Just look at this monster, this Raptor from Miraloma Park:
1/6400th of a one second of Life via torbakhopper – click to expand
Craiglist Founder Craig Newmark lives on this same hill but further down, so he gets smaller backyard birds…
Wetsuits and and live animals – that’s what all book readings should have. And that’s the way it was this morning at our California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park when the new book “Pierre the Penguin: A True Story“ made its debut.
And the reviews are in.
The bird himself, back when he needed a jacket:
After a thumbs up from the kids…
..it was time for a penguin feeding:
And there he is, famous Pierre, in the middle. His feathers growed back…
…so he no longer has a need for his wetsuit:
Here are the deets:
“When Pierre – an elderly penguin at the California Academy of Sciences – begins to go bald, the staff is worried. Without his feathers, Pierre is too cold to swim. He also looks different from the rest of the colony, so the other penguins begin to pick on him. Academy biologists try every treatment in the books to prompt new feather growth, but none of the traditional strategies work. Finally, aquatic biologist Pam Schaller has an idea: why not fit the shivering bird with a neoprene wetsuit to keep him warm? She designs a tiny wetsuit especially for Pierre, but will it work? Told in rhyme by noted I SPY author Jean Marzollo, and paired with gorgeous paintings from acclaimed wildlife artist Laura Regan, this inspirational true story comes to life.”
This tome will be on sale at the CalAcademy.
Your next chance to get in on the fun will be at one of the upcoming Penguins and Pajamas.
The crowning the School of the Arts alum:
Here are all the contestants: Christine Lim 李汶娸, Kristina Owyoung 歐陽坤怡, Samantha Chin 陳冠曄, Leilani Soon 孫愛蘭, Anna Chiem 詹佩盈, Christina Zhang 張子倩, Crystal Lee 李萬晴, Gloria Mui 梅主恩, Angela Wang 王兆蓬, Chang Liu 劉暢, Li Li 李欣燃, and Tong Qiao 喬彤:
How many peacocks had to die for this outfit? None, I s’pose:
San Francisco, CA
Miss Chinatown U.S.A.
Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce/First Princess
Miss San Francisco Chinatown
Sugar Land, TX
Miss TVB Choice Award
And of course our Chinese New Year’s Parade is coming up (rain expected – it’s free to watch of course, or you can pay $30 for reserved seating) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010, right after the Coronation Ball:
Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball
Friday, February 26, 2010
San Francisco Hilton & Towers
333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
6:00 pm No Host Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner and Dancing until midnight
The newly selected Miss Chinatown USA and her court will be crowned at the annual Harrah’s Coronation Ball. The black tie dinner/dance, attended by many community leaders, promises to be a highlight of the Lunar New Year festivities.