Playing Degrees of Separation on The Switch

Playing Degrees of Separation on The Switch 0

How to turn off work thoughts during your free time?

How to turn off work thoughts during your free time? 0

The Christmas Parenting Woes of Joseph


The Star Wars Holiday Special


Getting Good Seats At The Nativity Play

Getting a good seat at the Nativity 0

Playing Degrees of Separation on The Switch

I’m not sure what it was about Degrees of Separation that first got my attention, but I’d been looking for it on sale for a while.

Loading up the two player game, I suggested to the seven year old that she may want to join. She gladly took my up on the offer, and joined in.

We found that Degrees of Separation is a puzzle driven platformer, with the focus on how your characters impact the surroundings. He freezes the world around, she heats it up – and the two of you can’t touch.

We’re playing through this as a two player co-op, but there are also one player, and online versions available.

First impressions, is quite simply that this game is beautiful to look at. Each level is coloured differently to reflect the part of the screen your character is in, seamlessly changing as you both move around. 

The puzzles focus on team work between the characters, she impacts the world in ways he can’t, and vica versa. And if one of you playing is a seven year old, you may catch yourself saying that teamwork is important time and time again. I’ll leave you to decide if this is a good thing.

One last point for now, this isn’t a particularly action packed game, it immersive, and it pays to take your time. But I found it a good excuse to explain to the small one to slow down, and to appreciate what the game has to offer. Don’t expect levels to complete in this game, think… more long chapters in a book.

We’re not far into it yet, but (at the time of hitting publish), this is on sale in the Nintendo Switch store for just a few quid. I’d recommend going and grabbing it.

Indeed judging from the request from the small one, I think the small one would agree.

Here’s the trailer.

The Christmas Parenting Woes of Joseph

It occured to me the other day, normally when you see Mary and Joseph in a stable, they seem to be smiling. Whilst I know that a birth of a baby is meant to be a happy occasion, I’m fairly sure Joseph was already having his own series of parenting woes. After all, all parents have them, but I wondered what sort of issues Joseph had as a parent…

  1. Busy wondering if the animals had been fed recently.
  2. Why are all these guys rocking up?That smell? Baby or livestock?
  3. “Yes I know I didn’t book ahead – sorry dear”
  4. When people comment about how the little one looks like his mother.
  5. Those moments he compared himself to the other father.
  6. Dealing with a little drummer boy.
  7. Planning the return journey to take into account a small child.
  8. Getting shouted at by Mary for spending “just 5 minutes” in the inn.
  9. The pressure of having to entertain three kings at once.
  10. Being slightly worried that the animals may get confused over the whole baby in a manger thing.

I guess I’m thankful we didn’t have to put up with a little drummer boy randomly showing when Little Sofa was born.

The Star Wars Holiday Special

I don’t know why I do this to myself. Every year, I try and watch this – I think I just like to see how far I can get. I’ve reached 19 minutes could be a new personal best.

Worth watching for the cultural legendness. Stop watching it for the incoherent wookie speak.

Getting Good Seats At The Nativity Play

Getting a good seat at the Nativity

Christmas. Its a time of goodwill, peace to all men. Apart from obviously during late night Christmas shopping, Tesco, the end of the work do, and when parents wrestle for the best seat at the School Nativity play.

So how can you get the good seats at a school nativity play?

Here’s our tips*:

  1. Involve Spy / Friend on the inside who’s paid enough attention to know the quick way in.
  2. Use your Ninja skills to sneak past people.
  3. Invest in some bribe material for the school receptionist. (Chocolate, or alcohol would usually do the trick)
  4. Wear some American football style armor.
  5. Use any PE Equipment / Zip Wire to your advantage.
  6. Nativity Play at the end of the day? Drop the child off at the start of the day… don’t go home. (May need the above mentioned bribe material to avoid the cops being called).
  7. Walk in while wearing a nativity costume. Enough people may sit far enough away from you, so you end up getting a good seat anyway. Particularly if you’re dressed and smelling like a donkey.
  8. Fly a drone into the school hall, watch nativity via drones camera. Hope the battery for the drone doesn’t die.
  9. Involve a well placed confused old dear to stand in (other) peoples way.
  10. Sleeping bag. Reserve your place when the school closes the day before.

Any other ideas?

*Obviously if you do any of this, people may look at you oddly / arrange for you to be arrested. Good Luck…

Stuff To Do Before Christmas

Devon Dad - Christmas To Do List

Such a peaceful time of year… obviously haven’t included things like decorations… getting to all the Christmas Carol services… finding Santa – just for small one to not speak to him…

Something About Procrastination

Love this. I came across this while doing some research for work, but caught myself relating to this… a little too well..

Love how he talks about wikipedia.

Love how he checks the fridge in case the contents have changed over the last ten minutes.

Love how he talks about the lack of deadlines.

I would say how much we use reminder apps to great effect, but that’s probably not the case, the Instant Gratification Monkey finds something better to do. Like looking at the wikipedia entry for Doctor Who, The Angels Take Manhattan.

I’m off to fall down a Youtube type rabbit hole.