Multiplication tables

Multiplication tables

For some time now, we’ve been using the BigBrainz math game to help the kids practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.

I’m very impressed with the game. The little bit of artificial stress that is added when your math fact is crucial to defeating a “boss” seems to really help reinforce their memorization compared to flash cards!

Asher has made enormous progress in just the last week on his multiplication tables with daily BigBrainz practice. If you’re looking for a simple and fun way to reinforce multiplication tables and other math facts for your children, I highly recommend BigBrainz.

Minecraft

At Christmas the kids caught the Minecraft bug from their cousins. They pooled their birthday and chore money and bought it. They’ve been enjoying tinkering around with it, together with the help of some books we reserved at the library. Today I installed Ubuntu on the old Windows XP laptop, and voila! We have a dedicated Minecraft computer now.

Work

I was amused to find this in my fortune cookie last night.

For most of the last thirteen years, I have worked on IBM’s z/OS Communications Server mainframe networking product. Over the last two years I have still reported to Comm Server management but have been on loan to other IBM product areas as part of helping to lend our networking, security and high-availability expertise. I’ve only had three managers in the last thirteen years, which I think is fairly unusual.

But now I’m making the move to the IBM PureApplication System organization, where I have been working for the past year. You can think of it as “cloud in a box” (although this is both a little inapt and also oversimplified).

I’ll miss working with all of the wonderful folks in Comm Server. But I’m looking forward to wrestling with a new challenge.