sailors valentine

Sailor’s Valentine

I grew up visiting Florida and collecting shells there.  I received specimen shells as gifts and even ended up entering my collection into a state fair when I was in middle school.  As a result of my love of shells I have a general distaste for things made with shells.  They tend to be invariably tacky, “loving hands at home,” and ugly. While on Sanibel Island for Thanksgiving last yea... »

Mad Quickies: Magical Cosplay, Color Thesaurus, 3D Illo Charmers, Wanderlust Sewn Up and More!

Mad Quickies: Magical Cosplay, Color Thesaurus, 3D Illo Charmers, Wanderlust Sewn Up and More!

Seriously, you guys. It’s Friday and as much as I love to love every day for its own wonderfulness, I can’t deny that YAY HURRAY AND HOLY HAND GRENADE OF ANTIOCH, FRIDAY IS WHERE IT’S AT! [ahem] So without further delay, PENCILS DOWN AND SURF’S UP! Bibbidi bobbidi damn! Have one minute? Watch the most magical cosplay ever! Props for the superior work go to Bubbly Bee Cospla... »

Making Continents Move: The Ocean Cartography of Marie Tharp (Women in Science 31)

Making Continents Move: The Ocean Cartography of Marie Tharp (Women in Science 31)

If you’re a scientist, and you’ve lived long enough, there’s a good chance that you’ll see your life’s work overwritten and forgotten in a long, piecemeal process blandly punctuated by retrospective award banquets every half decade or so. Science moves on, but usually at a pace that lets you keep your sense of self-worth well into your autumn years. Every so often, ho... »

Design Diary – Sweet-Asgardian Breastplate

Design Diary – Sweet-Asgardian Breastplate

A delightful astrophysicist friend of mine is aiming to make a Jane Foster dress from Thor 2 for con season this year. I helped her out with the metal bits. Below is a video of the exciting and sludge producing process. Enjoy! »

Balloons floating in the forest by Charles Petillion

Mad Quickies: Nirvana Trolls Buenos Aires Crowd, Kinetic ‘Insecta’ Lamps, The Immortal Hydra and More!

You were expecting our Dearest Donna this Monday morning. But, like an unexpected substitute teacher, you have to deal with Mr. George now. So pencils down it’s time for your Monday Quickies. Artist Charles Pétillon presents Invasions. Lots of balloons piling and flowing out of places they are clearly not supposed to be. Elgin Park is a retro city. It also doesn’t exist. It’s an ... »

Kaatsu: a shortcut to more muscle, but maybe not better health

Kaatsu: a shortcut to more muscle, but maybe not better health

Last week, Anne asked the backchannel about a workout trend she had come across called Kaatsu, sending along this link from Military Times and this one from Wikipedia. Her question was basically “does this set off any of your bullshit detectors” and as I am in the weird half-way point between fitness instructor and biologist, I took it up. »

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