If there is a millipede and a centipede, shouldn’t there be a decipede? And how would you measure it?

I’ll tell you how: using this R316-30 metric ruler that has decimeters!

Thank you, Wescott, for fulfilling my dream of using a decimeter stick.

No Gym, but a Condo Library

This library is located down from the main lobby. Finally a building that has its priorities straight.

Old, and then Some

From upstate New York, from Cooperstown, this one-room schoolhouse with a library of  books. So cool.

old books

A closer look shows that the titles include both School District Library, School Library, and random other publishers.

Sample list of titles

  • History of Philosophy (vol 1, no 174)
  • History of insects (vol 2, no 7)
  • Ancient and Modern Egypt (no 34)
  • James’s Chivalry and the Crusades (no 26)
  • Barrow’s Life of Peter the Great (no 35)
  • Russells’ Life 0f Cromwell (vol 1, no 56)

Can you decipher other titles?

So Many Fish in the Sea

A recent visit to the local Barnes and Noble was almost as good as a trip to the pet store. On the Young Adult table were no less than four books with goldfish on the cover.

  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt;
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper;
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan; and
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

I read the last two and liked Counting by 7s the most.

Talking Teddy

When I saw this display at the NYC school technology summit last week, I was mesmerized. Whether by fear or delight, cannot say. Yes, these are talking stuffed animals called Bluebee Pals. Children will love them.

The animals move their mouths to speak what is on the iPad (or sing, chant, moan, growl, etc.) and they sway their little bodies and shuffle their limbs.

Here are additional videos:

The animals come with their own apps, and can speak anything that is on the iPad.


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.

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