Monday, March 29, 2010

Children's Books 9.10

An Egg is Quiet, written by Dianna Aston, has lots of egg trivia and pretty watercolors of over 60 eggs by Sylvia Long. The paintings look almost real and the many egg patterns make the book a great resource.

Lisbeth Zwerger has a beautiful way with watercolors. Hers are always delicate, sparse, and enchanting. She illustrates classic stories like this one, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.

Wee Cars

I would looooove to have one of these excellent wee cars from the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia, near Atlanta. There are so many stylish cars, it was hard to pick which photos to post (these are just a few from my Christmas list). There are more than 200 cars on the site with tons of specifications and history for each one.

1958 Brütsch Mopetta

1958 Iso Isetta

1959 BMW Isetta 300 3-wheel "special"

1958 Zundapp Janus

1960 NSU/Fiat Weinsberg 500 Limousette

unknown French Microcar

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Beautiful eerie photography
Breathtaking photos from husband and wife team Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. These pictures are worth more than a thousand words, they are like movie posters for exciting eerie night dreams.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


This ingenious site shows you how to make hundreds of knots for all kinds of Macgyver situations. By showing progressions of still photos, the "animations" teach each step of tying the knots.

Grow your own fresh air

In this four minute video, Kamal Meattle tells of three plants that can supply your home or office with proper quantities of fresh air: Areca palm(releases lots of oxygen), Mother-in-law's Tongue (releases oxygen at night), and Money Plant(detoxifies air).

Children's Books 7.8

Two beautiful books full of gorgeous watercolors, lots of detail, and wonderful adventures:
A Summertime Song by Irene Haas

Romany Wood by Beshlie

Pavement drawing by Julian Beever

Julian Beever draws with sidewalk chalk and makes distorted pavement scenes come to life.

Incredible Juggling Show

Chris Bliss gives an amazing juggling show

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Children's Books 4.5.6

The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams
by Frederic Clement is a beautiful book with fascinating items such as "a troop of elephants all as small as specks of sand" and "an eyelash stolen from the Queen of Sheba." It is a tour of Frederick Knick-Knack's collection of collections, told with various fonts, sizes, and styles that help tell how to tell the story, in cadence, volume, and personality of voice. Fun to read out loud and visually very charming!

Ounce, Dice, Trice is another tongue tickler, filled with "heavy words", "squishy words', and "words to be said on the move." Ben Shahn's scribbly black drawings go perfectly with Alastair Reid's curious words such as sounds like "HARROWOLLOWORRAH," which is the sound of a yawn,and "PALOOP," which is the tub dripping in the bath. My favorite parts are the garlands of words (seen here) which delightfully come full circle, and funny names for fingers such as Davy Gravy and Little Quee Quee Quee.

Under the Cherry Blossom Tree is an old Japanese tale retold and illustrated by Allen Say. The detailed pen and ink drawings of the greedy old landlord will make you laugh out loud, as well as how his selfish, crabby personality is expressed. Bah!

Kinetic Wind Powered Walking Sculptures

These kinetic wind sculptures made by Theo Jansen
are eerie and beautiful--they walk by themselves!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Digital Dodgeball and Be Your Own Poseidon

It's a delight to watch these balls fall and bounce so naturally. Even more fun to create and throw them across the screen (click on semi-automatic). What would be tops, though, is to see little people inside the balls and hear their grunts as they get thrown about! Try "01: border" in the lower left corner to make waves calm and furious. It would be even more compelling to see a little person getting jostled in a little dinghy with a big shark chasing just below the surface! Heeheehee!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Children's Books 1.2.3

I have collected over 1500 children's books, and I will share the cream of the crop with you. Here are three adventurous stories about a circus dog who leaves the big top to find a friend, a mouse who lives in a guitar, and a clever thief named Homie the Stoat.

The Amazing Love Story of Mr. Morf
by Carll Cneut, 2002Sylvester, The Mouse with the Musical Ear written by Adelaide Holl, Illustrated by N.M. Bodecker, 1961Rogue's Gallery by Edgar Parker, 1969