Archive for June, 2014

BASE is excited to be designing a new Kinder Play Yard for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at the German International School of Silicon Valley’s Mountain View Campus!

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Concept Plan

We’re having fun incorporating natural and engaging play features to keep the little ones active. Some of these features include stumps, logs, and boulders for hopping, climbing, and balancing, a sand and water play area, playhouses and play equipment for sliding, spinning, climbing, and running, a pollinator garden and vegetable garden, eating areas, and an artificial turf amphitheater for outdoor learning.

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Some of our inspirational program and concept images.

With a fire lane taking up almost half the site, we wanted to incorporate a colorful painting scheme on the existing asphalt paving in order to expand the kids play space. The painting features a colorful trike path which winds through the Kinder Yard. The flowers, bees, butterflies, ladybugs, and dragonflies are a fun element to help the kids learn more about pollinators.

The asphalt painting features a trike path, flowers, and pollinators.

The asphalt painting features a trike path, flowers, and pollinators. 

Construction is set to begin this summer and we are looking forward to seeing how the project takes shape! We hope you’ll check back soon for more updates!

We paid a visit to the Mary’s Garden at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County since its opening early this year and spring has sprung! The garden is in full bloom. You can visit the caterpillars, play with the butterflies, fish in the Russian River, or jump across the bridge to the marsh. There’s also the organic farm, where you can sell produce at the farm stand, drive the tractor, and water the crops!

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We’re pretty happy about the wildflowers in bloom

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Find the pollinators!

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Maybe you need some quiet time? In a cocoon?

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Hanging with the caterpillars

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Or power the butterflies!

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Story time

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Gone fishing in the Russian River

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Visit the  Farm Stand

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Help grow the veggies too!

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Some shopping at the farm stand

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Water the garden

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Weigh your produce from the farm stand

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Play with the caterpillar

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Nature walk through the garden

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Enjoy the flowers!

Visit Children’s Museum of Sonoma County for more information and a calendar of events!  

And check out our pinterest page for more pictures

 

For the Glory!

Seven years ago, I went to the Kinetic Grand Championship “The Triathlon of the Art World” with some of my graduate school friends. We were only spectators and we had a blast, I have been wanting to go back ever since. When I saw the trikosaourus at the Maker Faire I knew it was destined to the Kinetic race. I went to talk to the creators Robert Van de Walle and Dawn Thomas. They were shocked I knew about the race, they themselves, had never been but heard about it and wanted to participate in the race.

Zonotopia & Trikosaurus

Zonotopia & Trikosaurus at Maker Faire

As we talked I learned that Dawn, one of the creators, had lived in a cave in Spain with my good friend Chris Palmer, back in the day when he dove to the deep depths of Moorish zonohedral geometry…. but thats another story. She mentioned that she had an extra ticket and needed a crew member for their team, and I immediately volunteered.

Kinetic Studios in Arcata

Kinetic Studios in Arcata

We arrived Friday night to Arcata to check in at the Kinetic studios. I was already loving the experience, the space was filled with amazing creations, people working on their outfits and last minute fixes to their kinetic contraptions. So much to see, an enormous studio filled with 46 years of kinetic art.

Kinetic Studios in Arcata

Kinetic Studios in Arcata

Kinetic Studios in Arcata

Kinetic Studios in Arcata

The Kinetic Grand Championship is an amazing 50 mile, 3 day race. It takes 3 days because the vessels have to go through land, sand dunes, beaches, and water! they have to be able to transform and adapt to all terrains. Most vessels are decorated into incredible artistic shapes. The race has engineering and technical challenges but it is completely absurd and bizarre. Human ingenuity and creativity to the maximum. My heart was bursting with joy!

Kinetic Studios in Arcata

Kinetic Studios in Arcata

We meet up with Dave Harris, the other crew member, whom I nicknamed “Honey Badger.” He was the first of many extraordinary people whom I meet throughout the weekend. I was a little nervous at first, to go off on an adventure without knowing anyone… I really have to do this more often, it was SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!

Inside the shark

Inside the shark

According to the official paperwork, our vessel the Trikosaurus “has 15 speeds per pilot, dual disc brakes, an off-axis paddlewheel, a roof rack, a gimble for the front pontoons, hand-laced dumpster dived rubber tires, plus an on-board, solar powered stereo system.” Bob and Dawn designed, engineered and built it specifically for the 2014 Kinetic Championship race.

Trikosauros team

Trikosauros team

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014

The race started with a parade around the main plaza. The vessels are judged on many categories and bribing is the name of the game and every judge, rutabaga queen, goddess, and volunteer wants a bribe. Being newbies, we were not prepared with bribes. Honey-badger went on a dumpster diving mission and came back with a bunch of jewelry boxes, we stuffed them with string cheese and we were back on the game.

Offering bribes

Offering bribes

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The race started pretty smoothly, ridding along the beautiful pastoral dairy farm landscapes of northern California. Absolute gorgeous!

Along the trail

Along the trail

Along the trail

Along the trail

Along the trail

Along the trail

Along the trail

Along the trail

Along the trail

Along the trail

The first challenge was the sand dunes. The trikosaurus did not had the right low gears or big wheels to make it through the sand so it had to be pushed. Judge-of-others Steve, saw what happened and gave us a ticket that lost us our Ace for the race, even after we bribed him. He felt really bad, but it was ok as he made up for it later in the race.

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes bribe action

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Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Past the dunes, the trike continued along the beach to dead man’s drop. Unfortunately I missed that part because I had to ride my road bike to get the gear, but I heard it was epic!

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Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, riding on the beach

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Honey badger!

Other vessels had issues with the sand too…

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

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Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

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Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, sand dunes

We spend the second night camping at Altaira Hatton’s place. She graced us with her hospitality and it was lovely to have a warm shower and a nice breakfast.

The second day started by going into the bay. We had to set up the trike with the platoons which were made out of inflatable mattresses. I must confess, I was a little bit nervous for the trikosaurus but it was so exciting to see all the vessels convert into floating devices and go into the water. Some were more gracious than others. Some made big splashes.

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, blue cult people

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

This little piggy needed a rescue

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Ready to launch!

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water launching

I was really relived to see the trike make it to the other end, and just as it was going out of the water into the ramp it lost a wheel. The axel broke. We had to carry and push the trike out to the level area.

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water exiting

Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, water exiting

broken axel

broken axel

broken axel

broken axel

Bob was bummed but was OK with loading the trike onto the trailer and calling it a day. Honey badger however was far from giving up and got into full honey badger mode to figure out how to fix the trike.

scheming

scheming

The lost wheel

The lost wheel

Steve, the judge-of-others who disqualified us, volunteered his trailer. Honey badger got the duck tape and figured out how to fix it and keep us on the race. And it worked!

Honey badger  adding a trailer with duck tape

Honey badger adding a trailer with duck tape

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Since it lost a wheel and it was no longer a trike, the Trikosauros got renamed the Jankasourus. Thanks to Rutabaga Queen Glitterina who provided us with the shinny tape.

The Jankosauos

The Jankosauos

The third night was the most special. We had access to camp at a ranch with a private beach. Only the people who were part of the race were allowed to camp there.

Team Jankosaurus Camping in Loleta

Team Jankosaurus Camping in Loleta

Team Jankosaurus Camping in Loleta

Team Jankosaurus Camping in Loleta

Team Jankosaurus Camping in Loleta

Team Jankosaurus Camping in Loleta

Team Jankosaurus Camping in Loleta

Team Jankosaurus Camping in Loleta

Every team set up their “theme” camp along the beach. It reminded me of the week before burningman, when you are there with all the builders, artist, creators, sharing stories of struggles and helping each other. It was an experience of camaraderie and joy without the spectators. It was also similar to burningman in that people were incredible generous and every camp I walked by offered me food and drinks. There was a huge bon fire at the other end of the beach but I was unable to make. I got too drunk along the way, started smoking rolled cigarettes with Clifton, the blue hair sailor and then got converted to the kinetic blue oyster cult. I thought I was cured from cults but then they brought out the tequila….

Clif the Sailor

Clif the Sailor

Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Oyster Cult

Camping at Loleta

Camping at Loleta

Fireworks at the Loleta Camp

Fireworks at the Loleta Camp

Mean while, Honey badger was going crazy with the duck tape, again… The jankosourus need more repairs, the improvised trailer was falling apart and it had to go in the water again the next day so it needed the space to place the platoons.  Honey badger borrowed a bike from the glorious Bouncer Peter William Wagner and got it connected to the jankosaouros with drift wood and 2×4’s that he found on the beach and cut with his pocket knife!!!! I was trying to distract him and convert him to the blue oyster cult but it was impossible, honey badger was on a mission!

Honey Badger in Action

Honey Badger in Action

Honey Badger in Action

Honey Badger in Action

Watching the Honey Badger in Action

Watching the Honey Badger in Action

Honey Badger in Action

Honey Badger in Action

The next morning, we launched the vessels again and off they went into the foggy bay.

Launching into the bay...again!

Launching into the bay…again!

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The Jankosaurus repairs

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Honey Badger proud of his repair work

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Honey badger was gaining us some “best pit crew” points by also helping other teams. But he really nailed it when he asked the judging goddess out on a date.

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We drove off from the campground with the Goddess and meet up with the Jankosauros on the other side of the bay. The end was really near and the Jankosaurus was about to loose the other wheel so they had to go slow and not put pressure on the axel.

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Kinetic Championship Team Jankosaurus

Kinetic Championship Team Jankosaurus

Kinetic Championship Team Jankosaurus

Kinetic Championship Team Jankosaurus

Resting

Resting

It was glorious to celebrate the arrival to Ferndale and the finish line with everyone.

Kinetic Grand Championship Finish line

Kinetic Grand Championship Finish line

Kinetic Grand Championship Finish line

Kinetic Grand Championship Finish line

Kinetic Grand Championship Finish line

Kinetic Grand Championship Finish line

Kinetic Grand Championship Finish line

Kinetic Grand Championship Finish line

Kinetic Grand Championship Finish line

Kinetic Grand Championship Finish line

Photo May 26, 8 42 11 PM

Clif and his Bling

Clif got the speed award with his sail

The Jankosauros won the “Never Give Up” Award. Honey Badger and I won “Best Pit Crew” yeah!!!!!!

Kinetic Grand Championship Winers!!!

Kinetic Grand Championship Winers!!!

Kinetic Grand Championship Winers!!!

Kinetic Grand Championship Winers!!!

 Wow, I cant believe that  really happened…. For the Glory!!!!