Just a little short thing tonight.
Two evenings sacrificed rebuilding and and lovingly re-configuring my HTPC just so it can play old Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Genesis, and Playstation games. Two evenings where I monopolized the television doing so, frustrating my wife. Two evenings where I was able to forsake actual work, as in sawmill stuff, in favor of a "fun" kind of work. Two evenings where I went to bed too late because I'm OCD and have to have things working perfectly or all figured out before calling it a night. Two evenings just spent nerding-out for hours on end, painstakingly configuring something I don't really have the free time to indulge in all that much.
So what did I get? In the end what was I after?
That's my five year old daughter just whomping-up on Mario 64.
That's right. She picked up the controller and started directing Mario like she'd been doing it forever. I sat and watched her play, giving her tips on how to avoid the Bob-Ombs and Goombas, showing her how to do the slam-jump thing using two fingers at once, and in general just enjoying her enjoying something new.
So maybe Sharaun wasn't entirely bought-into the "need" for another source of entertainment... but man we sure had a blast racing in Mario Kart.
Tomorrow maybe I'll show her the 8-bit Little Mermaid game... goodnight.