Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Just a couple of pictures

Just a couple of photos to show what we've been up to. The chocolate volcano was part of a science project about lava . . . except this igneous rock Dude Boy got to eat.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Creepy Close-Up of the Week

Look at the photos in order to find out what the creepy close-up of this week is . . .

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Out of This World

Hello all,
Wednesday Merkin and I went to the Nashville Adventure Science Center for homesCOOL Day. The theme was Out of This World. I learned about the sun, the planets and the stars. Because the new planetarium was not finished yet, we watched the star show in the "Jiffy Pop" planetarium. Later that night we watched the lunar eclipse. I wanted to stay up all night watching it. The lunar eclipse was perfect timing for this homesCOOL Day.
Love, Dude Boy

"Jiffy Pop" planetarium

Poop + Dude Boy= Poophead

Mad Scientist

Looking at the lunar eclipse

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Darwin Day and Worms

Dude Boy, Mane and I went to Aunt Pee's and Charlie Dog's for Darwin Day this year. The gummi worms on the cake represent Darwin's last work . . . The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms With Observations on Their Habits. Dr. J and Dude Boy created the cake while I was out bushwhacking in the woods looking for arches in the Red River Gorge. Charlie Dog and I also went to see Dr. Eugenie Scott give a talk entitled Intelligent Design: Is It Science? Is It Valid? at University of Tennessee at Knoxville. They have one of the longest running Darwin Day celebrations in the U.S.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Anton van Leeuwenhoek

Today for our science lesson we studied Anton van Leeuwenhoek and his microscope. We looked at hairs and grains of salt with our USB microscope.
Salt at x60
Salt at x200
Dude Boy hair x200

Merkin hair x200

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Darwin Day Alert!

This is just a reminder that Darwin Day is fast approaching . . . next Tuesday (the 12th). Dude Boy and I are headed to UT in Knoxville to hear Eugenie Scott give a lecture entitled Intelligent Design: Is It Science? Is It Valid? We will have to leave Jane at home, so we probably won't be making a cake this year.

Above is a photo from last year . . . it was supposed to be a Galapagos Tortoise. Tracy said it looked like a clump of turds.
Here is our first Darwin Day cake from 2006. On it is a map of the Galapagos Islands and the HMS Beagle which was made out of chocolate.

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Train Depot

Hello you all,
This week for fun-day we went to the Historic Railpark and Train Museum at the L&N Depot here in Bowling Green. It has not been open very long. The most fun part of it was a tour of a real train. They are supposed to get an engine very soon. The dining car was very big. The kitchens had fold-down sinks that looked like big humps in the wall. The cook had to make a lot of biscuits every morning. His way of making biscuits became Bisquick. Then we went to the sleeper car. It had fold down beds. The museum was still working on an exhibit, but we saw a lot of others. There was an exhibit about the Great Locomotive Chase that ended where I used to live . . . Ringgold , Ga. The museum had a big toy train display. When I got home, I played with my dad’s Lionel Blue Streak.
Dude Boy

Look closely at the preacher's name on the sign for a tent revival at the toy train display. It says "Marjoe Gortner - Today - 4 Year Old Evangelist." Seeing this alone was worth the trip. Merkin