Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: In which I over-explain Inceptionism, #ComboPhotos, Frozen Food, Sharks for Kids, an Origami Robot & More!

Holy Haleakala™, you guys! I can’t believe the weekend went by as fast as it did. I don’t know about you but I’m not quite ready for this whole “Monday” concept. Don’t mind me while I grab some pop tarts, a latte and my laptop and pull a blankie over my head while I get all kinds of chatty about these here Quickies. As I was saying…

Stephanie Tamez, co-owner of Saved Tattoo, is the tattoo artist who New York’s feminist writers can’t stop raving about. Gorgeous illustrations, but her spare calligraphic work is exquisite. {via Courtney C.}

Hang onto your beanies! At a certain level, Google’s image recognition is recursively tripped out, something they refer to as “Inceptionism”. At this deeper level, Google’s neural networks are coded to find signals in the noise.

Math art! A sculpture depicting the interdependence of proofs in Euclidean geometry. {via Anne}

Did you know that you can freeze raw eggs for 1 month but that you shouldn’t freeze eggs in their shells even if they’re hard-boiled? Okay, but did you know that you can freeze cookie dough for 3 months but that you should never freeze an unopened canned ham [which I don’t know why you would have that anyway but NOT judging here]? If you think that a graphic that neatly shows all this data would be handy, then you’re in luck because I got you a big, big, BIG chart called Frozen Food: Recommended Storage Times. [And if that whole egg thing wasn’t clear, here’s the 411 at]

The theme at the 2015 Expo Milano is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Consequently, the Expo has some pretty cool futuristic sustainable architecture. So far, my favorite is by XTU Architects, the competition-winning French pavilion market hall, covered in vegetables, herbs and hops. Lovely photos by Diriye Amey.

You guys, this is so ridiculously adorable! It’s like a bunch of robotics scientists went all Pixar on us! This Tiny Self-Folding Origami Robot can Walk, Swim and Degrade. There is a LOT of science-y data that makes the phrase “deep dive” look like a racing swimmer’s water entry. Video included or scroll to the bottom of this post.

Instagram find: #ComboPhotos of which photographer Stephen McMennamy is a champ.

Go on. Click this. I leaned in closer, like a fool, like someone who had not had months of survival training or ever studied biology. Someone tricked into thinking that words should be read. I can explain. Ari Weinkle’s Feelers is a typographic experiment based on the movement of animal appendages. I hope this makes it all better.

David Shiffman is a marine biologist whose research focuses on shark conservation. Just in time for its 40th anniversary, Shiffman explains How Jaws Got Everything Wrong About Sharks.

Got a bunch of kids already restless at the start of summer vacation? Let me help keep the peace. How about some Chromatography Butterflies, Dancing Raisins, Kazoo Making and the rest of 10 Easy Science Activities for Kids. And hey- I don’t know if this is ill-advised or not, but how about Over 10 of the Coolest Shark Crafts and Activities for Kids. Dude, this kid’s birthday party theme is so Pinterest-y but SO dark that I am howling. Calling David Shiffman?


Here’s a cool thing I found at Laughing Squid: The Science of ‘Jurassic World’ and Why Dinosaur Poop Still Smells Explained by Chris Pratt, Jack Horner, and Vsauce

Jurassic World Science featuring Chris Pratt and Jack Horner


Miniature Origami Robot Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades
Science by Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthia R. Sung, and Daniela Rus from MIT and TU Munich, was presented at ICRA 2015 in Seattle.

from the page


Featured image is an excerpt from “Turbulent Abstract” by Sam Jaffe, Phosphila turbulenta on smilax.

Holy Haleakala™ – with apologies to the Bad Astronomer.



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