Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Video Game/Bowie Lyrics Mashup Illustrations, New Public Domain Art, Metal Dragons and More!

Happy New Year, dear readers! I hope you have gotten past your hangovers and tiredness by now. I mean it’s been two days. Get it together. So let’s kick off 2015 with some smashing art and science!

From the Elvish Sword Files – This hacked toy sword will glow, not when orcs are close, but when it’s near unsecured wifi signals.

Wow! These recycled metal sculptures by Tom Samui are huge and bonkers! -Via Critical Dragon

Here’s a website that translates the current time into colors using hex codes. Beautiful idea.

Sweet Cheesus! I wish I had thought of this – Illustrated mashups of video games and David Bowie lyrics. You’re welcome.

This is why I love living in the future – 40,000 artworks from Asia have been digitized by The Smithsonian.

A whole bunch of things just entered the public domain, including the art of Mondrian and Kandinsky, the writing of Flannery O’Connor and marine biologist Rachel Carson.



Here you can see the painstaking work it takes to do stop-motion animation.





Featured image – Wassily Kandinsky, “Yellow-Red-Blue” (1925), oil on canvas (Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

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Brian George

Brian George

Brian George is an illustrator who lives and works in the Van Beardswick neighborhood of Brooklyn. His fierce love of cheesecake is often (but not always) thwarted by his intolerance for lactose. He will draw and paint for your amusement (‘amusement’ is archaic Etruscan slang for ‘money’). Visit his portfolio, follow his tweets @brianggeorge or on G+


  1. January 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    > A whole bunch of things just entered the public domain

    Though to be clear (the website doesn’t explicitly note this), none of these things will enter the public domain in the US. In fact no published works will be entering the public domain in the US for another 4 years. There’s a nice article at that goes into more detail.

  2. January 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    @breadbox. Yeah, I originally had some wording in the Quickie about that, but I kept stating it badly and I was getting sleepy. So my wording just kept getting worse.
    I believe the link you posted is in that article, but thanks for putting a note about it here in the comments 🙂

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