Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: super-smart child seatbelt covers, bushy-tailed illos, remarkable sci-fi films and more!

Hey there, my friends, if you work the traditional week, then you made it through the first day. Congratulations! I have some links for you. Let’s get started!
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Puffin, our featured image, could easily be a rendering of my reaction to reading the news every single day. Puffin is also my current favorite illustration by Luis Coelho who “uses cross-hatching and stippling to form wide-eyed and bushy-tailed cats, armadillos, and flying squirrels.” You can buy his giclee prints of this recent set of drawings here.

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Australian mom, Natalie Bell, has created something so helpful and so smart, I don’t know why I’m now seeing this all over the place: seatbelt and backpack covers that would warn emergency workers about children’s health issues. We’ve all heard horrible stories about children being misunderstood in serious situations which could have been remedied with a simple statement. Bravo, Natalie! You can purchase seat covers at Personalized by Nat.

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If you identify as a father, then I hope your kids made yesterday [or whenever you celebrated] a grand event! And if you identify as a father, then you might doubly appreciate these Six Extreme Animal Dads. Holy smokes, those Australian marsupials, the antechinuses, are damn metal.

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When it comes to sci-fi movies, I’m not adverse to the big mainstream flicks, but I prefer the quirkier ones like Arrival and its enormous aliens skilled in calligraphy or the Cloverfield series. But when it comes down to it, my favorite sci-fi films are the smaller ones with interesting ideas like Upstream Color or Under the Skin [which is when I really fell in love with Scarlett Johansson]. If you’re like me, then you would appreciate this list of 10 Essential Arthouse Sci-Fi Films. I’m a fan of the mind-bending La Jetée which is in the list, so if the list is that caliber of concept, then we’re in for some fun.

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“Using nothing but himself and a drone, Sydney-based filmmaker and graphic designer Pete Majarich managed to turn the deserts of Utah into a breathtaking Martian landscape for his sci-fi short film, The Visitor.” And he did it with virtually no budget and an astronaut’s helmet he bought on eBay! You might remember Majarich—an award-winning designer—for his project A Movie Poster A Day, a bonus video also included in this post.

 

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Donna

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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