Thursday, February 27, 2014

February 27 - Polar Bear Day

Pretty soon polar bears will need boats to get any food

 a page from my 2013 calendar - everyone knows that polar bears are common mode of transportation in Russia

February 26 - Tell a Fairytale Day

Kurochka Ryaba (Speckled Hen) - Russian Fairytale

and a tiny video:

my old watercolor of speckled hen - now I see, it is not speckled.

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 17 - Presidents Day

I am not well versed in American history. The only book I read about it is "And the pursuit of happiness" by Maira Kalman (I highly recommend it). But here is my vision of the first president of the first president of the United States - George Washington and his wife Martha with their dog Tipsy. I updated their hair and now they look like some of those nice retirees from Carmel, CA. 

Also, completely unrelated to Washington, but seems appropriate (just from that one word in the song that I understand)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

February 16 - Ernst Haeckel's birthday

From wikipedia:
Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (February 16, 1834 – August 9, 1919[1]) was a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including anthropogeny, ecology, phylum, phylogeny, stem cell, and the kingdom Protista.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 13 - snow day + bonus

some ideas on what to do on a snow day.

bonus - January 9 - Play God Day (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein and Co)

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 3 - Happy Birthday Gaston Julia

February 3 is the birthday of french mathematician Gaston Julia, he described Julia sets which is one of the famous types of fractals.  Gaston Julia was injured in WWI and as a result of those injuries he lost his nose.