August 12th, 2016
Tonight, Oscar was a it worried about robbers coming in the night to take
his toys. We had a chat about it, including police, and jobs and how
robbers rob because they can’t get a job… It all culminated in this set
of logical leaps by Oscar.
“I want to be a policeman when I’m big, to tell the robbers what to do.
They rob because they can’t get a job. Maybe I can tell them what job to
get. Oh, except I don’t know much about that… But they could be a
policeman! … No. That won’t work. If they’re all police, then there’ll be
no robbers. An then what will the police do?”
“Oh, what do the police do when there’s no robbers?”
“I don’t know. We haven’t got to that level yet, have we, Daddy”
“Hmm. Maybe you can think about it a bit more. But now it’s time to go to
July 31st, 2016
I love conversations with Oscar. He’s excited about getting Cubetto, a robot programming toy I’ve backed on
Kickstarter, which won’t arrive for a couple more months (fingers crossed!)
He wanted to know why we can’t get it now, so I told him about Kickstarter
and getting people on the Internet to help you build your ideas. He says
he’d “like to make an idea using the nin-ternet”. After a bit of thought
his idea is to make a robot as big as Daddy, so we had a look at the Ed
Snowden telepresence robot
and decided we could build it out of Lego and an iPad, although I’m not
sure how we’ll control the wheels. He loved the thought of having a robot
pretending to be him downstairs while he’s controlling it upstairs.
And then Oscar wanted to find Ed and ask him about how he built his robot
so we talked about why Ed is hard to find and people want to put him in
jail. Oscar reckons we should put in jail the people that wanna put Ed in
jail. Proud daddy moment!
Anyway… Does anyone have any idea how to build a Lego motorised robot
that can be controlled by an iPad over the internet??? I have a feeling
this could be a loooong project in the making…