quarta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2008

Arte em Papel: o Navio-Escola Sagres

Built in 1937 by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, Germany, the Sagres II began life as a German Navy training vessel known as the Albert Leo Schlageter. Damaged in World War II, she was subsequently confiscated by the United States and given to Brazil, where she served through 1961 as a training vessel under the name Guanabara. Following a sale to the Portuguese Navy, she became the training vessel Sagres II, a role that continues through today. Her name comes from the Sagres Cape, the site of the world's first marine school, established by Prince Henry the Navigator in the 15th century. Its sails feature the Cross of Malta, which was emblazoned on sails of Portuguese vessels during the Age of Discovery.

Ahhhh, pois é ;)

Happy Birthday, LEGO ;)

50 years old on January, 28 :)

The art of Sean Kenney, official Lego artist - what a job!

O Órgão do Mar em Zadar, na Croácia

Eu quero ir à Croácia!
Desde sempre, desde o belíssimo e despojado pavilhão da Croácia na Expo'98, e ainda mais depois de o Miguel lá ter ido em viagem pela Europa e nos mostrar fotos lindas, lindas daquele país à beira Adriático plantado!
Esta intervenção urbanística ganhou o European Prize for Urban Public Space de 2006 (nós não temos nem unzinho :(

Mais informações na página do Órgão de Zadar, em inglês.

The Sea organ is an architectural object located in Zadar, Croatia and an experimental musical instrument which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps. The waves create somewhat random but harmonic sounds. The device was made by the architect Nikola Bašić as part of the project to redesign the old city coast (riva), and the site was opened to the public on April 15, 2005.

Podemos quase fazer como esta família amorosa, e ouvir o som do órgão no YouTube, essa maravilha da internet ;)

E tudo isto foi obra de uma amiga, por email.

terça-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2008


Excelente listagem de tudo o que possa interessar a Catraios e seus pais ;)

Jogos Tradicionais, Televisão, Personagens, Brinquedos, Marcas e Lojas, Parques e Brincadeiras em geral, etc., etc.

segunda-feira, 28 de janeiro de 2008

Noah's Bed

Malawian peanut Futali

Where peanut farmer Judith Harry lives in Mkanda, Malawi, most farmers subsist below the poverty line: 'They earn below $1 every day and do not have enough food to last them the whole year. I start work at 3.30 every morning. Last year I grew enough groundnuts to make 14,000 jars of peanut butter and I have been able to build my family a brick house with concrete foundations and a tin roof.'

Serves 4-6

4 medium sized sweet potatoes or half a pumpkin, washed and peeled and cut into pieces
60g peanut flour
pinch salt
a handful fairtrade peanuts, chopped

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the sweet potatoes or pumpkin pieces and cook until almost tender. Drain the water off once they are cooked. Add the peanut flour and salt and mash everything together. Stir continuously, and continue cooking for a further few minutes until the mixture is almost dry. Garnish with chopped peanuts.

Brinquedos de Madeira

Em barda, a bom preço, variadíssimos e muito fofos, nas lojas Ale-Hop.
Há no Centro Comercial Alegro, no Almada Fórum e nas galerias do Campo Pequeno.
Até fiquei parva, e só espero que não seja uma moda e que ainda haja para quando o Lucas começar a mexericar em tudo ;)

quarta-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2008

How to hug a baby

Instructions for properly hugging a baby.

1. First, spy a baby.

2. Second, be sure that the object you spied was indeed a baby by employing classic sniffing techniques. If you smell baby powder and the wonderful aroma of wet diapers this is indeed
a baby.

3. Next you will need to flatten the baby before actually beginning the hugging process.

**Note: The added slobber should help in future steps by making the 'paw slide' easier.

4. The 'paw slide'
Simply slide paws around baby and prepare for possible close-up.

5. Finally, if a camera is present, you will need to execute the difficult and patented 'hug, smile, and lean' so as to achieve the best photo quality.

Dogs, if this is properly done, it will secure you a warm, dry, climate-controlled environment for the rest of your life!

O Grande Livro do Bebé

Primeiras páginas

(hiperligação PDF)

O nascimento de um filho é um momento único na vida dos pais. Chegados a casa, inicia-se uma fantástica aventura onde todas as horas, noites, dias, semanas, meses, contam. O primeiro ano de vida é longo, repleto de dúvidas, perguntas, inquietações e momentos críticos. Estes doze meses intensos são fundamentais para a personalidade e o desenvolvimento do vosso filho. Infelizmente, ou felizmente, o vosso bebé não vem com «manual de instruções». O autor foca todas as necessidades fundamentais do bebé – alimentação, sono, desenvolvimento, saúde e conforto – que são objecto de grande preocupação por parte dos pais. – Devo dar de mamar?– Posso dar banho ao meu bebé recém-nascido?– Como combater a febre?– Que alimentos pode comer o meu bebé aos 6 meses?– O meu filho não dorme bem, é normal? O que posso fazer?– O que é melhor para o meu filho, ficar em casa com os avós ou ir para o infantário?

sexta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2008

Parent Tip: How not to laugh

It happens to everyone. Out of the blue, your child says something hilariously inappropriate like, "Mommy, you're weally PISSIN' ME OFF!" and your reaction will help determine the level of smart assedness in the kid's future. So what's a parent with a healthy sense of humor supposed to do?!

I read somewhere that it is hard to smile if your eyebrows are raised (assuming you're Boxtox-free). So while it might look freakish, I've learned that lifting the brows really, really high can buy you enough time run to the bathroom. There, running water can drown out the sounds of a convulsive laughing fit until you're able to pull yourself together and stop pissin' off the small fry.

From ParentDish

quarta-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2008


Da abundante biblioteca da Poison Ivy,
e ainda bem porque na página da
Editorial Bizâncio diz que está esgotado - francamente!
É o que vos digo, quem quer boas bibliotecas arranja bons amigos :-

Estas imagens são sobre as milhentas compras que pensamos ter de fazer para o bebé.
Em todo o livro, a cereja no topo do bolo para mim, mas em rodapé, são os Conselhos de Pessoas Sem Filhos, que eu ainda sou, mas que espero não ter dado a ninguém ;)

Deixo aqui já um sobre amamentação:
«Deve surgir naturalmente, com essa coisa chamada 'instinto maternal'.
Quero dizer, a mulher das cavernas conseguia dar de mamar sem consultores de lactação, não é verdade?»

segunda-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2008

sexta-feira, 11 de janeiro de 2008

(ainda) Prendinhas!

O primeiro quimono do bebé.
Ahhh, que ternura ;)

The Art of Jim Campbell

Whose website, or something, I cannot find online, or it takes a bit of time, sorry Jim...

Still from Haynes Baby Manual, a gift from Daddy's ;)

Here are examples of Jim's wonderful work.

quinta-feira, 10 de janeiro de 2008

Giggles Software for Babies & Toddlers

Babies of geeks love technology. From the buttons on the answering machine to the bright light of the cell phone screen, their internal compasses seem to be set toward microchips and motherboards.

And, problematically for parents, they can distinguish the real items from substitutes. Sure, our son gets moderate play value from a blue plastic phone with lights and sounds, but he'll drop it in a heartbeat for any real cell phone.

The same discernment of real technology is also true for computers- which causes real problems for parents. How is it random keyboard banging always tends to result in questions like "Format drive?"

Giggles: Computer Funtime for Baby removes the possibilities of data destruction and unwittingly horrific changes in general properties. This fun software keeps your 6 to 24 month old child away from the desktop and makes even the function keys benign.

From Adrienne of Baby Toolkit, found in Parent Hacks.

quarta-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2008


Directly from Cute Overload, and I give you CuteCast, The Official Cute Overload/YouTube channel!

domingo, 6 de janeiro de 2008

The 9 Manliest Names in the World

#9 - Lance Armstrong

The Name:
It's impossible to hear this name without picturing many men getting impaled on a battlefield. He' got the lance, and he' got the arm strength to drive it through you and the four guys standing behind you.

Click the title link to see
The Man, Does he live up to it, The only way it could have been Manlier,
for all names featured :)

#8 - Powers Boothe

The Name:
A strong, solid name. The first name especially leaves the reader wondering, "What kind of powers? Mind control? Flight? Laser-beam eyes? It's laser-beam eyes, isn't it?"

The last name admittedly leaves a little to be desired, especially with the extra "e", but the whole thing has a certain poetry to it as it rolls off the tongue and kicks you in the face.

#7 - Max Planck

The Name:
Great name. It' got the solid "Max" and the mental image of a man as rigid and unyielding as a thick piece of lumber. A name like this, you're probably either a carpenter or pirate.

#5 -Dr. Duncan Steel

The Name:
The title is what makes this one. This man gets to be called "Doctor Steel" on a daily basis. That is so awesome that we're thinking of forming a heavy metal band just so we can call it that. We can't believe there hasn't been some sort of comic book/cartoon villain with this name. Not even a James Bond film. Madness.

#4- Stirling Mortlock

The Name:
When you think about it, this is a ridiculous name. Its individual names would not have worked in a different setting. "Stirling Smith" probably got a wedgie every day at school, and "Cecil Mortlock" very likely had his head dumped in the toilet nearly as often.

#3 -Magnus Ver Magnusson

The Name:
Nordic naming conventions mean that his name essentially means "Magnus son of Magnus" which immediately brings to mind a line of men, all Magnuses, doing incredibly manly things through the ages. This is a damn solid entry, and you can never go wrong with a nice "Ver" or Von" or "Mac" in there somewhere.

#1 -Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster

The Name:

Fightmaster is the kind of name we all wish we were born with. And, the irony is that it' the one name that will prevent you from ever having to actually fight anybody. If you ever get into a scuffle at a bar, before the fists start swinging, people would pull the other guy back shouting, "No you fool! He's Max Fightmaster! Think about this for a second!"

Max Fightmaster.

Found in Cracked

Para Homens... de Barba Rija ;) - In English -

Dethroner, where every man is king

quinta-feira, 3 de janeiro de 2008

The Happiest Baby on the Block

Parecem truques de magia!
Excertos do livro e do DVD no linque do título deste post :)

The five Ss:

Swaddling… A feeling of pure "wrap"ture;
Side (or, Stomach)… Your baby's "feel-good" position;
Shhhh… Your baby's favorite soothing sound;
Swinging… Moving in rhythm with your baby's needs;
Sucking… The "icing on the cake".

Próspero Ano Novo! :)

Sim, também este blogue tem que ligar a esse manancial
de fofuras e delícias que é o Cute Overload :)