The Craigslist Express
You know those parents who have tons of enriching and educational activities for their kids to do? Like homemade play-dough and awesome crafts? We are not those parents. We’re the parents whose child was in a cast before his first birthday. It’s not for lack of trying, but Jason is an only child and...
More fun with toys: the Ikea LILLABO Train Set
As further proof of my unsuitability to be a child minder (see previous post) I found myself playing with an Ikea LILLABO 20-piece basic set train. The train set has 16 pieces of track (12 curves, two straight pieces and a two part bridge) and 4 pieces of train. What I wondered was... how many possible looping train tracks can be made using all 16 pieces? The answer is... 9. Here's a picture of the 9 different layouts. The picture was generated using a little program written in Processing…
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Playing Along with Blue Mountain Mystery
If you’ve read my other posts, you may have noticed that the Little Engineer and I enjoy playing out stories from the books we read. The same goes for videos and games. The Little Engineer doesn’t ask to watch a lot of TV, and while he loves certain games on our iPad, he generally prefers...Read More »
Paper Craft Storage in IKEA Shelving
There are so many paper craft storage solutions available at Stamp-n-Storage. Check out some of our IKEA solutions to get some organization inspiration!
Model Railroading - The Mistakes You Need To Avoid - Model Train Buzz
Model railroading for beginners is all about getting the basics right. Start off with the wrong scale or the wrong information and your model railway could turn into a frustrating and costly hobby. When the experts talk about model railroading, they often use technical language that can confuse the beginner. If you are the confused …
Lessons in Agile Development from a Wooden Train Set - SolutionsIQ
When we build train sets, we use concepts from agile development, including evolutionary design, continuous integration, short iterations, and refactoring.