53 Paper. World’s coolest iPad drawing app
This app is intuititive, simple, and powerful. Get it.
Posted on 01/15/14
A gear system in InsectsA follow up to the evolutionary screw post in a weevil earlier
Legs are coordinated through the action of gears in this leafhopper nymph. The article linked below talks about this discovery.
Article about Evolved Gear Mechanism
Posted on 09/13/13
Frog Balls Juggling Bean BagsFabulous handmade juggling bags that you can customise!
Posted on 08/20/12
PimsleurA very easy and effective way to learn a foreign language
Pimsleur is the method of learning languages that was developed by Paul Pimsleur. It is primarily aural, and has a reputation for teaching quickly and accurately, with little accent. My experience with it was with the first 30 lessons of Norwegian. It was amazing to learn so much so quickly and enjoy the entire process. Now that I finished the first 30 lessons, I am at a bit of a loss what to do next. I am working on my vocabulary by reading books in Norwegian and listening to podcasts.
If you want to learn a foreign language, Pimsleur is definitely a great option.
Posted on 06/19/12
βορβορυγμός or BorborygmusScientific name for stomach grumblings
Here's a word that needs to be used once weekly. It is lifted from the greek, and the plural is borborygmi. I do believe this will be the next confusing and degrading insult I will use when given the opportunity.
Posted on 01/13/12
Theater Oobleck, ChicagoExperimental theater
Theatre Oobleck Website
I took a year off my studies at University of Michigan in the early 1980s and became a prop artist for a small theater group called Streetlight Theater. They touted themselves as a communist theater with no director, that was dedicated to promoting various leftish social and politacal agendas. One fine day, the whole theater troupe picked up and moved to Chicago leaving me behind to finish my degree.
The group is now known as Theatre Oobleck and has been successfully surprising, antagonizing, and inspiring the people of the Chicago area and beyond with their work. Some of their works have even been produced off Broadway and over seas.
Here's a spot from their Manifesto:
Putting the burden of innovation on the director is like putting the prime minister in charge of the revolution, for the director, insofar as he remains a director, cannot help but defend that kind of theater in which he has a place of importance, suppressing those ancient models of the theater which do not require his services.
Posted on 09/29/11
Alchemy Open Drawing/Sound SoftwareSound + Chaos = Inspiring Visual Seeds
At first, I thought this was a silly novelty, but after inspecting a little further, I see this as a fantastic creative tool for the generation of form and pattern.
My work is pretty stodgy- figurative sculpture - but I can envision this tool thoroughly entiching my conception of gesture, fabric flow, and composition.
I can also see this tool as having fantastic power to unstall someone who has white canvas block.
All this, not to mention that this tool is free - the code is open - it's designed and implemented to make the world a better place. It's Mac/Windows?Linux compatible. Take a gander: al.chemy.org
Posted on 07/07/11
Evolutionary generation of simple machines at different scalesThe exoskeletal hip joint of this critter resembles a screw
Here's an interesting article about how evolution created a nut and bolt like structure top serve as the hip of a weevil.
There have been numeous other studies that have found that evolution creates simple machines on both the large scale (much of our skeletal system can be models as levers and pulleys) and the tiny scale of protein molecules. Here's Dr. Trevor Lithgow's research on protein molecules (lay language) or Peer review.
Posted on 07/06/11