Monthly Archives: November 2007

Seeding art in science – and vice versa

From “Making the Step from Chemistry to Biology and Back,” Nature Chemical Biology David Goodsell The Nov/Dec issue of Seed features an interesting article by Jonah Lehrer on science and art. It’s a short read, but it touches on most … Continue reading

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Invading Hands & Sleeping Beauties

Wounds (2007) Nicole Natri I ran across this collage by the talented Nicole Natri shortly after attending an interesting lecture, “When Sleeping Beauty Walked Out of the Anatomy Museum,” by Kathryn Hoffmann, who is a professor of French at the … Continue reading

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Sometimes a teapot is just a teapot

Designed by Kathleen Walsh, from Walteria Living: a Rorschach blot teapot! Actually, it’s not a Rorschach. According to the website, the teapot (and matching plates) are based on a much earlier pastime: a Victorian parlor game called Blotto, in which … Continue reading

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The Brainbow Mouse

Livet et al. 2007. Transgenic strategies for combinatorial expression of fluorescent proteins in the nervous system. Nature. No, that’s not a winter scarf knitted from rainbow yarn. It’s a glowing mouse brain – the Brainbow paper is finally out! I … Continue reading

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Juxtaposition #3

Traveling In digital collage Claudia Drake, 2005 Claudia Drake is currently showing her work at Strychnin Gallery. New Brainland Map (purchase via link) Sam Brown, 2007 Cover of Neuron special issue: “Reviews on Neural Maps”;  via Neurophilosophy

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Sometimes it’s just one of those days

She looked with angry woe at the straining and snarling horde below “The Wooing of Becfola,” Irish Fairy Tales Written by James Stephens, 1920 Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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The Woods: a beautiful anti-lullaby

The Woods: a stop-motion music video for Polly Paulusma, by artist Rima Staines. You can read Rima’s account of her creative process here, at her blog. Paulusma’s song is a sort of bittersweet version of the Hansel and Gretel myth. … Continue reading

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Rackham’s Zankiwank, and more

The Zankiwank and the Bletherwitch Written by S.J.A. Fitz-Gerald, 1896 Illustrated by Arthur Rackham Maude and Willie felt themselves dropping, dropping, dropping, until the Zankiwank bounced up and caught them both in his arms, saying as he rushed forward:- “Quick, … Continue reading

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Christmas gifts! for the creative, picky, or perverse

I’ve been running across an unusually large number of things I covet lately, and it occurred to me that if you are reading my blog, you (or your friends/family) might have similar tastes. So I thought I’d post a list … Continue reading

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Mine, all mine

The World’s Fair started a meme to identify phrases for which your blog is the #1 Google result. It seems like there ought to be an algorithm to do this for you, but after much trial and error, bioephemera is … Continue reading

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