Saturday, February 20, 2010

Clay, Animals, and Imagination

Dudeboy just finished the Super Saturday program at WKU for this semester. It was an art class working with clay. The class was called "Clay, Animals, and Imagination." Here are a few pictures of his creations.

The tophat is a time capsule. Sealed inside the hat is another clay creation (a hinged leg) and a photo of Dudeboy working on his projects.

Dudeboy put together this instillation he calls "The Cat's Dream." It looks like an angelic Beanie to me.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

National Corvette Museum

Dudeboy and I visited the National Corvette Museum with a few other homeschool families today.

Fill 'er up

Little red Corvette . . .

Just 6 and half years from now

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Darwin Day and his rEvolution

On Friday February 12, Merkin, Dr. J, and I went to Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal to see an exhibit about Darwin: Darwin's rEvolution. My favorite parts of the exhibit were a first edition of the Descent of Man and small metal Darwin and Galapagos tortoise figurines. After that, I went to the history museum which had a re-creation of Cincinnati with scale model trains and trolleys. They also had a real trolley car you could get on. Seeing the trolley car made me feel like Pa when he was a kid, like the time when he entered a car, threw a firecracker under a seat, and said, "Mister, there's a firecracker under your seat." And right when he said that, it exploded. I next went to the kid's museum. It had a scavenger hunt where you followed the purple bottles in the wall to find some gold (it wasn't real).

We stopped in Covington on the way to Louisville to eat at Wertheim's Gausthaus, a German restaurant. I ate some real wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, and potato pancake. When we got to Louisville, we shared our Darwin day cookies with the Stone family. It was a completely fun Darwin day. I can't wait until next year.

Darwin's (edible) Tree of Life

Darwin's rEvolution

Birds of Paradise and insects . . . variation and adaptation

Jefferson's Ground Sloth . . . common to the Big Bone Lick area

"Hey mister, there's a firecracker under your seat!"

Darwin Day with the Stone-cold-Birkett family

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Lincoln and Darwin Day

Here are a couple of videos from past celebrations for the shared birthday of Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) and Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882). We are headed to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal to see the exhibit Darwin's rEvolution. Dudeboy will report back soon about our trip and celebrations.