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Mad Scientists

main-physicsMy mother always says if you want to get a basic understanding of something start at a fourth grade level.  So, lately I’ve been learning a lot about physics from a fantastic site called Physics 4 Kids.   I read once that physics became rarified because Academics didn’t want to be bothered by lay people.  And even though I never fully understand things like the physics of time travel, I’m pretty happy that I can now make sense of the periodic table of elements (which relates to physics because all elements are made of atoms).

But more than that I’ve got a new favorite Mad Scientist.  His name is David Deutsch and he is utterly brilliant.  See for yourself here on Ted Talks.

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Food For Thought

From the illustrious Chip Kidd

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SSE (Sweetest Story Ever)…

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Us giants,” the BFG whispered, “is not knowing very much about this dreaded human bean called Jack.  We is knowing only that he is a famous giant-killer and that he is owning something called a beanstalk.  We is knowing also that the beanstalk is a fearsome thing and Jack is using it to kill giants.”

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If I were…

 

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If I were a Native American, this would be my teepee.

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When Saints do Dumb Things

This is what happens when you try to jump through a plate glass window.

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New Fun

So, after being inspired by the spate of illustrated journal books that have been recently published, I finally decided to bite the bullet and start keeping one myself.  Who knew drawing could be so fun.   I can’t get over how different things look when you really take the time to look closely.  Though I will admit I’m struggling with perspective – both literally and metaphorically.

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Tulip in a Can

So the very thoughtful boyfriend who enjoys travel goes to Holland.  “What do you want?” he asks… (he’s very good about the gifting)  I say, “Surprise me, please” and he returns with…  A tulip in a can!

Tulip In A CanHonestly, what could be better?! Of course I don’t think I’ll ever open it, because then I’d run the risk of killing it.   I have a black thumb and me+plants typically = death sentence (for the plant of course).  But this tulip in a can is perfect because a)The can has stripes which I love and b) It is the idea of the flower that appeals to me most (i.e. Plato’s forms) and therefore c) It fulfills all my cathartic needs.  

A definite 10 on the gift rating chart.  

Ah… he knows me well.

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