I found a great last-minute hotel deal, so we drove up Highway 1 for a weekend away.
Last night the rain on the roof was so loud it woke us, but tonight it dried up enough to have French fries on our mini-balcony.
Then we ordered more French fries to eat in front of the fireplace while we watch the Grammys. Gwen Stefani continues to outpace.
As a toddler he was impatient to get to the moon, when she turned four she asked for a lab coat. A few gifts for our budding geeks. Live long and prosper, little ones.
Tattly Science Set of Temporary Tattoos, $15 Future founder of the first scientist biker gang.
Break Your Own Geodes, $15 Geology means you get to smash things.
Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste, $12 We’ve been through alllll the science experiment books around here, and this series is our favorite. Simple experiments, solid scientific explanations, and many of them work with stuff you’ll have around the house.
Miracle Fruit Tablets, $15 Condensed Miracle Fruit tablets temporarily bind to the tastebuds and make sour things taste sweet. So neat!
Crystal Growing Volcano, $8 Like a baking soda volcano, but you don’t have to do it in the driveway and change clothes afterward.
Hank refuses to turn down the corners of his books to save his place, so I used thin washi tape and colorful paperclips to make him some tiny bookmarks.
They’re pretty self explanatory, but I just fed the tape through the paperclip end, folded the sticky sides together, and cut the little flag shape on top.
They take ten seconds each, so you can make new ones as they disappear into the couch cushions.
If you need to catch up:
Feguson outline from USA Today that touches on all the major events.
If you’d like ongoing, current information with a high signal-to-noise ratio:
• Twitter list of Pro and am journalists on the ground in Ferguson will tell you what’s happening right now.
• Reddit’s Ferguson live feed is often updated
• Brittany Noble’s Instagram feed, she’s a local reporter
• Xeni Jardin of boing boing is tweeting and gathering articles
If you’d like to help:
• Use social media platforms to share information using the hashtags #ferguson or #justiceformikebrown.
• Furious About Ferguson? Here’s How You Can Help from Ebony Magazine
• Here’s How You Can Help the Kids in Ferguson Who Don’t Have Food Now that School is Closed on the Huffington Post
• Here are Ways to Help the People in Ferguson Right Now on Buzzfeed
“There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender.” Statement from Michael Brown’s family and their attourney
A neighbor witnessed the shooting and live-tweeted it. (Distant photos of Michael Brown’s body and the officer standing over him are visible in this thread.)
“The Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly tweeted Ferguson cops still weren’t wearing name tags on Friday and still refused to answer questions about their identification.” – Ron Johnson Addresses Ferguson Police Officers’ Failure To Identify Themselves
“The chief in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police says the officer didn’t know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting.” –Associated Press
“The officer who shot Ferguson teen Michael Brown stopped Brown and another teen because they were walking in the street, not because of a robbery a few minutes earlier, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said Friday afternoon.
Jackson said the officer was aware cigars had been taken in the robbery of a store nearby, but did not know when he encountered Brown and Dorian Johnson that they might be suspects. He stopped them because they were walking in the street, Jackson said.
But Jackson told the Post-Dispatch that the officer, Darren Wilson, saw cigars in Brown’s hand and realized he might be the robber.” – St. Louis Post Dispatch
Michael Brown’s friend/acquaintance gives an emotional account of what happened with both the robbery and the shooting.