Hal Eagar works in NYC Downtown theatre as a computer programer. Hovering somewhere between Artist - Technologist - Designer he enjoys making "things" even if those things are as intangible as digital media-scapes and edgy theatre no one will ever get to see. I have made some tangible things in, two cute children, and since they take up a lot more of my time and my mind, and there are people who want to read about them they have taken over the blog just like they take over everything else :)
Dec 6, 2008
There is Joy in Repetition
Or so says Prince, and clearly toddlers agree. I was just thinking about this love or repetition, which Bertram clearly shares. He loves his sign language video even though he has seen it numerous times, and now he know what part comes next. It occurs to me that it's probably enjoyable because repetition confirms their understanding of the world. And when you are just starting out that is your prime objective, to figure out the world enough that you can predict what would happen next. We model the universe (as we understand it)so that we can predict what will happen as a result of your actions. So something like a video, or the Animatronic singing snowmen that we borrowed from Milo and Lola, is that they are predictable. Safe and reassuring that you can depend on things to go the way you expect sometimes. And I imagine that for a toddler that is a feeling you don't get often enough in the confusing world. No conclusion to tack onto this, just an observation.
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