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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Modeling Mars

So, for a while I have secretly wanted to have a globe of an alien planet. But you just can't find them. You can't even find a decent globe of this planet for cheap. Well, a while back, Jonni was making a volcano from a volcano kit (vinegar, baking soda, red food coloring. Plaster, paint etc.) And it occured to me that I ought to make my own globe of Mars. Me and the kids papermachied a ball, and I then coated it with sheet rock mud. It took days to dry, and then days more to wipe down to a smooth round finish. A couple days ago I spray painted it red and started painting in features, starting with the carbondioxide ice caps, just an hour or so ago. Here's the kids mugging with the Mars W.I.P. Here's a few of Erik with a ball of semi wet mud that we intend to be the moon (TO SCALE WITH MARS!!!!!) evantually:

And here is the globe itself, as is right now and the shot of the real thing that I am copying:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Dragons of Eden -Carl Sagan
King and Emperor- Harry Harrison
Changes-Jim Butcher
Holes-Louis Sachar
The Knight and Knave of Swords-Fritz Leiber
Goblet of Fire-JKR
A Short History of Nearly Everything-Bill Bryson
Cosmos-Carl Sagan
A Brief History of Time-Stephen Hawking

This is what I have had to climb over/around to reach my bed lately. Time to shovel the books back onto their shelves.