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Hedy LaMarr: The Movie Star Who Invented Bluetooth… in 1942.

Hedy LaMarr: The Movie Star Who Invented Bluetooth… in 1942.

A movie star. An avant-garde composer. A radio-controlled torpedo. Wi-Fi. One of the unfortunate truths about our web of modern comforts is that the great majority of them stem, via twisting strands of causality, from warfare. World War II in particular forced the West into an orgy of technological creativity whose fruits we are still blithely and blissfully nomming on. One of the strangest storie... »

What Time Is It?

What Time Is It?

I’m fairly confident I can say that we’ve all had a moment in our lives when a cartoon swooped in and saved us. It seems unlikely to me that I’m alone in having an imaginary light bulb sprout above head as I watched some after school twenty-two minute adventure. The feeling is akin to that warmth one gets in a cherished piece of art. You know the one. It makes you want to overcom... »

Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish

Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish

If you haven’t seen any of Neil Shubin’s 3 part series, Your Inner Fish on PBS, start now! It can be streamed here. It’s in the same vein as the new Cosmos, but with a stronger emphasis on biology, anatomy, genetics, and paleontology. In Cosmos, you get NDT’s cool, calm, perhaps-slightly-baked, but always reverential delivery. In Your Inner Fish, you get Shubin’s R... »

Design Diaries – Cap Shield

Design Diaries – Cap Shield

This week, I made a WWII Captain America shield. Video of how I did it below. Sadly my primer was misbehaving so I need to repaint the whole thing. This is my grumpy face. »

From Sailor Mercury to Twilight Sparkle: The Top Nine Cartoon Girl Scientists

From Sailor Mercury to Twilight Sparkle: The Top Nine Cartoon Girl Scientists

For any kid born after 1970, cartoons were where we sought our future.  They taught us how ideals tumbled against each other under the strain of adventure and discovery, and gave us a whimsical glimpse of what we might become.  And for a long while, if you were a girl, that future had more than a bit of monochromatic sting to it.  Fortunately, the last two and a half decades have raced to catch up... »

Design Diaries – Lady Sif Shield

Design Diaries – Lady Sif Shield

This week, I share some experiments with backing materials for repoussé while building a replica of the epic shield carried by Lady Sif in Thor the Dark World. »

Design Diary – Pan Sword

Design Diary – Pan Sword

Remember Hook? That wonderful whimsical film of the early nineties? Well I do and this week, I made the Pan Sword from it. It was fun, and for a bit of extra fun, I got it signed by Rufio. »

The Art Assignment

The Art Assignment

An exciting new YouTube channel launched today that I thought should be on your radar. It’s called The Art Assignment and is hosted by Sarah Urist Green and her husband John Green. Sarah has been active in the art world for quite some time; cutting her teeth at Columbia University before her most recent job curating at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. John is an active writer of Young Adult n... »

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