Wednesday, July 20, 2011

iGoogle Moon Phase by Aaron Hopkins

I love the iGoogle Moon Phase "gadget" by Aaron Hopkins. Every time I go to iGoogle which is my default website, I can easily catch up on the moon's current phase. It displays a realistic yet charming illustration of what the moon looks like, with a numerical percentage and description. Right now it is Waning Gibbous at 82% lit. This enables you to comment on the current moon phase and people are always impressed/shocked at your knowledge of natural systems.

Are there better rated moon phase "gadgets" out there for iGoogle? Probably. But this was the first one on the list to install, and I recommend it to you.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

George F. Cram 10 1/2 inch Plasti-Lite Illuminated Globe

The globe lamp does not emit much light. It is kind of a reddish glow, with the continents glowing slightly more brightly. The whole operation is a little janky -- at first I couldn't tell if it was homemade or not. The cardboard globe is attached to the frame by a screw that goes directly into a fraying cardboard hole. (it is used from goodwill)

We used the globe lamp in the evenings during our middle school nature program. It looked great lit up next to a ceramic lighthouse candle lantern during our evening quiet singing. The globe lamp (which has countries like Southern Arabia) easily takes on a mystical symbol. I recommend this globe to anyone!