Sunday, May 31, 2009

An Intrepid Afternoon

Last weekend it was model boats in Central Park so it was time for big boats. We took the ferry from Hoboken to midtown in NYC to visit the newly refurbished USS Intrepid air craft carrier which was a favourite haunt before it went off to Bayonne, NJ and Staten Island, NY for several years of refurbishment. Add the Concorde and a tour of the USS Growler submarine and you have a great afternoon even if your chromosome make-up is XX. The Intrepid is lobbying to add a decommissioned space shuttle to its collection in the future which would be fantastic. As usual click on the photo to enjoy the full album of our afternoon (remember Picassa has changed its format so you have to look in the right hand column for the album).

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday in the City

We decided to combine art and Central Park on the Upper East Side today. It was a humid but quiet day in the city with most people away for the Memorial Day long weekend. We felt like we had the city to ourselves as much as one ever can. We visited two superb exhibits at the Whitney Museum of American Art. First, Claes Oldenburg: Early Sculpture, Drawings, and Happenings. Pierce was delighted with Oldenburg's collapsed toilet and the giant french fries and ketchup. We also enjoyed the 'company' of Woody Allen during our visit as he shuffled behind us through the exhibit.

We were quite mesmerized by the hypnotic LED political art of Jenny Holzer and her installation, Protect Protect.

After the Whitney Museum we headed into Central Park to the Boat Pond and rented a sailboat with a remote rudder and sail controls. We could have used a bit more wind but number 79 kept us entertained and Pierce loved the remote controls. Click on the photo and then click on the "belongs to" Boat Park for the album (you'll find it on the right hand side). No thanks to Picassa.

Nerd Kitchen

Deirdre's laptop on the kitchen counter simultaneously displaying a recipe for coleslaw and a live broadcast of the space shuttle Atlantis landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The shuttle landed safely and the slaw was delicious.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Peeps in Space

Pierce's Peeps in Space hat designed for Favourite/Silly Hat Day at school. Who knew stuffed Peeps and a stuffed space shuttle would be so useful. It was a hit! Coincidentally the space shuttle Atlantis was due to return today after completing repairs to the Hubble space telescope. Atlantis was waved-off today because of weather (not Pierce's hat) and is scheduled to land tomorrow morning.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Natural History

We went to the American Museum of Natural History today where we saw the new "Extreme Mammals" exhibit and the IMAX movie "Dinosaurs Alive!" for the second time. The highlight of the exhibit was the extinct "Batodonoides Vanhouteni", the world's smallest mammal (picture courtesy of the AMNH Rotunda magazine).

On the return trip I also noticed a most curious striped tree growth.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers' Day

Although it may read as though it was written under threat of waterboarding, we believe that Pierce is sincerely appreciative of his mother; particularly that she provides him with "food and water."

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Pierce's Spore Creations

Here is a live feed of Pierce's Spore creations - creations appear in the list when they're created. Spore is a video game that includes a sophisticated 3D modeling tool for creating creatures, buildings and vehicles to use in the game. Pierce eschews the game in favor of spending all of his time using the 3D modeler.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Awaiting the Mother Ship

Crowds gather eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Mother Ship at the Lincoln Center plaza today. We were there for a different reason though: the final concert in this season's Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic. It was an excellent show as always, this concert highlighting the music of Mussorgsky and other Russian composers.