Friday, June 30, 2006

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


On Fable today I guarded a trader from a town to a farm. Along the road I fended off wasps and bandits.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Learning from Xrefer brainteaser

Mum receives the Xrefer brainteaser via feed from Peter Scott's library blog - so from time to time we research those questions she can't answer.

Like today:

Based on the example of the Forth Bridge (or Forth Rail Bridge, or Firth of Forth Bridge) (specifically from the answer it is meant the rail rather than the road bridge), a bridge that consists of two outer spans that project towards one another and support a suspended central span is a cantilever bridge.

Reading along the way that there is apparently a colloquial expression " Painting the Forth Bridge" referring to a never-ending task, we were reminded of Sisyphus, one of the characters we met in the underworld through a library book of Greek myths borrowed on a tangent from curiosity about minotaurs.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Games night: Secret Sound

At the inaugural games night with the Js, Secret Sound quickly required variation of the rules to cater for the universal desire to help the guesser guess correctly - probably because we had a 6 and 8 year old participating. It was also very slow in the original format, and difficult to track the timer with everyone more interested in how the clue-ing was happening.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Carpet Bowls & Wookieepedia

Cricket somehow developed an interest in lawn bowls after watching a few ends on TV, playing his own modified lounge-room version for several days. When I called a local bowls club for information about junior competitions the secretary offered to teach the boys carpet bowls during the winter.

We're now weekly regulars, although today we discovered a tournament in progress using the whole field, so instead we trouped (with two of the Js) to Black Hill. An hour or so of exploring made us all thirsty and quite pooped, so we followed up with an afternoon of Lego and Star Wars (Episode 6). Actually they watched & played while I surfed at the Carnival of the Infosociences, coincidentally stumbling across the Wookieepedia.

Recently, while so desperate for reading material that I read Cricket's Star Wars Jedi Apprentice books (we're waiting for #5 Defenders of the dead which appears to have been in transit from Administration to Clunes for almost a month), I began to wonder just how all the writers and game makers keep the stories and characters consistent. Maybe they don't always, but I look forward to exploring Wookiepedia to learn more.