I get more calls from the power company updating me on outages that didn’t happen than outages that did.
Frankly, I'm more surprised by the fact that the pay phone is STILL THERE than that it's not in use, never mind *why*.
Something to add to last night’s quake: the alerts aren’t actually that helpful if you’re close enough that the shaking arrives at the same time as the signal.
Anyone know what these electronics components are? They’re in an Arduino kit, but they don’t look familiar and we can’t match them with anything on the list. The kid & I both think they’re some sort of capacitor, but we can’t decipher the markings.
Interesting: I went to look up exactly what a sound post does, and it’s not so much transmitting vibrations between the top and bottom plates as it is providing a fulcrum so that the bridge can transmit the sideways vibrations of the strings (constrained by the bow pressing on them) to vertical vibrations in the body. Plucked instruments like guitars don’t need that because the strings can vibrate in all directions
Kid’s gotten interested in playing music & has been trying out various instruments over the last few months. (Yay for rentals!)
The latest is cello. When we got it home he noticed the bridge was off-center. He can replace a string, but we all agreed to wait until his first lesson & let the teacher adjust it.
He had his first lesson yesterday, with the same teacher he took violin from a few months ago. First order of business was to adjust the bridge…
So the teacher started carefully loosening the strings while holding the bridge (which is held in place entirely by the tension of the strings) until she could shift it into place. And as soon as it moved, we all heard a loud *THUNK* from *inside* the cello.
The sound post, which both provides structural support and transfers vibrations between the front and back of the instrument, had fallen out.
And was rattling around inside the cello.
(He wants me to point out that when it happened, he reacted immediately saying “Oh no! SOUND POST!”)
So she immediately had to retool the lesson since he couldn’t, you know, play an instrument that was his size (he’s tall for his age, but it’s all in his legs) and just kind of introduce him to bass clef and the basics of how violin and cello differ.
Amazingly, we were able to make it to the music shop before closing (10 minutes to spare!) and swap it for another one.
So in theory, he can actually practice before the next lesson.
Too many Mondays this week
Some #butterflies spotted the other day while hiking. A gulf fritillary (orange), some kind of blue, possibly a marine blue (tiny with brown wings and a blue body), and possibly a cloudless sulphur (yellow).
The blues are always hard to spot because they’re so small, and the sulphurs just don’t want to pause most of the time. But the fritillaries are more willing to stop, and there were SO MANY of them at the gardens on Monday.
Maybe a cloudless sulphur? Whatever it is, these yellow ones hardly ever pause long enough for me to take a picture.
There were so. many. fritillaries.
A bronze age stone slab found in a prehistoric burial mound turns out to be Europe’s oldest known map that we can link to a specific territory.
Well, that didn’t take long.
So I opened up a random article collecting photos & video clips from Louisiana over the last couple of days and we looked at them for a bit.
I think he got the hint this time, ’cause he stopped asking for that hoverboard.
For now, at least.
He then proceeded to quantify exactly how much he wanted the hoverboard. 😬
“I just donated to relief efforts to help people who were hit by a hurricane, flooded out of their homes, and have no power. Now, how much was it that you wanted a hoverboard?” 🙄
“Free from Does Not Contain Declaration Obligatory Allergens.”
Yeah, you might need to work on that template a bit….