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Archives for August, 2008

The best bird-day present ever

Check it out! For my birthday, my mom sent me two little bird skulls! They weigh almost nothing – I can’t even feel them in my hand. I guess I have to forgive my mom for some of the embarrassing things she did to me while I was a teenager; few girls have a mom…

Review: Wunderkammer at the MoMA

Very Slow, Very Tired Machine-Animals Nicholas Lampert, 2006 I promised last week to review the MoMA exhibition “Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities.” Since making that promise, I’ve heard from several more friends that they’ve been to see it – so perhaps this review is preaching to the choir! I was extremely impressed with the breadth…

Money, geeks, and elections

My friend Don Engel, a physicist, is running for delegate to the Maryland Assembly. In addition to understanding math far better than I ever will, he’s extremely web-savvy, and has harnessed Facebook to mobilize supporters. A few days ago, Don sent out this link to his ElectBlue page: As a scientist, I’m excited about bringing…

How dare smart women be sexy?

Jen Ouellette takes lethal aim at the myth of the sexless girl-geek in this post, which made me want to pump my fist and cheer and go out dancing in a sexy dress and look in a microscope and write a blog post all at the same time: The mistake many people make, however, is…

The Camera of the Mind

Third Eye Wayne Martin Belger This is one of the most strangely compelling artworks I’ve encountered recently: a pinhole camera made from a 150-year-old skull. Wayne Martin Belger’s Third Eye is a human skull with a tiny hole drilled in the traditional location of the mystical “third eye.” The pinhole allows light to enter the…

Become an early discarder

Okay, I haven’t been very active on the blog the past few days because I’m on vacation – hopefully, an artistic vacation, during which I will actually paint something. To motivate me to paint that something, I commit to you, readers, that I will have some art product, however sketchy, to post in the next…

Le Corbeau Volant

Le Corbeau Volant, 1875 Edouard Manet While in NYC last weekend, I squeezed in an hour at the MoMA to see their exhibition Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities (July 30-Nov 10, 2008). It’s really phenomenal. The main criticism I heard as I wandered the gallery was that the collection was perhaps a bit incoherent and…

The Amazingness of a Happy Mouth

I love egregious examples of faux-scientific jargon and weird portrayals of the research process in advertising. I just noticed that Rembrandt, the company that makes tooth whitening systems, has a couple of doozies. From their “Brilliant Science” website: At REMBRANDT┬«, we believe if you want to make something different, you have to do things a…

I wish my cat had a gas mask too

From Canadian artist Francis Koch at Uberbrain, art that mixes Art Nouveau design, steampunk elements and a post-industrial grit. It’s like Alphonse Mucha with sinister animals instead of languid nymphs.

Scienceblogs Meet-Up Today!

So far, the Sb meetup has been tres fun. Last night I met PhysioProf, Bora, Dr. Signout, Brian, Josh, Janet, Grrlscientist, Erin, Kate, Ed, and Mark, and got to see Zuska again. (Whew -did I forget anyone in there? Probably! Sorry!) It’s excellent to put faces with names, especially over martinis and Korean food. Today…