Just this last Monday, the Astronomy Picture of the Day website posted this really cool time lapse video of images from the Cassini probe orbiting Saturn. Check it out!
My lovely girlfriend Azucena and I took a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts a while back, and I discovered a sculpture I’d never seen before. For all I know it’s been sitting there all along, but the museum has recently gone through a major redo so it’s very likely it was brought out of storage. It reminded me of Popeye, and since the figure was a rigger, he could very well be considered a sailor man too.
Mahonri Mackintosh Young
American, 1877 – 1957
I also saw this painting for the first time. It reminded me of a drawing I did of my grandmother when I was four or five years old. She was holding a little bird on her finger. My mother said the eyes would follow you around the room. Alas, it was lost when my grandmother died. But I sure love this one.
Girl With Yellow Bird
1945 Oil on Canvas
American, 1900 – 1980
A while ago I bought some gouache (kind of a thick water color paint) to experiment with. One of the paintings I did was of Lian, a character in Tom Dell’Aringa’s comic Marooned. Here’s a glimpse of her, but go to the Marooned website to see the rest and read Tom’s great comics!
And if you haven’t seen it yet (or even if you have), scroll down to the Ellie on Planet X Dance-O-Scope, before it moves off of the front page of the blog. We wouldn’t want you to miss out or anything.
I picked up my nieces last Saturday for a picnic and hike around the Strang Institute grounds. Aside from the many woods, gardens, fountains, and statues all throughout the campus, they also got to see fun and exciting things like the computer monitor I sit in front of while downloading Ellie’s transmissions here at Mission Control.
What they didn’t get to see was the pair of mastodons that wander the grounds. Violet and Betsy were cloned from two different mastodons who lived here thousands of years ago. Betsy, the older of the two, has adopted Violet as her own daughter, though the two are not related. It wasn’t for a lack of looking that we didn’t find them. The two are particularly stealthy, despite their size.