What A Saxophone Looks Like: A Lesson for Stock Photographers

What A Saxophone Looks Like: A Lesson for Stock Photographers

Earlier this week, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association posted an image that was supposed to spread the word about Music in Our Schools Month and celebrate all the benefits a high-quality music education has to offer. Unfortunately, whoever was responsible for the image did not get a high-quality music education. For those of you unfamiliar with the intricacies of the saxophone: it requires a ... »

This is the Painting That Started My #Patreon Project

This is the Painting That Started My #Patreon Project

I wanted to do a painting about DNA and so I did. But what I didn’t understand at the time was that those cool looking bars that connect the two sides of the DNA strand are called base pairs and that there are four specific types of nucleotide pairing. What that means is if you are going to accurately represent DNA you can only use four colors within those “bars” and that two of ... »

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Mad Quickies: Free Art Books, Asphyxia, Archizoo, Kafka Covers, Bad Dinos and More!

Mad Quickies: Free Art Books, Asphyxia, Archizoo, Kafka Covers, Bad Dinos and More!

You guys, our trusty correspondent and art guy of major skills, Brian, is off on a seekrit assignment. I can never adequately match his awesomeness at Quickifying the net for you but I can humbly offer these fab links. Enjoy! I’m going to lead with this but after you read it, you might be pretty busy for a while. Please do remember to return to read the rest of the Quickies. Download 422 Fre... »

Belle Benchley and the Creation of the Modern Zoo (Women in Science 34)

Belle Benchley and the Creation of the Modern Zoo (Women in Science 34)

Think back to your last zoo trip. More likely than not, most of the larger animals were contained in open air facilities, with features tailored to the animal’s native landscape. The animals probably had free access to sleeping quarters away from the public view, and diets based upon their natural food sources. You might not have seen it, but there was almost definitely an on-site veterinary... »

Surly Amy Has a #SciArt Patreon Project. Please support!

Surly Amy Has a #SciArt Patreon Project. Please support!

I was so inspired by all of the art and science panels at ChiFi this weekend that I decided to finally try to reach for one of my big dreams. And that big dream is to start painting again and making ceramic fine art pieces that are heavily linked to science. You only live once, folks and life is short. I know that this project may fail, but I’d hate myself if I didn’t try. Here is a li... »

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Mad Quickies: Haunting GIFs, Embroidered Germs, Sext Robot, Alien Sunsets and More!

Mad Quickies: Haunting GIFs, Embroidered Germs, Sext Robot, Alien Sunsets and More!

It’s Saturday! And I’ve got your diversion for you — a bag full of quirks and links and an astounding video of first and final frames of 55 films. Here we go! Alicia Watkins is a cross-stitch genius. Check out her newly embroidered microbes and germs. This is worth it for the stunning illustrations alone. The Illustrated Story of Persian Polymath Ibn Sina and How He Shaped the Course o... »

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