Archive for March, 2011

Coelopleurus exquisitus

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Coelopleurus exquisitus sea urchin test

Coelopleurus exquisitus sea urchin test

Coelopleurus exquisitus sea urchin test

[full set here]

As seen through my new macro lens, this is the test (calcium carbonate structural shell) of a small sea urchin that was unknown to science until one was purchased on eBay in 2006 and subesqently described by Natural History Museum scientists Simon Coppard and Heinke Schultz. I bought this test on eBay right around that time, unaware of this fact.

[PDF of publication abstract]

[BoingBoing post]


Sea urchins are members of the phylum Echinodermata, which also includes sea stars, sea cucumbers, brittle stars, and crinoids. Like other echinoderms they have fivefold symmetry (called pentamerism) and a mouth locatted ventrally. This species is from New Caledonia, and this particular test is about 1.6cm wide.

Eye Clock!

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

eye clock :: george nelson

eye clock :: george nelson

A week ago my parents, Dustin and I went to a mid century modern warehouse sale in the Chicago suburbs. Through some clever dealing, my parents acquired me this George Nelson Eye Clock. I have wanted this clock since I learned of its existence. This particular picture of someone’s collection of Nelson clocks stuck with me too:


This clock is now hanging near our Hang-It-All, with some space left for an art poster Dustin has his eye on. So, more pictures in situ I’m sure will be forthcoming.
My dad just got a George Nelson Pill Clock that I’ve seen pictures of but can’t wait to see in person. I love these clocks, so many of them are amazing. I wish Vitra was still producing more of the designs. George Nelson’s wiki page claims he designed nearly 300 wall clocks, I wonder if that’s true? Someone needs to make a book about them, if there isn’t one already…

day to day

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Lots of things going on at work, but I’m still trying to make the time to take pictures often, even if it’s just via Instagram.

I have big news about a new addition to the mid century collection — post about it soon!

more house photos

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Champaign house 3.6.11

I took more house photos today, though it was in the late afternoon so the light isn’t as good as I would have wanted. Better than nothing though — I’ll redo them soon maybe.


Saturday, March 5th, 2011

livingroom window