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I was playing The Fracking Song last night about midnight, and my boyfriend was grooving to it. At the end he asked, “what was that about?” “Uh. . . fracking.” “Which kind of fracking?” Yes, we are a BSG household. Anyway, it may be an explainer, but it’s actually quite a nice little piece of…

Earth Spirit, 2010 Enrique Gomez de Molina Reader Laura alerted me to this iO9 post I missed on taxidermy artist Enrique Gomez de Molina, whose work would be written off as bad Photoshopping – except it’s real sculpture. The artist says, The impossibility of my creatures brings me both joy and sadness at the same…

Thanks moms! Slightly more than half of everything we are we owe to you. 🙂 Song by cadamole – late of the St. Patrick’s Day song.

Thanks to Coilhouse, I just learned that artist Theo Jansen is producing 3D printed baby versions of his amazing strandbeests – wind-powered kinetic sculptures that “walk” on their own. If you don’t remember Jansen, here he is with his eerie, lifelike beests, which he calls “new forms of life:” Of course you want one, right?…

Recently, IP scholar and government corruption critic Larry Lessig gave a talk at CERN in which he talked about the mismatch between the goals of copyright and scientific publishing. I was excited to watch it, but . . . well, I fell asleep partway through. (It’s a long talk.) I haven’t been well lately (thus…

Surrender, don’t cull

From Linda Holmes, a poignant post about how the deluge of information makes it impossible to scratch the surface in a single lifetime: there are really only two responses if you want to feel like you’re well-read, or well-versed in music, or whatever the case may be: culling and surrender. Culling is the choosing you…

Oh, to be eight years old again, and oh-so-eager to suspend all disbelief. . . this video had me laughing in pure delight: The baby T-Rex, which you can obviously tell is an actor (see the legs?) is touring Australian schools to promote the show “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Don’t get me wrong – the show…

Adam Winnik sent me this animation inspired by Carl Sagan’s famous “pale blue dot” monologue. It’s true to the serious implications of Sagan’s words, yet wry and lighthearted (mostly). A lovely example of remix culture revitalizing a classic of biology. Adam gives some background: I’ve been enrolled in illustration at Sheridan College for the the…

While we’re on the bioanimation topic, I recently heard from Jess at Nervous System, who sent me links to some animations of their new jewelry line, hyphae, “growing” in virtual space. Check it out: Hyphae – growth of the Vessel Pendant from Nervous System on Vimeo. They explain, Hyphae is a collection of 3D printed…

Remember when I said more bio grad students should play with coding and modeling? Here’s an example of what I mean. Laurence Frabotta directed me to this animation by phylogeneticist/bioinformatics programmer Liam Revell, an assistant professor at U Mass Boston, who used the statistical package ‘R’ to write a short code generating all possible bifurcating…