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disneyland9600Photomosaic of 9600 photos (from a set of 326) prepared with my vacation pictures and MacOSaiX software (free BTW).

So what is the ecological footprint of a place like Disneyland?

Having just returned from a visit to the magic kingdom, the above was a question that continually haunted my consciousness. Disneyland was remarkably pristine in that cookie cutter, artificial, yet aesthetically pleasing way, but it must be a major sink in terms of waste, energy consumption, carbon emissions, etc.

Or is it? Maybe in terms of footprint, by applying its incredible density (>15 million visitors each year!), it comes out not looking so bad?
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The tradition continues. This song should work nicely for this year’s video. Kids like it anyway…

SPIN SPIN SPIN

typhoonlagoonspinThis cracks me up every time, and will be sure to somehow make an appearance in my talks on science literacy. I’m thinking this would make a great graphic to segue into discussions on the public perceptions of technologies, etc.

Anyway, summer is upon us, and so the good old blow-up pool is making an appearance in our backyard. But look at the pic, and note the huge; difference between what you see on the box, and what you get in real life.

Below is a proper graphic of the actual box the product came in (still available on sites like amazon, by the way). I guess they can get away with this because on the box, it did say something to the effect of “Product may not be as appears on image.” Do you know of any other similar examples of product spin?
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drawingmowillemspigeonLast Friday, Hannah came to the lab with me, and immediately went about drawing pictures of pigeons everywhere. This was inspired by a recent event where we got to check out Mo Willems of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” fame. Anyway, Mr. Willems was awesome and even went over a How To session and got everyone drawing pigeons.

This totally reminded me of this most excellent video on how to draw giraffes from the Wholphin blog – very much worth a visit, especially if being able to draw a giraffe is one of your goals in life.

I was quite surprised at how much Hannah remembered of the Mo Willems’ How To. She even drew out the instructions as she remembered them. I love the part that says “…well, birds legs…”
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Here’s Hannah going one on one with Darth Vader, when we were in Disneyland recently. Just testing the Flickr video option, which, by all accounts, is pretty cool…

Also: Unicorns are the answer, seriously. A lovely speech given by JK Rowling. Kung Fu Panda, I’d say is worth the look, but then I think that would be especially so, if the thought of kung fu + jack black sounds intriguing. Finally, recently checked out this graphic novel star wars parody, and quite enjoyed the geeky jokes and great art. I especially liked this picture from the comic.
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