Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat."
— Renoir

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Giant Octopus Eats Shark in Seattle Aquarium

This piece is very well put together. They make you worry for the octopus!

Tuesday Tooth Report

12 days until my next appointment and all's well. This set of elastics has likely done all that it's going to do. For the next 12 days, I expect they'll simply hold in place the movement achieved to date.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important."
— M.C. Escher

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

8 Largest Giants of the Deep Sea

According to Environmental Graffiti, these are the 8 largest giants of the deep sea:

  • Japanese Spider Crab (up to 4 metres leg span)
  • Giant Isopod (like a pill bug — remember the "You're fired!" bugs from A Bug's Life?) (14.5 inches long; 3 lbs)
  • Giant Tube Worm (up to 2 metres long)
  • Seven-arm Octopus (4 metres long)
  • North Pacific Giant Octopus (they eat sharks)
  • King of Herrings (up to 11 metres)
  • Bigfin Squid
  • Colossal Squid (up to 14 metres long)

Image: "Japanese Spider Crab" by Hans Hillewaer via WikiMedia Commons

Tuesday Tooth Report

This week's report is less about my teeth and more about the mark they're making on my lip. For some reason, the position of my teeth is causing me to suck my lower lip against them. So much so that I've actually created a dent in it!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Prehistoric Japanese Goblin Shark

This exciting video shows how the shark extends its jaw forward to capture prey. So many videos like this have nothing in the background to show scale but here there is a person (who is brave enough to offer their arm for the demonstration) in view.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Every good composition is above all a work of abstraction. All good painters know this. But the painter cannot dispense with subjects altogether without his work suffering impoverishment."
— Diego Rivera

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday Tooth Report

Today I had a double-elastic explosion! When the elastics wear out (about every 4 hours), they break and snap open against my gums. It can actually be painful. Well, today I was laughing a big, wide-mouth chuckle and whammo!, both elastics snapped at the same time — that's never happened before!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

A painter paints the appearance of things, not their objective correctness, in fact he creates new appearances of things."
— Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Tuesday Tooth Report

This set of elastics continues to be easy to wear. I'd guess that since we're fine-tuning my bite, there isn't grand movement and therefore no real discomfort. I could get used to this!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far."
— Alice Neel

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Tuesday Tooth Report

This set of elastics is a breeze so far. Teeth are moving (4 are constantly loose and bring back memories of wiggly teeth from childhood) but there is no discomfort like there was with the last set. The Orthodontist said that if things progress as quickly as they are now, my braces could be off as early as July!