Posts Tagged ‘Play’

Washing an iPod

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Yesterday, I accidentally washed Chris’ iPod. I went into the washing machine to pull out the clean clothes and something clanked. You know that sound you hear when you know that something was left in the pocket of a pair of pants, and you fear what it might be? You hope it was just a penny, but worry it could be a lipstick…you just aren’t sure which way it will go until you find the culprit.

Here is the iPod post-wash. (Notice how it looks perfect.)

 iPod post wash

I was hopeful that the iPod would survived the wash when I saw how great it looked.

No such luck.

Moral of the story: Don’t wash your iPod.

Update: Jason Meserve just sent me a link to this podcast: I washed my iPhone, now what? Apparently this is more common than I thought!

Happy Pi Day!

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Pi DayMarch 14 is Pi Day, celebrated by math lovers, math teachers, and mathletes of all kind around the U.S. I am celebrating because this blog is named after pi  – the 16th letter of the Greek Alphabet.

I have never “celebrated” pi day before, but trust me – some people are avid fans. At piday.org, you can read up on all the fun activities that people have planned, watch pi raps, and send happy pi day post cards. Here are some other ways that people are celebrating the holiday:

“At my school we are making pi shirts with fun expressions like “Cutie Pi” or “Easy as Pi”. It will be very fun because we get to bring in pies too!” – Kyra

“I will recite all of the digits of pi that I have memorized (I know 113!), watch the excellent indepenedent film “Pi” (from 1998)! And eat lemon pie, Yum!” – Jared

“pi day has been celebrated by my family for years since we came from sweden. we turn off all the lights and pray in a circle. sometimes we eat pie or have fun pie fights with my little cousins. Pi day really does make the world go ROUND!! ” – Chris

“saying PI to everyone I greet.” – Kisa

Happy Pi Day! And if you plan to celebrate, please leave a comment to tell us all how.

Ancient art in color

Monday, November 12th, 2007

This goes into the “something I never thought of or learned, but probably should have” category.

This weekend, I was reading Harvard Magazine, and came across the article “Dazzlers: Ancients reborn in bright array,” about a recent exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. This exhibit, Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity, is showcasing the fact that the Greek and Roman sculpture – you know, the famous white sculptures that you’ve seen a million times – all used to be in color. They were painted!

After reading the article, this seems like something I should have known or realized or learned along the way, but I really didn’t. It did make me feel a little better to find that other people were discovering this for the first time, too. According to the article “Athenians in long lines were fascinated and shocked” when the exhibit was in town. And Susanne Ebbinghaus, Hanfmann curator of ancient art at the Harvard University Art Museums, had this to say: “I knew, of course, that Greek and Roman sculpture was once painted, but there is a big difference between this abstract notion and actually attempting to imagine what the sculptures might have looked like.”

The color versions of the sculptures are based on scientific analysis of the traces of paint remaining on them, assisted by the use of ultraviolet light. There is more information about the process that was used in the press release, and the exhibit has two instructional videos about the testing and examination process if you want to understand more of the science behind the art. But I’m more fascinated by the images.

“Alexander” Sarcophagus – how it looks today
Alexander Sarcophagus

Alexander Sarcophagus in color, detail
Alexander Sarcophagus in color, detail

The three versions of this grave stele represent the current sculpture, the way it may have looked when it was created, and how it appears under ultraviolet light.

There’s another cool before and after here.