In the 1970s, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown composer Clark Gesner made a series of found signage-based videos for PBS’ The Electric Company. The song above is our favorite because of the nonsensical lyrics, but the two below, the original Sign Song (later used for Sesame Street) and Office Sign Song are also ever-catchy, still great for reading comprehension, and are now 40-year-old culture and technology time capsules:
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The next time that you’re in your local natural history museum, don’t just look at the large animals in the dioramas — really look for those hidden small animals, too: a brown-headed cowbird near a bison, a Botta’s pocket gopher peeking from a burrow, or a Blue Echo Butterfly on a flower. These smaller details in scenes get as much attention from museum staff as the central figures.
Above, the American Museum of Natural History's Conservation Fellow Bethany Palumbo describes how she studied museum specimens of the Blue Echo to recreate it using a mix of photocopying, hand painting, and sculpting with layers of glue.
Every detail was studied for accuracy, down to the cougar’s whisker texture:
Even the shadows, background paintings, and native grasses demand proper attention to detail. After new, energy-efficient lights were installed, museum artist Stephen C. Quinn even altered the slight color variations of the crushed marble dust “snow” to better represent the moon shadows in the Wolf Diorama:
h/t Sagan Sense.
Watch Tom Tom Magazine's The Oral History of Female Drummers, presented with ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1. Featured drummers include Mindy Abovitz, Sean Desiree, Kiran Gandhi, Linnea LaMon, Ashley “Say Wut?!” Moyer, Kristin Mueller, Chloe Saavedra, and Kate Ryan.
From The New York Times, Mentoria Hutchinson, NYPD’s Dancing Traffic Cop.
In the archives: more New York City.
The cdza music team is at it again with the second episode of their series The Instrumentals: Intro to Drums. After introducing the drum set, drummer Allan Mednard compares and contrasts two kinds of rhythms: rock and jazz.
It’s a great series and fun to narrate for pre-readers; the kids’ only suggestion is that we should be much closer to Allan and the drums. Play this full screen HD to see some details of what he’s playing and how.
via Boing Boing.