Babybot for a Better Life

And I thought the fire breathing babybot would be the last time I saw a ginormous baby robot. Isabel Coixet, the Spanish director who both wrote and directed Bastille (one of the 20 segments from the wonderful film collage, Paris, je’taime) has created an enormous and strangely realistic infant for the Shanghai Expo 2010. In response to the expo’s theme, “Better City, Better Life”, Coixet says she hopes to remind the world that “all our actions have direct consequences on our children’s future and that we have to react to this”. Amen, sister.

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BBC/Discovery: LIFE

The BBC and Discovery have done it again. They’ve created another insanely beautiful animal documentary, Life, following Planet Earth and Blue Planet. The 11-part series debuted in the US last month and purchases start shipping June 1st. This latest series focuses on the extreme behavior and specialized strategies which have evolved in certain animals.

If you’re looking for a teaser, check out the trailer below or these clips off of the Discovery site. I just watched the cuttlefish clip where a couple of males battle over a lady. Not only are their color shows amazing but its a little humorous watching what appears to be a couple of submerged rugs throwing down.

You can pre-purchase a copy here. Although, I bought my copy off of Amazon so that I could have the UK version with narration by David Attenborough instead of Oprah Winfrey. I do love Mr. Attenborough so… and sorry Oprah but I can’t respect anyone who vouches for The Secret no matter how philanthropic you are.

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Every Painting in the MoMA

And this is why the internet is so great. This video claims to show every  painting in the MoMA as of two weeks ago. You’ll spot plenty of Van Gogh, Kahlo, Gauguin, Picasso, Miró and Matisse. Among my favorites are Gauguin’s Still Life with Three Puppies, Matisse’s Goldfish and Sculpture , Seurat’s Grandcamp, Evening and anything by Rothko. What about you?

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Earth and Space Eagles

I have  two demands today.

1. It’s Erf Day so go do something nice for mother Gaia! Or make a commitment to do something nice all year. I’m vowing to ride my scooter to work most days as soon as it warms up.

2. Check out a new album from one of my favorite bands, Alaska in Winter. Space Eagle is definitely still AIW but with Tron-esque deliciousness sprinkled all over it. I purchased this cassette tape directly from their myspace page and will be getting a poster with the same amazing graphic which I fully intend to  hang in my office at work. As if my Octolope print wasn’t enough. The album is also available in various places in MP3 format. How can you resist something with a description like this (from the band)?

Alaska in Winter has finally finished Space Eagle [the motion picture soundtrack] with nothing but synthesizers and lasers- a musical story intended for the film, “Space Eagle”, which is due to be released winter of 1986.

Tiny Ocean Oddities

Sunday the Census of Marine Life released some amazing images of the oceans’ tiniest creatures.. everything from amoebas to larval cephalopods. Among the minute animals, scientist photographed this pink sea cucumber which may be a newly discovered species and is blowing my mind.

Pink Sea Cucumber

Larval Tube Anemone

Angler Fish

Squid Worm

Tube Anemone Larvae

Young Cephalopod

Fish Egg - Near Hatch

Tornaria Larvae

Spider Crab Larvae

The Great Wave of Hippity Hoppities

As a lover of all things lagomorphic, I can’t help but adore the art work of Kozyndan. I was pretty excited to see this new vinyl prototype of their popular work, Uprisings (which is based on Hokusai’s The Great Wave of Kanagawa). You can purchase prints here at their shop.

…and the original…

… and some other rad Kozyndan creations

Alice Shakes It

Check out this amazingly animated Alice in Wonderland book for the iPad. It’s the first thing that’s actually made me want to throw down the scratch for one.

Sick On Sin

I’ve been a big fan of Sick on Sin for awhile now but just finally purchased a shirt. Their merchandise consists of t-shirts, pins, magnets and compact mirrors.

All shirts are on sale for $21 through Saturday. Besides their official site, they have a blog and an Etsy shop. Check ’em!

I bought a shirt with this design..

Here are some other radical designs..

♫ Short Stack ♫

The Hoof and the Heel

“Fireworks”

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Plants and Animals

“The Mama Papa”

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Kammerflimmer Kollektief

“Spookin’ the Horse”

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Black Tambourine

“For Ex-Lovers Only”

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The Art Museums

“We Can’t Handle It”

Snowflake: The White Gorilla

I just finished watching this delightful but sad Nature video about the albino gorilla, Snowflake, who died in 2003. It was a really interesting look at our history and relationship with gorillas but it didn’t make me like humans more, that’s for sure. I was stoked to find out about the Congo Gorilla Forest at the Bronx Zoo. It’s a 6.5 acre recreation of the native rainforest of the western lowland gorillas. Gorillas are under great threat of extinction due to logging and the bushmeat trade. You can help to preserve these amazing apes by contributing to organizations such as the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Click to watch via Nature