- Knights vs. Snails in Medieval Marginalia. But what does it mean??? (Side note: “marginalia” is one of my favorite words ever.)
- Cloud City – artist Tomás Saraceno has created a world defined by inflatable structures.
- Putting the Illustration Before the Text – developing illustrations For Neil Shubin’s books.
- The Faces of Facebook.
- Making an Interesting Story. Ben Lillie visits a time when people worried about making mythology interesting.
- Mad Art Lab’s favorite former ISS denizen, Chris Hadfield, has a book coming out!
- My favorite current ISS denizen, Karen Nyberg, has made a toy dinosaur! In space! Sorry, all other parents. Your Pinterest craft boards were just forever surpassed in awesomeness. Via nowoo.
- The Society for Neuroscience is looking for brain-inspired artists.
- I love these oil paintings of the solar system, but am I the only one who’s reminded of a certain scene in Battlestar Galactica when I see them?
- Can watching cartoons make you healthier?
- Adrienne LaFrance analyzes her reporting for gender bias and doesn’t like what she sees. She goes on to untangle the many threads that lead to lack of representation of women in journalism.
Are Elvish*, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi real languages? *Pedantic note: It’s not “Elvish”. There are two separate languages spoken by Tolkien’s elves: Quenya and Sindarin, and one script: Tengwar. And yes, at one point I may have taught myself to read one or both.
John McWhorter and TED-Ed explain. Via Critical Dragon1177 and Lauren Davis at io9.
*Pedantic note: It’s not “Elvish”. There are two separate languages spoken by Tolkien’s elves: Quenya and Sindarin, and one script: Tengwar. And yes, at one point I may have taught myself to read one or both.