"I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny
But we can have lots of good fun
That is funny!"
Inspired by Nikole over at Verde Mama (who in turn was inspired by us and made Popup Fractals!), we had our own rainy day.
Well, I'm pretty sure she didn't actually inspire the low pressure system that brought 233mm of rain to our tiny coastal village in 24 hours:
|That moment when your street turns into river...|
|...and that river heads down your driveway and into Video Boy's bedroom...|
She did however inspire us to watch Vi Hart's latest vids on flexagons. Now I thought I was pretty clever, back in the day, making "cootie catchers" (or chatterboxes or paper fortune tellers). We spent many a maths lesson making those! But these flexagon thingies are a whole 'nuther ball game! How on earth could I have missed them??? Misspent youth? Anyway, prepare to have your mind blown. I'll sit and wait...
Full-on, right? But Vi wasn't finished - oh no. October is Flexagon Month and she has more in store for us:
And so, of course, there's nothing left to do on this cold, cold wet day, but to make flexagons!
Easier said than done.
We tried really hard to follow Vi's instructions. She talks fast. So we paused and rewound and played a lot. But we got a bit frustrated.
It was time to call in the big guns! Google for more instructions.
Video Boy conquered a tri-hexaflexagon:
They aren't as pretty to photograph as the popup fractals, but damn! They are trippy to play with :-) So you've just gotta go give them a try.
What's your favourite rainy day activity?
Have you ever had housing disasters related to rain (or wind, or snow)?
Did you ever make flexagons in your youth
or were you sidetracked by some other mis-spent activity?
PS: This is Defying Gravity's 200th post!!!! I had no idea I would have written/photographed that many posts when I started! A big thank you to my loyal band of followers and especially to my regular commenters - you all make my day! I love that someone out there in cyberspace likes what I have to say and is even inspired by what we do. Totes chuffed! And you don't care that I over-use exclamation marks like crazy!!!!!