OMG AMNH PONIES!!1!
The Scibling meetup weekend included free passes to see the ponies at the American Museum of Natural History. OMG PONIES… but I found the exhibit depressing, for the following reason:
I don’t understand why more organizations don’t give out press kits to bloggers. We make such good use of the material.
Anyway, the horse exhibit was nice, as far as exhibits about squishy living things go, but I ran off to see the rocks as quickly as possible. I wish I’d had time to do more than a quick jog through the earth science exhibits; there are ultra old-fashioned displays asserting that geologic processes exist purely to concentrate ore for human use, a great number of video interviews with geoscientists that provide nice glimpses into what it’s like to work in this field (or would, if anybody watched them for more than 10 seconds), and a few things I thought actually worked quite well, like a “powers of 10” series of signs and scale models.
If you’ve only got time for a quick jog through the minerals, though, what you actually want to see at the American Museum of Natural History right now is the giant piece of stibnite in a grand gallery “recent acquisitions” case. I don’t have a picture – my camera, a truculent robot even at the best of times and in the best of lighting conditions, has been acting up all weekend – but the Wikipedia article on stibnite should give you an idea of how shiny it is.