Monday, May 25, 2009

Bicycle time!

One of the clearest signs of summer's approach:

Glenn and Zorro working on his bike together!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A basket of beads (and buttons!)

Basket of Beads and Buttons!

A basket of handmade beads and buttons!  These still need a bit of cleaning to remove the dust left from sanding, and a trip to the buffer.  Then - they will be ready for their close-up!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


We spent an evening studying triboluminescence. That sounds much more impressive than, "We spent an evening smashing Wint-O-Green Lifesavers, now doesn't it? Many people are familiar with the effect that biting down on a Wint-o-green Lifesaver in the dark will produce blue-ish sparks, and we found a very good explanation at How Stuff Works. To be enlightened,Click here!

We were using individually packaged Lifesavers from a big bag, rather than ones from a roll. The cool thing about this is that you can throw them on a hard surface in a dark room still in the wrapper and get a blue flash. AND you can do it over and over again until your candy is a pile of powder, or the wrapper gives out - whichever comes first.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Word is Evil!

Bannanarama wrote this, we thought it was pretty amusing:

Disclamer:microsoft word cannot talk,and if it could it would be very polite

Written in microsoft word

Hello microsoft word!
What do you want?
I want to type!
Because I feel like it!

Pyon pyon
Hmm hmm
Yeah yeah
Howa howa
Kira kira
Yeah yeah
Tamagoa nani edo
Yeah yeah yeah!

Hey,that wasn't typeing!
What do you mean?
All you did was write down the words to a song!
I thought you were going to write a story!
Oh fine!

It was a dark and stormy night
A brown cat lay by the fire,and thought about how it’s evil word program wouldn't let it write what it wanted to…
What,all I did was write a story.
Oh just go play with firefox!
Good idea!
I’m so very lonely….

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hockey Road Trip!

On the road to Utah for some hockey! The kiddos played two games, lost the first one, won the second one. The rink was smaller than they were used to, and it took some time to adjust.

And our little goalie Zorro got a shut-out (that's 'allowed no goals' for you non-hockey folks!)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Cosmic Encounter!

One of our favorite games! Essentially a card game of "war" (highest card wins) with "alien powers" that turn the game into something with a distinctly Calvinball feel. (Oh, you think you win? Actually my alien power makes the lower card win. etc.)

Zorro must be doing well:

Bannanarama looks less pleased: