Archives for January, 2010

Thanks to reader Laura for this treasure.

The Periodic Table of Wine

Another clever use of the periodic table in design: Washington State’s Wines of Substance, who won Seattle Magazine’s “Coolest Wine Label” Award in 2008. According to Substance, “wine is as much an art as it is a science. What better way to express this basis than a Periodic Table of Wine with each varietal reflected…

Okay, so between vampires and zombies, the undead have officially conquered pop culture. It’s not really new – I was fascinated when young by Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles – but it does seem a bit out of hand. With the release of “Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers,” I feel…

This is apparently a real ad for the hotly contested Orleans Parish Coroner’s race: Poor Dr. Frankenstein Minyard. This takes negative campaigning to a whole new level.

Quote of the day

“Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” -John Updike

You are not a gadget

Virtual reality trailblazer Jaron Lanier has a somewhat curmudgeonly, critical new book out called You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. Here’s an excerpt: If you want to know what’s really going on in a society or ideology, follow the money. If money is flowing to advertising instead of to musicians, journalists, and artists, then…

Via my friend Sylvia, here’s an old (2008) but interesting post arguing that over time, the quality of medical illustrations have declined. From Artemy Lebedev.

No, no, not that kind of pad

An optical illusion in Maine

I came across this lovely beach in Maine a few months ago, near Bar Harbor. The remarkable thing here is that the beach is very far down – about fifty feet – yet the rocks so strongly resemble typical landscaping gravel that the beach seems to be at the level of the observer. Unfortunately, the…

When I dared my friend John to make “You’ve Been SCIENCED” into a pop culture tagline, using his science radio show as a platform, I didn’t think he’d actually DO it. But he did: I just wish Drew Carey had used the “Pigs In Space” intonation of “You’ve been SCIENCED.”