Archive for the ‘kid stuff’ Category

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Rideable Jules Verne-inspired robots.

August 26, 2008

Les Machines de l’ile: Official site (in French), Wikipedia,  two Flickr sets 1, 2.

My runaway favorite is the crab larva.

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Joe loves Cryptopsy.

May 30, 2008

Direct YT link.

The funniest thing is how the kid stops banging when he sees his mom coming.

Cryptopsy website.

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Best. Onesie design. EVVVAARRRRRR!

April 11, 2008

Second best:  Mom Rules.

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Harry Potter, Meh, by PZ Myers

August 15, 2007

A Pharyngula post taking Rowlings to account for utterly lacking imagination, and also providing a list of children’s authors who imagine circles around her. I bought the first Harry Potter book in Santiago when I was about to fly back to the states stopping in Lima, San Jose, and San Salvador. I read about the first third or so and spent the remainder of the flight reading the in flight catalogs rather than finish it.

I added the links below.

I know it’s a children’s book. Good children’s literature, though, is not baby-talk versions of trite stories with happy endings — it is not teletubbies on paper. If you’re avoiding L’Engle, Wynne Jones, Pinkwater, Alexander [wikipedia], LeGuin, Pullman, de Saint-Exupéry [wikipedia again], White [wikipedia yet again], Rowling [meh, right PZ? What’s your point?], even Lewis [wikipedia quatrafecta with many external links] because they wrote for children and young adults, then you are missing some excellent literature. It’s a huge mistake to regard children as stupid versions of adults who need an inferior literature….

I can’t believe he forgot Lewis Carroll.

[edit a few hours later: Susan Cooper]

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Nick Didkovsky explains JMSL to little kids

June 12, 2007

[YouTube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huX_P34xv50″%5D

Direct YT link

Also, many years previously, Herbie Hancock demonstrates the Fairlight on Sesame Street

[YouTube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn1LW3wyRrc”%5D

Direct YT link