You know how parents are incessantly telling you about all the neat/funny/crazy/exasperating things their kids do and say, in loving and entirely unnecessary detail?
Those of you who just nodded and rolled your eyes should stop reading this post now and go find something constructive to do.
For everyone else: I’m about to show off Nathan’s first computer program. Well, so to speak. You see, in Minecraft there’s a set of tools and items which basically allow you to build circuits, which can then interact with the Minecraft world to move blocks or turn on lights or open doors… whatever you can dream up. Someone out there built a (limited functionality) graphing calculator in Minecraft. I swear this is true.
Dave naturally got interested in this capacity, and a while ago spent some time devising secret door or stair projects, in which a door or stairway would appear with the flick of a switch. Nathan was so fascinated by this work that Dave gave him a copy of the world for Nathan to mess with. Which he promptly did — mess with it, that is, and break pretty much every one of Dave’s test projects. That’s why he got a copy.
Life moved on. Nathan kept playing Minecraft. Dave stopped. Nathan watched countless Minecraft videos on YouTube. And then one day, out of the blue, Nathan presented us with this:
The open door. The doorway is the two-block-high open space in the middle of the screenshot.
The closed door.
This is not a copy of one of Dave’s projects, although I’m sure it’s modeled after some of them; nor, so far as we can tell, is it a direct copy of anything he’s seen on YouTube. This is Nathan, at four years old, understanding the working of redstone, repeaters and pistons sufficiently to create his own working secret door project. Dave considers it Nathan’s first computer program.
And yes, I felt it necessary to take screenshots and add them to our family pictures directory. It’s like saving his artwork… only geekier.