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  • HyperHam 1:55 pm on November 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , grandparents, Hong Kong, Ohio, Portal 2, ,   

    The modern traditional family 

    My husband and I are geeks, through and through. When the baby went down for bed yesterday, we could have folded clothes or played a few levels of Portal 2. Guess what won out? (The laundry got folded this morning, no worries). So this noon when it was time to feed Alex lunch, we noticed that both my parents (in the US) and his folks (in Hong Kong) were online. We pretty much pushed the boundries of Skype (and our broadband!), but there we were, with laptops sitting next to each other, and two sets of grandparents watching their grandson enjoy lunch. It was 7 am in Ohio, noon in London, and 8 pm in Hong Kong, but were any other family sitting down to a Sunday meal.

    People decry technology for the downfall of the family. “We’ve become too isolated!”, they screech. “We can’t even talk to each other anymore!” And I agree. Technology, like ANYTHING else in the world, can hurt you if you let it. But considering technology helped me find my husband, keep in touch with him when we lived an ocean apart, and keep our family together now that baby Alex is here, I can only find good in technology. Yes, I check my email while I feed baby his morning milk. Yes, my husband is on his phone first thing in the morning. Yes, my son understands what most remotes in the house do. And yes, we do love Portal 2. But, this is our family.

    Non-traditional, geeky, and always loving.

     
  • HyperHam 12:45 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , gaming, , Portal 2   

    Monkey and I won Portal 2 a few days ago.  Technically, Monkey won it, I served as the World’s Most Annoying Backseat Gamer.  I couldn’t help myself, once I figured out how it was all supposed to work, I obsessed over it till we were done.  You know, there are a lot of parenting manuals out there, styles of raising your kids, from Gina Ford’s strictness to co-op commune.  Helicopter moms versus Hands Off dads.  I think there is an under-represented parenting style, The Gamer Parent.

     

    The Gamer Parent (TGP) tends to overhype the arrival of the new game, but rarely reads up on the game itself (spoilers!).

    TGP sees each day, even each hour as a different level to be conquered.  She knows that the game won’t solve itself – she has to be willing to risk it all for the big reward.

    TGP is hyper aware of every small clue along the way, and will often journal or blog her progress as a way of remembering and seeing new patterns in play.

    TGP  can often become myopic and has to be reminded to step away from the game every once in awhile, lest she gets burnt out.

    TGP often uses the Internet for tips and hints on her level – specific issue.

    TGP understands that even though a particular level seems impossible, she can’t give up.  She has to keep slogging through.

     

    Right now we are dealing with constipation.  We’re doing warm baths, tummy massage, trying to give water, everything and anything.  Before that, it was painful gas and spitting up.  Before that, it was jaundice.  The levels change, the game as a whole stays the same.  You adapt, or die.  You take help where you can find it.  You remember to keep your head about you.  You rejoice in well planned executions as well as happy accidents.  You never give up.

     

    You never give up.

     

    You never give up.

     

    And if all else fails, UPDOWNUPDOWNLEFTRIGHTLEFTRIGHTABABSELECTSTARTGIN.

     
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