Popsicle Stick Ship

Click for picture of stick construction.Constructed of 15,000,000 popsicle sticks, The Sea Hart Viking was expected to set sail today in hopes of a Guinness world-record-making Atlantic crossing.

We here at Asparagus Pee say “bon voyage” and wish them well.

(If you click the picture, there’s a representative shot of a laminated plank being glued up out of popsicle sticks, and there’s a pretty full gallery behind the Sea Hart link above.)

Salt Talks 2?

Click for more info from Amazon.Whatcha readin’ these days? I’m painfully slogging my way through Roger Penrose’s Road to Reality and cross refrencing websites and math texts to try to figure out what the heck he’s on about and getting caught back up on polar representations of complex variables in the complex plane, with the goal of truly understanding Euler’s Formula.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, here’s what our majoritorially popular misunderestimated philospher king is taking with him on a 5-week vacation: Newsday.com: Bush Salts His Summer With Eclectic Reading List.

(A colleague at work sent me a link to this article as an inside joke because I use Salt as the archetype for things we sell a lot of where I just can’t understand the appeal – we’ve sold around 200 copies of the audiobook on cassettes and CDs at $40-50 each, and it’s around a 15-hour listen. I gave up 3 or 4 tapes in.)

Update on Crying for Beauty

I’ve spent a couple of days now crying over the beauty of anyone lived in a pretty how town, but today’s winner is Swing Life Away by Rise Against. As far as I can tell, everything else they’re doing doesn’t suit my tastes, but this one sounds like Rubber Soul and it makes me cry, which is a great compliment in my mind. For me, at least, it speaks of lost innocence and simple childhood pleasures regained. My favorite line, after talking about comparing scars is, “we’ll tear up these pages and replace them with our own words.”

That’s powerful stuff.