I was just listening to the Gotye playlist on Youtube, when the “Making of Eyes Wide Open” documentary rolled around. The first thing on there is about De Backer (Gotye) traveling and finding the Musical Fence installation, and how he ended up using samples he took for the song’s base.
I’ve been seeing more art and playground installations the last several years devoted to acoustics, including a lovely open air place across from our hotel in Redmond WA a year ago or so. This little play area was fantastic for entertaining the boys.
So that got me thinking. I’m building a tree house/fort in our backyard, without the final design in mind. I’ve been intending to add on things as they seem to fit – maybe a slide, a cargo net for climbing, etc. An acoustic area would be grand.
I can’t find a whole lot online about this (go ahead, try “playground acoustics” and the like), and of course I intend to experiment with different materials – I’ll probably take some cues from Blue Man Group and put together a primitive PVC pipe organ (seen here behind the guys), and so on.
But I wanted to ask you. Got any ideas? Done anything like this?
He was irradiated by the dawn of a great amazement.
- H. G. Wells, the invisible man
Ben, it turns out, has cavities. My not quite six yer old is having to have fillings…he’s in the chair right now.
The good news is, we found a dentist that’s simply GREAT with kids. After his first visit, Ben was excited to come back. The guy is nice, he got to see x-rays of his own teeth, and he got a goodie bag and a toy (out of a TREASURE CHEST). So good.
I’m terrified, but my job here is to appear entirely unconcerned and cheerful. After all, so far Ben is unconcerned and cheerful.
Take our kids to the dentist. Brush your teeth with your kids.
Let’s assume for the moment that we all have our emotional baggage, yeah? That baggage came from somewhere, and today I won’t ask you specifics about yours, and I won’t post specifics about mine.
But, someone recently suggested that I have forgotten the wrongs of the past, and the time I spent in misery about them. I want to remember more or less what it is I said in return, because it’s a great big wad of truth.
I’m taking part. Personal goal: 25,000 words. Hopefully I’ll murder that goal and hit the actual NaNo goal of 50k.
Eric is also taking part. I’m having trouble with the young writer’s site, so I just wanted to note here that his personal goal for the month is 300 words.
I just finished a gigantic, months-long project. Such a huge weight off my shoulders, and just in time for NaNoWriMo and the holidays. Thank the stars…
Halloween was great. The boys had their school Halloween parade, we had a good friend over for dinner (homemade BBQ FTW!), and took the kids out trick or treating with Grandma. Ben was done after about 10 houses, and so Grandma took him home to gloat over the spoils. Eric and I did the whole block, ending up at the big house on the corner that really gets tricked out every Halloween.
Good times were had by all, well and good.