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Day 203/365: Lido & Oculus Rift [20180722|22:55]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Today we went to Cheltenham and tried out the beautiful lido. There are three pools: a splashy toddler pool, a children's pool and the full-length swimming pool. We spent three hours at the children's pool and had a ball. Humuhumu found her inner mermaid, spending all her time diving down to the bottom and teaching herself to flip and roll. Keiki discovered jumping in from the side unaided and shrieking with glee.

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Humuhumu playing the introductory game in Oculus Rift. Keiki and bloke look on.

Then we went over to their cousins' house and had a special treat: we got to try Oculus Rift. I was surprised to find I loved it. I made myself stop after 10 minutes so Humuhumu could have a go. She was as enamoured of it as I was, and found it even more intuitive despite the equipment being a bit big for her.

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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-07-23 03:10 (UTC)
Oh, I am so jealous about the Oculus Rift! I can't wait for immersive VR to be a part of my life. <3
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-23 19:57 (UTC)
We were contemplating whether or not to get a gaming console before this. Humuhumu adores games & wants to play more complex ones. Now we're toying with the idea of Oculus Rift as a family Xmas gift...
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-07-23 20:15 (UTC)
Also, and I'm too lazy to look this up right now, but a very close friend did his BA dissertation on gaming, and there was sooooo much research suggesting that kids who game from an early age have faster and stronger development of motor skills, reflexes, cognitive abilities, and and and and and. The list went on, but the tl;dr is that complex gaming is good for young brains and bodies.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-23 20:19 (UTC)
I can well believe it. Humuhumu has an amazing set of reflexes and a tremendous amount of body confidence.

Oh also, you'll like this: I took her climbing again today. It's the fourth time she's been to the clip-n-climb and she was shooting up and down the climbs without my supervision. Which is good because we'd brought a friend of hers who is a lot less athletic and self-assured, and I spent most of my time coaching her.

One of the instructors asked her what her favourite sport was. I reminded her what she does (swimming, gymnastics, rugby and climbing). She blurted out, "I want to go climbing every day." Welp. There you go.
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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-07-23 10:39 (UTC)
Great you had a chance to go to the pool - I guess that doesn't happen all that often in the UK, does it?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-23 19:57 (UTC)
No, and certainly not continuous weeks of weather so good you could go every day!
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[User Picture]From: meringues
2018-07-24 06:26 (UTC)
I'm still debating on whether I should check out one of the VR cafes in my neighborhood. I've only ever had one VR experience before, when I was at the amusement park, and it was so hardcore it turned me off of VR in general.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-24 09:27 (UTC)
This was very gentle. I only went through the training video, which involved a friendly robot. I can imagine plunging straight into an action-packed game or similar would be very disorienting, so I was glad to have had this much more sedate introduction!
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