Random Thursday: Dimples, Flash Mobs, and Ice Lobsters

It’s random!  It’s Thursday!  It’s random Thursday!

The temperatures have been well below zero and the wind is slicing down the plains like Hel’s ice machete, which is wreaking the other kind of hell with my Internet connection.

So this is what I could compile five minutes at a time, between random bouts of cursing.


Summer Has Mosquitos . . .

You know it’s cold when the ice lobsters come up to the house to get warm.

Ice Lobster

It’s not the crustacean that gets me, here, it’s the trap.


It’s Street Art, Charlie Brown

A friend sent me this in response to last Thursday’s graffitipalooza:

Snoopy Shadow

It’s a great piece . . . but I want to throw a blanket over him.

(thanks, Kev!)


Code to Joy

Phones these days aren’t just smarter than I am.

They’re better singers, too.


John Adams’ Dimpled Balls

Last week was the kids’ Academic Fair.

Sunny did a report on the second President of the United States, complete with “Bottle Buddy”:

John Adams Project

The cravat was her idea, but her father helped her with the lapels.

Her favorite fact was that he and Thomas Jefferson were “besties”.  I think that might be verbatim from her presentation.

Janie did a science project on the difference that the size and number of dimples on a golf ball can make make to the distance one can hit it.

Golf Project

Oddly enough, the hexagonal ones—which were the closest to “dimpleless” that we could get, since every store in the country who sells them has them on backorder and the manufacturer is not directly selling them at this time—did much better than expected, leading us to conclude that dimples do affect the distance one can hit a golf ball and also one’s chances of getting one’s father to spring for snacks from the bar of the indoor driving range.

Her other secondary conclusion was that pink golf balls with overlarge dimples were not only sexist in color, but a fear-based attempt on the part of the patriarchal establishment to keep women golfers from hitting the green.

Shame on you, [brand redacted].  Shame.

This year was relatively panic-free, since the school allowed most of the work to be done during class time.

But Jane still thinks she’s like to recreate this one for next year:

Science Project Project


Flashing Beethoven

On the 5th of February of this year, students of the Collegium Musicum of Heidelberg  surprised people eating lunch with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Kudos to the percussion section.  Awesome!

(I think I stole this from Dee’s Facebook page—thanks, Dee!)

10 thoughts on “Random Thursday: Dimples, Flash Mobs, and Ice Lobsters

    • It just about killed me when I saw the photo of that drawer, Mike, but by that time, we’d already bought what we needed. And the balls had to be new to make the test fair—and we needed the packaging, because there was no way in this world I was counting all those %^$&% dimples on each blessed ball.

      But I truly appreciate your generosity. 😀

  1. Is that ice lobster at your house?
    Did you know that there are 336 dimples on a golf ball? (Random trivia I have had in my head for a long time now)
    I’m pretty sure that I borrowed that video from another friend, so thanks to them. I love me some good Beethoven!
    Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. Work and other stuff are pretty much kicking my behind. I promise to return when things calm down a bit.

    • Not at my house, Dee. I’d like to think it’s in Maine. 🙂

      There are 336 dimples on a STANDARD golf ball. It varies, depending on what you want the ball to do. Believe me on this. 🙂

      It’s a beautiful piece! I don’t know if this is my favorite of his, but I’m willing to listen to all of his works to make sure. 😀

      I know about time crunches— visit when you can, Dee. I’ll be here.!

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