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    #247163 - 05/10/20 02:44 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: cricket3]
    Eagle Mum Offline
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    Registered: 02/24/20
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    Loc: Australia
    Originally Posted By: cricket3
    One of our teachers, an English teacher, actually, just posted a virtual speed cubing challenge to the high schoolers via their broadcast journalism news broadcast

    What a coinkydink! Speedcubing seems to be one of the ‘nerd-ish’ activities which impresses most people. DS carried his speedcube everywhere for years and people would stare as he did his sub10 or one handed solves. (ETA: an advantage of speedcubing is that practice can be done entirely in otherwise wasted gaps of time such as commuting, waiting at the shops, accompanying parents on errands, so it’s a great boredom reliever and also doesn’t take up valuable time when the child should/could be doing necessary/important activities).

    Their school’s PDH/PE dept posted an assignment on Fri requiring students to learn a new physical skill. DD12 decided she would learn to juggle and has been practising all weekend. She can now juggle three balls - thanks YouTube!


    Edited by Eagle Mum (05/10/20 03:14 PM)

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    #247164 - 05/10/20 02:56 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: aeh]
    Eagle Mum Offline
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    Loc: Australia
    Originally Posted By: aeh
    ...our very small contribution to the main topic: overheard younger DC FTing friend while working on a GoogleDoc story together...apparently their respective characters/alter egos are a cookie and a glass of milk?

    That sounds like a very, very interesting story. laugh

    Kids do seem to like to give each other food nicknames. In upper primary, DCs and their BFs gave each other some cute ones like ‘chocolate’ & ‘milkshake’ as well.

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    #247165 - 05/10/20 05:01 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: greenlotus]
    Eagle Mum Offline
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    Originally Posted By: greenlotus
    Well, DD pulled me aside last night to share that she had figured out what percentage of Medusa's weight was her snakes. She had done some research on local Greek snakes, women's body mass......

    Please, I hope that this leads to a good job some day.

    In an ideal world, such delightfully curious minds who make the efforts to learn, analyse & creatively problem solve ought to be either leading innovative research or shaping our nations. They would certainly be great assets in a future impacted by climate change and resource draw down - we just have to somehow turn around the current rat race to the bottom.


    Edited by Eagle Mum (05/10/20 05:01 PM)

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    #247166 - 05/10/20 05:30 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: MumOfThree]
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    Is your DC into music composition as well?

    The digital age is fantastic because software now exists so that the composer can hear their pieces immediately played on the computer, but because DS's pieces are technically difficult, it takes a lot of practice before he performs them as well as he would like (he sometimes shares with us what he thinks would be a perfect chord progression that he'll omit because it's not physically amenable). I am really hoping that he does eventually upload this work to his Youtube channel, but he's a perfectionist & the current standards he now sets for himself are ridiculously high (he was inspired by Jarrod Radnich but is sometimes even critical of his works!), so he's abandoned & deleted many manuscripts into which he'd invested considerable time. Hitting the 'delete' button is like torching the manuscript. I do think it's a shame but I refrain from interfering.

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    #247167 - 05/10/20 07:38 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: Eagle Mum]
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    Has your DC considered multitracking into GarageBand or similar? He could divide parts written for two hands into more hands (or the equivalent for his instrument), or play it slower and speed it up. Even more fun, try writing orchestrations that articulate the challenging parts into multiple instruments. One of my DCs has a similar issue with composing music that requires a great deal of practice to perform, and has found that writing orchestrations allows additional musical elements to emerge from one's head.

    Also, he would not be the first composer to write music that was technically too difficult for himself to play. Robert Schumann, as you likely know, damaged his hands trying to "stretch" his span, which is why he was extremely fortunate that his wife Clara was an even more talented pianist than he was, and could perform his works. It's a not unheard of opinion among critics that Rachmaninoff (as skilled a pianist as he was) was not the best interpreter of his own works.

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    #247168 - 05/10/20 08:50 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: greenlotus]
    Eagle Mum Offline
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    Loc: Australia
    Your DC sounds very talented. So far, mine has confined himself to solo piano compositions because until now, it has been the only instrument he can play, although (speaking of random activities), two weeks ago, he picked up his older sister’s abandoned guitar & tuned it up to teach himself to play. He’s decided that the string instruments would be much more versatile for exploring harmonics & intends to use the guitar as a stepping stone to the violin (at which DH is quite proficient).

    I have previously suggested that he should compose for multiple instrument voices but I think writing solos currently reflects his general preference to do things solo, but it’s a good suggestion, thanks!

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    #247170 - 05/10/20 09:02 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: aeh]
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    Oh, I get it - multitrack recording would enable him to be the solo player of multiple voices. Possibly he’ll bite, but I think he’s currently a purist who would want to be able to perform the whole composition without digital enhancement.

    Sorry Greenlotus, the last post was also in reply to Aeh.

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    #247173 - 05/13/20 05:37 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: greenlotus]
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    Registered: 11/02/12
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    In the last few weeks, DC8 has:

    - Made a political collage of the heads of heads of state flubbing covid responses
    - Taught himself a useless programming language (coffeescript) as a gateway to others
    - Taken up poetry writing
    - Begun a creative writing project that blends satirical character study and irreverent dialogue (Pythons would be proud)
    - Become engrossed in the history of various communist regimes and...local fungi!
    - Built a distance running training plan and, surprisingly, is sticking to it
    - Watched an ungodly amount of Colbert, SNL, and South Park (expurgated)
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    #247174 - 05/13/20 10:04 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: aquinas]
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    That is quite a fun little list, aquinas! I am particularly impressed at the running plan and his follow-through (possibly because that would require the most delayed gratification for me!).

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    #247175 - 05/14/20 06:14 AM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: aeh]
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    Agreed, aeh! I'll cop to providing incentives for the running - it's on equipment in the basement, so he has to earn his screen time with exercise...

    He watches his junk tv while running. wink

    And, I'm usually exercising in parallel, so there's a competitive angle to it as well.

    (Mothers are sneaky beasts!)
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