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Archives for February, 2011

Macro Kingdom

Perfect for a holiday* with big fluffy slo-mo snowflakes** and wintry, brittle light, Clemento’s Macro Kingdom short films. The most recent one is below, and the two prior films are below the fold. I love the incorporation of the fragile, distorted type, but can’t resist observing that the words are more in the nature of…

This bunny is not for the squeamish

It’s strangely artistic, like a Dutch still life: this disturbing short film by Sam-Taylor Wood defies our expectations of decomposition, as a rabbit churns with decay while a peach sitting nearby remains fresh. (Video below the fold, so as not to gross anyone out by surprise).

I’m too busy to write anything remotely interesting right now, so thanks, NYT & Bay Citizen, for filling the gap with an article about how Eadweard Muybridge. Best known for photo sequences capturing running horses and athletes, Muybridge bridged (ahem) art and science in his work, in addition to having a peculiar name*: Like the…

Love and BraaaAAAAIINNSSS

A classic tale of love and sacrifice, illustrated by Sean Bieri: While Bieri’s artistry technically depicts a Christmas story, it also nicely captures the undying-even-while-decaying-putrefying-and-hemorrhaging-IQ-points nature of true love. What more could you want for Valentine’s Day? (And let’s face it, we’ve all had Valentine’s Days that would arguably have been improved by a Zombocalypse.)…

The placebo effect, of course! A video by Daniel Keogh (Twitterfeed) and Luke Harris. h/t Ed Yong.

Living green necklaces

We’ve been buried under ice, snow, and slush up here in Massachusetts for months, and the chlorophyll deprivation is brutal. The other day I was chatting with someone, and he suddenly tuned out of our conversation, gazing into the distance wistfully. “Oh, sorry,” he said, “I just noticed I can see some grass over there.”…

. . . by Matt Nisbet, formerly of Framing Science, and now at at Big Think/Age of Engagement: Too often art is viewed instrumentally by science, as a vehicle for gaining public support or promoting science. This is unfortunate. Science and art should be viewed as cultural equals with art an important expression of public…

Okay, I knew that planets are big, intellectually, but a well-done graphic is worth a thousand words, and a pretty HD video is even better. Brad Goodspeed made this video to suggest what other planets would look like, if they orbited Earth at the same distance as the Moon does. I’ve embedded it, but you…

I get mail with wonderful links in it, but I’m hard pressed to find the time to post them, so my apologizes to those who’ve sent me things and not heard back. I’m beyond swamped. In the meantime, perhaps you’ll enjoy these two nontraditional takes on “mapping.” First up, map as music (or is it…

Acoustic botany?

Don’t look now, but the field of acoustic botany was just invented. It may take a while to catch on. Or grow. But it’s a cool concept.