: Body Worlds
On Saturday we went to the Boston Museum of Science. We saw Body Worlds, where I learned that plastinated peenars are NOT SEXY, and that even though we're made of soylent green, raw human beings are not that appetizing. This latter came as kind of a surprise to me. Also we saw a 3D movie about bugs, where even the grownups reached out and tried to catch the butterflies, except me, I was too cool for school, I watched the other grownups doing it with amused detachment. I hate 3D. Do the paper glasses go inside my real glasses or outside them? Either way they're uncomfortable and don't stay put and give me a headache. Also we saw an OMNIMAX movie about human bods, where I learned the unbelievably awesome fact that every morning, the first time you open your eyes, the inflood of light literally BURNS OFF yesterday's top layer of your retinal cells.
Also we did a bunch of exhibits, which reminded me that a) Foucoult's Pendulum is the awesomest ever, b) geometry is my favorite kind of math, c) people have orbited the earth in vessels about the same size as my Toyota, d) physics is my favorite sport, e) the part I like best about computer programming is teaching it, f) Sebastian is, like, breathtakingly smart, g) when we don't eat, we get angry at one another, and h) it's an affront to humanity to present any kind of science in a boring way.
Let's see, anything else cool? I imagine so but I don't recall. The weather today is like 3D, in that I can't tell whether it goes inside my glasses or outside.
Wait no. In that it gives me a headache, that's how.
1. On 2006-12-18, Larry Lade wrote:
Heh. A friend of mine recently attended Body Worlds before it left St. Paul, and had the same complaint about the number of flayed plasticized schlongs.
Hey, that human body film? Did it have a deep, rich British voice over?
If so that's the one I went to see in the British Science Museum this year... oh, with a chat afterwards with the narrator, who happens to be Lord Winston, Professor of reproductive medicine, very nice guy to kids asking hard questions (every one he started his answer with "I really should know this..." or "That's actually one of the most interesting questions in science today, because no-one knows the answer...)
But he's a bit of an ass when it comes to assessing research: http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2006/09/no_psi_please_were.html
My favorite was comparing the plastinated bodies with the old anatomical drawings. There was one in particular, they'd posed the hand to match the drawing, and you could see which muscles they'd drawn, but in the drawing they'd carefully detached them at the elbow and draped them on things.
Pete, rich British voiceover, yes. It was about a pregnant woman and her husband housesitting for their neice and nephew?