I am proud to report that my two oldest daughters - Nicolette and Emmanuelle - were part of today's convocation ceremony at MHC! John Grayson asked them to show off the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project's XO laptop during his presentation on the importance of free software and open standards, particularly in the developing world. I hope the audience also picked up on the pivotal role that Mary Lou Jepsen played during her tenure as Chief Technology Officer for the OLPC project during the development of the XO. Her contributions to this project were truly remarkable. I can't wait to see what she does next.
While professor Grayson waxed eloquent about the transformative power of technology, Emmie and Nicolette were playing with their XO laptops on stage. So what were they doing? Chatting of course. And what were they saying? Well, I just happen to have the transcript:
E: Hi N: Weirdo N: Hi E: You're the weirdo N: You have big feet E: Your feet are just as big as mine N: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz E: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
There you have it.
We took the kids to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH last week. My oldest daughter Emmie had gone there with a friend before, but otherwise we had never been. There were suitably sized rides for all of our kids, ages 5, 7, and 9. I didn't have such a bad time myself. My favorite ride was the Starblaster. I was mentally prepared for the ride up, but hadn't really considered the ride down. Fortunately my daughter was holding my hand, so I kept it together. Of course, I didn't ride anything that spins. My ride neighbors don't usually appreciate my presence on those kinds of things. We went on a Tuesday, which I thought would mean smaller crowds. Perhaps it does, but if so, I'd hate to see what the weekends were like - it's a popular place. Thumbs up.