Floating in the Spam River…

Posted in absurd, humor, TV, video with tags , , , on August 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I had a problem with wordpress recently, and no comments or notifications for this blog were sent to me for months (sorry if you left a comment and didn’t get a response! It should be fixed now). I’m also drowning in massive piles of spam comments that are very tedious to weed through in order to get the real messages. But some of them are so nonsensical and entertaining that they actually work as material for the blog itself.

Observe:
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Here’s a favorite:
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For a while, I was getting random facebook comments people left for each other…as comments to my posts. I was smothered in things like “Hey Nicole! Great to see you at the gym the other day!” Not sure how or why that could even happen.

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And the ever-popular topic of conversation (click to enlarge):
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Brain Marionette

Posted in anatomy, craft, puppets with tags , , on August 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This incredible brain marionette seems to be attributed to Brock Davis (although I didn’t see it on his official website at first glance).

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Oh, what I would give to have this in the library at my house.

Decellurization

Posted in anatomy, science with tags , on August 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Decellurization is an absolutely fascinating process in which cells are “discharged” from organs, leaving only the connective tissue.

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The first step involves the application of a specialized detergent known to be an efficient solubilizer, without affecting the integrity of the protein in the tissue. Then, a recombinant endonuclease is used to degrade nucleic acids. (I had to quote Wiki there because I’m pretty sure there was no other way to get the word “solubilizer” into your day today)
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This process has tremendous implications for organ donation and transplants, as it maintains structural function yet greatly reduces the immunological response that causes organs to be rejected. It can be done by pumping the detergent through the organ, or submerging the organ.
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Science!

If you are as captivated by this as I am, don’t miss the work of Iori Tomita and Brandon Ballengee.

Kat Mannel

Posted in anatomy, art with tags , on August 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Check out this fine jacket custom by Kat Mannel!

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Her portfolio contains various anatomical explorations, with some range in style and material. I love this vole skull study, particularly because of the classic still life feel combined with such a vibrant red.
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You will find some closeups of viscera…
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Drawings…
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And relief prints.
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Good stuff!

Kat Mannel

Doubleparlour

Posted in craft, sculpture, toys with tags , , on August 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Doubleparlour is a husband and wife team, specializing in peculiar custom toys and sculptures. They exhibit all sorts of emotions; surprise, excitement, ennui…

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And some are interesting conceptually…
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Some are rather unsettling (the bellies that seem to be marked by an elaborate scarification process certainly jack up the creepiness!).
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Skeleton Crow and Disfigured Duck

Posted in creatures, halloween with tags , on August 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My favorite time of year is rapidly approaching! Halloween items are starting to pop up, and I want to share my two favorites from Grandin Road this year.

The caged skeleton crow is a fantastic, unique decoration, don’t you think?

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Next, “Disfigured Duck.” I’m entertained by this random choice of undead water fowl, AND its odd, almost inappropriate title.

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Eyeball in the mouth. Nice touch.
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I encourage you all to share your favorite Halloween links with me (I’ll credit you, naturally)!

Andy Gilmore

Posted in art, graphic design with tags , on August 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I don’t often gravitate toward geometric graphic design, but Andy Gilmore’s work is positively hypnotic.

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I could get lost in these patterns.
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Once I hit Advanced Pre-Calculus in high school, my brain decided that it wanted nothing to do with math beyond that point. But I’m mesmerized by intricate mathematical patterns in art and nature.
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Such glorious, ordered complexity…
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