Thursday, August 30, 2007

4 movies that motivated my children

(1) Matilda (because Matilda doesn't wait for approval to do her schoolwork and stays true to herself)

(2) Lang leve de koningin (because a smart girl can be better at chess than at school)

(3) Lemony Snicket's 'We're very concerned' (because one of the children invents incredible solutions and the other applies the knowledge he found in books)

(4) A beautiful mind (because Nash fights mental illness with his exceptional mind, succeeds and even wins the Nobel prize) (very mature content though, read the discussion under comments)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

What comes after breastfeeding

I look back to 13 years of breastfeeding and daily care for the children.I've learned much in those years, particularly at the active level. I've learned about every aspect of the rose of Leary, every sort of introversion / extroversion relationship and much more, in real life. I've become a walking dictionnary about Dutch parenting books and I've even got followers.
What to do with all this lugage? How about writing another book?
About my bicycle: La bicyclette à Odile. No, my bike is active level only.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

from parent chores to readership

La rentrée des classes is French for returning to school after summer. I don't know how you say this in English, because I used to go to a French speaking class in the Netherlands. Now all my children are at school, and it looks like I'm busier than ever. There are piles of laundry that are clean but need to be carried upstairs, there is some administration I should mind, I promissed to change my e-mail address, I want to write the article I promissed to write, because I don't like to do everything at the last minute anymore. And there is paperwork concerning my children's new school. Suddenly I have all children at another school and these schools are cooperative at this moment.
In between I searched the web for my blog with hotbot msn search and found out that someone had thanked me for an idea from my blog. This search site enables you to find sites that link to you. What I found out is that the list is different for different searching engines. It can be useful to know who links to you to get an idea if you're writing attracts the readership that you're looking for. Many readers may be writers, after all.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

factor analysis and creation

On a post comment on Ktismatics, whom I like to read for personal growth, ktismatics wrote to me personally:

Sometimes you present your ideas in a form that’s perfectly understandable but phrased in an uncommon way. As with poetry, the unusual wording causes the reader to pay closer attention to what’s being said, to consider things from a slightly different perspective.

The puzzling thing is that I have a slightly different perspective
in Dutch
and French as well. (I'm half Dutch, half French.)
makes me think
that I might have my
axes slightly rotated
if we would do a factor analysis of concepts and
that we relate to them.

And I know that the picture is not one of axes that are rotated
like in the
book, but that's exactly the kind of transformation I would do
with information.
I add something that wasn't there in the manual.

And note that on the sphere, where the lines meet, the axes look orthogonal.

And this
is what ktismatics is
teaching us, showing us with the practice of creation.
How to read,
observe with our creation button ON.

Monday, August 6, 2007


If you're from Boulder, check out if you can find this enygmatic stand.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Puzzle vacation time

Posts with printable puzzles (mostly mazes) to take away to the beach (or digg your own maze in the sand if you're so lucky).
Posts with all kinds of puzzles (plugged)
this is a sheep puzzle. Rated: not sure if a sheep can understand English nor if it can use the interface we provide it. There is a sound track to go with it.
Puzzles and science about puzzles

*new* item at Chez Odile is the metachat where Creatives and Thinkers meet.


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