Archive for September, 2008

Previewing the California Academy of Sciences

The Derringdos visited the California Academy of Sciences for the Guild Families’ preview event on Sept. 13. While the four-story rainforest and new planetarium weren’t open yet, we had a chance to explore the aquarium, the living roof and other exhibits in the overhauled museum. We ate french fries while watching the penguins and had ice cream sundaes near the white aligator. At the Islands of Evolution, we talked with Terry Gosliner, one of the Academy’s curators. Check out some more behind the scenes pictures here and visit the CAS’ web site here.

Tired of Your Planet?

This is a really big week for The Derringdos. Nettie and Peabody are heading back to school. Annabel got an advance copy of the next book her knitting designs are included in. And at work, we’re launching Spore. As part of the launch we have billboards up in cities around the world. We visited downtown SF to take pictures with the signs. Last night we held our launch party at the California Academy of Sciences, currently closed to the public for extensive renovation. Walking to our reception area, I passed electricians wiring lights, a team putting some final touches on the Galapagos Island display and a man in scuba gear who I assume was working in the aquarium. While we couldn’t explore the whole building, from what I saw it will live up to the hype when it reopens on Sept. 27. The new planetarium is particularly phenomenal. The Derrindgos have a membership and will be taking part in an advance preview event in about a week.