“Great Train Expo”, Saturday, February 19, and Sunday, February 20, 10AM- 4PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Adults $7, kids under 12 free. Parking is $8, carpools of 3 or more people are $7, and the Max yellow line stops there as well. Lots of vendors for model railroading hobbyists, and lots of cool layouts. http://www.trainexpoinc.com/
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
- The mom who was always telling me how much she valued our friendship. And also about the vicious, nasty grudges she was holding against other friends for seemingly innocuous offenses, and the dramatic confrontations she was planning. This didn't turn out well.
- The neighborhood mom, an elementary school teacher with a son just Jasper's age who met us for a playdate. All was going well until I mentioned my interest in homeschooling. She literally looked at her watch, said "My, I should be going!", swept up her son, and left.
- The mom's meetup I joined where I felt increasingly out of place because I wasn't into shopping, drinking, soccer, drinking, manicures, drinking... The topics I'd use to attempt conversation starters were conversation enders.
- The really nice single mom who shared lots of my interests. I really adored her. Her son, on the other hand, was very obviously obsessed with topics most parents would agree were a little, ahem, mature for his age. It wasn't subtle. I couldn't allow Jasper to play with him.
- The mom who dropped us like a hot potato after deciding we weren't unschooly enough. I personally don't care how people are raising their kids, as long as child protective services doesn't need to know. Whatever works for others sounds great to me. Back when I was the perfect mom (before my son was born!) I thought it was crucial that I associate only with those that made the same parenting choices. Later it dawned on me that the ability to be a true friend might be more precious! I totally get it that there are those who are homeschooling specifically to keep their kids away from others who don't share their faith. I wasn't expecting to find so many people who want to keep their kids far away from others who don't share their parenting philosophy. Sadly, there are some things cootie shots can't fix. I know, I know, why should you have to associate with people who don't share your core values? I agree- I value friendship very highly and don't like to associate with people who don't.
- The mom who lived within walking distance from us, who frequented our playground with her son who was Jasper's age. The boys clearly loved playing together, and after a few playdates, he started referring to her son as his "best friend". I liked them a lot and thought we had lots in common. I'd invite them to join us, and get no response. Jasper would literally beg. And beg. And beg. He would insist we hang out at the playground in case his friend came by. Why wasn't I allowing him to see his best friend? I'd ask again. Sometimes she would allow us to "tag along" when she had plans with another friend. Her friends never seemed pleased at the intrusion. She made sure I got the point that we were an afterthought. Ouch.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
|Looking for creatures in pond water.|
Friday, January 21, 2011
We also invested in a Moticam eyepiece camera. We got a 1.3 megapixel, and although its their lowest resolution, the images are nice. Microscope Depot occasionally offers used ones at a discount. We are still in the midst of our learning curve with the eyepiece camera. It came with a brochure that explains how to assemble it and install the software, but there is no user's manuel to explain how to actually use the software. Setting it up and using it the first few times have been quite tedious, because the software seems to offer an endless variety of ways to adjust the image, many of which are kind of bizarre. I assume some of these adjustments have some sort of mysterious scientific purpose, but who knows? Maybe some of the settings are for designing trippy album covers. The camera is very much not child friendly, so we would not consider letting Jasper use it by himself yet. But it's opened up yet another dimension of the microscopic world. It is capable of recording both still images and video. Our experiments have resulted in some pretty cool images. Hopefully as we get more familiar with the software, our results will continue to improve. Here are some of our first pictures, and two short videos. They are both of creatures we found in pond water, a mayfly larvae, and a tiny aquatic snail, smaller than the head of a pin.
|A jay feather.|
|Prepared slide- a butterfly proboscis.|
|A moldy onion.|
|Prepared slide- "DNA RNA".|
|A moldy grape.|
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The video below is a stop motion animation of the work of David Ellis, making graffiti style art.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
|Science scores across Jasper's school district (black) as compared to Oregon (white).|
Sunday, January 9, 2011
|Jasper in the garden at Champoeg.|
Adaptive Seed Co., Sweet Home http://www.adaptiveseeds.com/
Abundant Life Seeds, Cottage Grove http://www.abundantlifeseeds.com/
New Dimention Seeds, Scappoose http://www.newdimensionseed.com/
Nichols Garden Nursery, Albany http://www.nicholsgardennursery.com
Peace Seeds, Corvallis http://www.peaceseeds.cn/
Siskiyou Seeds, Williams http://www.siskiyouseeds.com/pilot.asp
Territorial Seed Co., Cottage Grove http://www.territorialseed.com/
Victory Seed Co., Molalla http://www.victoryseeds.com/
Wild Garden Seeds, Philomath http://www.wildgardenseed.com/
Ed Hume Seeds, Puyallup http://humeseeds.com/
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds, Ellensburg http://www.irisheyesgardenseeds.com/
Osborne Seed Co., Mt. Vernon http://www.osborneseed.com/
Uprising Seeds, Bellingham http://www.uprisingorganics.com/