March 6, 2013


kapil bhagat captures the essence 
of scientists' most famous achievements
in this series of designs.
(how deliciously appropriate)

March 1, 2013


the falling man series by kerry skarbakka
reflects life's uncertainty

if god is a comedian, 
i suppose all those made in his image must be as well

February 18, 2013


haruki murakami's publisher has announced
that he'll be releasing a new book in april.
but why wait to find out the plot? 
I could come up with BINGO out of the last 24 hours.
not sure whether to read something into that or not.

(bingo card courtesy incidental comics)

January 13, 2013


crayon creatures takes your child's drawings 
and uses a 3-D printer to create a sandstone figurine.
I wonder if they'd do this with Robots & Monsters?

(courtesy the guardian)

December 28, 2012

December 26, 2012


thanks to laughing squid

it's not too early to get started on those resolutions

December 14, 2012


the awl published the style sheet for
george saunder's new book, 

unfortunately, I have to wait until january 8th
to find out what vivistif(tm) is

December 10, 2012

focal point

the guardian's travel photographer of the year 2012 
gallery has some iconic images

wish you were here?

December 4, 2012


I need this on a card so I can hand it to people 
(preferably from a distance).

thank you, schroeder veidt

December 3, 2012



the person with your name who shows up in search results
when you google yourself.

(courtesy mental floss)

November 29, 2012


the @YourInAmerica twitter feed catches the grammar police 
making grammatical errors

objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear.

November 26, 2012

stupid human trick

dan menendez (the piano juggler)
does some pretty neat tricks.

but this very quick trick was way too close to the scary clown of childhood nightmares

thanks for keeping me awake tonight, geeks are sexy

November 22, 2012

November 21, 2012


the next internet meme:

please advise.
(c/o boing boing)

November 18, 2012


a miles davis and kermit mashup?

I am SO there.
(c/o laughing squid)

November 17, 2012

public service announcement

a cheerful reminder from metro australia

 courtesy pleated-jeans

November 16, 2012


photographer fabrice wittner's lightpainting project
enlightened souls
memorializes the christchurch quake in february 2011

more images and technical details
in his profile on

November 14, 2012


lalage snow photographed soldiers before, during, and after
their deployment in afghanistan.
this is pvt. chris macgregor, age 24.

view more of the series we are the not dead
at my modern metropolis.

November 13, 2012


recently eiya iwata posted about visiting kobo abe's grave
at kamikawa cemetery on abe kobo's place.
This is kobo abe's headstone.

the image and the story keep returning to me.
I think this is what the japanese would refer to as yoin.

November 11, 2012


something bittersweet to go with your coffee
on a cold gray sunday morning


November 9, 2012

use of negative space

ddesignerr has a great post today
on logos that use negative design

less is more

November 8, 2012


researchers from MIT and Harvard have found a way to use the natural battery in the cochlea to power an implantable wireless transmitter without affecting hearing.

the device could one day be used in monitors or implantable hearing aids, or even be used to deliver therapies.

read the full story at MIT News

November 7, 2012

November 5, 2012


clearly I've been watching too much Walk on the Wild Side

action figure

"I'm Wolverine!"  
"I'm Sabertooth!"

another ffffind from  ffffound

October 31, 2012

alternate use of squash

forget the pumpkin patch -
visit villafane studios instead.

who says you can't play with your food?


the dark nebula SH2 136 (photo courtesy NASA)

happy halloween

October 25, 2012


the guardian has a great slideshow of typos
from around the world

warning: it's NSWD
(not safe while drinking)

October 7, 2012


BBC Radio 4 welcomed Francesca Martinez to The News Quiz last week. I've enjoyed The News Quiz for years, and know Francesca Martinez from her work on the Disability Now podcast.

Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

Kudos to The News Quiz for demonstrating that
smart and funny transcend physiology. 

December 15, 2011


an excellent demonstration of
"correlation does not imply causation"
by Bloomberg Businessweek
(click the link to see more)

November 30, 2011

February 19, 2011

proof that god exists

photo of the Carina Nebula, courtesy of Geekology

this explains everything.

May 25, 2009

alternative use of livestock

who says you can't play with your food?

I hope they move on to fractals next

March 21, 2009

postus interruptus

I'll be posting infrequently in the coming months so I can focus on other projects. The most efficient way to follow this blog is to subscribe.

March 8, 2009


a film by metroamv, a 20-year-old student

created for the u@50 competition
sponsored by YouTube and AARP

February 13, 2009

point of view

images from a 2006 exhibit by adam simpson

he makes me smile.

February 7, 2009


onitsuka tiger commemorated twenty years
of making shoes worth celebrating
with the creation of the electric light shoe

and a new collaboration with tokidoki

shoes for industry, compadre

February 5, 2009

February 2, 2009


scientists have captured on film
the waterjet formed
when a stone is dropped into a pool of water

read the whole story at science daily

January 30, 2009

great ball of fire

bioephemera, just one of many terrific science blogs,
has a great post with amazing video of the sun here

I'll forego the pun about sunscreen

January 26, 2009

panic attack

iCal not your cuppa?

if you've got a second, check out the technical pages,
which provide helpful information on all things scary, including
anthrax, bomb radii, plastic explosives, ricin,
and ramadan.

and I thought checking your horoscope was irrational

January 23, 2009

intersection of life and culture

perhaps americans would be more taken with
public transportation if we followed japan's lead

and injected more whimsy into our public transportation

check out this archival post at pink tentacle
for more fun train art

January 21, 2009


location, location, location

an exhibit by mikel uribetxeberria

watch where you step

January 18, 2009

act of extortion

neko case has agreed to donate $5 to the
best friends animal society
for every blogger who posts her new song to their blog

“people got a lotta nerve”

at least it's aptly named

January 13, 2009


that's right, you're not from texas

a texas songwriters playlist on finetune
compiled by wbaillargeon

well worth the listen
(even if it doesn't include pontiac)

January 11, 2009


a dose of reality from xkcd,
a web comic of romance, sarcasm,
math, and language

maslow must be spinning in his grave

January 9, 2009

incongruity II

another inspired effort by monique motil

captured from a story in the San Francisco Chronicle
by Marta Costa about Chris Moore's use of Motil's creatures
as inspiration for characters in his book, A Dirty Job

January 7, 2009

b movie plot

the spread of walmart across the united states

to watch the drama unfold store by store, click here

just one of the many intriguing visual presentations of data
(some of which are not reminiscent of an epidemiological study)