bioephemera

Archives for February, 2011

Remember the synthetic biology documentary I blogged about a while back? Well, the filmmakers are still working toward their goal. They have a little less than a month left, and I just noticed that they’ve seriously beefed up the rewards you can get for funding them. There are some interesting gifts from $10 up, but…

an old-school, classy Braille watch

I think the Haptica, by David Chavez, is pretty awesome: I’ve seen some criticisms that this watch is misguided, because you can already get affordable watches that speaks the time aloud. As far as I’m concerned, those criticisms miss the point (as does the Kickstarter video, somewhat, with its emphasis on the potential embarrassment factor…

“Association, juxtaposition, metaphor is how the poet can go further than the scientist in addressing systems. The poet can legitimately juxtapose kelp beds with junkyards. Or to get really technical, reflect the water reservoir system for a large city in the linguistic structure of repetitive water-associated words in a poem. And poets right now are…

“we find ourselves constantly experimenting and pushing the boundaries. . . the really great thing about our business is the fact that we take raw materials, and we design, we color, we make. . . and we have complete control of the process. It’s very gratifying.” Danny Cooke, maker of the short documentary about glass…

PMS Quilt, 2008 hand embroidered and crocheted pantyliners Laurel Roth Yes, that is just what it says it is: a collection of pantyliners embroidered with profanity. One thing is clear about artist Laurel Roth: she is not afraid to make viewers uncomfortable. Her series “Hope Chest” is constructed of hygenic accessories embroidered with “off-kilter reflections…

Experiencing late-afternoon unproductivity? Go play with Google Art Project and virtually tour the world’s museums. Update: NYT review.

Pinkies from Food Chain: Encounters Between Mates, Predators and Prey by Catherine Chalmers Photographer Catherine Chalmers (who may be best known in biology circles for her portraits of genetically modified mice) goes beyond brutal accuracy in her animal photography. Food Chain: Encounters Between Mates, Predators and Prey is a book of photos depicting predatory insects,…