bioephemera

Archives for October, 2009

One of the coolest, weirdest, worlds-colliding Day of the Dead artworks I’ve ever seen is this sculpture of a skeletal Teddy Kennedy. He’s at a podium, open-jawed (no doubt haranguing other late Senators), accompanied by a skeletal dog. The paper in his hand says “Health Care: The Cause of My Life.” I realize this is…

From the wonderful blog Letters of Note: in 1957, schoolboy Denis Cox generously shared his rocket blueprints with “A Top Scientist” at Australia’s Woomera Weapons Research Establishment. The important stuff (Rolls Royce jet engines, “Air Torpeados”) is all there, although Denis explicitly gave the Top Scientists his permission to “put in other details” themselves, no…

Heartbreaking photos of albatross chicks, by photographer Chris Jordan: These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast…

Thoughts on fairy tales

From an essay by AS Byatt: As I grow older, the fact of the existence of the world’s huge compendium of changing and unchangeable tales seems to me more, not less, mysterious. How can they so steadily resemble each other, wherever they come from? How can they be so abstract and so concrete?

Birth control, the crochet way

OK: I’m female AND a biologist, and looking at this one freaks ME out! I’m all in favor of appreciating the beauty of female anatomy and miracle of childbirth and all, but this pasty, long-limbed newborn doll with a detatchable umbilical is nothing compared with its laboring parent, who, in this photo from its etsy…

“Mechanical heart” Bill McConkey Collage of a digitally enhanced pencil drawing of the human heart and photographs of different brass instruments. Digital artwork. From the Wellcome Image Awards 2009 – see the other winners here. Last week was Open Access Week, which meant I got to hear a great talk from John Wilbanks of the…

Fish heads, squirrel suits, TGIF!

Has your week been like this, too? I’m just checking. . . “Fish in a squirrel suit” by Slightly Curious. Via Regretsy.

According to reader Milde, L.A. Burdick’s is a “serious chocolate experience.” Little did I know she was right – this place even has coffin-shaped chocolate boxes for Halloween. And little chocolate ghosts. Adorable! Of course, if you really want to impress a Goth girl, there’s always Valerie Confections’ Mori Ex Cacao gift set. . .…

To follow up on my post on Kevin Van Aelst, here’s an anatomically-inspired artwork by Heather L. Johnson, whose new show, “Air and Blood”, opens this month in NYC: Using the Holland Tunnel as a point of departure, the artist investigates the way in which anatomical processes are mimicked in the transfer of people, objects…

Via Inventorspot: Hello Kitty goes anatomical, and we discover she even has bows on her guts. Yikes! But seriously – the second, faux-ivory Hello Kitty looks a little familiar. According to Inventorspot, you can choose from regular style or an interesting antiqued version with a finish resembling aged ivory. This style is meant to look…