bioephemera

Archives for September, 2009

A Wearable Library

For the bibliophile who can’t bear to leave all his or her books at home: a one-of-a-kind necklace of eleven miniature leather-bound books by TheBlackSpotBooks. Via NotCot.

What babies really eat

This toddler t-shirt from Twisted Twee comes in sizes up to 4 years, and is inspired by “just a few of the items my young daughter Betty consumed in her first year.” The buttons I understand, but the toy soldier? And what is the toy soldier doing to that cow? Remember, parents: B is for…

We are aware of the comment borkage

Yes, I am aware comments are borked on some recent posts – I apologize. It’s apparently a code issue at Sb, and I can’t fix it. If you click directly through to a full post, you may not see comments. If you click on the “comments” link at the bottom of the post on the…

Are you a conservative? She is!

I’m not really sure what to say about this strange ad. But I’m sure my readers have some ideas. Paging Dr. Isis and Zuska! Originally here (it appears to be about ten years old), now found here. *Due to Sb code borkage, if you do not see comments below, go here to view and add…

Mark Brown: Recycled Robots

While delayed in the Denver airport last month, I discovered a large display of robots made of vintage tins, utensils, and knobs. They were the work of artist Mark Brown, who builds these comical, quizzical characters out of recycled and found materials. If we are ever exterminated by robot hordes, I hope they’re this cute!…

The Calligrapher

An enigmatic photo from Morbid Anatomy’s review of the Quay Brothers show at Parsons in NYC. Read all about it here.

Ban those generic plurals!

An excellent post from language log: I propose a voluntary ban on the use of generic plurals to express statistical differences, especially in talking to the general public about scientific results in areas with public policy implications. In other words, when we’re looking at some property P of two groups X and Y, and a…

Okay, if you’re anything like me, you don’t have time to read the blogs you already follow. But I do recommend that everyone head over to SEED’s Revolutionary Minds Think Tank, where Greg Smith is guiding a conversation on visualizing science. That’s where I found the video above, demonstrating the UCSD Software Studies Initiative’s application…

Those of you who visited Abebooks’ weird book room have had an impact – check out this story in the Guardian. Also, I was thrilled to see photos of the Snail Art Car, the “Golden Mean,” at Burning Man this week – here’s why. Glad to have contributed even a tiny bit of inspiration to…

Program Note: Sb reader community

Scienceblogs is playing with the idea of making the “user community” more multidimensional. You can read more and express your opinion here.