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Mad Quickies: Soar Video, Lego Math, Bird Mural, Krampus Loot and More!

Happy Monday, my little nerds! I just baked these delicious Quickies for you. Have some!

This monumental mural depicting the evolution of birds took 2-1/2 years to create. Thanks to artist Jane Kim, this beauty graces the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Via Charles P.

This is genius. Someone wrote a sexist review of Deep Sea Diversand then this happened. “DEEP SEA DIVER REVIEWS A REVIEW­ a review so ludicrous, we could not abstain from reviewing it.”. Via Courtney

Banksy’s new mural of Steve Jobs in ‘The Jungle’ makes a heavy point about the refugee crisis.

Artist Michelle Kingdom embroiders psychological landscapes. Her work is some of the most intriguing needlework I’ve seen.

Anatomy in Black by medical artist Emily Evans is a luxurious book that raises the bar for anatomical texts. It’s sold out but you can put your name on a waiting list.

Alycia Zimmerman surely qualifies for one of the best teachers ever. She uses LEGOs to make Math easier for her students.

Here are a few things you might want to know about St. Nick’s demonic counterpart. 9 Facts About Krampus.

Speaking of which, I found some nice, Krampus items for you: a necklace and a ceramic tree ornament at Surly-Ramics; wood-mounted rubber stamp at 100 Proof Press; holiday cards at Divine Iguana; matchboxes at Geeky Gal Vintage; a Gruss nom Krampus tee at Alexandria Noël; gift wrap at Skeptical Robot; and, my personal favorite, Krampus costume horns.


Alyce Tzue’s remarkable animated short:


It’s almost unbelievable that this short started as a student thesis project. It rivals anything Pixar has done, both creatively and emotionally.

Please enjoy.

from the page

A cross between Miyazaki and Pixar, SOAR is an award-winning 3D animated movie about a young girl who must help a tiny boy pilot fly home before it’s too late.

Soar was created as Alyce Tzue’s thesis project in school. What began as a toil of love by first-time filmmakers ended up catching the eyes of festivals all over the world. Soar is the proud 2015 Gold Winner of the 42nd Student Oscars, Best Student Animation Winner at Palm Springs, Finalist at the Student BAFTAs, and has screened in the Hamptons, St. Louis, Seoul, Austin, and more.

The Soar team is beyond grateful for your support. We believe the film’s surprise success is proof of its message: when you put in everything you’ve got, sometimes you achieve more than you ever expected.

There are plans to make Soar into a feature length film inspired by the sensibilities of Hayao Miyazaki and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. For more information, please contact Alyce Tzue at

Written and Directed by Alyce Tzue –
Music by Jack Gravina –
Produced by Anson Yu –
VFX Supervisor Derek Flood –
Created at the Academy of Art University –

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Featured image is a Surly Krampus ornament.



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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