archive for September, 2009
From birth, our daughter has gone to sleep to a rather untraditional lullaby, Ambient 1: Music for Airports, composed by the brilliant Brian Eno. The four pieces are ‘evolving soundscapes’ designed to approximate the emotional effect of visual art. To us they always have felt like the soundtrack to an amazing dream. We love it. -> iTunes.
Another wonderful creation of Eno’s (in collaboration with musician & software designer Peter Chilvers) is an iPhone app called Bloom. By echoing back patterns you create with simple taps on the screen, you’re able to produce lovely ambient melodies. Most definitely something for every age. Available on iTunes.
We Choose The Moon is an interactive recreation of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The site is made up of CG sequences depicting 11 “mission critical” events of the voyage, as well as 450 archival photos and videos from NASA and the JFK Library. 40 years later, it’s still just as amazing. We humans are pretty awesome.
We wanted to share some of our favorite iPhone apps for kids. There’s a lot of clutter out there, so we thought this might help parents from having to sift through the pile.
First up, is iWriteWords. It makes great use out of the technological capabilities of the iPhone. A numbered path guides your child as they are challenged to write a variety of short (animal) words, letter by letter. Once you’re done, a voice announces what you’ve spelled accompanied by a child’s drawing of that particular creature.
Our daughter picked it up very quickly and I’m convinced she’s benefited from playing with it. There’s a free “Lite” version of it, but the full version is only $1.99. We love it. Get it from the AppStore.
Our daughter recently turned three, so to celebrate we decided to have a good ol’ fashioned bubble party. Shown above is the e-vite we sent out which includes a little bit of Photoshop magic that even we were a little surprised we managed to pull off. Below are some highlights from the big day.
We were inspired to put the kids inside of their own bubbles after reading this post on Katie Rich’s awesome katie did blog. We even managed to do a few of the adults!