Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Emergency Jewelry, Yellowface is Violence, Antbo, Stop-Motion Puppetry, Gender Equality Cheese and More!

Guyz GUYZ, it’s the start of a brand new week and I’ve got yer brand new Quickies. There is a metric ton to cover here so let’s get this show on the road!

This is meaningful technology. Mexican retailer Geek & Chic has created smart jewelry with an emergency button to help protect women from violence. Via Amy

Comic artists and cartoonists have picked up their pens and brushes in tribute: 36 new drawings of Prince. Via Courtney

The Chemical Heritage Foundation tweeted that this semester @MakingKnowing is reconstructing 16th century recipes for pigments and dyes. Via Dr. Ray.

Courtney reports that “We’ve made it!” as the Avengers achieve gender equality on cheese string packs. Robin concurs, “Gender parity first in the food aisles, then the WORLD!!! MWAHAHAHAH!”

Georgina Hayns, Laika’s head of puppetry, explains how stop motion puppets are made. Video included and below.

Space News: A giant galaxy orbiting our own JUST APPEARED OUT OF NOWHERE. It gives one pause… what else is out there?! Via Amy

If you’re into the HBO show “Silicon Valley, which just returned for its third season just last night, you might be interested in this piece on the show and the new comedy economy. And for design nerdz, check out the iterations on this issue’s cover. Via Liz aka “Commander”

Ari Laurel, the editor of the Asian American culture magazine Hyphen, writes a thoughtful and yet searing piece All Look Same: The Violent Implications of Yellowface and how it sabotages Asian American self-identification. Via Courtney

Cindy Sherman Takes On Aging (Her Own). “The artist’s new photographs are more explicitly autobiographical than ever. But a move toward film may be next.” It looks like her most stunning, luscious and revealing work to date. Via Amy

People, the future of cool toys is here and it’s Antbo, a robot insect you can build. Via Amy

In comics news: “The proverbial shit is about to hit the proverbial fan.” DC Restructures Vertigo, Fires Shelly Bond, Provokes Naming of “Open Secret” Sexual Harasser in Upper Management. Via Courtney

Science/Comics find: The Short Answer is “A bimonthly comic that highlights recent papers in the field of chemical biology”. It’s drawn by Mary O’Reilly aka ‏@moscienceart who has a list of credits that includes a Ph.D. in biological chemistry. So, y’know, kind of an expert.

Made by Japanese company Yamasu Sugimoto Shoten, thse teabags feature ninjas, samurai, geisha and sump wrestlers.

If you’re like me, you’re video-game-adjacent. That means you and I are just finding out about the free online sensation Here’s a video tutorial on Game Tips, Tricks, Mods And Skins.


Georgina Hayns talks about…

How stop motion puppets are made

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Georgina Hayns (Coraline, ParaNorman), takes viewers behind the scenes to show what she does as a the head of puppetry.


So you might have seen
100 Years of Film History Retold with the Best Shot in Each Year which my cohort Bri reported last week and was featured at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. The video essayist is Jacob T. Swinney. Last year I posted a supercut from him. I’m going to unusually feature it again because he now has a sequel to it. It’s his First Frame/Final Frame project. The results are so powerful and compelling that you might want to watch both cuts together.

Swinney on:

First and Final Frames – PART I

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What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.

—Go to the Vimeo site for the list of the movies in order.—


And here is the sequel…

First and Final Frames – PART II

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After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to “First and Final Frames”. Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. The side-by-side comparison can communicate an entire story, but also allows us to develop new theories about a given film. So once again, what can we learn from examining the first and final frames of a film?

—Go to the Vimeo site for the list of the movies in order.—


Featured image is by “White Castle” by Yuri Shwedoff. You can see more of his gorgeously stark space-themed art here.



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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