We’ve had quite the lazy weekend around here. I keep thinking I’m going to do some quilting beyond loading up the machine and pushing the button on the IQ, but then I find myself waking up from a 2 hour nap. Or finishing a book, or any number of other non-quilting activities. I guess my quilting mojo is still simmering below the surface, not quite ready to wake up and take over.
Speaking of taking over. I’ve had limited computer access for part of the weekend because both boys are now learning how to write computer programs. Here’s Joe, reading the really awesome book I found online:
The book is called Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python. It’s available from Amazon.com, but it’s also available in HTML or PDF format for free from the author’s website:
It’s aimed at complete beginners, and my almost-11-year olds are having absolutely no trouble understanding it. The author is brilliant: invent your own computer games? Of course they were all over a book with a title like that! I did have to warn them that they had to start with pretty simple games, no fancy graphics or anything. Joe has already worked his way through a bunch of chapters, the latest program he finished was a version of Hangman with ASCII art. Pretty cool.
We’ve ordered the book, we could print it ourselves, but it’s quite long, and I’d like to support the author.
While Joe was reading about programming, Will was reading:
(If you can’t tell, that’s The Hunt for Red October. He thinks submarines are the bees’ knees. Can you see his grin under the book? Not thrilled about picture taking. Joe actually asked me what I was going to use the pictures for…)
Well, duh, of course they were for my blog.
I’ve been writing and deleting paragraphs for about 20 minutes now, so I think that’s a sign that it’s just time to call it quits and start fresh in the morning.
Esther S says
Thanks so much for this recomendation. My son is a total computer geek and I am trying to direct his hobby in a more constructive direction but finding material for real beginners that doesn’t require a large outlay of money is tricky. Creating these games will be his Summer project
Too bad dad isn’t on subs anymore. You guys should come for thanksgiving and your reunion and go to the nautilus.