Thursday, July 06, 2006

collection collective: biology models


hope that you
all had
a wonderful
4th.

even though
i live in
the US
capitol,
i usually
avoid downtown
like the plague
on the 4th
because it
is a madhouse.

i, of course,
did the only
patriotic thing
to do...
go to work
then watch
germany
duke it out
with italy
in the world cup.
now,
i am no
sports fan
by any means.
i am quite
sure my parents
could not name
their hometown
sports team...
but i must say,
soccer is
fun to watch...
a big thunderstorm
hit the area
and
the power
went out
all around
the university
right as
overtime began
with the score tied-
you can imagine
the mayhem!
i managed
to get back
to my lab
(where
my labmates
set up a tiny tv)
and catch
italy scoring
2 goals in the last
2 minutes.
amazing-
even if
i was cheering
for germany.

today the sun
was out
and i had one
of those
music moments...
you know,
the ones where
you are driving
and the music
is just so
perfect
you feel like
you must
be in a movie?

picture me
in our lab truck
driving
from the
wildlife research refuge
with the sun low
over the cornfields
and
the warming sun
by grandaddy
playing
on the radio.
perfect.

i have neglected
the
collection collective
maybe
because
i am
running out
of collections...
vested gentress
typewriters
traincases
50s asian figures
pyrex
katasha's unusuals
lustroware
moomins
glasbake
birthday presents
that's
already
way too many
collections,
don't you think?

my collection today
is hardly
what i see as
a collection...
my vintage
science models.
they are one of
my most
favorite things.

i got them
off the
give-away table
when
i was at the
university
in
chapel hill.
they must have been
cleaning out
an old lab
and converting
to computer models
because they have
the zoology class
numbers on
some of them:

the white ones
are numbered
and depict
cell division.
the other
colorful ones
are
development models.
since i
am hardly
a developemental
biologist
i couldn't tell you
what exactly
they depict
(read: to lazy
to look it up).

so here they are:

they white ones
are hard plastic
with
carolina biological
company labels:

and the colorful
models
are painted ceramic
with metal labels.
they have dates
as early as 1942:


what do you collect?
check out
the
collection collective
and
share
your collections.

'til
thursday...
xo

6 comments:

Eero said...

Ha! Music moments! I laughed when I read that---no one has ever described that phenomenon so perfectly. I haven't been in the Coll/Coll as I have only one collection---intentionally, that is. I have a HUGE woodpile I've collected....uh....and lots of dust bunnies under the bed that are collecting themselves....um...

Amy said...

I LOVE MUSIC MOMENTS. I haven't had one for a long time. A. LONG. TIME!

I've been neglecting Collections Collective too and am also running out -- but there are a few other things I could feature. Just need time to get everything together and photograph...

Shari said...

hi!
good old carolina biological. everything in my advanced biology class in high school was stamped with that label. :)

t and i were pulling for germany too (he has an official germany jersey) but the last 2 italian goals were great and exciting.

love love love music moments. now i have a way to describe them. they are just so perfect! must go check out that song.
xo shari

suzamaphone said...

hey! when i was in chicago, i visited the museum of surgical science. you woulda dug it. lots of cool models and creepy old equipment. i took tons of pictures that are on my flickr (the chicago set, obviously), but here's one for you.

xoxo
suz

lisa s said...

oh i LOVE the science models. you have the coolest collections. i'm awestruck....

A COLLAGE A DAY said...

Very cool models.

r.