Geek & Dad in the wood shop

Geek & Dad have also spent a couple of afternoons in the wood shop.  Geek is working on a marble game and dad created this gift for geek’s grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary:

Small wooden sculpture to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary. (click for larger image)
Small wooden sculpture to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary. (click for larger image)

Made from a piece of a branch trimmed from the big oak tree at our house it represents two links in a chain that have been linked for 50 years.  Oak was a nicely symbolic wood to use, but was quite challenging to carve/work.

Dial-a-Dice customer in 8th country!

Dial-a-Dice sales have been tapering off, as we expect given what we’ve seen from other iPhone app developers. Once you aren’t in the “what’s new” group, sales head down unless you get into the what’s hot or get added to Apple’s advertising.

That said, we got our first sale yesterday from Canada which brings us up to 8 countries total – wow!

Geek & Dad Summer 2009 Daily Routine

The initial Geek & Dad summer 2009 routine now that Geek is on Summer Break from school:

  1. If Geek gets up first he sneaks to the computer and plays games when Dad isn’t awake to say “no!”
  2. Dad finally gets up and it’s time to stretch together
  3. Eat breakfast  together
  4. Exercise – homestead style if possible (today we stacked 3/4 cord of firewood to cure)
  5. shower, hydrate
  6. write a poem and other writing if in the mood
  7. draw for at least 30 minutes, was 45 today (sitting outside).
  8. computer time (no playing games! :))
    1. Hopefully we’ll work on some G & D projects together, but so far Dad’s been stuck on some contract work (does help pay the bills though!)
    2. otherwise Dad does Work while Geek works on whatever he wants; currently he’s evaluating game engines (Torque Game Engine, 2D version) though today he’s drafting D&D® rules (“trying to make the Stormstriker Paragon Path” – whatever that means!).
  9. Lunch together, ideally outside.
  10. unless we are doing a non-computer project which hopefully we’ll get to sooner than later, more computer stuff (since Dad’s stuck on a contract that’s what we’ve had to do).
  11. Hacky-Sack break (reminiscent of the “D-Lab” at Reed College – this is how we took our breaks from programming when I worked there starting in the summer of 1987 or was it Spring of 1986? ah the memory is going!).
  12. currently, more computer
  13. ….
  14. Mom comes home, dinner together as a family
  15. Geek does Tae Kwon Do 3 evenings a week (brown belt currently).
  16. Dad is reading “Pern” books out loud at bedtime.

The goal is to replace some of that computer time with other types of projects (electronics, building, Making, Music, etc), but so far (all of two days!) that’s been the major activity.