Sunday, March 30, 2008

Why Science?

I am as passionate about science as I am about art. I did a minor in geology and seriously considered going to graduate school for geology (which still might happen someday). A few weeks ago I began thinking about scientific literacy as what I might be trying to achive with my work. Can art be used to deliver science to people, whom are ususally turned off by sitting in a scientific lecture or reading scientific journals? ( Can my art do this? *worries*)
Since I only had a vauge idea of what scientific literacy actually is, I bought a book on the subject, titled Why Science by James Trefil, a physics proffessor at George Mason University. Ive decided to post as a read in hopes of getting things a little clearer in my own head and maybe getting some insights from you wonderful people who read my blog.
I'm going to start with the basics:

Sicentific literacy is a part of cultural literacy, which Trefil defines as "the knowledge that educated people, at a given time, assume that other people possess." In other words, all those little things that you assume everyone else knows. I suppose another way to put it would be "common knowledge" Scientific literacy is "the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the physical universe, to deal with issues that come across our horizon, in the news or elsewhere."
So think about it as the scientific facet of common knowledge. Surely that's not so scary?
So why do we need it? Stay tuned . . .

100th post!

Woo-hoo! This is my one hundreth post! I noticed that some people have done birthday or holiday give aways on their blogs, so I thought I would do one for my 100th post! I'm not exactly sure what the prize will be, but it will probably include: notecards, a print (or 2!) and a felt brooch (similar to the ones I gave out at SNAG). So post a comment or zip me an email and I'll pick a winner at random! Good Luck! (I wish I had a splashy picture to go with this, but I didn't think about it.)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Process Shot(s) of the Week

My committee suggested that I start smashing some of my forms, so I did.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Quote of the Week

Lucky you! You get a quote and a moose poem this week!

"We are here on earth to fart around. Don't let anyone tell you any different."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mooses Come Walkin'

I heard Arlo Guthrie recite his poem "Mooses Come Walking" on A Prarie Home Compantion the other day. I thought it was delightful, and I thought I'd share it with you.

Mooses Come Walking

Mooses come walking over the hill
Mooses come walking, they rarely stand still
When mooses come walking the go where they will
When mooses come walking over the hill

Mooses look into your window at night
They look to the left and they look to the right
The mooses are smiling, they think it's a zoo
And that's why the mooses like looking at you

So, if you see mooses while lying in bed
It's best to just stay there pretending you're dead
The mooses will leave and you'll get the thrill
Of seeing the mooses go over the hill

Forgive me for not being professional, but I get a kick out of these kinds of things.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Rabbit Day!!!

Happy Easter Everyone! Hope you have a fantastic day and a wonderful spring!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Process Shot(s) of the Week

Well, not exactly process, more like product. These are a few renderings of things I've built with the 3D Modeling program Rhinocerous this semester. I've been building mostly bracelets and a few rings. Check out my Flickr site to see more.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Quote of the Week

"What we are celebrating is at once a buffoonery and a requiem mass..."
~Hugo Ball

Monday, March 17, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

Quote of the Week

"Time is that great gift of nature which keeps everything from happening at once."
~C.J. Overbeck

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Some of my favorite scores from the pin swap including Katherine Osgood, Kathleen Janvier, Aurther Hash, Gabrial Craig, and Tonia, who needle felted that sweet Georgia Peach!
Top moments from SNAG:
1. Deffinatly all the awesome people I met, including (but not limited to), Gail M. Brown, Aurther Hash (who gave the the brooch off his shirt!!!), Gabrial Craig, author of the exciting blog conceptualmetalsmithing, Sean Scully, grad student at Kent State, my alma mater, Shane, from Miami of OH, who's on his way to the UK, and many, many more.
2. Spending time with Savannah local and spectacular friend, Jessica Schlachter-Townsend.
3. Finding an advanced copy of 500 Pendants and Lockets, and seeing with my own eyes that I'm actually in it (on page 212).
4. The amazing food.
5. Getting a lot of positive feedback on my work, particularly from Bob Ebendorf, who wore my rock brooch to the Final Night Party! (Pics coming as soon as Jessica sends them to me.)
6. Phil Carizzi and Doug Bucci's boxing match. I paricularly liked when Phil picked Doug up, put him across the back of his shoulders and spun around like a helicopter.
The lectures were thought provoking, the gallery shows were fantastic, the student digital show was great, the city was beautiful, everything was awesome. I can't wait for Philly, next year.

Monday, March 10, 2008

SNAG 08!!!

SNAG was fantastic! Hopefully I'll be able to post all about it over the next few days, But for now, here's a pic of me with Aurther Hash, who wearing my brooch. (I know, I look bad, but I had spent 12 hours in a van just before that.)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Flickr Update

So, I finally got my undergraduate work uploaded to my Flickr site, if you're interested. Check out the set "Older Work", to view the photos in a slightly more coheasive order.

Crocodile Man Finale

Well, Steve's web combic ended up in 7th place. Which is sad. Apparently people don't want to read funny comics, they want to read dark, angsty, fantasy comics. Never fear though, Croc Man will live on in another venue eventually, and Steve is currently working on anoher comic to submit to Zuda in a couple months.
Thanks to everyone who voted and shame on you if you didn't.