By Shel Silverstein
I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.
I sleep very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can't do a handstand,
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said —
I’m just not the same since there’s rain in my head.
Spent the morning being Rita Skeeter...err, that is, writing up a Shatner interview and doing news bullets, and then had to get organized for son's science fair in the evening. The school always arranges to have a number of speakers, though they did not have anyone this year quite so exciting as local celebrity weather forecaster Doug Hill, who was there last year. We were surprised to see that there was a panel on the science of nuclear bombs and unsurprised when the principal announced that that had been cancelled! We went to a very fun seminar on the National Zoo, taught by a science teacher from another middle school who volunteers weekends and is working very closely with the newborn sloth bear (previously he worked with the baby cheetahs and tigers) but he talked mostly about the baby panda since that is what people want to know about...he joked about how the hairless baby sloth bear is just not as cute and nobody names the invertebrates when they cite their favorites (though my younger son said the kiwi, which also just had a baby).
Here a student has learned an important lesson: if you leave the science fair project where the cat can get at it, the cat will have a significant impact on the experiment's results. (There are people who have cats AND plants? How is this managed?)
Using pets in experiments is, however, apparently very popular. As I should know well. The first gerbil I ever owned, I got for a science experiment to see whether it would respond to a bell summoning it to food. (The gerbil responded any time anyone was around whether there was food or not!) This student concluded from her parakeet's behavior that a parakeet prefers toys made of natural wood to plastic toys. She attributed this to the bird living in the wild in Australia. I attribute this to the wood tasting better.
And it is always fun to hear what students have to hear about other students' projects and how they would have done them better.
Since I talked about rodents, half_elf_lost had a link to the Squirrel Name Generator which told me: cruisedirector, from this day forward you will also be known as: Bushy McTwitch. Is this a good thing? Would Jack and Stephen approve? And while I'm stealing animal links, thistlerose had one to my beloved Chicago newspaper The Onion, "Are Your Cats Old Enough To Learn About Jesus?"
I forget who I gacked this from...juleskicks maybe? My Personal DNA Report! (Web site here.) I am an Animated Inventor. And then I can't remember who first linked to Lego Brokeback Mountain or the West Wing finale casting spoilers (am in a state of utter terror that the presence of a certain female will utterly ruin my joy at seeing everyone else).
And now I must tag my Most Evil and Lovely Influence and go to bed! Friday the Ocean Orchestra (that's Jennifer Cutting, Lisa Moscatiello and Grace Griffith among others) is playing on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for free in the evening. If you're in or around DC and can get there, I highly recommend it!