The grandparents of the Power Puff Girls

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The grandparents of the Power Puff Girls are those big-eyed waif pictures from the 60s and 70s that went so well with Tang, the space-age powdered orange drink choice of astronauts. The prototype were those painted by Margaret Keane, and despite the cutesy factor, the world looked cold for those parentless children. When I was a kid in the suburbs …

Talk amongst yourselves about Harriet Myers–we'll make hydrogen sulfide

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Yeah, yeah, I know. Harriet Myers, Harriet Myers. Whatever. We’ll see what the Bushtroll does next. In the meanwhile, we made hydrogen sulfide!!! And it smelled real bad. Bad enough that it chased H.o.p. from our little science lab (kitchen). “Eeeeeew, yuck! That stinks!” and he ran. It’s tough doing science when your seven-year-old flees the room. Kids like stuff …

Our next exhibit

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Pure poetry aided and abetted by Erik Satie, recommended by Norwegianity. Every afternoon at four o’clock, he finds himself in a room where he sits and watches the passing of the telephone lines playing on the opposite wall. The other day H.o.p. saw something that was only a positive archetypal figure in a brief story. I forget what it was. …

We are lousy scientists

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I subscribe to Robert Krampf’s Experiment of the Week newsletter. Today Experiment #442 Melting Ice was the offering. H.o.p. is game for anything to do with water and ice. Perfect. We were instructed to put an ice cube in boiling water and hold one under a stream of cold water. The question was, which would melt the ice faster, the …

It is not "real life" – it is what we’ve been educated to believe is "real life"

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I don’t often post human-interest type stories like this one below, from CNN, but aside from my wanting to note that had this been an anti-war demonstration gone wrong, in which case I think a lot of people would have ended up in jail (I don’t believe any arrests happened), I wanted to hear some response to this. Because I …

The War of Reds and Greens

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The above picture of a frozen lake of water on Mars was taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft. The story is here. I tell H.o.p. about it and he goes, “Wow!!!!!!!” and we get rather excited. I’ve just finished showing H.o.p. a few more Photoshop tricks after my illustrating for him tales …

Eclectic homeschooling with blogs

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Klondike Kate’s Aurora continues her watch on the sun’s antics. Her enthusiasm is catching. “Science is cool” she writes, and if H.o.p. was a little older and interested yet in the sun and sun spots then I’d be reading to him her entries. A sample: There is an intriguing picture in the film strip on the lmsal solarsoft page , …