penguingirl's tumbling thoughts

Hi. I'm Penny. I love penguins, books, yarn, stationary, technology, and muddy trail running. Not necessarily in that order and not always every day.

On my main site I post weekly about one of my interests and Fridays feature photos of my cats Shadow (adopted 2009) and Buddy (adopted 2013) or of any kittens we're fostering.

Shorter and more varied postings occur here through the magic of scheduled posts.

PHD Comics: Writing →
— 13 hours ago
#On writing 
Try, try again? Study says no →
— 17 hours ago
#language learning 
#brain and cognitive science 


Kids Need A Flashlight To Read This Adorable Pop-up Book

Motion Silhouette tells a story through its shadows.

Reading by flashlight when you’re supposed to be asleep is practically a rite of passage for kids. An adorable new children’s book celebrates that tradition.

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— 19 hours ago with 629 notes
#Popup Book 
#Motion Silhouette 
#childhood reading 
Why Reading Makes You More Creative →
— 1 day ago with 1 note
#on reading 


NASA engineers use origami as inspiration when they fold up solar panels for their trip to space. Shown here: the Miura fold. Once a piece of paper (or solar array) is all folded up, it can be completely unfolded in one smooth motion. You can read more about origami in space here, and learn how to do the Miura fold in this video:

Image: Astronaut Scott Parazynski repairs a damaged ISS solar panel (NASA)

(via npr)

— 1 day ago with 1007 notes
#miura fold 


Illustrator and graphic designer Ann Shen’s drawings of bad girls throughout history. (Though “badass” is more appropriate than “bad,” strictly scientifically speaking.)

For some substantiation on the badassery of the above, see Amelia Earhart on marriage, Ada Lovelace on science and spirituality, Nellie Bly’s groundbreaking journalistic feistiness, and Eleanor Roosevelt on happiness and conformity and her controversial love letters to Lorena Hickok.

— 2 days ago with 799 notes
#ada lovelace 
#eleanor roosevelt 
#nellie bly 
#josephine baker 
#amelia earhart 
Seoul Adopts the Siesta, Will Allow City Employees to Take Afternoon Naps | IdeaFeed | Big Think →
— 4 days ago
#power of naps