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I think mosquitoes are useless. Worse than useless. But I figured they must serve some ecological function…like maybe they’re an important food source. Turns out, mosquitoes aren’t even good for that.

But there is one thing I heard in this podcast that I’ll concede to the mosquitoes: they probably kept people from overrunning tropical rain forests sooner rather than later.

Also, Brazil’s got this crazy sneaky evil genius genetics thing that wipes out more than 90% of the mosquitoes in a local area. Whoa.


TOM JOBIM & ELIS REGINA - AGUAS DE MARÇO by isidoro rodriguez
La histórica grabación de Tom & Elis de Aguas de Março, del DVD Aguas de Março, integrante del box Maestro soberano publicado en Argentina por RP music


Self-Portrait by Chuck Close
Seen at the Museum of Arts and Design’s Out of Hand exhibit.
At first I thought this was paint on fabric, and that the “digital” theme of the exhibit had to do with how the paint was applied.  But actually the whole thing is FABRIC.  It’s an example of digital weaving.  The entire image is made from weaving different colors of thread together.  Not a drop of paint anywhere.  Wow!
(via Museum of Arts and Design and Core77)

Self-Portrait by Chuck Close

Seen at the Museum of Arts and Design’s Out of Hand exhibit.

At first I thought this was paint on fabric, and that the “digital” theme of the exhibit had to do with how the paint was applied.  But actually the whole thing is FABRIC.  It’s an example of digital weaving.  The entire image is made from weaving different colors of thread together.  Not a drop of paint anywhere.  Wow!

(via Museum of Arts and Design and Core77)


Brainwave Sofa by Lucas Maassen and Unfold
Seen at the Museum of Arts and Design’s Out of Hand exhibit.
The description at the museum said that the artist closed his eyes and thought of “comfort” while his brain was scanned.  The form of this sofa comes from that brain scan.  Isn’t that so cool??
Lucas Maassen:

The shape of the Brainwave Sofa is entirely determined by recording 3 seconds of my neural ‘alpha’ activity the very moment I closed my eyes. The resulting 3 second computer file is sent to a CNC milling machine that mills out the Brainwave sofa in soft foam. It is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a futuristic production workflow in which the designer only has to close his eyes and a computer ‘prints’ the result out as a functional form. A warm grey felt with buttons in the valleys is applied by hand to the foam honoring the traditional codes of a sofa.

(via Museum of Arts and Design and Lucas Maassen)

Brainwave Sofa by Lucas Maassen and Unfold

Seen at the Museum of Arts and Design’s Out of Hand exhibit.

The description at the museum said that the artist closed his eyes and thought of “comfort” while his brain was scanned.  The form of this sofa comes from that brain scan.  Isn’t that so cool??

Lucas Maassen:

The shape of the Brainwave Sofa is entirely determined by recording 3 seconds of my neural ‘alpha’ activity the very moment I closed my eyes. The resulting 3 second computer file is sent to a CNC milling machine that mills out the Brainwave sofa in soft foam. It is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a futuristic production workflow in which the designer only has to close his eyes and a computer ‘prints’ the result out as a functional form. A warm grey felt with buttons in the valleys is applied by hand to the foam honoring the traditional codes of a sofa.

(via Museum of Arts and Design and Lucas Maassen)


Which movie?
#emoji #movie #charades

Which movie?
#emoji #movie #charades


Which movie?
#emoji #movie #charades

Which movie?
#emoji #movie #charades


Which movie?

Which movie?


Concept train from China:  it picks up and drops off passengers without stopping at stations.

(via Business Insider)

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GIZMODO - Infinity Rooms by Gizmodo


Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

Learn about all the things that go into making a simple t-shirt.


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Ants, spiders, or wishful thinking? | Biodiversity in Focus

photo credit:  Peter Roosenschoon

This photo of a fruit fly (Goniurellia tridens) has gone viral.  Very tempting to conclude that the ant wings are a survival adaptation to scare off predators.  But then after seeing this:

I agree with Morgan D. Jackson.  The viral photo is really neat, but when considered in context, it’s probably closer to a case of pareidolia (seeing images in random places) than a way to scare off predators.

Also, ants.  I mean, what kind of predator is scared of ants?

(via Biodiversity in Focus, hat tip @ziyatong and New York Times)


You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy.

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I really like these socks. They were knitted by the chemgrrl.
Dude’s Funky Socks, Also with Dutch Heel
Pattern: Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel, by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks (rav)
Yarn: Schoeller Stahl Limbo Superwash #2539 (rainbowy bits) and Cascade 220 Superwash (solid teal bits) 
Needle: US 3 and 4 
Start to finish: July 5 to 12
(via the chemgrrl chronicles)

I really like these socks. They were knitted by the chemgrrl.

Dude’s Funky Socks, Also with Dutch Heel
Pattern: Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel, by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks (rav)
Yarn: Schoeller Stahl Limbo Superwash #2539 (rainbowy bits) and Cascade 220 Superwash (solid teal bits)
Needle: US 3 and 4 
Start to finish: July 5 to 12

(via the chemgrrl chronicles)

Source thechemgrrlchronicles.wordpress.com


Summer Palace, China
photo credit:  Shen Xinhang
(via National Geographic)

Summer Palace, China

photo credit:  Shen Xinhang

(via National Geographic)

Source National Geographic



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