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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.”…

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…

Is it advanced physics? biotech? fashion? Heck if I know. “The Theory of Everything Disguised as a Handbag,” from RandomIntent’s etsy shop.

I think DNA is amazing. I think biotech inspires great design. And if you’ve read this blog at all, you know I love sciart. But I just cannot understand the new infogenetics product from DNA 11 – the company behind that trendy gel electrophoresis wall art. While I’d normally just say “I don’t get it”…

Netflix for Paintings?

TurningArt is a startup that lets you make a queue of prints by various independent artists, try the prints out in your home or office, and exchange them as often as you like. After you’ve lived with the print long enough, you can trade it in for the original canvas, watercolor or collage; you just…

How to make a brain freeze cocktail

Caption for non-PhDs: aren’t these

Anatomy ballgowns, and more

Isis the Laboratory Goddess sent me a Buzzfeed link featuring this incredible anatomical gown: The artist/seamstress deserves credit for what appears to be an incredibly elaborate embroidered stiff satin gown that, on different panels, depicts circulatory, skeletal, muscular and pulmonary systems. Wow. I can’t figure out who made it, so if you know the original…

Gear necklace

Wooden gear necklace, delicate industry

Classes start today for some of us. Are you ready for spring semester? Remember high school, when a spanking new, funky bookbag could recharge your entire dreary January outlook? CraftieRobot has a collection of functional canvas bookbags emblazoned with vintage anatomical art, like the ones above and below. These are fun and surprisingly affordable –…

It’s a Happy New Year. . .

. . . especially with these delicate, icy Orion constellation cards from Campbell Raw Press.