This is a demonstration of a making a frog jump using the software Animation-Ish. It is running at 8X speed.

I saw it at Scholastic Corporation HQ in SOHO.

Fancy Piano

I saw this today. It came with its own donation label and piece of ribbon from the installation ceremony.

Here is the view from the front.

This is the label on the bench. Are you familiar with any of these organizations?


Running Fast, Getting Nowhere

Did you ever feel that you were running fast, but still standing in one place? These 3D World avatars must know exactly what that feels like.

BART Train Sounds

Plenty of the students in my district love the sounds of the NYC subways, from the “stand clear of the closing doors” announcements, to the sound of zooming through a tunnel.

Here is the sound the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) subway makes on its way from the San Fransisco airport to the downtown section of the city.


I recorded it on an trip this last midwinter break. To me, it sounds like we are going at three-times the speed of a NYC train.

Piano Lift

This piano is in the auditorium, right next to the stage. Which is a pretty logical place for it to be, when you think about it. Music, stage, theater, etc.

piano by lift

Behind it is a wheelchair lift, the kind designed to get wheelchair-bound students from the seating area up onto the stage. Which is also a pretty Americans-with-Disabilities-Act kind of thing, too.

Yet here is the rub: the auditorium is on the third floor of the school and there are NO ELEVATORS in the school.

So how is a wheelchair user even going to make it to the third-floor auditorium?!?

That is why the piano is blocking the lift, which is never used and was probably part of the stipulations for getting an auditorum built in the first place.

Orange Shirts, Cloudy Skies, V-Formation

Almost the entire district 75 staff met to oversee the 5th annual STEM Fair, this year held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Here is a view of Manhattan from the flight deck. That one skyscraper in the background is much too high for anyone’s good.

Here is a view of the D75 staff wearing orange shirts, standing in V-formation, not unlike a flock of geese, or, more appropriately, a squadron of 1942 TBM-3E Avengers.

June 2019