Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: A moon in a kit, forest in a stadium, homes in caves, pockets in bridal gowns and more!

Hello, All! I hope you’re having a peaceful day and most of you have started your work week. Whether you’re chilling or working, I recommend you take a few minutes and treat ya’self to these Quickies. Let’s get to it!

First up, a super cool lunar thing especially for artists!

Goddard creates CGI moon kit as a form of visual storytelling

“The purpose of the CGI moon kit is to make NASA’s data more accessible to 3-D artists. Wright initially created the 3-D moon map as a Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) resource, but after receiving multiple requests for the data used to create his moon visualizations, he decided to share his creation as a way for artists to connect with the LRO mission.”


If you’re familiar with my version of the Mad Quickies, then you know that I simply cannot pass up the chance to show you dystopian images. And these are stellar!

Kim Zier’s Haunting, Abandoned Spaces

“There’s something indelible, beautiful, and more than a little haunting about images of public and private spaces that are no longer in use — be they shuttered factories, abandoned theaters, or unsold houses. New Jersey-based photographer Kim Zier…seeks out those spaces and, in these gorgeous images, somehow captures not only their ramshackle present, but their glorious past.”

“To see more of Kim Zier’s work, follow her on Instagram or visit her Facebook page.”


I’m all for projects that point out the enormity and scale and urgency of our planet’s stewardship and climate emergency.

A Stadium in Austria is Filled with 300 Trees to Highlight the Tenuous Future of Natural Spaces

“In Klaus Littman’s public art installation, “FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature”, at Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria, an arboreal group takes center stage. The Swiss curator worked with landscape architect Enzo Enea to arrange the temporary forest, which is comprised of a range of trees typical in the woods of central Europe.”

You can follow the project on its website and Instagram.


I’m a bit obsessed with people who are consumed by a vision.

Cave Digger: This Man Spent 25 Years in the Desert, Carving Magnificent Caves

“Ra Paulette spent more than 25 years of his life in the high desert of New Mexico to carve out these majestic cave homes. The astonishing fact is that Ra Paulette was self-taught in carving!”


We could put a man on the moon but we had to wait until 2019 for wedding dresses with pockets. To be fair, that sounds about right.

13 Times Brides Couldn’t Hold Back Their Happiness Because They Wore Dresses With Pockets

Look how beautiful AND HAPPY they are!


Ghost octopus sighting!

Casper, the Friendly Deep Sea Octopus Who’s Entirely New to Science
On its very first dive of the season, NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer encountered something unexpected while collecting rocks.

A wave o’ the kraken tentacle to Laura


Geologic Universe, vault-keeper. Sheer Brick Studio, principal. Empty Set, designer. Bethlehem Mounties, media. WDIY 88.1FM NPR station programmer. Skepchick.

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