Posts Tagged ‘Boingboing’

The Post – Dinosaur Portraiture Methods

February 17, 2011

A neat video clip of an artist’s creation journey in bringing dinosaurs to life. James Gurney, of Dinotopia fame, speaks about creating the mud trap painting for Scientific American.

The article Gurney did the painting for was about the discovery of a group of small dinosaurs who died together trapped in mud. The article about the discovery, done by Paul C. Sereno, can be read at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=dinosaur-death-trap

If you want to read more about/by James Gurney on his work, check out his blog, Gurney Journey , and specifically, his post on this topic: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2011/02/mud-trap.html

And last of all, Scientific American had a small article on his work to create this painting: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=dinos-gurney-video

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The Post – Octopus Ballet

January 8, 2011

After the intensity of the last post, here’s something relaxing, beautiful, and meditative….an underwater ballet: The Cirrate octopus undulates through the dark depths of the Taney Seamounts, west of San Francisco. This gem comes to us through Boingboing, and was shot by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).  Click here for the article and video, and enjoy.  🙂

The Post – Bird Deaths, Another Take

January 6, 2011

Here is an article that quotes a Smithsonian bird expert as stating the large bird deaths around the country and world are not necessarily surprising or concerning. The author proceeds to offer different possibilities for what happened and why these events are probably not related or cause for worry. Whether you agree or disagree, it is an interesting read, and the author does raise the issue that humans have a penchant for pattern-finding, except many times the “patterns” aren’t ones, and the “connections” don’t exist. I share here for a different point of view.

From Boingboing:    Bird expert: Don’t worry too much about the Deadbirdpocalypse   by Maggie Koerth-Baker