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Areas of strength:

  • Perl expert (specifically enterprise software development)
  • Sybase (including design and optimization)
  • GUI design

Areas of familiarity:

  • Web programming (EmbPerl, JSP, CSS, HTML, JavaScript)
  • C++

...P.S. I'm not really 42. But 42 is way cooler than a real answer :)

...P.P.S. Don't read too much into the icon. Just a minor nod to Cryptonomicon.


Nov
21
comment Music player for toddlers
While I agree that the question as formulated is offtopic, I will give an answer in hopes that the question is improved. highly recommend Sansa Salt Shaker player. It's designed for the kids and I was VERY successful with my kids using it since the age of 1.5 YO. Its features include: dual headphones jack for >1 kids, decent enough speaker, AAA batteries, easy controls (as I said, my 1.5YO managed to skip/pause); and pleasant design. It also takes SD card of up to 2GB so plenty of music fits AND you can change the selection anytime. It's also very kid friendly in price - was ~$20.
Nov
11
comment Is bribing children with cash incentives a good idea?
@Koert - gving money for what is the norm is usually called "salary". Giving extra for extra achievements is "bonus".
Nov
10
comment Can learning sign language be harmful for babies' speech development?
This should probably be asked on skeptics SE
Nov
9
comment How can we keep my niece's hair out of her eyes?
My kid tends to rub her eyes - with usually dirty hands - to get hair out of them. So it is likely to become a safety/hygiene issue.
Nov
9
comment How can we keep my niece's hair out of her eyes?
It's a heath problem. My kid tends to rub her eyes - with usually dirty hands - to get hair out of them.
Nov
9
comment How can we keep my niece's hair out of her eyes?
@Martha - count your blessings. I have the same problem with my youngest (she's 3 and this started at 1.5 as well) - except my wife flat out refuses to allow her hair to be cut ! :( I would strongly recommend a haircut - they aren't that frequently needed (say every 2 months) and pretty easy to do at that age as you don't need a model-perfect looks
Nov
3
comment How do I get an easily distracted 5 year old to eat more?
@noelicus - oh, he only gets the reward when a reasonable (by our standard) portion is finished - which usually means 95% of what's on the plate(s).
Oct
24
comment What are the best approaches to dealing with 3-year-old's copying of older sibling's illness symptoms?
+1 since it's a good advice in general. However I can't accept the answer since in our case it's literally the case of aping and NOT of asking for attention (it's clear, because this exact approach - which we tried - yielded zero benefits; AND since she never lacks attention when he's sick - actually, she is a significant beneficiary when he's sick since she can play with the toys he isn't allowed to). The best indicator is that she never fakes being sick if she's NOT in earshot when he complains of the symptoms - e.g. if he's ALREADY sick she never fakes being sick post-factum.
Oct
24
comment What are the best approaches to dealing with 3-year-old's copying of older sibling's illness symptoms?
@Beofett - I have added the link to where I mentioned that question in my text. Thanks!
Oct
22
comment How can I negotiate with a toddler successfully?
+1 (especially for "attention 2 second child" and "go without shoes" option - completely forgot both though used them successfully)
Oct
22
comment How can I handle a child that claims medical problems as a bad excuse?
Parents are conniving sneaky bastards
Oct
14
comment How to stop my son being overly sensitive of his peers?
@Erin - something to do with this being a normal human behavior. Of COURSE he is doing it to make himself feel better. Doesn't make it bullying. Bullying is intentionally HARMING someone. Having your feelings hurt because you're jealous does not constitute harm.
Oct
13
comment How to stop my son being overly sensitive of his peers?
@Erin - sorry, I disagree completely. Bullying is about intentionally harming. The OP made it pretty clear that there's no intent to harm. Let's not dilute actual damaging behavior like bullying by labeling anything leading to hurt feelings as "bullying". Otherwise pretty much ALL human behavior becomes bullying, especially behavior exhibited by non-adults.
Oct
9
comment What toys tend to be a child's favorite, and why?
Plus, they emulate adults. E.g. "take the lunchbag like papa and go to work", "put things in a box to organize them", "this is my wallet" etc...
Sep
17
comment How do I deal with my baby pulling herself up in her crib?
I hadn't thought of possibility of climbing them either. But my kids, sadly, did :) We took the bumpers away from the crib pretty early on to reduce the risk of climbing/falling out