The neighbors across the hall recently had a baby, so I knit some bibs for a baby gift.
- “Literally” now frequently means “figuratively”. D’oh. (Thanks, Jase!)
- Poetry break: “The Sciences Sing a Lullaby” by Albert Goldbarth.
Think, Make, Do, Learn
- Neil deGrasse Tyson on how long a person would survive on each of the other planets in our solar system. (Spoiler: You’d best have your affairs in order.)
- Watch hockey players dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease). (The post has short videos of Sidney Crosby and Craig Adams of the Pittsburgh Penguins and what seems like most of the Boston Bruins.)
- From Neil Gaiman: “I think it’s one of those nights when we probably all need to watch a tiny almost-romantic video about two faerie people in dustbins missing each other.”
Cool or Wha…?
- Thesis defense done memorably. (Hover your cursor for additional text or long-press if you’re on mobile.)
The Kid: A Season with Sidney Crosby and the New NHL by Shawna Richer. Very good account of Sidney Crosby’s rookie season with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005-2006. I’m pretty sure that any use of the phrase “beestung lips” is too many – this book used it three times! As a Pens’ fan, it was fascinating to discover the origin of the much-repeated taunt about Crosby diving (blame the Flyers) and disheartening to realize that several of the things Crosby knew he needed to work on during his rookie season (such as letting rival teams get him wound up to put him off his game) remain problems for him today.
Ok, it wasn’t that long ago that I took this picture, but I can’t tell exactly how much of Mayhem is there on the right. You can see one of her back paws sticking straight up in the middle, but anything to the right of that… (Sorry, Cheryl.) Anyway! It’s possible they wouldn’t feel quite so done in by the (moderate) heat if they weren’t on a fleecy blanket…