Coding Train

Yesterday Simon got a parcel from the US: Simon’s hero, NYU professor Daniel Shiffman sent him a beautiful gift – a Coding Train shirt! Coding Train is Daniel Shiffman’s channel on YouTube where he records tutorials, coding challenges and live streams. Basically, Coding Train has been Simon’s main learning source in Programming, Math and Physics (and English!) for months.

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At MuHKA

Visited the reopened museum of contemporary art in Antwerpen MuHKA this afternoon. Simon enjoyed a few graphical pieces, especially when allowed to take photos of them with my mobile.

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Three pictures taken by Simon:

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Definitions of “the Truth”:

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In the children’s “Salon”, we loved the survival-on-the-Moon game: you had to answer the questions about which items would help you survive on the Moon.

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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.

2048

We had a great Sunday visiting friends in The Netherlands whose kids resemble Simon in many ways. Simon made his signature bubble solution:

and learned about ray tracing in Java:

After I asked him that evening, what he loved most from the past weekend (that also involved sleeping over at grandparents’ house in Friesland), he said: trying to write code for 2048! I was surprised to hear that as I saw him do several projects in the course of the weekend but no “2048”. What is 2048? It turned out that, after he got tired of playing and snuggled with his laptop in the living room at our friends’ home, Simon tried to write his own code for a game he had played almost two years ago, involving the powers of 2. “It just got into my head!” he explained in the car on the way back. The video below is how far Simon got coding the game:

 

Wild Hyacinths

We went to see the wild hyacinths at a forest near Brussels yesterday.  Although Simon did have his usual “I’m too tired to walk” moments and I even carried him on my shoulders a couple of times, I found it quite unusual to see how much pleasure he had picking a little flower bouquet and tenderly carrying it all the way, worried that the flowers are “unhappy” without water. “I’m going to sort them into several vases back home, Mom!” he said, touching the buttercup buds, “the babies”. I told him he was not allowed to pick the hyacinths, so it was mainly the dandelions he had in his hand.

He was also very curious about how the real camera works and made several nice photographs, almost properly focused. Another point of interest was the lifespan of trees and how one can calculate their age by counting the circles inside the tree trunk.