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Welcome to the Friday edition of the Coffee Hour on Street Prophets. This is our communities’ open thread where we can talk about what’s happening in our lives, our thoughts on current events, and anything else that strikes your fancy. OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) recently had an exhibit on Grossology—the (Impolite) Science of the Human Body—with lots of interactive exhibits and factoids. Here are some photos about the exhibits and factoids on the gurgles, growls, and rumbles of the body.






So what’s grossing you out these days?

This is an open thread: feel free to share about what’s happening in your life. Most important: What’s for dinner?


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  •  I am experiencing the coffee hour (6+ / 0-)

    in more ways than one today. The displays make it look like WAY more fun...

  •  You didn't!?! (4+ / 0-)

    I've been averting my eyes for two months to avoid being grossed our by biologics and what do you do?

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:29:02 PM PST

  •  Named 3 of the best children's science books 2012 (5+ / 0-)

    By the Children's Book Council and the National Science Teachers Association:

    Get the Scoop on Animal Poop

    Track that Scat

    Animal Grossipedia

  •  My Fridays are a bit irregular (4+ / 0-)

    for me to become a regular but I've been thinking that I could at least prepare something during the week and post it to the queue with a Friday publishing time already set.

    And some sneaky character gave me a gift subscription so I should make some attempt to work off that debt ...

    Sign me up for next week at least and we'll see how it goes.

    New in my life this week are two bitsy pet rats plucked from a local pet store by my #2 Son (thoughtfully providing his father with hairy snacks) and I've got a new mobile phone. My third phone since -- since, I think since 1998. Not the sort of thing I'd probably buy for myself what with 2012 being such a poor year for me financially but I have generous and properly employed in-law type people in my life and a Favorite Female who prodded me a bit to finally take the plunge.

    It's one of those touch-screen things run by an android. I've downloaded two apps for it; both free. One is a little wonder for stargazing. Point it at any section of sky and see the corresponding map of the heavens. A friend showed me a similar app and I kinda fell in love with it. The other app is a simple reader for ebooks and I've downloaded 4 books by Mark Twain. I love how they come with scans of the original etchings from the first editions.

    Had #1 Son home from school today with a fever. He didn't eat anything all day but he's drinking plenty and sleeping.

    Also spent a bit of time looking for photo reference pictures for a comic I'm just beginning to create -- I want to do something steampunkish.

    That exhibition looks like a lot of fun. I used to volunteer at a gallery putting up exhibitions when I was a student and a few years ago I helped put together a small exhibit in Prague's own National Museum. One of my cooler connections here is a friend that works there.

    Oh, and here's one of my drawings that just started looking vaguely like steampunk and got me thinking that I should be doing more of this:

    It just seems to be something, a genre, a style that offers an awful lot of creative possibilities.

    “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

    by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:00:14 PM PST

    •  Noddy could advise you about steampunk. (4+ / 0-)

      You may have noticed this already ....

      Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

      by loggersbrat on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:12:13 PM PST

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      •  I'm fiddling with ideas (3+ / 0-)
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        Ojibwa, Horace Boothroyd III, SchuyH

        I'm just combining some things that seemed interesting to me over the years. I've always liked pre-WWII vehicles of all sorts, cars, dirigibles, biplanes, trains. So much so that I'm not interested in their modern counterparts -- I like the look of Victorian era fashion-- and old private eye movies -- and Baroque architechture -- and Art Nouveau -- and Science Fiction -- and on and on --

        I'm thinking that I'll create enough of an odd blend that it'll be somewhat original but may just be able to still slide nicely into the steampunk category. The last thing I want is someone to tell me what doesn't fit. I don't want to narrow my focus yet. Historical accuracy and stylistic purity be damned, I'm picking what I like and making my own blend.  

        At this point I'm just soaking up images and pondering characters and settings.

        It may never come together but it helps while away the hours between paying gigs.

        “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

        by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:49:24 PM PST

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        •  See this project commitment (3+ / 0-)
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          Ojibwa, SchuyH, Marko the Werelynx

          isn't like every country in the world. I'm sure after a reasonable sentence Ojibwa will pass it to someone else.

          Plus here you can experiment. Are you familiar with this?


          "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

          by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 03:26:12 PM PST

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          •  Ooo, lovely! (2+ / 0-)
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            Horace Boothroyd III, Ojibwa

            Thanks so much for the link!

            Why, I see an airship peeking at me from that page already ...

            I may spend some time this weekend drawing blimps, balloons and biplanes.

            There was an artist who once made a calendar for Michelin containing wonderful ink drawings of mobile cities -- cities contained in gigantic submarines, cities that flew in dirigibles, cities that flew like planes, cities that crawled over the ground like tanks, cites that climbed up the sides of cliffs with huge, mechanical arms and legs ...

            I want some of that in my comic.

            “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

            by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:51:26 PM PST

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    •  You've got next week. (3+ / 0-)

      I usually have my Tuesday Coffee Hours prepared ahead and waiting in the queue to be posted at 1:06 PM.  

      Thanks Marko.

  •  Exhausted (2+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, SchuyH

    I have been taking my niece to work. Essentially I am on the road two hours a day taking her back and forth but they desperately need the money. Hopefully this temp job will become permanent. She is really impressing the person she needs to impress. Unfortunately it is wrecking havoc with my heath. The sinus infection has come back full force. This leaves me exhausted.

    Last night's weather was horrible. We had torrential rain for most of the day. I could barely see the lines in the road. I had to have the defrosters on high which meant getting out from a real hot car into the cold as the temperature plummeted and we had ice and snow. Fortunately they closed the office today which was good because I couldn't unlock the driver's side door and couldn't open the passenger side door.

    I've been mainly just fooling around on the Internet and doing art work. I did more work on this piece and I like the water better.

    Safe in the Storm New photo SafeintheStorm_zpsda71f9d2.jpg

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 06:51:56 PM PST

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