Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Science Guy Goes En Pointe

While toodling around on Google Patents a while back I ran across this weird thing:
which is supposed to be the internal support structure of some kind of bizarre pointe shoe. And all I could think was "good grief, how the heck is that supposed to work?"
I never looked at the inventor's name or gave it any thought, really.
This afternoon I was looking for an image online, of a ballerina "floating" while holding a balloon. And one search term led to another and I learned that this insane contraption (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) was invented by none other than famous edutainment personality Bill Nye.
Well. There you go. You learn something new every day.

And now I wish that someone actually produced this crazy thing. Because, as a ballet and science enthusiast, I would totally buy some crazy Bill Nye shoes.


  1. Great. Now I've got "Bill Nye the Science Guy" stuck in my head...

  2. I would definitely like to research how his pointe shoe is different or similar to the pointe shoes out there now. :) Bill Nye was pretty awesome back in the day! Not sure if you found the image of a ballerina floating with a balloon but I know Ballet Zaida has some nice ballerina balloon pics!!!

    I've just recently found your blog and I really like reading your posts! I nominated you for a Liebster blog award to say thank you for having a great blog! :)

    1. Thanks so much!
      And actually, I think the ballerina/balloon picture I ended up with WAS, in fact, from Ballet Zaida!

    2. That's so funny! Isn't Ballet Zaida amazing? One day I'd love to have some photos of me by him (as in one day when I'm finally ok with where I am in ballet).

      In case you're interested about learning more about the Liebster award - I wrote a post on it - that's where I officially nominated you. No pressure - just realized I didn't mention anything about my post. :)

    3. Thanks for the nomination, I am right in the middle of moving so I am a little pressed for the time and energy to deal with stuff right now, but I promise I will get to it :)

    4. Not to worry! I will be moving next week and not sure when I will resurface. Hope the move is going well! :) :)