Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Artist of the Week: Science Fair, A Bridge too Many

Nate by Teckelcar
Nate, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
This week's artist is Nate, caught here in a snowball fight with his co-conspirator.

Nate decided this year to team up with his very good friend N for the science project. Which was good and bad. The two of them were able to get things done with little or no nagging from their respective parents, BUT it meant quite a bit of chauffeuring them back and forth at 20 minutes per one way. I joke about us being in the boonies, but N's family has us beat by many, many miles. Fortunately they are considerate boys and scheduled their times together wisely. Hence N sleeping over the night of the big snow storm. It was a Sunday night, but it was a school holiday on Monday and N's parents could swing by when doing something else with N's big brother.

bridges by Teckelcar
bridges, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
Anyhoodle, they had to finish building their 15 (!) bridges and then destroy them. Originally it was going to be 25 bridges, but sanity returned and they decided that three bridge types  (flat, trestle, and suspension) was more than enough. For a month they had been chipping away, first making the 15 bases, essentially the flat bridges, and designing the the other two.

For the final assembly Nate wanted me to buy a boatload of small clamps. Being the queen of improvisation I said no and instead pulled out some 1 inch binder clips. I would be happy to buy those in bulk, particularly since 1 clamp costs as much as a dozen binder clips. As the glue dried the boys stacked the bridges, it got to be a fairly impressive sight.

Then it was time to have fun. The boys, again, wanted me to go out a buy materials. This time it would be weights for the bridge busting. The weather was getting serious at this point with the snow and again I demurred. I told them to use a bucket and water. They didn't think it would work, that is until they picked up the 5 gallon bucket and realized just how heavy water is. I sent then out to the driveway with the bucket, some rope, a large measuring cup, and two sawhorses. They had a great time and got some good data.

poster board by Teckelcar
poster board, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.

As the snow continued to blow they knocked off before the suspension bridges. A few of those still needed to dry and it was getting unpleasant out in the driveway. In the morning they were all set to bust their remaining bridges when I asked an important question, did they photograph the bridges?


Luckily they had an extra flat bridge and they were able to cobble together another suspension bridge. I was able to get some nice pictures of all three bridge types plus the underside. Then it was back to breaking bridges.

N did the data analysis and Nate wrote up the experiment. It really was a joint effort. So often one kid does the bulk of the work, but these do fairly split the tasks. I helped out with the poster board by trimming up the printouts and gluing them together. For whatever reason Nate never seems to be able to glue things down, everything always drops off the next day. The whole mess got turned in last week and it'll be a while until we know what happens. They made some lovely bridges, and did a good job with the write-up.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MCP Project 12: Love and Snowballs

Love and Snowballs by Teckelcar
Love and Snowballs, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
I've been meaning to post this picture for about a week. It is from Sunday before last, during our big winter storm.

Rebecca made a snowball and thought it looked heart-shaped. She then worked on it a bit and asked me to take a picture of her creation. I was more than happy to photograph it along with her brightly smiling face. As I recalled it was shortly destroyed in the epic snowball fight happening in the backyard.

I thought this picture would nicely finish up this month's MCP Project 12 theme of Love. It is of a little girl I dearly love that created a token of love.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Marmoset Song

Yes it's dopey, but I like it. That's good enough for me.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

404 Laundry

404 laundry by Teckelcar
404 laundry, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
I actually like doing laundry. It's satisfying emptying out the three hampers and having nice clean clothes when I'm done. It's the putting away I can do without. I have a loose schedule of twice a week, necessary with six people. It all gets done without being totally overwhelming.

Now the laundry room is upstairs, which I love since most of the laundry is up there, but the placement leaves a bit to be desired.

It's a large closet that is partially beneath the attic stairs. Of course the washer is jammed in the far corner so you have to stoop under and around the slope of the ceiling to reach inside. It works, but barely. Thus you have to be a certain height in order to reach inside, a step stool doesn't quite fit.

So yes, I do need to teach my children, Jake is certainly tall enough now to reach into the bottom of our very awkwardly placed top load washer. But it'll be a while until I completely give up the job.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Cold Blossom

cold blossum by Teckelcar
cold blossum, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
My poor beleaguered daffodils, they don't know what hit them this week.

Sunday we had our big snowstorm that buried them in four and half inches of very wet snow. Some blossoms were knocked flat to the ground and all of them were tightly furled. The one here was pictured at just the start of the snow fall, the rain was just transitioning over to a more frozen form. You can just make out the crystals of ice in and amongst the water droplets.

Today the temperatures spiked all the way to 83. No that's not a typo, it was Eighty Three freak'n degrees outside. So of course we had a huge blow of a thunderstorm whip through tossing all the trees. Now the temps have dropped to 48 and the stars are out in their full brilliance.

This winter has been unbelievable.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What Happened on Tuesday

King Cake by Teckelcar
King Cake, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
For whatever reason I got into the spirit of Fat Tuesday and decided I should make a King Cake. I don't know why I got this notion, but after a bit of searching on the internets I found a likely candidate over at Gourmet Girl. I wasn't in the mood for the more traditional cinnamon type of cake, cream cheese filling was what I wanted. Mind you I have only had King Cake once before and that was about 16 years ago when I was in Louisiana for a field trial. So I'm far from an expert and this is uncharted territory for me. The recipe seemed to be fairly straight forward and I was willing to give it a shot.

It all came together very easily. I had most of the ingredients on hand, the exceptions being the colored sugars. Purple was impossible to find so I had to make my own with a few drops each of blue and red food coloring. The only modification I made was to the icing. I tasted it as I was mixing it up and thought it tasted to strongly of raw sugar. I made an impromptu double boiler with the bowl and a pot of boiling water and threw in a tablespoon or so of butter (everything is better with butter). After 10 minutes it tasted much better and was a breeze to drizzle onto the cooled cake. I sprinkled on the sugars and I was very pleased with the end result. As for taste, it was scrumptious! The lemon was a nice counterpoint to the sugar and the cream cheese. This one is a keeper.

Jambalaya by Teckelcar
Jambalaya, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
Now I couldn't just have King Cake and I decided if I was in for a penny I should be in for a pound. I have always wanted to make jambalaya and this would be as good a time as any. I always thought jambalaya smelled wonderful, but each time I was offered some shrimp/crayfish/prawns were involved and I am horribly allergic to them. S back to the internet, I decided to make one with chicken and andouille sausage.

The jambalaya was little harder to make than the cake. I found the sausage right off the bat, but the seasonings were much harder to come by. In fact I never did find the file powder. Rebecca was a bit concerned about my skipping an ingredient, but I explained to her that this was spicy enough and we wouldn't miss it. Which brings me to the other modifications I made. I like some heat, but I could tell this would blow my socks off. I decided to half the amount of red pepper flakes and entirely omitted the hot sauce. Larry loves spicy food so I gave him the hot sauce on the side. As for the peanut oil, I switched it over to olive because Rebecca and I seem to have a minor peanut allergy.

Turns out toning down the spices was a very good idea. It was at the upper range of what I can tolerate and was beyond Max and Rebecca, Jake was basically okay with it as was Nate, and Larry happily poured on the hot sauce. It was very tasty, smelled wonderful, and will definitely be repeated.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Artist of the Week: Illuminated Dream

Max by Teckelcar
Max, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
This week's artist is Max. I got this picture of him Monday, the day after our big snow storm. We got about 4 1/2 inches and it was all pretty much gone Tuesday afternoon. Tonight's rain pretty much guarantees that not a speck will be left Thursday.

Anyhoo I have learned to immediately send children outside after  any sort of snowfall. Heck I even sent them out Sunday night at around 8:30. There was about 3 inches of perfect packing snow and it would have been a shame for them to miss and opportunity to play in good snow. They spent an hour in the yard having a terrific snowball fight and completely churning up all the snow on the ground. In the morning it was a bit crusty, but by midday the snow had softened up again. The battle was resumed, this time in the woods where the snow was in better condition. Everybody had wet boots, coats, and gloves by the time they were done. It was a big mess, but I'm glad we finally got winter. We had pretty much given up, so this was a nice surprise.

illuminated dream by Teckelcar
illuminated dream, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
Now the art was not a surprise. It was a Sunday school project and I was there to help. The project was to create an illuminated text using tracing paper and a construction paper frame. I ended up doing the lettering for the prayer because Max was getting very frustrated. Hebrew is written (and read!) right to left and Max kept smearing the letters. After about four tries I offered to do the writing. The rest of the illustration is all Max's doing.

He created the abstract design and traced the figure of the dog from an example of medieval illuminated text that was put out for inspiration. Max decided that the dog was thinking about Israel and the torah  as it ran across a field. I think it's an utterly charming creation and had fun working with Max.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Baking With Julia- Chocolate Truffle Tartlets

Chocolate Truffle Tartlets by Teckelcar
Chocolate Truffle Tartlets, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
As I mentioned last week my second Baking with Julia assignment was Chocolate Truffle Tartlets. The host blogs (which feature the recipe) are Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon, Spike of Spike Bakes, Jaime of Good Eats and Sweet Treats, and Jessica of Cookbookhabit. They all have lovely pictures of the finished product and one has a video of Julia Child in action.

I made my tartlets for Valentine's day. The recipe is for six tartlets and there are six people in my family, a perfect match.

Over all the tartlets were pretty good. I was a bit disappointed with the crust, I may have overdone them a smidgen and I think the crust was too thick. If I make these again I'll try to keep that in mind. The filling, on the other hand, was scrumptious! Rich and chocolatey, the only thing I would do differently would be to chop things a little bit finer. The chunks tasted great, but it made the filling a bit awkward and lumpy to work into the shells.

I'm not sure if I'll make these again, but they were fun to bake and eat!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lemonade Stand

Here is this year's Movie Extra Winner from Tropfest, Lemonade Stand.

I rather like this one, however it does have bad language and a few rather rude illustrations.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Winter Hath Arrived

watching by Teckelcar
watching, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
The news for the past few days have been filled with reports about a potential snow event starting today. We have been looking at snow maps and getting cautiously excited. Maybe, just maybe, we will have a real winter after all.

It started clouding up last night and this morning it smelt like snow was on it's way. For non-Northerners the air has a particular cool, crisp smell about it before it snows. I really can't describe it. I just know it when I smell it. Then some point after lunch it started. Max and Rebecca were transfixed by the sight of little misshapen clumps of snow fell outside.

selective by Teckelcar
selective, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
For quite sometime nothing was sticking. It was still in the upper 30's and the ground was too warm for the snow to accumulate. As the temperature dropped magic started to happen. The snow first started to stick on the deck, but only on a select few boards.Meryl said those were the cool ones. It was an odd sight, the stark white stripes surrounded by soggy grey.

The flakes were still lumpy and not at all the beautiful and refined crystals of colder weather. And yet, it is still snow and that is all the matters.
2 inches by Teckelcar
2 inches, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
By eight o' clock the deck and yard were covered in a soft blanket of snow. I tromped out and got a measurement of two inches! It is wonderful packing snow and I sent the whole crew out to play.  Since tomorrow is a holiday Nate has a friend staying over and he joined in the fun with borrowed boots and gloves. Even John joined in on the fun, having a marvelous time romping in the snow. Dell elected to stay indoors and made it very clear that he did not want to join his brother. I think they all spent a good hour outside and thoroughly churned up the yard. By then the snow was measuring 3 inches and still coming down.

When I last checked at 10:30 the total was at four and still accumulating. I've always said we get our winter in February.

Friday, February 17, 2012

MCP Project 12: Love and Valentines

Love by Teckelcar
Love, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
This little present was what Rebecca gave her teacher. Her teacher is a perfect match for Rebecca and they both truly appreciate each other. It is a wonderful thing when a student and teacher click, fourth grade has been the best year for my girl.

So understandably Rebecca wanted to give Mrs. S something special. Over the weekend Rebecca made more of the chocolate covered Oreo truffles and it was decided that a little container of them would be very appropriate. Rebecca placed five truffles in a little plastic container and I wrapped it all up in tissue paper.

I think Rebecca was very proud of the fact that she was giving something that she had made. I liked the fact that her little act of generosity was unprompted and mostly of her own doing (wrapping with tissue paper can be tricky I thought I would spare us the frustration that would follow if she did it herself).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mail Call

Getting mail addressed to them is a big deal to the kids, particularly the dynamic duo. Whenever I collect the mail I am breathlessly asked if any is address to them. For the most part the answer is no and there is always a bit of disappointment with that answer.

Today Max collected the mail and discovered an envelope with his name prominently displayed in the address window. Now I didn't see this when it happened but, judging by the shredded appearance of the envelope, Max was very excited as he tore the letter open.

The letter was from our health insurance and it was a detailed report of the financial aspect of Max's most recent visit to the CF clinic. Somehow a two page table of the clinic's initial charges, subsequent adjustments, what insurance will cover, and what ever else they threw in there was far from interesting reading for a 10 year old boy. The letter was tossed aside in disappointment.

Poor guy, today he got initiated into the world of boring mail.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

7 Years Plus This, That, And The Other Thing

And all a day late.

I truly meant to post yesterday, but I was busy. Between the baking, the dinner making, and the late night out with my hubby I wasn't able to sit down and post. So here is the belated blogiversary, Valentines Day, Baking with Julia, and date night version.

So yes, seven years. In dog years my blog is older than me. I figure that dog years better captures the relative age of this blog thing. It's a little harder now with children becoming a little more opinionated about what gets posted and I do try to respect their wishes. Rebecca was less than thrilled with the last picture I posted, but I did point out that I haven't released any videos of her without her approval and honestly those have a better chance of being passed around. Anyhoodle seven years is a pretty durn long stretch and as long as the grandparents are interested I'll keep it up.

Valentines day around here has become very low key. Rebecca was the only one that did the card exchange at school, Max wasn't interested and once you are out of elementary school it's over. We did however have a lovely roast chicken for dinner and Larry got me some absolutely scrumptious chocolates. The man certainly knows what I like! The best part is that none of the kids like them. I happy to share with Larry who appreciates fine chocolates.

Which brings us to Baking with Julia. The selected recipe was Chocolate Truffle Tartlets and I thought they would be fun to make for Valentines day. The recipe makes 6 tartlets which is perfect for my family. I think they were pretty good, but the crust needs a little work. I'll give a full reportage on Tuesday, the official day for Baking with Julia.

As for the other thing... Larry and I had a very late night out on the town. We didn't get home until nigh on 2:00 am. We are friends with a few members of some local bands, The Santamaria Bothers and Soundstorm, and there was a splendid double bill last night. Both play a sort funky jazz infused music and the venue has good acoustics. The highlight of the evening was when the two bands joined together. Once in a while it's fun for the two of us to go out and kick up our heels.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Making of a Shade

I love watching how things are created. I particularly like the use of the light to help gauge the thickness of the shade. The end product is lovely and so is the music.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Why I Love the Improbable Research Blog

Where else can I find delightful articles about how a Whack on the side of head spurs creativity and "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated self-assessments."

Friday, February 10, 2012

MCP Project 12: Love Freshly Baked

Freshly baked love by Teckelcar
Freshly baked love, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
This month's MCP Project 12's primary theme, as opposed to the one I covered last week, is love. Which isn't too shocking considering the big non-holiday on Tuesday.

As I mentioned on Tuesday the bread was very well received. Rebecca for whatever reason was calling it the baby and I got her to pose cradling the loaf. Mind you it stopped being a baby once the bread cooled down to an edible temperature.

So really what better way to show love in a non-February clichéd manner than a loaf of bread baked with love that was in turn loved by the recipients.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Holding Pattern

A month ago an elementary student in area died from a severe peanut allergy. The horror of the story has been compounded by the fact it was from a fellow student sharing a peanut based snack on the playground. When the news first hit I immediately thought of one of Max and Rebecca's classmates who has such a life threatening allergy. She is a very sweet kid with a wonderful mom that makes a point to come to every party and field trip to ensure her daughter gets only things that are safe her her to eat. It wasn't her that died, the child was much younger and in a completely different school.

Meanwhile it looks like Rebecca has developed a sensitivity to peanuts. A couple years ago we went to Five Guys Burger and Fries and Rebecca started coughing. It was a dry, almost asthmatic sort of hacking cough. She wasn't sick and she wasn't choking, but something was clearly up. Then I realized the place was awash in peanuts. Open boxes of unshelled peanuts were all over the place for patrons to snack on while waiting for their food. Rebecca has never cared for peanuts and that's not an unusual aspect of a food allergy. Young children often instinctively avoid foods that make them sick. I for one never wanted to eat shellfish as a kid, almost blasphemy for someone of New England stock.When I finally did try some crab meat salad at my cousins wedding I promptly had an extreme allergic reaction. Luckily my family is loaded with asthmatics and such and they were able to stave off the attack. So yes, food allergies are not unheard of in my family.

Anyhoodle back to the whole peanut allergy thing in school. For the past two school years I have carefully noted on Rebecca's information card that she has a minor peanut allergy. Since she does not like peanuts and is uninterested in other kids' food I didn't worry about her. At some point I would get her tested, but I wanted her to be a bit older and better able to deal with the prospect of a prick test. This was all fine and dandy until three weeks ago. Our school board decided that my little note was no longer enough. More details and an action plan were needed.

Sigh, so it was off to the allergist today.

Rebecca had a simple prick test on her forearms. Just three little jabs, the peanut on her right and the controls on her left. Fifteen minutes later the Dr. check her arms. The saline (negative control) was clear and the histamine (positive control) produced a large, red, and itchy welt. Just what was to be expected. The peanut however, well was not quite so clear. There was definitely something going on, but at most a three on a scale of one to ten.

Which was about what I expected.

However, it wasn't an equivocal answer, more of a kinda sorta. The upshot of it all is that now Rebecca got the added treat of a blood draw to see what is going on. It'll be another week until we know the results and even that won't guarantee us an answer. In the mean time her Dr. said it was best if she carried on avoiding peanuts.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Artist of the Week: Blastolene And The Decoliner

There is a little part of me that is a would-be gearhead and this week's artist reflects that part. Below is an interview with Randy Grubb a member of the artistic collective known as Blastolene.

During the interview a couple of pulse engine vehicles are shown, but the main story is the Decoliner. It is a beauteous beast of a vehicle with some very startling features. At one point in the clip it is stated that isn't so much the miles per hour, but the smiles per hour that matter. I completely agree. Watch it and enjoy.

There is some incredible craftsmanship that went into the creation of the Decoliner and it certainly qualifies as a piece of art.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Baking With Julia- White Loaves

Fresh bread by Teckelcar
Fresh bread, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
I've joined in with a cooking project that I learned about over at Diane's blog, Ginosko. Last year the group did Tuesdays with Dorie, cooking recipes from Dorie Greenspan's "Baking From My Home To Yours," this year the cookbook is "Baking with Julia Child." From what I understand two recipes will be selected per month. I love Julia Child's style of cooking and I'm always up for a bit of baking. Throw in so blog fodder and I'm game.

The inaugural recipe is White Loaves and I must say it was a wonderful dough to create, silky smooth  and not at all sticky. The recipe was pretty much dead on, my only issue was I had longer rise times, but that was due to my cool house and not the dough. In the summer I'll be able to easily find a nice warm spot for the dough to rise. My only deviation from the recipe was to make one of my loaves a cinnamon swirl. Before folding up the dough and plopping it into the pan I brushed the surface with melted butter and sprinkled on both cinnamon and sugar.

The bread smelled heavenly while baking and it was very hard to keep the kids away while it cooled. The plain white loaf, on the right in the picture, was soon gone. I got only one slice and it was delicious. The second loaf I squirreled away for tomorrow. I figure it'll be a nice treat when it's toasted with a bit of butter. I'm looking forward to my next assignment!

Monday, February 06, 2012


It's that time of year again that I dip into Tropfest. This year they are continuing on with the idea of the letting viewers pick out the 16th entry. A the Tropfest channel on YouTube you can see the 10 contebders and vote for your favorite. I went for the slightly darker themed film that is a great variation on turnabout.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Just About Little Old Me

Robbo has an interesting post about introversion and such that includes a fun (at least to me) "Are you and Introvert Test." Yay a meme! I don't veiw my self as strictly an introvert, but I do live on the quiet side.

The more you agree with the following statements the more introverted you are.

1. I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities. Depends upon the group and the activity. For me smaller is better.

2. I often prefer to express myself in writing. Ha! More like photography or baking. Seriously I do like to talk to my friends on the phone. This blog thing I do is a bit of a stretch for me, I am not a writer. I am a much better story teller in person, ask Meryl who is a writer.

3. I enjoy solitude. Yes, I do cherish my alone time during the school year. The first week of summer break is brutal, but I adjust. For this reason alone I seriously doubt I could ever home school.

4. I seem to care about wealth, fame, and status less than my peers. Not really, but then my peers are my friends for a reason. I'm not driven to be famous, but a big lottery win would be nice.

5. I dislike small talk, but I enjoy talking in depth about topics that matter to me. Fairly true, hell to me is a cocktail party.

6. People tell me that I’m a good listener. Yes I do listen, but I will share my opinion if it seems wanted.

7. I’m not a big risk-taker. Another big Ha! Depends on the risk. I've moved out to the Midwest to be with my then boyfriend/now husband. I quit my job, line up a new job ahead of time, and moved from CT all on my own. However I never would have dared done the rattling around Europe and South America as my very extroverted brother did. Oh yeah and I've dyed my hair purple. Twice.

8. I enjoy work that allows me to “dive in” with few interruptions. Yes, I like a clear task that I can wade into.

9. I like to celebrate birthdays on a small scale, with only one or two close friends or family members. True, very true.

10. People describe me as “soft-spoken” or “mellow.” Yes, although it has been noted that I'm all very quiet and agreeable until you cross the line. Then look out.

11. I prefer not to show or discuss my work with others until it’s finished. Yup.

12. I dislike conflict. Very true.

13. I do my best work on my own. Yes, I'm having a hard time baking with my daughter. It is hard to let go, I want it done right.

14. I tend to think before I speak. Generally yes. I try not to blurt out whatever crosses my mind.

15. I feel drained after being out and about, even if I’ve enjoyed myself. No, I do have fun going out and about.

16. I often let calls go through to voice mail. If I don't want to answer a particular call I will let it go to voice mail (I'm looking at you political "surveys" and telemarketers). However I do frequently answer when it's for an individual. I volunteer for my dog club by fielding inquires and dachshunds. I can talk to anybody for long stretches about dogs.

17. If you had to choose, I’d prefer a weekend with absolutely nothing to do to one with too many things scheduled. Yes!

18. I don’t enjoy multitasking. I'm fine with multitasking. It's a bit a necessity with four kids.

19. I can concentrate easily. If the subject interests me, absolutely.

20. In classroom situations, I prefer lectures to seminars.If the subject matter is interesting and the professor is engaging, yes to seminars.

So roughly 15 out of 20, but when I do veer off it's in a big way. I can be bold as brass when the mood strikes me. I mean really, how many 46 year old hard core introverts with purple hair are out there?

Friday, February 03, 2012

MCP Project 12: Leap... Sort of

Girl with a Dolphin by Teckelcar
Girl with a Dolphin, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
This picture from April 23, 2010 would have been a perfect choice for this month's MCP Project 12's alternate theme Leap (and not too bad for the primary Love). Sadly it's not from this month and is ineligible.


For a bit of background on the sculpture head on over my post from April 2010 when I first featured this particular work of art. I featured the other picture back in 2010 because of the rainbow, but I think compositionally this is the better photo.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Wonderful Stories

I found the sweetest article today over at Neatorama, 7 Amazing Stories of Lost and Re-Found Wedding Rings. I don't know how I got there, but it was certainly the picture of the beringed carrot that got my attention.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Artist of the Week: Minecraft

Jake by Teckelcar
Jake, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
This week's artist is the now camera shy Jake.

He really does not want anybody taking his picture now so I have to settle on a back view from way back in August. The more recent pictures I have are from band performances and I have already featured them. He'll eventually come around, I just have to give him his space. He is very much 15.

Anyhoodle I'm featuring him for what he has done on Minecraft. For those not in the know, Minecraft is a video game where you create everything from different textured cubes, for a better run down click here. It looks very interesting and Nate very much wants me to play, but I have demurred so far because I can see it can become a very big time sink. Case in point Jake.

He is currently the mayor of a town on one of the servers. Along with a few other co-mayors, he shapes how the town grows. He has his own buildings and has created some wonderful structures, one of which is a Spleef stadium (Spleef is a game within the game).  Jake has created a neat little world and I wish I could show it you.