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53 Paper. World’s coolest iPad drawing app  

Drawn with 53's iPad app, Paper

This app is intuititive, simple, and powerful. Get it. 

Posted on 01/15/14 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

A gear system in Insects  

A 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 Bags  

Fabulous handmade juggling bags that you can customise!

Okay, I'm a little biased. Frog Balls is a new business venture my son and I are working on. You can check out the website here. Be sure to try out the nice javascript app where you can design your own juggling balls.

Posted on 08/20/12 _________________________________________________________________________________________________


A 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 Borborygmus  

Scientific 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, Chicago  

Experimental theater
A 2008 production of The Trojan Candidate
by Theatre Oobleck. Jeff Dorchen certainly
makes a convincing Dick Cheney.

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 Software  

Sound + Chaos = Inspiring Visual Seeds
Image by Andrew Jones using Alchemy and
Painter X software

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:

Posted on 07/07/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Evolutionary generation of simple machines at different scales  

The exoskeletal hip joint of this critter resembles a screw
Evolutionary machine: the socket of this insect's
hip serves as the nut to match the leg, which
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 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

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