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Gift Exchange

May 21, 2009

I was floored when I received an amazing package in the mail from my kindred spirit Sarah. I had made her a plushie last month; a jellyfish named Princess Squishy (an incarnation of a nickname/drawing conjured up in the delightful minds of children Sarah worked with). In return, she sent me the most amazing collection […]

1 Light Art Lamps

April 11, 2009

1 Light Art Lamps are a collection of unique lamps made from everyday objects. Designer Howard Dernberger has been creating lamps since he was a child, and he incorporates rare vintage objects for a blend of form and function. Among my favorites are the typewriter and camera lamp: I’m often struck with the desire to […]

Translucent Sea Creatures

September 28, 2008

It’s been a while since I’ve posted awe inspiring sea creatures, and National Geographic has a stunning gallery in which every one is incredible to look at. Some are positively alien, like the Antarctic Sea Butterfly: Isn’t it wonderful that these Roundbelly Cowfish are leagues under the sea, off the coast of Hawaii, just looking […]

Deadliest Unassuming Creatures

September 5, 2008

The always interesting Dark Roasted Blend just posted a feature on the World’s Deadliest Unassuming Creatures. For example, the Poison Dark Frog, who can kill a human with a simple touch. (Come on now, would you go near a creature that looks like this? Actually, you don’t even have to because it can jump 50 […]

The Mighty Mimic Octopus

June 28, 2008

It was only a matter of time until I paid tribute to the GREATEST CREATURE ON THE PLANET! This octopus is able to copy the physical likeness and movement of more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. It accomplishes […]

Robot Marine Life

June 24, 2008

Two of my favorite things, beautifully combined! Festo has developed a graceful robot inspired by a creature of the sea. In fact, they have developed two versions, both based on the common jellyfish: the AquaJelly and the AirJelly. According to Festo, the AquaJelly is “an artificial autonomous jellyfish with an electric drive and an intelligent, […]