Monthly Archives: November 2007

Science Friday: chunks of knowledge

On the sheer adorability front: Meet El Conquistador, a Brazilian ocelot kitten born at the St. Louis Louisville–sorry! Zoo. He got his name when he began exploring his environment–at two days old, before his eyes were even open–and managed to … Continue reading

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Dreams, homeschooling and snarliness

After having a heck of a time falling asleep last night, I was awakened at roughly 4:17 a.m. with an elbow to the eye socket. Jim didn’t mean to do it, and the eye didn’t blacken. (Good thing, because we’re … Continue reading

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The Woods

A music video for a song by Polly Paulusma, stop-motion animated by Rima Staines. If you could put your own artistic stamp on a folk- or fairytale, which one would it be? Which versions of the old stories do you … Continue reading

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All is well, or, irrelevantish newsy bits

Tell you what, this Getting Sh*t Handled stuff really makes a difference. My parents (Hi Mom! Hi Dad!) and brother (Hi Benjamin!) were up from California for Thanksgiving, and a lovely time was had by all. Except that I readily … Continue reading

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The scene: Rhys is playing a game at, with his ever-vigilant older brother leaning over his shoulder telling him what to do. (One of our house rules: no telling the other video game player what to do.) Rhys: Oh … Continue reading

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Another gem from the “duh” department

This just in:Study Links Drop in Test Scores to a Decline in Time Spent Reading (NYT) You don’t even have to read the article to know what it’s going to say. I mean. Isn’t that kind of like a headline … Continue reading

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What is “Norwegian black metal,” Alex?

And the answer, of course, if you were taking "Newman Family Activities" for $200, would be "Jim and Molly are going out on the town tonight to listen to this whiplash-inducingly exciting form of music." Gotta take a break from … Continue reading

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