Hanging Out and Doing Stuff Leads to More Hanging Out and Doing Stuff

We began President’s Day weekend with a flurry of activity out of the house, and then returned home to a cozier flurry of activity inside the house. Some of us chose to doodle, while others dabbled in 3D programming, while still others cooked and wrote and read.

Mr. Enigma sat down to draw in his sketch book. The Duke walked by on his way to do something else, noticed that Dad was drawing, peeked over his shoulder and asked, “What are you drawing?”

Monkey see, monkey do

Monkey see, monkey do

They talked about the drawing for a moment while my husband kept working. Suddenly, The Duke grabbed a chair and pulled it up alongside Mr. Enigma’s recliner. Then he went into his room, grabbed his sketch book and pencil, and sat down next to his Dad and began drawing.

They worked that way for at least half an hour, and what a special, bonding time it was. Completely unplanned and uncoerced, creativity begot creativity.

daughter programming in Alice

While this side-by-side drawing was going on, my daughter was hogging my laptop, programming her first 3D animation in Alice. She took the tutorial and spent about an hour noodling around. Her finished piece was, as she put it, “A Shakespeare kind of thingy,” by which she meant a whole bunch of characters fought, declared their love for each other, and died, all in a 20-second animated movie.

What was I doing? Well, my daughter was using my computer, so I read, started getting dinner ready, and took pictures of my family just hanging out and doing stuff. It was a good day.

To see scenes from my daughter’s first movie, click the link below.

Scenes from “Oh Crap”

It’s a Shakespearean tragedy, so we all know how it ends, don’t we?

The show begins

One down

The knight falls

The show begins

Et tu?

One last farewell



  1. Not June Cleaver said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

    LOL! I think your daughter and my son would get along well. Great story. I can’t wait to show him Alice. He took a visual basic programming class in the fall, but it was too advanced for him. This program looks great.

  2. lori said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

    Also take a look at Scratch, which is from MIT. I’ve downloaded it, but no one in our house has had time to play around with it yet. Another commenter on one of my other posts mentioned it.

  3. piscesgrrl said,

    March 2, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

    I love it! I think she’s on to something… reducing Shakespeare to 30 seconds! Speaking of, have you seen “The Reduced Shakespeare Company”? You MUST. It’s a hoot and a half!

  4. lori said,

    March 4, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

    I’ll check out the reduced Shakespeare thing. Sounds like fun!

    My daughter has started her second Shakespearean movie, so it will be fun to see how it turns out. I wish Alice could export as a flash file or some other file that doesn’t require eight different kinds of Java to be installed on your machine. Bleh.

  5. piscesgrrl said,

    March 13, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

    Want me to ask Brady about how to do that? The whole export-blahblah-flash java-blahblah-upload thing? (obviously, I’m no help. ;-)

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