Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Milky Way

I love looking up at the sky, especially when my dad takes me to the country.

In winter, on a clear night, we usually take walks around the lake to go to the village and have a cup of hot cocoa. Looking up, you can see all these stars that you can't see in the city, because the glow from the streetlights and stuff gets in the way.

http://media.skysurvey.org/interactive360/index.html

I found this awesome interactive image of the night sky online that you guys can check out, if you want to know a bit what our galaxy looks like in detail. It's really interesting, and also, super beautiful. You can zoom in and out, and find out what the names of all the constellations are.

http://media.skysurvey.org/interactive360/index.html

I hope you like it!

Seeya!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Porcupines!

I was looking at youtube the other day, and I found this great channel where they have little videos about different animals, like for example Brazilian porcupines:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBu2afgqNf4

The videos are made by this super nice lady called Jessi, who loves animals so much she decided to start an animal shelter in Montana with her husband, you know, to recue animals and stuff.

http://www.animalwonders.org/

I think it's great! I would love to have so many pets!

So far, I only have two emerald parakeets, that stay in my dad's office and say odd things like "Cheez Whiz" and "Copacetic."


Also, I used to have a dachshund called Hannibal, but then he died because he was super old.

Anyways, you should check out the videos, because they are pretty neat. Maybe when I grow up, I can have an animal shelter too...

Seeya!

Friday, September 19, 2014

What the world looks like if you're teeny-weeny

Do you know about sengis, a.k.a. elephant shrews?

They are small rodents with really long noses (that's why they're called elephant shrews) who spend their time running around these corridors they build in the grass in the African savannah. The reason they build these passages is so they can run run run as fast as possible to pounce on the bugs they like to eat.

Here is a picture of one from wikipedia:


But it can be pretty scary to be so small... That's what I found out by watching this brilliant TV program all about sengis (and also other small animals from around the world). It shows you whats things look like from their point of view. You know, if you were teeny-weeny!

It's super great! Although there are some sad parts. But I think you would really love it.

Check it out here:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1daayx_bbc-hidden-kingdoms-1of3-under-open-skies-576p-hdtv-x264-aac-mvgroup-org_shortfilms

Seeya!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Spanish is totally ¡estupendo!



Today I started learning Spanish! Or español, as we say in Spanish.

It's pretty exciting and I'm sure I'm going to love it! Already, I LOVE the little hat that the "n" sometimes wears, which is called a tilde, and means that you should pronounce the "n" like a "niuh" as in the word "genius".

Our neighbor Kika is from Argentina. She lives three houses down from us and she's super nice. She spends a lot of time tending her front garden, which is beautiful because it has tons of flowers. Now she's an old lady, but it turns out that before she retired, she was actually a school teacher.

My dad was telling her all the problems I had with my new school and how it was really difficult for me so that I had to wait till my old one accepted me back because I didn't want to go to the new one anymore and everything... And you know what? She told him that she it would be her pleasure to teach me until I could go back to my old school. She said she knows the whole school program, and she would also teach me Spanish on top!!!



So of course, my dad decided that it would probably be a good idea. And me too because she is very nice and also I think it's exciting to learn other languages. So far in español, I know how to say: "Hello! My name is Margaux!" (¡Hola! ¡Me llamo Margaux!) And "I love watching Princess Mooglow on TV." (Me encanta ver a Princess Moonglow en la tele.) And also "Where is the bathroom?" (¿Dónde está el baño?) You, know... Useful stuff!



 I'll let you know what else I learn!

Meanwhile, here is a great Spanish song that I found on youtube for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvzEtFKyYqA 

Check it out!

Seeya!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tarsiers!

For a long time my favorite animal has been the giraffe. Because giraffes are beautiful, but also funny-looking. I find I tend to like animals who are like that. You know, goofy.



Like pugs also. They look silly, but in a pleasant way.



But now, I think I've found a new cute, weird looking animal that is going to be my favorite: the tarsier!

I was writing about how some people like to eat ants the last time, and that made me wonder if there are other animals who eat bugs, apart from, you know, humans once in a while, and birds, and Penny's little brother Pablo (he will put anything in his mouth!).

So I looked it up online. I found that tarsiers, who are teeny-weeny monkey-ish creatures that live in the jungle in the Philippines and Indonesia and places, only eat bugs!!! They have huge eyes to help them see at night, which is when they go hunting. They just sort of pounce on spiders and grasshoppers and stuff and then munch them. Which, I know, is gross. But maybe to a tarsier, a spider tastes like chocolate cake?

Here is a picture:


They like to hang out as a family inside holes in big trees during the day, to rest. But then at night they go look for something to eat. They are small enough to hold in your hand, but their eyes are so big that they can't move them around - they have to swivel their whole heads the shift their gaze... Plus they are super cute!

Here is a little movie you can watch about my new favorite animal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRwbhOEv20A

I hope you like it!

Seeya!