Secret In The Myths

Over the weekend, we were fortunate enough to see the “Behind The Myths Tour” showcasing the awesome Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters. The show was held at the Orange County Performing Arts center in Costa Mesa. My mom heard about the show coming into town and asked if we wanted to go. Andrew has been very excited about science lately, so we thought some hands-on science would be really exciting for him.

The show was awesome as you might have expected, but for more than just the obvious reasons. Beyond the comedic tension between Adam and Jamie, the audience participation, the 100,000 round per minute anti-aircraft paintball gun, and the phone book friction, Adam dropped some serious knowledge that Andrew will never forget. Some folks in the crowd might have missed it, but when Adam spoke these words it was like an arrow shot straight out of his mouth and hit Andrew in the heart.

“Read a lot and stay curious”

That’s the key to becoming a good scientist according to Adam. When my five-year-old son heard those words, his heart leapt. He turned to the other 6 of us and shouted, “That’s ME! I’m curious AND I read a lot!” Unbeknownst to Adam, those words will probably be the driving force behind Andrew following his dreams and becoming a scientist. It was as if everyone in the audience disappeared and Adam was having a one-on-one conversation with Andrew.

This show didn’t just have something for Andrew though, Julie learned a little applied science that gave her some new knowledge that she needed to finish part of her invention convention build. One of the segments in the show was about pulley ratios. Adam and Jamie had a 10-ish year old lifting a 250lb-ish guy about a foot off the ground. The kid did this with the help of a 4-1 ratio simple pulley system. The next day, Julie and I looked up a video on simple pulley systems. We’re in the process of adding a small scale simple pulley system into her invention convention project. Real world science FTW!




I love it when the moon waxes…


  • Andrew: I love it when the moon waxes
  • Me: What does that mean?
  • Andrew: Waaaaaaaaaxes (making hands bigger), Waaaaaaaaning (making hands smaller)
  • Me: Who taught you that?
  • Andrew: Miss Jodi
  • Me: I learned that in college astronomy and you learned that in preschool. That’s crazy.
  • Andrew: What’s astronomy.
  • Me: Basically studying things in the universe, planets, stars, space.
  • Andrew: Yup. And now you’re a dad.
  • Me: And now I’m a dad.

Oh No! We Can’t Go!

Julie’s sick and we were supposed to go to the Imagination Movers concert tonight at 5PM.

Anyone in the LA/OC area want some tickets to see the Imagination Movers live on stage tonight? I’ve got 4 tickets and a parking pass. Tickets were $40 (I’ll sell them for $35), parking was $15 (I’ll throw parking in).

We saw the show last year and… it was awesome (for parents and kids alike).

Photo Credit: Brad Penner

All About Andrew

February is “All About Me” month at Miss Jodi’s Learning Garden. Every parent knows what that means…it’s time to make a poster. Every year posters get bigger, more elaborate, more intricate, more bedazzled. Julie had some pretty crazy posters over her tenure there. This February is Andrew’s first poster. We’ve been going back and forth about what theme his poster would be. Buzz Lightyear. Rock Star. Sporty. Jungle. We ended up going with a superhero/comic book theme. So tonight, Naomi asked me to come up with a super hero logo for Andrew. She said his super hero name was Action Andrew and that his power was being awesome. So, I came up with the logo you see here. His favorite colors are green and red (the colors of Christmas), but I just couldn’t make those colors work. I’d love to hear what you think of it.