The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree
My 11-year-old nephew came to visit for several days during spring break and was a great help in several ways – he not only volunteered and mowed the back yard and raked the front yard (very helpful in light of my lingering case of mono), he also set up a new wireless network for me. I’d been using a wired router until now, because that’s what Vonage required when I first set it up years ago, and being someone who likes to leave technology things alone as long as they’re working, I had never gotten around to switching over to wireless when the routers became compatible.
I sometimes jokingly refer to Trevor as a one-man personal Geek Squad, because there’s not a piece of electrical, computer, video or audio hardware that he can’t figure out how to set up and operate in 5 minutes or less. Pretty much the same goes for software. Having him around means I don’t have to learn new technology or that when I do want to, I have someone who can show me how to work it in just a few minutes. Trevor’s destined to become an electrical or computer engineer or computer graphics whiz and probably all of those and more.
So while he was here, I mentioned to him the xtranormal video site and how I had seen funny things made with it, but had been too lazy to learn how to operate it myself. He took the laptop into the living room and, thanks in part to the wireless network he’d just set up, not only learned how to operate xtranormal but created the following in under an hour:
I would like to note for the record that I exercised zero editorial input or script control. This was entirely written and created by Trevor in his own devious little mind. I never saw it until the final product was done.
I’m sure Beth will be appalled by the language so I’ll just remind her: “Cesspool Hattie,” and worse, were the products of our devious little 9-year old minds. We were the kids who everyone wanted offa their damn lawns…and we didn’t turn out all that bad. Though I certainly understand why she doesn’t want to encourage her own kids to emulate us – or my nephew.