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Monday Matinee: Time-Lapse Moab

Something grows from nothing.

Time-lapse photography is one of the most amazing tricks we can pull with our ability to capture and store images from the environment.

It’s like a flip book drawing, but drawn instead from real life.

Like most photographic tricks, you can do things quick and dirty or you can take your time and produce something amazing.

In this case, we’re leaning toward the amazing end of the spectrum. Ron Risman is a photographer who took a trip to Moab in Utah and documented it with an astonishing time-lapse movie.

Here it is for you dudes.


Timelapse Moab Presents: A Dark-Sky Timelapse Journey through Southeastern Utah from Ron Risman on Vimeo.

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Dude Review: The Day Leo Said I Hate You

by Richard

Little dudes can have very big mouths. There are occasions when they’ll open their mouths and say something so funny you’ll laugh until you hurt. Then there are the occasions when they say something so mean it will take your breath away. Finally, there are the occasions when they’ll open their mouths and pennies will spill out onto the floor, but that just means you need to do a better job hiding your change.

Little dudes being little dudes and not being, as yet, fully developed moral entities can, on occasion, say things that will hurt their loved ones. Sometimes, like Leo, they might even say, “I hate you” to their mom.

The Day Leo Said I Hate You! is a lovely little book for the preschool-k-grade 2 set. It’s written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Molly Bang.

Leo is a little dude at home with his mom and he’s not having fun. His mom keeps telling him no when he wants to do harmlessly fun things like put string beans into the fish bowl or rolling tomatoes across the floor and squishing them into the wall. Eventually, Leo gets so tired of hearing no that he goes to his room and draws a mean picture of his mom on the bedroom wall.

Of course, Mom doesn’t like that one bit and she tells Leo there’s no drawing on the walls. At which point Leo flips out and tells his mom, “. . . I hate you!”

Immediately, Leo realizes how mean he’s been to his mom and wants to take back what he said, but learns you can’t really do that. And then we all learn a valuable lesson.

Actually, this is a pretty good book for the younger set. Leo and his mom talk about how sometimes it’s okay to say hate, like when you’re talking about how you hate broccoli, but it’s not a good thing to say you hate a person.

The art by Molly Bang is pretty terrific as well. She’s got an interesting visual style in that a lot of the background characters are actual pictures photoshopped into her art. This really lets her cartoony (in a good way) figure drawings stand out all the more, especially with the facial exaggerations Leo makes. It’s really good stuff.

I give this book four dudes out of five and heartily recommend it as a read-together book for little dudes and parents. You can buy it at all the usual places: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the like.

Go ahead and give it a read.

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Monkeying Around

by Richard

If you live in or near Charlotte, you need to hurry. Monkey Joe’s is having a customer appreciation weekend that ends tonight. We’re talking a good time for all involved.

Monkey Joe’s is a great place for the little dudes. It’s filled to the brim with huge inflatables. I’m not just talking the ordinary type of huge, this is mountainously huge.

When I was on top of one of them, I started to get dizzy and short of breath, it was that big. Of course, the little dudes racing around and past me weren’t having any of those sorts of problems. Maybe that says more about me than about the height, but, well, you know.

Anyway, the good folks at Monkey Joe’s in Pineville (and they are good folks in all senses of the words, but that’s another post) want to let you have a great time. While your little dudes and dudettes are having a great time.

The first nine in line each day will get half off any birthday parties booked that day. In addition, you can get $50 off on any party booked in person for a Monday-Friday and $75 off for a personally booked party that takes place on Saturday of Sunday.Finally, there’ll be an hourly drawing for free stuff, including a free birthday party.

Sounds like a good deal to me.

Check out their website for more details. You really don’t want to miss out on this one.

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