A Physicist and Artist try to make it in Silicon Valley

A Physicist and Artist try to make it in Silicon Valley
In which a couple tries to thrive creatively and intellectually on and offline

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sketchbook Friday #23

This week's sketch is one of the preliminary sketches I did for the painting, "By Your Side".

I had a dream about an old boyfriend falling out of a laundry machine. Then his head blew up.

I think I ate pizza the night before or something.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Book of the Week #20

This week's book is one of my husband's favorites: The Quark and the Jaguar by Murray Gell-Man.

In this book the Nobel prize winning physicist discusses adaptive systems in a way that is engaging and informative. Very interesting, especially if you like science!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sketchbook Friday #22

This week's sketchbook Friday is another drawing of my sister and I from college.

She asked me if I would ever be able to tell if she were replaced by a robot.

I think I probably could.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Book of the Week #19

This week's book is Homesteading by Abigail Gehring

I picked this book up from the library on a whim and am now planning on buying it. While the format and shape of the book is a little awkward (it's shaped more like a coffee table book than a reference book), it covers a wide range of topics in excellent detail, without getting too hippy-dippy (although there are whole chapters on planned communities and herbal medicine).

Here are a few topics it covers:
  • Gardening- both raised beds and regular, with in depth details about plant pairing and climate
  • Canning- covers both pressure and boiling methods
  • Brewing and wine making
  • Chickens and ducks
  • Barn, smoke house, and tree house building
  • Alternative energy sources- including geothermal
  • Wild edibles
  • Candle making
  • Lots of other fun tidbits
All these topics are covered in an approachable way so that any one with a quarter of an acre or more can achieve.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Camping in Big Trees

This last weekend my husband and I decided to go on a last minute camping trip. I had wanted to go to Calaveras Big Trees State Park since we first moved here, and even though it's about three hours away, we decided to make the trip.

It was totally worth the drive. We camped in Oak Hollow campground, which is very nice, and there were several available campsites. Our tent was pitched in a young grove of sequoias and douglas fir and the fire pit was large and high enough that we could have a fire despite the dry conditions. We took a short hike along the river trail and spent the rest of the evening relaxing and talking outside. The next morning we made pancakes and laughed at the ground squirrels eating the enormous pinecones that dropped from the douglas fir near our tent.

The next day we decided to hike around in the South Grove, which has over one thousand giant sequoias and is a really nicely maintained trail and area. We heard a bear on several different occasions, twice splashing around a stream and once tearing at a tree trunk.

Because we live in such a highly developed and polluted area, it is so nice to get out and spend the night in the mountains.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sketchbook Friday #21

This week's sketchbook Friday is just a little demon I drew a couple of years ago. I like the idea of a demon in footy pajamas.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Book of the week #18

This week's book is Food Rules by Michael Pollan.

Much has been said about Pollan's previous books about food, and having read them both I can easily say that the praise is well-deserved. The reason I chose this book, however, is that anyone can read it. And in one sitting. It's simple, entertaining, and gives logical and concrete advice about eating. For these reasons, I think it has the potential to change this country's eating habits.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sketchbook Friday #20

This week's Sketchbook Friday features two drawings I did for an life drawing lesson. I taught art lessons at the Monroe Street Fine Arts Center in Madison, Wisconsin for several years. It was a wonderful little community art center in one of my favorite Madison neighborhoods.

This was a lesson on legs and feet. I used my husband as a model.