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Archives for June, 2008

FYI – the deadline to apply for astronaut school is tomorrow, July 1: NASA is now accepting applications for its 2009 astronaut class. The agency is looking for a few men and women who want to fulfill their dreams and be a part of the next generation of explorers. To be considered, a bachelor’s degree…

Egg-cellent

Jacques Donnez Fertility and Sterility Jacques Donnez, a doctor in France, was conducting a routine hysterectomy when he discovered the ovary was coincidentally in the process of expelling an egg. He captured these photos, which clearly show what a dramatic event it is. The word “explosive” seems apt enough, but it’s not quick; Donnez captured…

When stick figures rebel

This is why I don’t do digital art (click PLAY, or for a larger, higher-res version, go to the link below): AtomFilms.com: Funny Videos | Funny Cartoons | Comedy Central Higher-res version: “Animator vs. Animation” by Alan Becker Sequel (via GrrrlScientist, thanks Bob O for the heads-up): “Animator vs. Animation II” by Alan Becker (this…

Via the SEA blog: Jeremy Kalgreen at Amorphia Apparel has created some delicious t-shirts that help you advocate teaching your controversy of choice. Or, display your support for the amazing things Science has brought us – like giant guitar-playing robots and mechanical paramecia: Rock on, Amorphia! We here at Scienceblogs understand that it’s turtles all…

Fly Away Home (detail) Jessica Palmer On my old blog, I posted poems regularly (among my favorites were Dan Chiasson’s “Mosaic of a Hare” and David Barber’s “Pilgrim’s Progress.”) But I haven’t encountered a particularly inspirational poem recently, so I let the habit lapse here on the new blog. I think it’s high time to…

My friend Jane sent me this link to a wonderful blog, Ptak Science Books, which declares itself “A Blog of the History of Ideas–unusual connections in the history of science and mathematics with the arts and social history.” It’s fabulous and bizarre. Witness the latest post, “Fantastic and Unreachable Intellectual Claims: Psychology and Dr. Strangelove”:…

What Happened, Night?

Mark Wahlberg’s science teacher contends with his own confusion while gratuitously alluding to Einstein. Zade Rosenthal. c 2008 Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved. Last night I saw The Happening, which is hands down the worst film since Battlefield Earth. I savor big-budget, mindless popcorn romps (Independence Day, yay!) but The Happening was a nasty…

More word games: etymology

My friend Rhett alerted me to this little word game, which is kind of like Balderdash: you pick the correct etymology or definition from a group of fakes created by tricky readers. I did quibble with a couple of mistakes (one definition was off, one word was misspelled) but I tried three times and couldn’t…

Eternal Enema

Here’s a bit of weirdness I saw on Friday but didn’t have time to blog – a Botticelli-inspired monument to the enema: A health spa in Russia has unveiled a bronze monument of three cherubs carrying an enema, a design inspired by the 15th century Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. (source) What do you think? What…

The Night DC Stood Peeped

“Peep Julius II Questions Michelangelo’s Artistic Judgment” Jean Kaleba and family Last Friday I finally made it to Artomatic, a month-long gallery event that colocalizes hundreds of local artists under one roof, together with musicians, poets, wine and beer. But the real stars of Artomatic were pastel marshmallows – yes, Peeps. In conjunction with Artomatic,…