… seems to happen a lot this month: gifts, special groceries, greeting cards, and so much more. We’re not done yet but I’m happy that I’ve now completed one traditional task:
— How am I doing in Austria? —
In case you haven’t seen it before, here’s a sweet and fun optical illusion: a paper dragon that seems to always turn its head to look at you.
Curiously, this illusion works much better on video than in reality. In reality, you need to close one of your eyes to fool your depth perception.
This originated as a conference give-away made by Jerry Andrus in 1998. Fans meet biennially to celebrate the life and work of Martin Gardner, and an American popular mathematics and popular science writer. Each participant must bring 400 copies of something they made, and everybody leaves with one copy of each item. Fun!
Want to make one yourself? Here are three versions, ready to print, cut, and glue:
Oh, and “Percy”? I made one of these to show my kids, and Daniel named it Percy. It sits on my desk and watches me carefully.
I dedicate this post to my grandmother Lizzi who would have been 97 today. She would have enjoyed this illusion.
For my son’s 6th birthday, my wife got the idea to create a dragon cake for kindergarten. Because this has received so much positive feedback, as well as questions about how we did it, I decided to publish our secret here.
Progress Quest is an antic and fantastical computer role-playing game, well worth the time you’ll spend playing it. And it won’t cost you a farthing! [official website]
The official introduction above is absolutely true. It’s a great little game and, although the game-play can feel a bit one-sided, it’s still offering a surprising amount of variation. It starts quite slowly – obviously the character is very weak initially, but he’ll be hacking through his enemies faster once he gains some experience, better weapons, and armor.
Even inexperienced gamers will find Progress Quest remarkably intuitive and simple to play. [user manual]
Similar to the popular games with faux 8-bit graphics, this game also doesn’t look very impressive, even though it does contain some 3D effects.
I’ve recently discovered genealogy by way of stumbling upon this simple online tool for modeling family trees. It’s really easy to get started and it’s quite captivating and lots of fun trying to remember everybody in the family. As it turns out, when I include the kids of my uncles and aunts, my tiny family is fairly big after all – I’ve added 67 people so far!