Background context - Sempi likes to be very precise. Sempi: I'm going to have some tea before I get in the shower. Me: Hurry up you have 5 mins to finish your tea. Sempi: It'll take me more than 5 mins to just make the tea. Me: It's already 8 o' clock. I don't think you have time. Sempi: Ok. (Checks his watch) Me: (realizes he is precise) Technically it is 3 mins to 8....

May 1, 2024 · 1 min

Social engineered by my kids

It’s a Sunday afternoon and the kids chose to do 1:1 with each other. They are watching some minecraft tutorial videos on Youtube. Suddenly I hear Sempi running towards me and asks for 5 more minutes. I say sure and get back to my own activity (reviewing PRs on personal projects). Then 5 minutes later he comes back and asks for 3 more minutes to finish the current video. I agreed since it felt like such a small time frame....

March 24, 2024 · 1 min

Opposite of a Crater

The kids are having Pizza. One of the pizza slices had a trapped air bubble and looked engorged. Yoshi: Looks like there is a crater in your pizza. (from her angle she could only see the gaping hole). Sempi: (from his side he can only see the bulge) No it is the opposite of a crater. It is a meteor. TIL the opposite of a crater is a meteor. 

August 31, 2022 · 1 min

Conversations about the largest number

We’re at a restaurant waiting for our food. My 9yo is discussing large numbers. Sempi: Did you know that googol is 1 followed by 100 zeroes? Me: Yeah. Sempi: And googolplex means 1 raised to the power of googol. Me: Technically it is 10 to the power of googol because 1 to the power of anything is just 1. Sempi: Ok. (whatever). Me: Also Google is named after googol. Sempi: I know....

May 23, 2022 · 2 min


The kids like to scare me by trying to jump out from under the covers and yell “BOO!”. I like to pretend that I’m scared of their tactics. The other day I decided to return the favor by suddenly entering their room and yelling “BOO!”. I managed to scare Vian and he started giggling in fear and shrunk back under his comforter. Me: Hey Vian, looks like I scared the bejeezus out of you....

November 30, 2021 · 1 min