April 30, 2007

Dirt biking software



Boredem

April 27, 2007

More Flapdoodle


More flap from Flapdoodle by Alan Schwartz

A hungry boy gave a penny for a custard pie. He throwed that pie through a brick wall nine feet thick. Then he jumped over the wall and broke his ankle just above the elbow. When his cat started singing "Yankee Doodle," the boy jumped into a dry creek and drowned. Meanwhile, the cat grabbed off nine turkey gobblers that were passing through town. Then he climbed into a tree with them and lived happily ever after. Forty years later to the very day the boy saddled up an old hog and drove past that house

I went down a long, broad, short, narrow road, and there I met a pigsty tied to an elder bush. I knocked at the maid and the door came out. She asked if I could eat a glass of buttermilk and drink a crust of bread and cheese. I said, "No, thank you. Don't mind if I do." Then I went a bit further and I met a bark and he dogged at me.

April 25, 2007

Charles Has a Licking Problem!

April 22, 2007

Special Effects Books


Special Effects in Film and Television
See faces peeled off of animatronics workings. Look at gruesome prosthetic monsters sporting alien ribcages. See movie storyboards, split-screen tricks, matte painting majesty, blue screens and green screens with legless, armless clothes playing tennis. Look behind the scenes of digital manipulation, miniature models, puppetry, and even nasty open wounds seeping false blood. See step-by-step mold-making of Star Trek creatures and morphing effects. Now take a step back. How do the SFX technicians convince us of snow and ice, battle zones, explosive action, fire, crash landings, and even natural disasters? The photos are worth it and the information is splendid.


Special Effects: An Introduction to Movie Magic

What is a praxinoscope? Who were the Lumiere brothers? What had to happen before the Lord of the Rings hit the movie screen and Gollum came alive, "my preciousssssssssss"? Read the history of special effects starting with "the magic lantern." Watch the 1926 film Metropolis again to analyze the elaborate plaster cities built for sets. Would you rather operate a Gremlin puppet from the old days or sculpt an animatronics miniature? Try "forced perspective" to look 50 feet tall instead of a puny 5' 6". Blur "ghost effects," split screens, manipulate digital skeletons, and more Hollywood tricks of the trade. Lastly, go online with the list of instruction, production, and visual effects websites that is included in the back of this book.

April 20, 2007

Virtual bicycling

April 19, 2007

Burpee's



This ear of corn was meant to tempt seed buyers to buy from Burpee's Seeds.
It came from an 1879 issue of the American Agriculturist.

April 18, 2007

Are you crafty?


Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt
By Megan Nicolay
If the names of the chapters don’t get you, the urban photos and drawn directions will.
Chapter 1: tee off
Chapter 2: tee time
Chapter 3: par-tee on
Chapter 4: flir-tee girls
Chapter 5: skir-tee girls
Chapter 6: the t-zone
Chapter 7: t-wrecks
Chapter 8: the grande finale
Tear your t-shirt in half, rip off the sleeves, cut a scoop on the back,… stitch and lace or safety pin it, cut so many little holes it becomes mesh, braid straps, strip and weave the lengths into knots of leave three-tiered fringes like a flapper in the 1920’s, plus way too many more to list! Not for the faint of heart.


The Blue Jean Book: the Story Behind the Seams
By Tayna Lloyd Kyi
"People have been buying jeans since Levi Strauss made the first ones in California in 1873. And the love of denim has traveled from North America around the world." Have you read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, yet? Can denim really fit everyone? Read about the inception, chemistry, production (borderless, seamless…), marketing (to soldiers, designer, branding, black-market…), and changes in blue jeans over 100+ years. "[T]he name ‘denim’ came from a French fabric woven of silk and wool. Because the fabric was made in Nimes, France, it was called ‘serge de Nimes.’ When stores in England began importing the cloth, its name was eventually shortened to "deNimes" or "denim." Read a lot more bizarre trivia about this wonder fabric in this book or other resources at the library.



Get Hooked: Simple Steps to Crochet Cool Stuff
By Kim Werker
"From how to hold your hook to how to finish off a piece, and all the stitches in between- this [book] will make a crocheter out of you. It’s time to dive in!" What’s a hook? What’s a hank? Go from the slip knot to the slip stitch to the treble crochet in a few easy steps. Plus the pictures are a cinch to understand. It’s not just grandma’s favorite pastime, college kids are doing it all across the world. Want to fall asleep on a "sushi roll pillow" or go out wearing your own "pleated miniskirt"?

Knit & Stitch for Beginners: 25 Fun and Easy Projects
By Wendy Freeman
Spiral bound and disguised as a book, this is a fun way to learn to knit. This book is for young adults, so, like spandex, some things are sadly missed out on by the rest of us. However, anyone can knit. Once you know how to purl the obligatory washcloth and scarf, try a "knobbly, bobbly belt" or a "zippy purse". Then learn basic sewing stitches, make a wild pom-pom, tassels, "wool daisies," felt flowers, and (you'll believe it when you see it) even knit a corsage for your next big date.

Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing
By Satoshi Kitamura
If you like Wallace and Gromit, Raymond Briggs, or manga you’ll like this odd children’s book. The drawing and inked voice bubbles match the quirky story. "When Georgina, Hubert, and Gogol – three sheep- have their fleecy coats stolen from the beach while they are swimming, they suspect some wily wolves have pulled the wool over their eyes." Elliott Baa, private detective to the rescue. Sheep and yarn-fanatics will be happy with the tangle that occurs in the end. Share this book with a little sibling or play catch with a yarn ball.

April 16, 2007

Dutch Warmblood?

What breed of horse are you?
Your Result: Thoroughbred

Your fast, hyper and occasionally spookish, though with the right care can be very, very sweet. Your perfect for the race track because of your natural unfaltering speed and quick reflexes.

Welsh Pony
Appaloosa
Quarter Horse
Dutch Warmblood
What breed of horse are you?
Make Your Own Quiz

April 14, 2007

This illustration of a carriage or buggy came from an 1880 advertisement for John P. Miller's Carriage & Wagon Manufactory of Polo, Illinois.

April 12, 2007

Flapdoodle

Excerpt from Flapdoodle



A hungry boy gave a penny for a custard pie. He throwed that pie through a brick wall nine feet thick. Then he jumped over the wall and broke his ankle just above the elbow. When his cat started singing "Yankee Doodle," the boy jumped into a dry creek and drowned. Meanwhile, the cat grabbed off nine turkey gobblers that were passing through town. Then he climbed into a tree with them and lived happily ever after. Forty years later to the very day the boy saddled up an old hog and drove past that house where nobody lives. And everybody stood at the window and waved "Hello!"

April 4, 2007

Ocean views

Visit the ocean for 11 seconds



Try a subject search in the catalog for sand paintings. Read an old-fashioned book and also try an e-book or ELECTRONIC BOOK. Ask at the reference desk how to read books scanned page by page into the computer.




Watch the ocean sands alter with the wipe of a hand. This video is under 3 minutes for quick enjoyment.

April 3, 2007

Spanish/English poetry



The poem in both Spanish and English below is transcribed from the book Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being young and Latino in the United States. Ask a librarian where to find it on the shelf to read more heart-felt and honest poetry.

Llena mi mundo con musica
por Sandra Maria Esteves (translated from the English by Isaac Goldemberg)

Llena mi mundo con musica
amaneceres y ritmo de hierbabuena
melodias de barro y congas quintiando
necesito que me armonicen
asi que llena mi mundo loco con sonidos suaves
una mano calida para tocar
cosas sencillas
llena mi mundo estancado con vibracion
en contrapunto
hasta que cada dedo de cada mano de mis dos brazos
cobre vida en todo mi unico cuerpo
no un compas aislado
o una nota desafinada sin tono
en algun silencio miscelaneo
no quiero ahogarme en Ay benditos!
asi que por favor,
llename con algo real
depende de, pon mi hora de andar a
quiero un sonido
que me despierte
y me haga a vibrar.

Fill My World with Music
by Sandra Maria Esteves

Fill my world with music
sunrise and mint julep rhythm
earthen melodies and congas quintiando
I need to be harmonized
so fill my crazy world with soft sounds
a resonance of graffiti melody
a warm hand to touch
simple things
fill my stagnant world with vibration
in counterpoint
till each finger of each hand on both arms
is alive in my one entire body
not one isolated beat
or a flat note with no tone
in some miscellaneous silence
I don't want to drown in Ay benditos!
so please,
fill me with something for real
depend upon, set my walking time to
I want some sound
to wake me up
and work me out.

April 2, 2007

DRAW!