All my life, people have complimented me on my abiity to write well. In middle and high school, it was writing good chapter summaries, literary analyses and essays for homework using flowery language. In college, it became about construction and the flow of ideas, and I found myself to be reasonably adept at that as well. I'm currently jobless ( looking for my first job at 25), and when people chime in with suggestions on how to fix that, they can't understand why I poo-poo the idea of writing professionally out of hand. Help me develop my writerly mind and get myself out of the English class for good. [more inside]
Please help a generalist brainstorm on what to do for a living. I'm finishing up a PhD in the physical sciences, and I love art and design. I'm happiest if I can constantly learn new subjects and if I can make things every day. How do I bring the parts of science and the parts of art that I love into the working world? [more inside]
I'm a huge fan of science fiction book cover art (especially the 50s through the 80s) and I like to use ideas from them to make posters for my band. If you need examples: this should explain what I'm looking for. I'm wondering if there are existing resources for science fiction cover art or general science fiction art that mirrors this sort of style and substance? I especially need resources that are fair use, free to modify etc. etc. We use these posters to advertise our shows at places which usually have a cover charge -- so I will need content that I can modify to use "commercially". [more inside]
How creative is instructional design? [more inside]
Can you recommend good science sets or paint (non-watercolor) sets for an 11 year old girl? She likes to experiment and dabble in her room, and has asked about them as gifts. Thanks!
I saw Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and loved it. Now I want to read more about early human history. Please recommend some good books on the beginnings of human art in particular and the emergence of human society and the beginnings of conciousness in general. I'm not a scientist and I'm not looking for a textbook, but I'm not afraid of a challenging read, either.
Weird science-y question! Is there any kind of (nontoxic, readily available) liquid that behaves in some ways like smoke? [more inside]
What's some great new bioscience themed art? The more hands-on and interactive the better. Mapping genetic sequences to procedurally generated pictured is all good and well, but does seem a bit trite and decorative these days. What's out there these days saying something in the intersection between wet labs and the gallery?
For Christmas, I want to give my Dad a collection of thought-provoking, idea-filled things to read or listen to - things that inspire discussion, reflection, imagination, and curiosity. His specific preferences and a few ideas I've had already are inside. [more inside]
Are there any Great Scientists who are also Great Artists? If not right now, who was the last person who comfortably fit in both categories? For the purpose of this discussion, a Great Artist has produced museum quality work (or a great novel, or similar), and a Great Scientist has made at least one 'important' discovery or invention, however you want to define that. [more inside]
I'm looking for imagery (including, but not limited to, artwork) that captures the spiritual side of science, as expressed so eloquently by the late Carl Sagan. [more inside]
What are accepted ways for visualizing this example dataset for a journal or other "professional" endpoint? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me, well, ANYTHING about a person (hypothetically) standing on the sun? [more inside]
Scientists, medical professionals, students, and technicians of MetaFilter! How do you decorate your lab coat? or wish you could if you can't [more inside]
Trying to find detailed info on 5,000-year-old Moss living on the Antarctic Peninsula for my "Oldest Living Things in the World" project. [more inside]
I now have blank wallspace and shelfspace in my office -- help me fill 'em with some scientific eye candy! [more inside]
What should I name my new project? (hint: it involves hair and significant historical figures). [more inside]
Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
Looking for crisp, royalty free medical illustrations with one-click purchasing. [more inside]
Coming from an art-school background, I have *none* of the requirements for a CS grad school. Am I hopeless?
How do I start a MS in Computer Science with no applicable background? [more inside]
Are there any large (national) Art & Technology societies in the US? [more inside]
How is the meaning of art and artefacts being altered by the methods we use to: Experience, Define and Preserve them... In other words, in what ways have technologies been used to experience, re-define and/or preserve art and artifacts? [more inside]
Looking for serious, modern, and fun art schools in Europe, or possibly the US. [more inside]
I love podcasts, but it very difficult to find new, quality programs. I am looking for broadcasted material on a range of topics - including philosophy, the mind, avantgarde arts and lectures by creative, original thinkers (see my list of current podcasts for detail)... Can you help? [more inside]
Help me find an obscure R.A. Lafferty quote. [more inside]
The Protagonist: What can you tell me? [more inside]
Where on the internet are the best places to get information about new web exhibitions from the repositories of the world? [more inside]
We're looking for a cool poster of the periodic table. This and this are considerations, but we'd rather have something more interesting. A poster of one of the early designs would be especially neato.
What makes something Interesting? [more inside]