My 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.
From the illustrious Chip Kidd…
“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.”
If I were a Native American, this would be my teepee.
This is what happens when you try to jump through a plate glass window.
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.
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!
Honestly, 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.