The Thermals – I Don’t Believe You

Ooo! A new Thermals album already! Happy, happy me!

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The King of Ants

This weekend I ran into this delightful video by NOVA about  E.O. Wilson, an entomologist, conservationist and one of my favorite humans ever. Wilson’s child-like enthusiasm for  ants has translated into a couple dozen books and a pile of prestigious awards, including 2 Pulitzer prizes and the 2007  TED prize.

Coincidentally I was also learned this weekend that he recently published a new book… a novel! In Anthill, warring ants function as commentary on the behavior of human society. Hmmm… sounds like another favorite book of mine, Watership Down.

E.O. Wilson is the reason why I clap in delight when I see a cool bug and why I protect scorpions from my silly freaked-out friends when we’re camping. Hopefully one day I’ll get to hear him lecture and shake his hand.

It’s good to have heroes.

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Well Hi There

So.. it’s been a long time. Here’s the thing.. I love summer. I’ve been frolicking with my bunnies, riding my bike, camping, playing hard and, sadly, mostly working. I plan to post more regularly.. but probably not more than once a week or so until the weather decides to stop obeying my wishes.

For now, I’d like to share my latest art purchase. I sure do love a good Octophant print.

Miso

Paper Tiger just posted a wonderful new print by Miso. Miso, Karen Hsiao, is an L.A. artist whose fascination with “ecocatastrophe, biology and the science of evolution” has lead her to create delightful (and sometimes creepy) paintings and sculptures. A science geek artist? I love her.

You can follow her progress through her site or blog.

Shake It!

Today my man-friend and I went to IKEA to look for a  number of things including salt and pepper shakers. Apparently Europeans hate the stuff because we couldn’t find a single shaker. Or maybe it’s just that we’re shopping impaired.

Anyhow, I came home and decided to give Etsy a go at it. What I found was a treasure trove of really bad handcrafted items. But there were a few really cool diamonds in the rough. Okay, so maybe the baby hands will give you nightmares, but they’re also awesome.

Click on the pics to go to the seller.



Woodgrainy Goodness

Ever since my friend Jer created this fabulous poster for my old roller derby team, I’ve been obsessed with woodgrain goods. Here are a few fabulous finds that make me smile. Click pics to go to sites.

Magno Radio - AREAWARE $250

Black Limba Bentwood Ring - Stout Woodworks $75

R4 Persuit - Renovo $2650

Fused Glass Belt Buckle - Kiku Handmade $35

Painted Tree Rings - FOCUSLINEART $95

Bison print - Studio Lyon $18

The Carpenter - Muse AUD $50

Bamboo Clock - Decoylab $58

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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