Archive for the 'Science' Category

November 13th, 2008


We tried an experiment with an egg. I knew that if you put an egg in vinegar, the shell would dissolve, leaving a rubbery membrane… but my kids didn’t know that, and I had never tried it personally. I like pickled eggs (boiled and peeled eggs soaked in brine), so I thought this might be […]

March 20th, 2008

Romanesco Broccoli

At lunch today, I ordered the vegetable side without asking what the vegetable was. I was delighted (seriously) to find that it was romanesco broccoli–the fractal vegetable. It was like meeting an inanimate edible celebrity. Until today, I’d only ever seen romanesco broccoli in pictures (which I have used as my desktop wallpaper) and read […]

January 16th, 2008

Tonsillectomy part 3

Here’s video of my throat four hours after my tonsillectomy: And 8 days after:

January 7th, 2008


Tomorrow morning I will be having my tonsils removed. Prior to that happening, I decided to take a little video of them. If you’re not interested in seeing the back of my throat and reading details (but really, who isn’t??), you might want to skip this. In the tonsil on the left (my right tonsil), […]

May 28th, 2007

Hogle Zoo

A few weeks ago we took our kids to the Hogle Zoo, where my seven-year-old son learned to wrangle metal rhinos. About the time we got to the hot and stinky reptile exhibit, we decided to split up and I got to explore the zoo one-on-one with my son. In addition to the regular attractions, […]

March 9th, 2007

Platonic Solids

A friend of mine, Thom Boyer, recently told me (and a few other people) about platonic solids — three dimensional shapes whose vertices all have the same number of adjacent faces. Plato theorized that these were the building blocks of the universe. Thom went to a game store and bought a pound of dice (I […]

June 18th, 2006

Sand Crabs

While we were in San Diego, we visited the beach. I took pictures of sand crabs, and contributed a couple to Wikipedia. Here’s a bonus picture not found on Wikipedia (but maybe I’ll contribute it), of the underside of a female sand crab. She has a protective flap covering her eggs (mostly — you can […]

June 4th, 2006

A Six-Year-Old’s Nature Documentary

This evening my son grabbed one of our digital cameras, went outside, and made a quick nature documentary. How cool! So, here it is… his first nature documentary. Hopefully there will be more in the future.