Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hangin' at the Park

Pierce chillin' at Church Square Park in Hoboken yesterday.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

World Science Festival June 10-14th NYC

We had a great week attending events from 2009 World Science Festival in NYC. It was a wonderful opportunity for Pierce and us to see some of our favourite science gods live. Thursday night night we saw an evening lecture at the Hayden Planetarium, Navigating the Cosmos, a three dimensional tour of the cosmos with theoretical physicists Jim Gates and Lawrence Krauss along with the ever delightful astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson. Today after a picnic in Washington Square Park we saw the Nobel prize winning physicist William Phillips speaking at Einstein, Time and Cool Stuff. It was very cool and Phillips had the children at the front and fully engaged. Pierce was right up there and during the Q&A asked if there was anything colder than absolute zero (the answer is no). After that we were off to Avian Einsteins which featured Snowball the dancing parrot in addition to a panel of distinguished bird scientists. It turns out being called a bird brain is a compliment. Enjoy the pictures and you can click on the album link to see our day.

From World Science Festival

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Devonian Period

Pierce's book, "The Devonian Period" was privately (self-)published a couple of months ago but recently we received a request to make it publicly available. Not that we were trying to hide it from the public but we didn't expect that anyone would shell out the cash to buy a hard copy (it's 64 pages and full color so it's not cheap). We were wrong! If you're curious you can download the PDF from the publisher site for free.

Pierce and I started work on it last summer during our visit to see Mom and Dad on the Island and continued to work on it from time to time on weekends. Here's the blurb from the back cover:

The Devonian Period describes a time in geological history that pre-dates the dinosaur periods. Animals and plants were beginning to emerge from the oceans to live on the land. The author, Pierce Bond, wrote this book to share his fascination with the amazing creatures of this period - some of which are our ancestors!

Click on the cover picture to go the publisher's site.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wallace School Field Day

All the student's at Pierce's school, Wallace School, took part in this year's annual field day at Hoboken's JFK Stadium. It was an overcast and cool field day this year. A welcome change after last year's heat. Unfortunately my camera and I were at odds for most of the day so I've only included a selection of the acceptable photos. Click on the image to see all the pix.

From Wallace School Field Day 2009

Duke Over Columbus Circle

Duke, the Java programming language mascot, surveys New York's Columbus Circle from a window at the Jazz at the Lincoln Center concert hall. We were there to see the final concert for kids; this one devoted to the big band music of Benny Goodman. I've been humming the tunes for days now. And Duke is a tchotchke I picked up for Pierce last week when I was at the massive JavaOne conference in San Francisco. I was so busy there that I only really took notice of the city for one evening when I had a pleasant meal with a colleague of mine at Greens restaurant.