Today CNN online has a report on a palaeontological find in Wyoming of three Triceratops.
Triceratops image source : wikipedia.com
The article begins:
(CNN) — There were three of them, one of them probably a child, and at least one met a gruesome end at the hands of a terrifying predator.
About 67 million years later, a Wyoming rancher led scientists to their remains. Now experts are digging out one of the most complete skeletons yet of a Triceratops, the three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that was one of the last of the giant reptiles.
Now we know what the reporter was trying to get at, but the use of the phrase ‘at the hands of’ in an animal with minimal ability to use its front appendages is unfortunate.
And perhaps referring to a juvenile of this species as a ‘child’, is less than accurate as well.
At the end of the article, a tag line encourages readers that : for more Science News go to CNN LIght Years which strives to tell the stories of science research, discovery, space and education. This is your go-to place on CNN.com for today’s stories, but also for a scientific perspective on the news and everyday wonders.
Perhaps media who offer ‘Science News’ and ‘strive to show a scientific perspective’ should hold their reporting to a higher standard.
Otzi : the Iceman photo source : Augustin Ochsenreiter
The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology and EURAC Research Balzano have a travelling exhibit about this incredible find. A modular exhibit with replicas, according to the exhibit description.
Ötzi is a well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived about 3,300 BC. The mummy was found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, hence Ötzi, near the Similaun mountain and Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. Wikipedia
Check out the website of this museum. There is a kid’s section. http://www.iceman.it
I got intrigued with naturally mummified humans when I saw the bog people in Ireland’s National Museum of Archaeology, Dublin.
National Museum of Archaeology, Dublin photo source : Lorie Pierce
Here is the more complete of the two bog people in this museum.
bog person, National Museum of Archaeology, Dublin, Ireland photo source : Lorie Pierce
Sometimes humans left behind some pretty remarkable things in those same bogs.
collars from local Irish placer gold photo source : Lorie Pierce
And bling, again. There are similar collars in the Roman Gallery at my museum.
twisted gold collar, Dublin photo source : Lorie Pierce
Explorers have always been my heroes. I remember the sounds of their names when I was a kid … Vasco da Gama, Yuri Gagarin, Margaret Mead, Christopher Columbus, Buzz Aldrin, Robert Ballard. And now I have a present day hero (and a Canadian) ISS Commander Chris Hadfield. Following his tweets from the Space Station, I got to see our world in a real time clarity, enlightened by his poetic (yet less than 140 character) descriptions. A few samples of his recent photography.
Earth’s atmosphere photo source : Chris Hadfield
Dublin Ireland at night photo source : Chris Hadfield
Where Chris and I were both born – southern Ontario Canada photo source : Chris Hadfield
meteor crater in Chad, Africa photo source : Chris Hadfield
Mexico USA border photo source : Chris Hadfield
Sahara Desert, Africa photo source : Chris Hadfield
The experience of following his tweets has really sold me on Twitter.
A good friend, who is a Disney aficionado, just got engaged. Then I stumbled upon this Snow White story of the dwarfs finding a perfect stone in their mine for Snow and her Prince.
cover of Two Hearts source : Random House Disney Princess Books
The precious stone the dwarfs found was a diamond so it is not the exact situation. We all know that sapphires are a girl’s best friend. But the story was close enough to make me think about the two of them and wish them a Happy Ever After.
This is where my favourite museum collection resides at present.
the back hallway photo source : Lorie Pierce
This is the room where they will be featured in sometime in 2014.
Early Life Gallery (to be) photo source : Lorie Pierce
Through a fortunate turn of events, we won a chocolate gift basket this past Valentine’s Day.
chocolate gift basket with Twinkle photo source : Lorie Pierce
A peek inside revealed chocolate hearts, chocolate-covered nuts, miniatures and a frog.
chocolate hearts and frog photo source : Lorie Pierce
Then as we were settling into an evening of chocolate delights, there was an emergency. Twenty-four hours and two hospitals later, the crisis was averted and there the chocolate sat waiting for our indulgence. I feel lucky to be living in a country where the level of health care is so high and is guaranteed for all. I truly won twice this Valentine’s Day.
I’m warming up to Twitter. Especially since following Chris Hadfield’s tweets from the ISS. And although I can work the basic fundamentals to follow other tweeters and post tweets myself, I have not yet figured out how to add a tweet feed to this blog. So here is a cut and paste version of a tweet conversation from today. From the subject, you can probably tell that I am feeling poorly at the moment.
Parasaurolophus photo source : Wiki Commons Steveoc 86
@CreativeLorie 09 Feb
do you think a Parasaurolophus ever got a sinus headache? Maybe I’ll ask the one @ROMtoronto – he may know the cure
@ROMtoronto Royal Ontario Museum
What do you say @ROMPalaeo? “@CreativeLorie: do you think a Parasaurolophus ever got a sinus headache?
@ROMPalaeo ROM Palaeontology
@ROMtoronto @CreativeLorie If #Parasaurolophus did get sinus headaches, we are sure they would be big ones!
I was chatting with a friend. We used to work together in a major toy store chain. It was a great place…bright, cheerful and very pleasant … but somehow we both felt caught up into the unsatisfying side of consumerism. Selling more stuff to people who had stuff, who returned stuff to get credit for more stuff.
In my program development, I have been exploring the Internet for fun ideas that are free and available for download. I’ve found a ton of them. Designers, educators, stay-at-home parents are all developing incredible toys and activities that are just a mouse click away.
The operative search word is ‘papercraft’
I just made this Celtic Knot Heart from the website extremecards.blogspot.ca Mine is in red and pink.
finished celtic knot heart from website photo source: extremecards.blogspot.ca
Some of my favourite papercraft websites are:
- Canon Creative Park
- extreme cards and papercrafting
- Tektonten Papercraft
- Custom Paper Toys
- The Toymaker
- Chuck does art
Or look for youtube videos on how to make pop-up cards, origami animals or 3D modeling. All it takes is paper (usually cardstock 64 ib weight), a colour printer, scissors of different sizes, glue and tweezers (optional).
Then have some fun.
After spending two months developing a program, I find I have lived and relived scenarios as to how the activity areas will work and how the participant/volunteer interaction will occur. Then I get to the event and realize I have to let go.
program materials packed for transport to the offsite event photo source : Lorie Pierce
After the recent Silk Road mini-museum, a volunteer told me she appreciated the variety of materials she had at her station. It gave her a richness to work from…..not restricting her to a single activity. The station was built to have historical information, touchables, a craft, a take-away colouring page and a mark of completion (a stamp in a passport).
This allowed the volunteer to tailor her interactions with whomever came along. To the level of interest, age etc. At my station, one child was keenly interested in the Chinese horoscope stickers I had available, to the exclusion of everything else. And especially with an audience like ours which is composed of families who are going through a trouble time, it is important that we meet them where they are.
However, it does mean that I might have spent a lot of time and effort in developing an activity, model or other aspect of a program that does not get much use or attention during the event. All of these are things that we need to drag with us to and from the venue. But it is worth it to have the richness present.
After all, the other activities can be used at future events.
A good friend has started a blog about all things Disney.
Reading the entries about her fascination with the world Walt Disney created has sent me on an interesting trip down memory lane.
Being of a certain age, I am one of the Disney generation. I would come home from school to watch the Mouseketeers. Annette, Cubby, Lonnie, Darlene, Cheryl and Jimmy too. Spin (or was it Marty) was my first crush. My 8th birthday party featured a trip to the movie theatre to see Bambi with my friends. I had a punch-out cardboard pumpkin carriage from Cinderella and many Disney books.
In the days of the lone family TV…the one and only entertainment portal to the outside world … the Sunday trip to the World of Disney was a magical experience. It helped me forget my angst of having the TV tied up every Wednesday and Saturday nights with hours of hockey by the four males who inhabited the house with me.
In fact the whole evening was a magical transportation to other worlds. First at 5:00 pm was College Bowl. As the smells of dinner started to permeate the first floor of our house, we kids would gather with teams from colleges across the US (a Toronto version called Reach for the Top would follow) to answer skill-testing questions on important academic topics. Then a couple of family-oriented sitcoms before the Ed Sullivan Show – that grand showcase that brought world-class entertainment from opera stars, to circus acts to rock and roll upstarts like the Beatles, into our living room. Finish the night with Bonanza at 9:00 pm helping Ben, Little Joe, Hoss and Adam handle business on the Ponderosa. A lot of TV back then was preoccupied with cowboy life. On special nights, Bonanza would be replaced by a Wayne & Shuster Special.
Sunday was ‘the’ night for entertainment and Disney was the anchoring element for us kids.
Follow the adventures of Disney Darling at disneydarling.ca