Friday, March 11, 2011
ever wonder how Jago does those incredible illustrations in the JSB? It's not exactly painting. It's not exactly computer generated. All those textures. It looks like oil. And yet... Well when I asked Jago how he did it, he said they were top secret techniques.
But I've spotted him. In his studio. And with one of his obviously key secret techniques. Right there. On his lap. For all to see.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
- they lay one egg a year
- they have about 35 babies in their lifetime
- they often take a year off from parenting (see above)
Monday, March 7, 2011
When I was taking a French conversation class at the Alliance Francaise a couple of years ago one of the most interesting things I learned from my wonderful French French teacher (aside from the language) was that the French don't smile.
At least not the way Americans do.
And in fact if you smile at them as you pass them on the street, you creep them out.
This seems like an essential thing to know before visiting France. How had I never heard this before? (Had I known this, clearly my French speaking career might well have taken off.)
This NYT article is all about smiling and lips and teeth and faces. But here's the quote that leaped out at me about the not smiling/smiling thing: