Category Archive: Art

Jul 18 2013

The most precious jewelry in the world


It’s not the Koh-I-Noor or the Empress Eugenie Brooch or whatever my wife is wearing right now, it’s this: It’s a small, broken fossil shell, collected from a fossil outcrop and transported 110 kilometers to a hole in the ground in Italy. Close inspection reveals that before it was broken, there was a pattern of …

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Jul 17 2013

AAAAAAIIEE! Philistines!

A number of valuable paintings were stolen from a Rotterdam museum by a ring of Romanian criminals. The stolen works have an estimated value of tens of millions of dollars if they were sold at auction. Thieves took Pablo Picasso’s 1971 "Harlequin Head"; Claude Monet’s 1901 "Waterloo Bridge, London" and "Charing Cross Bridge, London"; Henri …

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May 29 2013

Chris Shaw has a thing for madonnas


I don’t, especially not madonnas linked to science. It’s a pairing that I find discordant and weird and inappropriate, which is probably why I find myself staring at these things with some concentration. Darned tricksy artists! It’s true, the squid helped. But I was also concerned that the Catholics would try to convert my beloved …

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Apr 28 2013

The mysterious Tatsuya Ishida


He’s an invisible webcomic artist — here’s one of the rare interviews with the guy, and a review of his work. I’ve been following him for many years, and one of the interesting things you can see as he matured is that he’s gone from drawing pimp ninjas and geisha sluts to developing a very …

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Apr 26 2013

Any bionerds getting engaged/married?


Nothing says “I’d like to mingle our genetic material” like a DNA ring.

Mar 09 2013

Today is my birthday. WHERE ARE MY PRESENTS?


(via Laughing Squid)

Mar 06 2013

I remember that poster!


Back in the dim dark distant days of yore, Matt Groening actually did some promotional artwork for Apple — all at about the same time he started up with some little show called the Simpsons, and when he’d apparently doodle up a poster for them for the price of a Laserwriter. Speaking of Groening and …

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Nov 22 2012

In which Americans celebrate their traditional regard for Native culture


  Happy Thanksgiving from those of us in the United States! It’s a day in which we Estadounidenses traditionally gather to celebrate the debt of gratitude we owe the original inhabitants of the land for helping the first European colonists survive. The remembrance takes many forms. Most commonly, we commemorate our Native cousins by not …

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Oct 19 2012

Oh, hey, like artists really know how to do stuff

I’m impressed — I had no idea how CGI artists do their work, so it was enlightening to see this video of the creation of a Computer Generated Evil Octopus In A Cage. Except, well, I don’t see what makes it evil. It just looks thirsty, to me.

Oct 04 2012

Hasn’t changed a bit in half a millennium


Archaeologists are digging up a Tuscan convent and have found some skeletons that might include the remains of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, also known as Mona Lisa. She’s still lovely after all this time. One investigator has been going through the bones, trying to identify the dead woman, so they can apply forensic reconstruction to …

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