I love cartoons. The only shows that I consistently watch are cartoons. Yes, I am a grown up. But there’s just something about animation that I love. Sometimes the scenes can be awe-inspiring because somebody had to draw it. On a more relevant note, nothing beats visuals when I need to learn something.
If you grew up in the 80s and 90s you remember Saturday morning cartoons. They were the early hours of Saturday when it was all wonderful animated adventures. In honor of that childhood glory here is a selection of science animations for your Saturday morning viewing. Continue Reading
Hello and welcome to the second part of my interview with freelancer Jessica Bromley Bartram. In Part 1 we delved into the narrative and creative process behind her Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) thesis project “Rise and Fall of Cordycepts”.
Jessica won the 2015 OCAD Graphic Design Medal for the project which uses a science fiction narrative to critically examine today’s issues surrounding food availability, corporate marketing, and consumer culture. In this part of the interview we discuss how natural history has influenced her work, her future plans for “Rise and Fall of Cordycepts” and how her project fits into larger issues of science literacy and consumerism.
One of the things I want to explore with this blog is the way that art informs science and science influences art. What better way to examine this interaction than to interview an artist. My first interview, with graphic designer Jessica Bromley Bartram, will be split into two posts. The first part focuses on the narrative and research behind her thesis project “Rise and Fall of Cordycepts“.
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Yesterday I wrote about how your brain responds to poetry. Today I’m posting some ‘found poetry’ I made using a neat website called Poetweet. Found poetry is a kind of poetry made up of words and passages that the writer ‘finds’ from other sources. Magnetic poetry could be called found poetry. I’ve read found poems made of road signs, newspaper articles and I heard Madhur Anand read a poem extracted from a research article.
Poetweet uses social media as the source of words and passages. It’s a neat idea. The site mines your tweets for text that it combines into a short poem. I was tweeting quite a lot about NASA’s Mars announcement yesterday and inevitably it came across in my tweet-poems.
I’m taking part in Writing 101: Finding Everyday Inspiration for the month of September and in October, I will be taking part in Blogging University’s Writing 201: Poetry. I’ve managed to get some posts hammered out for Writing 101 and I’m really looking forward to the poetry course.