Football

Wait a minute, is that Simon actually playing football? We never thought we would see that happen. All the credits go to Matt Parker. He is the one who got Simon interested in football, or rather – in the football as a geometrical object. Simon also gave us a lecture on the history of the football, its changing shape and aerodynamics.

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The Snowball Throwing Game in Processing

Simon invented this fun game in Processing after he and his little sister had some proper winter fun outdoors in the fresh December snow (quite rare for the local climate and thus immensely cherished by the little people). The game is about throwing  snowballs in such a trajectory that they stick to one another, forming a super-snowball. After I finished filming this, the two snowball throwers had such a great time with the game that I dare say the giggling effect from of this 2D simulation overshadowed the real snowball fight that had originally inspired it. They did love playing in the real snow on the next day though, until it melted away.

 

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For Mom’s birthday 

For my birthday, Simon made me some Fireworks:

He made them look even better the following day, by adding trails:

The code is Simon’s translation into Lua (the language of the Codea app) of Daniel Shiffman’s Fireworks Coding Chalenge (JavaScript).

We’ve also thoroughly enjoyed our birthday weekend at Brugge and especially Knokke. Fine to discover such fabulous beaches in the neighborhood. Simon loves water. Perhaps, because it is somehow related to the fluidity and of his mind and because of the freedom water provides to his body.

Snow

Back home from an adventurous trip to the Tirol Alps. Simon is excited to tell everyone about how our car got stuck deep in the snowy forest on the night of our arrival and how we had to wait for several hours while several locals, a tractor and an emergency car tried to pull us out. The panic that this encounter with the elements had caused him back when it happened has been replaced in his memory by the excitement and pride of having been through something special. This was also our first dangerous encounter with the AI and made us think about how much we rely on our brain extensions already. We trusted the navigation that confidently guided us to follow the mathematically shortest way across the mountain. As it turned out, it was a road in the summer, but not in the winter.

For the rest it was a beautiful week full of sleighing and, of course, programming.