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Young Mad Scientist’s First Alphabet Blocks

These have to be the coolest Alphabet blocks

At Xylocopa, we know that the key to a successful education is to begin learning at a young age. Like many of you, we are concerned about the state of science education in the public school system, especially in the lower grades. Specifically, we have noticed that there is absolutely no training in the K-6 grades that prepares students to become mad scientists. In this competitive 21st-century world, the need for mad scientists will only increase, but the lack of basic education in primary school leaves us concerned that there will be no future students capable of leading in this illustrious field.

Fortunately, we have a solution - a first step, if you will, along the path to mad science proficiency. We are pleased to announce the release of our Young Mad Scientist’s First Alphabet Blocks. These lovely blocks contain many carefully engraved illustrations of the equipment, training, and activities that a budding mad scientist will require, combined with a clever alphabetic introduction to the concept depicted.

Each block measures 1 3/8 inches square and depicts six mad science concepts and the appropriate letters. The set includes all 26 letters of the alphabet on five blocks (six illustrations per block).

Each side started out as one of our original pen-and-ink drawings that we have carefully laser engraved onto a solid block of American maple wood.
We don’t use any dyes or harmful finishes on the blocks and all of their edges are rounded and smooth.

A complete list of the images represented by the letters is as follows:
A - Appendages
B - Bioengineering
C - Caffeine
D - Dirigible
E - Experiment
F - Freeze ray
G - Goggles
H - Henchmen
I - Invention
J - Jargon
K - Potassium
L - Laser
M - Maniacal
N - Nanotechnology
O - Organs
P - Peasants (with Pitchforks)
Q - Quantum physics
R - Robot
S - Self-experimentation
T - Tentacles
U - Underground Lair
V - Virus
W - Wrench
X - X-Ray
Y - You, the Mad Scientist of Tomorrow
Z - Zombies

They run $39.95 at

Public Art

Very cool public art by Christian Moeller


Video installation, Osaki City, Tokyo 2006
A robotic video camera randomly captures the surrounding landscape and people, which are then displayed in bitmap graphics onto three towers covered with white LEDs behind frosted glass panels.
Curator: NANJO and ASSOCIATES, Tetsu Nagata

Also check out Jim Cambell at Who does really cool LED art.

Thanks to Tom Merritt @ CNET for the Top 5 list.


This group is so amazing live and this montage captures their stage energy and great video production in there videos.
Check out there site at

Garfield Minus Garfield

Garfield minus Garfield

Another link I came across CNET spam (a internal CNET mailing list) that was sent out was this blog called “ Garfield minus Garfield” where Garfield is removed from all the comic strips. So Jon Arbuckle (Garfield’s owner) basically speaks to himself creating the illusion of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and loneliness. check out Garfield minus Garfield and read Garfield like you never read it before.

Link to Garfield minus Garfield:

Here is the blurb for Garfield minus Garfield

Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb.

Book Autopsies

Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer

Ran across another blog called Centripetal Notion which had this amazing artist called Brian Dettmer. His work is Books that are carved out around artwork to create these three-dimensional master piece sculptures. I had to do a project slightly in this direction in Experimental Book Design at my undergrad at SUNY Purchase in NY. I carved out a book and filled it with Blue tinted resin to make it look like a lake, these by far excel what I created. I love the whole concept of taking a work of art (the book) and creating another art form from it.

You can see more work from him at:
or the blog where I saw this at:
Centripetal Notion

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