your brain, your intellect. To dare to be curious and experiment, to take things apart, see how they work. To wonder what makes the things around us what they are. What is it that makes them work as they do.

I want you to be the daughter of a tinkerer who is not afraid of what is under the hood. We will start with simple things with the hopes that one day you will be the one teaching me how to take apart some of the most complicated things in the world. I get giddy just hearing you tell me how you plan on making your own walking robot. Well if that is what you would like to do then we better get you well versed in the things that make them work. Programming, mechanical engineering, etc. 

I am currently downloading a couple of different things to introduce you to a world that most of your contemporaries will probably never see or at the very least are years from discovering. I have my fingers crossed. If this goes well it can lead to a lot fun and interesting projects between the two of us!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Capturing Moments

I am not sure how much of this will you remember in the future. I have vague memories of my childhood so I cannot be certain of how much you will remember. I do however have a lot of impressions and feelings about growing up that remain with me until this day. I might see a familiar sight or smell my father's aftershave and a rush of memories return to me. Our minds work in very interesting ways and things we see, touch, smell, taste, or hear can trigger long hidden things in our memory bank. 

You have an advantage I did not have growing up, technology. Technology has advanced to a point that as you grow up we are able to capture an immense amount of pictures, videos, moments in time. I hope that along with things like this blog you will be able to look back at your childhood and see how much you are loved. To be able to relive some of the wonderful things that made your childhood special. In many respects you will be able to see yourself through our eyes. 

I love seeing your expression as you see baby pictures of yourself now. I can only imagine what that is going to be like in another 20 years. The best part about it is that you will be able to trigger memories and emotions of your childhood in ways I can only imagine. Favorite toys, books, places, activities, friends, all the little things that with time fade from memory will be there. I will continue to snap pictures, videos, and save everything I can for you.