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Mad Quickies: Kinetic Hummingbird, Tabletop Whale, Charming Sea Dragons and More!

Howdy, you guys- I’ve got some fabulous Quickies for you. Here we go!

Our fearless leader, Surly Amy, was interviewed by Greta Christina. More Atheist Leaders Who Aren’t Dawkins or Harris: Amy Davis Roth.

Designer Eleanor Lutz has a molecular biology degree and uses her superpowers to create science illustrations at Tabletop Whale. Her specialty is animated infographics and they are wonderful. – via Charles D.

Using over 400 gears and geegaws, artist Derek Hugger’s latest kinetic sculpture mimics the flight of a hummingbird. Hugger even supplies woodworking plans so you can make your own! Video included or watch it below.

Research scientist Pradeep Mutalik explains how to create art with mathematics.

From the artist who does the webcomic “Superbitch”… The Cool Girl Trap: Or, Why Sexism in Tech Isn’t Going Away. by Kennedy Cooke-Garza – via Ethan

Artist Piper Thibodeau created beautiful sea dragons, part fish and part tree.

Czech Republic-based artist Anna Curlejova uses colored pencils to make jewelry. Lots more cool pieces at her Etsy store – via Courtney

@NicolePrints tweeted that Ernst Haeckel and his art were a very large reason why Darwin’s theories became popular. You know Haeckel; he’s this guy who did those lush illustrations. – via Amy

Melt stress and depression with PAUSE, a minimalist relaxation app. – also via Amy

Mattel hired women to design these action figures for girls. And it’s about damn time.

This is really quite something. A ‘Star Trek’ Dream, Spread From Upstate New York. – via Critical Dragon


Kinetic sculpture by Derek Hugger

from the page

Colibri is a wooden kinetic sculpture that simulates the motion of a hummingbird in flight. Every element of motion has been completely mechanized, from the beating wings to the flaring tail. Intricate systems of linkages and cams bring the sculpture to life with a continuous flow of meticulously timed articulations. As each mechanism has been linked to the next, Colibri cycles through its complete range of motions by the simple turn of a crank.

This project is my eighth woodworking design project and is by far the most complex project I’ve done so far. From start to finish, Colibri took me about 700 hours.


Featured image is by Frank A. Farris.



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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