Friday, July 18, 2008

Friday Crab Blogging

We start wtih an anthropomorphic crab. Note the line above the eyes. While not the V of anger, it is the straight line of serious concern. Amazing what a line can convey. And, believe it or not, crabs ARE serious crustaceans.

Continuing the theme, note the relatively strict requirement of anthropomorphism in that to get a face, the artist has to include a balloon head, reminiscent of the stalk eyes.

Please excuse Hunter, he's from Boston and tends to drop his "r's".

As young as Will is, he still manages to get the claws on the crab's major appendages even though they resemble toes. (I don't know whether you have read any evo-devo, but it turns out that toes and claws are based on the same genes. The book to read is Sean Carroll's Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo

Alexandra draws a good crab. She also expresses her cheerful personality with an anthropomorphic sun. This is a pretty ancient observation, dating back at least to the Egyptians and their sun god Ra.

Believe it or not, this is a crab. But, given the theme of today's Crab Blog, it fits right in. I asked the little girl if it was her. She said no, it was a crab.

For some children, crabs are secondary to buses.

As in previous posts on buildings, the number of windows shows an open personality. The path to the house and the flowers or shrubs are also signs of good social development. I'm a little puzzled as to why there are no windows on the first ("ground" for aliens) floor. It may show a little fear of intimacy.

Not only does Chloe have a sun, she has a sun flower. I'm not sure what the significance of the arms and legs coming straight out of the stick body, but it could be that she wants to be a cheerleader, but not like George Bush (arghh). Also not that she not only has fingers now, but she has hands.
Click on this picture to expand. There is a wealth of detail in this picture by Madison, more than I think I have ever seen.It didn't copy well but all the faces have eyes and mouths, only they are dots! Dad has a dog on a leash and is holding a flower? There are three, happy cats. But most interesting, is the length of the legs on both humans and dogs/cats. She gets extra points for toes and claws. There is even a ladybug or bird!

Finally, the Growlery sent in this crab picture for consideration. He assures me that it is not crab tea (i.e. see the bag tags on the right), but I still suspect that it is. In any case, our faith has spread across the pond and even in the former Empire (which we will soon be)they pay obeisance to the mighty Callinectes sapidus (from the Greek calli="beautiful", nectes="swimmer", and Latin sapidus="savory")

1 comment:

Felix Grant said...

Tut tut ... they're not tea bacgs, they're labels!


A wonderful crab day, thank you ... and Im honoured to be included.