Monthly Archives: September 2010

Ice Cream Trucks and Superman

One of my favorite moments in Scale is the New Geography (a very helpful teaching tool for leading Power of Ten workshops)  is when Eames Demetrios in Some Tools for Teaching Scale is in the middle of describing an aspect of scale and an ice cream truck drives by with its chirping ice cream music [...]

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Ethereal Installation–100

Today a magical, ethereal, translucent orb gently sways in the center of the Eames Office! Sadly, this is the third balloon to be installed; both of its predecessors burst! The first weather balloon was featured in my September 13th post Just how big is our Earth?. May this wonder, touted as the most durable of [...]

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GP38 “Toy Train” Version 10 -2.

Here we have another GP38 from my fleet. This particular version is in “O” scale or 1/48 of full size. On the scale still basically at 10-2 but almost twice the size of HO and four times the size of the N scale seen earlier. This particular model is made more for the play market hence [...]

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Finding Powers of 10 in 10 random topics…

Many of us worry about things that we can’t see with the naked eye because they seem so abstract that they are hard to comprehend. Thinking about these 10 random topics at different powers of 10 helps give one a starting point. – cloning using DNA (10-9) of sheep (100), flowers (10-2), or ants (10-3) [...]

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Plethora of Plastic

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine posted on Facebook a Telegraph article celebrating the ban of plastic water bottles along her favorite stretch of Italian coastline: Cinque Terre. Apparently 3 million (3 x 10+06) tourists have left an average of 2 million (2 x 10+06) bottles a year on these beaches–with 400,000 [...]

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Taking a minute to wonder

Yesterday I attended the celebration for what will be the future space for Children’s Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa (next to the Schulz Museum).  In founder Collette Michaud’s speech, she cited the statistic that today a child’s area of exploration in his or her neighborhood has been reduced to 1/9 of what it [...]

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Finding Powers of 10 in a photograph

Looking at images on computer screens, one often doesn’t get the feel of the size of the object. How big or small is it really? If it is a close-up with no surrounding context then a pie could be perhaps as big as Mars, or as small as a dime. That is why I found [...]

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10 Benefits of Trees

Trees combact greenhouse effect Trees clean air Trees provide oxygen Trees cool the streets and the city Trees conserve energy Trees save water Trees help prevent water pollution Trees help prevent soil erosion Trees provide food Trees mark seasons http://www.treepeople.org The Eames office will donate our collection of pennies, (106 Pennies) to the TreePeople.

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Finding Powers of 10 in a sunflower

A hundred (10+2) sunflowers are growing in the garden. All are facing East because all sunflowers face the morning sun. (10+12) This flower (100) holds the promise of almost a thousand (10+3) more for the future.  In this garden, there is the potential of ten thousand (10+4) to one hundred thousand (10+5) flowers – an [...]

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10-2 Railroading

Here is another GP38 From my fleet. As the scale gets smaller – still in the range of 10-2 but now 160 th real size a problem of scale starts to really show up. Look at the size of the handrails! On a full scale version those handrails would be about 6″ across clearly a [...]

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