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Codeswarms

So lately I’ve been trying to understand open source licensing options for software code, which is hard, because I’m not a coder. (If I don’t understand an xkcd, it’s almost always because it’s some sort of Python joke.) Anyway, Michael Ogawa made some videos a few years back depicting the growth of various projects (Python,…

Call for irreverent mashups!

O designer-readers who like to work and play with Photoshop, this contest may be up your alley: Quirk Books, the outfit behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has joined with Bridgeman Art Library to invite submissions for its “Art of the Mash-Up” competition. Basically, they want you to prove you can do better than the…

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.”…

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…

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…

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”…

An impressive short film, “Core,” by animation group selfburning, via Fubiz. The music is lovely.

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…

An unbelievable octopus chair – nay, throne – by Maximo Riera. “the Octopus Chair places the animal and human being in harmony, where each is considered equal and one is not subject to the other. The octopus is not decoration; it is as intrinsic to the chair as the person sat upon it.” Via NotCot…

. . . from gun violence. A new PSA campaign is based on artwork by artist Francois Robert. Via fubiz.