Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Living for Facts

Laurent wanted to be sure that everyone knows that the above photos were taken on the weekend. Done.

And here's Émile looking cute, just before losing his lunch.

My mind is finally affected by Lucy's big questions (usually posed at night, just after mama has turned out the light, and is about to close the door.) I found myself wondering:

How big is the universe?
How many stars are there in the universe?
Is there an infinite number of facts?

If you are like me, then you want to know the answers. Luckily, a lot of people wonder these things (except possibly the last?)

  • The universe is estimated to be 150 billion light years in size, and rapidly expanding. Wheeeeeeee!
  • There may be at least 70 sextillion stars in the sky, but we can't know for sure at this point. 70 sextillion is 7 followed by 22 zeros. Smaller than one googol, which, as any five year old (at least the ones in this house) can tell you, is 1 followed by 100 zeros. An interesting side note is that this number was named by a ten year old... They also like to talk about "googolplex", which is ten to the googol, but I hesitate expounding exponents for kindergartners.
  • And the last question? Clearly, the answer is "yes", or what would we have to live for?

And, finally, the wild kingdom had a photo shoot.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The fantastic new yoga for kids

I don't often see an adult have as much fun goofing around with a bunch of little kids as I saw Lucy's yoga teacher having.

Lots of people enjoy being around children, but the teacher and owner of Om Kids Yoga Studio makes it clear that she's awake to the imaginative play and physical inspiration of kids in a totally joyful, genuine way. Yay! It does my heart good to see someone love and believe in their work that much.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oh, tsunami...

Thinking about Osaka, and all the people I know, and have known, from my time in Japan. It is not anything like the Hokusai painting.

For me, there is too much emotion, and it is spilling out in odd ways-- laughing to loud, feeling distracted, sad, tears in the eyes. I'm trying to find a good aid organization that we, with other people from Lucy's school, can contribute to.
Save the Children seems good.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Testing 123...

I finally clipped my nails, and got an animation test together. The animation is a rotoscoped painting of a composited image (put together using photoshop, then stuck a sheet of transparent film to the screen, and painted on it with acrylics.)
It's way too jumpy right now, so I think I'll have to simplify, and work in more layers.
Does it look to you like the paint is just a photoshop trick?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Trips always tip me off my studio axis. The nail clippers aren't in the right spot.

It's been two weeks since we got back, and the most I've accomplished is a bit of intensive reflection about a project I have not yet started. Perhaps today I'll have both wits and time to begin. Otherwise, it's another day of kissing the baby.

I found an illustrator on etsy, Elsita, with work that speaks elegant truth with a delicate, forceful voice. I particularly like this illustration:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Butterflies in the sky

Now I have the theme song for the canceled children's show, "The Reading Rainbow," in my head...

This treasury, curated by Quilts by Paula, is a testament to the popularity of blue morpho butterflies.
I particularly love the edible cake decorations. I think I'll have to order some for Lucy's birthday.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Back from France, so much catching up to do

While in France, my father-in-law and I debated the mathematical usefulness of the concept of a number greater than infinity. Actually, he thought is was irrelevant, and I just thought it was cool. Not much of a debate, really.
Now, however, I have found a use for the concept: I used to have an infinite number of projects I wanted to work on, but now, post child number two, and post trip to France, I officially have ω+1 projects to finish. Is the completion really less possible than it was before?
Yes, this is a little flippant.

Meanwhile, a couple of videos of milestones for Lucy and Émile:
Lucy encounters a ski pole at the end of her first successful solo run, and Émile steals my pancake.