Doodling is one of those little things in life that everyone should do. When I used to doodle on paper (haha paper…..) I would draw tiny little stick figures running around doing things or trees. Yup that was pretty much all I was good at. There was a time when I thought I could be good at drawing, but that lasted about a month when I realized that drawing people is the worst thing ever–especially hands.
Okay, brief tangent because I just thought of this… I don’t think I’ve written with a pencil in like THREE YEARS! Are they actually going away or is it just me? Or we’re pencils always just a school thing with no practical use in real life?
Anyways, we’re back. Now that we have image editing software on computers and fun little drawing apps on our tablets doodling is a little different. (It’s very difficult and time consuming to draw tiny stick figures on an ipad). It’s still fun though! I love using the image editing software GIMP (the poor man’s photoshop) to make my own images and logos and stuff. Yesterday I was just playing around with a drawing/writing app on my ipad and I decided it might be fun to make some headings for Beyond the Labcoat posts. Check it out:
In this episode of Whatever Wednesday we’re going to discuss how freaking creepy mannequins are… I’m looking at some now that are watching me from a second story full wall glass window of a store. There’s nothing else on display in this window besides the two mannequins, which only adds to the creep-factor (a complex calculated value between “1” and “get the ‘eff’ away from me!”)
It didn’t used to be much of an issue back when they were lower on the creep-factor scale and were just awkwardly shaped stuffed poles… But now they actually LOOK human. They have hair and noses… And they are posing. Actually now that I think about it, I’ve never seen anyone pose in the awkward standing sit ups position in real life, so I guess we can give them a pass there. But the other one is doing that staring off in the distance thing. What’s the deal with THAT!?
To top it all off we decided to name them mannequins. Whose intelligent decision was that? That’s definitely up there on the top ten creepiest words list. Anything with three N’s and a Q automatically qualifies.
It’s only going to get worse too. I imagine in the future we will have robot mannequins that actually display clothes as they walk around and change poses and haunt peoples dreams… We have a lot to look forward to… Now I’ll probably go have nightmares…
Let’s have a happy science talk today. Because science and stories go hand-in-hand in my mind. Topic? The end-Permian mass extinction!
This particular mass extinction (yes there have been many over the millennia on Earth) occurred 250 million years ago and killed 90% of all life on the planet. At that point, there was already a great deal of diversity on Earth. We had plants, sea creatures, insects, amphibians, and reptiles all roaming around doing whatever it is animals did way back then (they didn’t have internet so…. I guess they just walked around in circles or something..?) Then all of a sudden… BAM! Right in the middle of Mr. Lizard’s 586284th circle walk, The Great Something happened. Scientists never really had a good idea of what this Something was. It was theorized to be an asteroid or mass volcanic activity or alien invasion… Most respected scientists only mentioned that last one in the safety of their homes, but they all secretly thought it was true… Continue reading