Saturday, April 28, 2007

How to Make a Dinosaur

Not a real one, of course. Just a remote controlled machine that acts like one.

What would Gojira think? And ((almost) big girl now) onechan?


The Constructivist said...

Uncle Bill, she loved it. In fact, she watched it 3 times in a row, so I can't give you her exact words, but she said something like the following:

"A bird?" (In response to my question, "What are they making?")

"A dinosaur!" (When I told her she was right, she paused, then said, "You were wrong, daddy!" Then she reminded me it's "Kyoryu" in Japanese.)

Some reactions along the way: "It walks!" "Abunai-yo!" ("Look out!" I was like, "Don't worry, someone is making it move.") "Nagai!" (About the long neck of the long-necked dinosaur.)

After further conversation, she said, "I like the dinosaur book!" When I told her it's a video, not a book, she said "dinosaur park!" She also compared the thing driving the stegosaurus at the end to a car and a wheelchair.

I'm amazed she gave me a chance to write this!

Bill Benzon said...

Yeah Onechan! It's taken scientists a long time to see the relationship between birds and dinosaurs. She got it right off.

I wonder how the music affected her perceptions?

The Constructivist said...

Unfortunately I didn't unplug the microphone whose main purpose is to keep the computer quieter while I type at night. Will remedy the matter now. She's in the mood for some 'tube.

The Constructivist said...

With the rather foreboding music, she wanted me to stay near her for the first minute or so, but then she watched it so many times in a row (I taught her how to reload it) while the tsuma and I were hanging out that the computer overheated and shut down on her. "I like this episode!" she told us, in the midst of the reloads.

Bill Benzon said...

Hmmm . . . I wonder what she makes of all that machinery and stuff. Those same folks have some more cllips, including a "fight" between two of those animatronic (or whatever they are) creatures: