The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man’s observation, not overturning it.”  –Edward Bulwer-Lytton


Especially for my friend Alex H., this is the coolest stop-motion video I’ve ever seen.  Hard to believe it’s done with coins!

I love creative ways to convey information.  Linked below is one of the cleverest I’ve seen in a long time: Maureen McKeague—a chemistry Ph.D. candidate at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada—turned her complicated thesis into an easy-to-follow dance routine.

After watching her video, I clearly did not understand the processes involved in “Selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment”.  I did, however, have some idea of what she’s talking about, plus a smile on my face.

It’s well worth a viewing.

Via: Chemistry Ph.D. thesis explained via dance routine – Boing Boing.

Someone’s had the clever idea of posting “tweets”  from  newspapers c. 1900.  Two examples:

  • Don’t light the fire with kerosene. Let the hired girl do it. She hasn’t any wife and children; you have.
    • Dr. Oechsli ran over a chicken with his automobile this week. The damages were seventy-seven cents which the doctor paid.

    They can be followed on Twitter, or read on the web site: http://tweetsofold.com/

    While rehearsing for the play Waiting For Godot in Melbourne, Australia, Sir Ian McKellan was sitting in his tramp costume having a break when a passer-by gave him an Australian dollar.  The Gandalf actor explained:

    During the dress rehearsal of Godot, I crouched by the stage door of the Comedy Theatre, getting some air, my bowler hat at my feet and seeing an unkempt old man down on his luck, a passer-by said, ‘Need some help, brother?’ and put a dollar in my hat.”

    via Boing Boing.

    It takes all kinds to make a world.  It took a Dutch architect to make this:

    The BarRectum was an actual bar built inside a giant anatomical model representing the human digestive system, from tongue to anus. Dutch design firm Atelier Van Lieshout created it several years ago for the Vienna Museum Quarter….

    The bar takes its shape from the human digestive system: starting with the tongue, continuing to the stomach, moving through the small and the large intestines and exiting through the anus. While BarRectum is anatomically correct, the last part of the large intestine has been inflated to a humongous size to hold as many drinking customers at the bar as possible. The anus itself is part of a large door that doubles as an emergency exit.

    Emergency exit, indeed!

    via Boing Boing.

    This is really cool:

    Link: http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/03/17/color-rubik-cube-for-the-blind/