July 28, 2014

Dr. Seuss Alphabet

 photo a.jpg What's not to love here? While these would be perfect in frames for a child's bedroom, I think they'd look great anywhere. A school library, a public library, a bookstore, my family room...yes, the possibilities are endless.

All of the letters are available on different colored backgrounds. Go to Seuss Prints to see them all and be sure to see the other treasures on the site.

There's also a link taking you to the "secret" art of Dr. Seuss. It's wonderful and unexpected.

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July 25, 2014

On this day in history...

 photo Concorde1.jpg On July 25, 2000, Air France's Concorde took off from the Charles de Gaulle International Airport near Paris. It was headed for New York City and carried 100 passengers, mostly Germans who were headed to New York to board a ship bound for Ecuador.

On the runway, the Concorde ran over a piece of debris that had been shed from another departing jet. The debris cut through a tire, which started
a shockwave that ruptured the fuel tank. The Concorde immediately  burst into flames.

The cockpit voice recorder picked up the following:

Co-pilot: "Le Bourget, Le Bourget, Le Bourget."

Pilot: "Too late (unclear)."
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Control tower: "Fire service leader, correction, the Concorde is returning to runway zero nine in the opposite direction."

Pilot: "No time, no (unclear)."

Co-pilot: "Negative, we're trying Le Bourget" (four switching sounds).

Co-pilot: "No (unclear)."

And that was it, except for the massive clean-up and the subsequent lawsuits. All one hundred passengers were killed, as well as nine flight crew members. Four people killed on the ground brought the death toll to 113 people dead in the crash of the Concorde.

The Concorde flew again, but the accident crippled the endeavor and the sheer cost of the jet made it untenable. In 2003, the Concorde was retired.

Below is the crash scene, click on it to view full-sized.

There's also a short, haunting video on YouTube that shows the crash in progress. Click here to view it.

July 20, 2014

A Decade Of Dresses

Found on Sewing The 60s, these dresses are from sewing pattern packages. These drawings show such long skinny legs! But patterns were always that way. My mother could sew anything and often made her own patterns out of newspaper. I did not inherit the sewing gene. Nor did I get the shopping gene. Therefore, I wear jeans and t-shirts a lot.

But I like looking at dresses! Online. And not for very long.

Let's move on to some dogs or something.

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July 17, 2014

I'm not pregnant!

But I did find the image below and found it to be very...instructive. During our pre-childbirth classes, we saw film after film of women having babies. I felt that it was to kind of desensitize the husbands. Also perhaps to make the moms-to-be swear mentally that they would not shriek and hit their spouses during labor. We also had to look at a lot of charts of how our babies looked in utero. The thing is, unless we were hoping to become obstetricians, what good was this? It would've been enough for me to hear, "Your kid has a thumb by now" or "At this point, the liver is complete."

Anyway, I just know my childbirth class would've grabbed up this image and studied it with the intensity of one preparing to take the bar exam. And it would be good during birth, too. The nurse could say, "You're a daisy now! Just hang on!" and "Wow! You're at doughnut level!" and so on.

So, you know. I like this chart.

from Sweet Leigh Mama

July 15, 2014

'60's Concert Posters

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snagged 'em here