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.