Things That Make Me Smile No. 209: Automata

Korean professor Lee Seung-hang has been designing and making automata for over 15 years. The video is subtitled for those of us who don’t speak Korean, and details some challenges he tackled and his philosophy in working within the mechanical … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 05-01-2020

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Technique (Art) A look at what elements are necessary to create good art (recognizing that as a subjective term) using Gustave Courbet’s works as examples. https://blog.daz3d.com/what-makes-good-art/ Apples (Conservancy) A non-profit … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 04-17-2020

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Household Objects (History) Household objects we now take for granted often have curious or even checkered pasts. Here are some glimpses of how they came to be in our lives. … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 04-10-2020

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Photography (Collections) The Library of Congress added almost 100,000 pictures taken by Harlem photographer Shawn Walker and others in the Kamoinge Workshop dating from 1963. This collection fills a gap … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 04-03-2020

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Just for Fun (Entertainment) While I’m not one to follow many sports, I found this marble race entertaining for more than the track’s construction, which beyond elevation to produce momentum, … Continue reading

Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina

This book is a cross between a Victorian Era romance in tone and steampunk in world. It is delightful, and I regret waiting so long to read it after I purchased a box set of the first four books on … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 03-27-2020

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Animals (Conservancy) An early attempt at IVF in cheetahs, allowing genetic material from older or unlikely donors to be preserved, shows stunning results. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-cheetah-cubs-born-through-surrogacy-columbus-zoo-180974258/ Technology (Military) A laser technique developed … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 03-20-2020

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Health (Precautions) A reaction to the somewhat cavalier attitude some people are adopting to what’s a serious medical crisis, especially for those vulnerable to infection because of age or other … Continue reading

The Electricity Fairy by Alex Mar

Loïe Fuller, or La Loïe, is the inventor of modern dance as we know it. She transfixed her audience through movement embellished with light and costume design. This short history reveals the moment where she takes a small, uncredited part … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 03-13-2020

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Publishing (Cover Design) A short video walking you through how one science fiction author worked with his cover designer to get to a final design that made them both happy. … Continue reading