I don’t want to alarm anyone but VALENTINE’S DAY IS THIS FRIDAY. If you don’t have all your proper v-day accoutrements and hoity-toitily overwrought micro-tapas gastro-chic reservations prepared already, you’re either SOL or you care about v-day just as much as I do (read: not a whit).
However, if this is the sort of holiday on which you like to take an extra moment to make a leetle extra-big deal over your sweetie (because you already make a big deal, right?), then we have thought of you. Some of us here in the Lab have made some quick Valentine’s cards that you can print and present to your favoritest of favorites.
The first few are from Amy, because boss-lady cranks out the creations like nobody’s business. (Huge printable versions available by clicking.)
This heart illustration is also available as a lovely necklace from Surlyramics.
For those for whom love might be considered theoretical, or who enjoy pictorial representations of the mathematical expressions governing their romantic behavior.
Amy also drew a little something in the vein of XKCD’s stick figures.
This next one is from Lauren.
Can’t say I’m entirely certain what’s going on here, but I think I like it.
“What’s the diagnosis? Take a closer look: You’re my valentine!”
Brian also made this heart out of paintbrushes. It’s ready to print and fold, instant card!
Cloe wants these guys to be cuttle buddies. D’aww!
…and then here’s mine. It’s very basic.
…though an argument could be made that violets are actually #663399, but that wouldn’t rhyme. If you’d like your own to print and fold, you can get it here.
Want more? Here are some goodies I discovered around the intarwebs, both science-y and geeky.
How about some old-school patent illustrations?
You can also do a science of your own with a kit or guide from scientist Steve Spangler, or finally find something to do with those candy message hearts by experimenting on them with instructions from Inspiration Laboratories. Work up some awesome Valentine’s day chemistry straight from the American Chemical Society, including ideas for cards, gifts and chocolate experiments. And if you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can build a touch-activated LED Valentine’s card. No kidding.