Category Archives: Tyler Lentz

The Hungry Scientist Handbook Book Review

It’s been said that science can be fun, but did you know it can be tasty too?  The Hungry Scientist Handbook is full of science experiments that are fun, and they are also edible.  Some of the experiments require some uncommon items, so it’s a good idea to choose a project first so you can gather the supplies needed.

One of the more simple projects in the book is from Chapter 12: Edible Origami, which brings traditional origami into the kitchen.  It shows you how to make origami cranes step-by-step.  This can be a trying task for a beginner, but once you figure it out and do it a few times, it becomes quite easy.  Once you have the technique of making the paper cranes down, the book will then ask you to make them using wonton wrappers, which are much more fragile.  After you have made the wonton wrapper cranes you will gently deep-fry each one in vegetable oil using a pair of tongs.  Once the cranes are golden brown around the edges, take them out and set them on a paper towel to cool.  Once the cranes are dry and have cooled, grab one and enjoy!

Theses oorigami cranes are great for a snack, but can also make any Asian-themed meal fun!

Paranorman Movie Review

A few weeks ago I checked out the movie Paranorman, a stop-motion horror/comedy film. The story follows Norman Babcock, an outcast kid who can speak to the dead. When Norman becomes wrapped up in a many-years-old curse, he must rely on his ability to speak with the dead to save his town from devastation.

Paranorman is a surprisingly dark film.  Though it is aimed at children ages 7 to 9, there are many themes and jokes aimed towards an older audience. The story is compelling and keeps the viewer interested until its climactic ending, a few scary jumps here and there, and lots of fun and humor (again sometimes aimed at adults) throughout the film. The film is also very fluid and clean — it’s hard to believe it is a stop-motion film, but as it is from the creators of Coraline this is not surprising.  Overall, Paranorman is a very well-crafted movie and a fun “horror” film to watch with friends or family.

I give Paranorman 4.5 out of 5 stars.