Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Procrastinating about cbeebies***** part III

I have been procrastinating a lot today, about a series of posts I have been planning. So it seems appropriate to instead substitute the post with just this, which nearly says everything -

Time now for another post about which I have been procrastinating - the cbeebies series. Today, a look at the fun and games section.

The games at cbeebies are many and varied, ranging from the simplest ones at Teletubbies which require a child to just keep on dabbing the space bar, to those meant for the kindergarten kids and first graders, utilizing both the keyboard and mouse. Direct educational games i.e. those teaching alphabet/phonics/counting/geometry etc are few, but BBC schools caters to that, more of which some other time. There are jigsaws, mazes, quite a few kinds of colouring games, dance games and music games, games with animals, games about ecology - there is something for most everybody. Most of the games are animated one way or the other, and have a full screen option which works out great. One of the advantages at BBC is that very often you will find the size of the game given alongside, helping you decide whether or not you will be able to play it on a low bandwidth. There is not one game which hasn't been worth looking at - even if you only play once because of personal preferences.

Here is a random selection of games (click to go there direct) which we have liked -

I could perhaps include a dozen more, but there is no point. Just go there and explore!

URL - http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/fun/

P.S. Another quote, worth thinking about, and also, worth reading the whole essay in full if you have the time -

"Good procrastination is avoiding errands to do real work.

Good in a sense, at least. The people who want you to do the errands won't think it's good. But you probably have to annoy them if you want to get anything done. The mildest seeming people, if they want to do real work, all have a certain degree of ruthlessness when it comes to avoiding errands.

Some errands, like replying to letters, go away if you ignore them (perhaps taking friends with them). Others, like mowing the lawn, or filing tax returns, only get worse if you put them off. In principle it shouldn't work to put off the second kind of errand. You're going to have to do whatever it is eventually. Why not (as past-due notices are always saying) do it now?

The reason it pays to put off even those errands is that real work needs two things errands don't: big chunks of time, and the right mood. If you get inspired by some project, it can be a net win to blow off everything you were supposed to do for the next few days to work on it. Yes, those errands may cost you more time when you finally get around to them. But if you get a lot done during those few days, you will be net more productive."
This is by Paul Graham, and this time instead of linking to the essay as such, I have given the link to the entire index of his essays, because I loved more than one, and can't not share it all! There will be more quoting from him in the future for sure!

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