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The Mystical World Of Mushrooms Captured In Photos

Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is  surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.

Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don’t even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we’re used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there’s a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land! ( Bored Panda )

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Entered a draw and actually won VIP passes to the Edmonton Expo this past weekend, after having pretty much given up going.

Included in the package was a meet and greet with an attending celebrity of your choice, naturally I went with Mads Mikkelsen. Took Ms. Dandy along as it was a double guest pass, and we both dig Mads and his work on ‘Hannibal’ not to mention in film. Super nice guy, laid back, and right away made us feel at ease. Talked comic books, (he digs Moebius, amongst others), a little bit Valhalla Rising, and the work that goes into all the food preparation on ‘Hannibal’ as Ms. Dandy has recently discovered the blog of the show’s food stylist. I normally don’t attend these types of things to meet celebrities, my goal is to buy comic books, but when you get an opportunity like this and the person comes across as amiable as Mads did, it restores my faith in the fact that not all those who come from the bright lights of movies and television are as vain and decadent as that culture likes to portray itself.

Speaking of comic books, got to meet aritst Keith Pollard this weekend as well. For those unfamiliar, starting in 1974 Keith has worked on books like The Amazing Spider-man, The Fantastic Four, Astonishing Tales, Master of Kung Fu, and Daredevil amongst others over at Marvel. Also spending some time with DC on books like Green Lantern, The New Teen Titans, and Vigilante.

It was Keith’s art that introduced Black Cat to the world in her first appearance penned by Marv Wolfman in The Amazing Spider-man #194. Which, since I had, I had to get signed, and recently scoring some of those Astonishing Tales as well, I picked out a favourite to get signed too.

Not only got to meet some great folks but I came home with some great books too. Some vintage Doom Patrol, and the first appearance of Alpha Flight, twas a good haul and a pretty sweet nerdy weekend. Thanks Keith, Mads!

And thanks to Ms. Dandy for coming along and walking away as equally rubber-legged from our celebrity encounter ;)


Science + Art = Awesome!

Today the Department of Microscopic Marvels explores the exquisitely beautiful art of arranging Diatoms, tiny unicellular algae encased in jewel-like glass shells, into complex kaleidoscopic displays, some of which date back to the Victorian era. They’re works of art that are invisible to the naked eye and must be viewed under a microscope.

Ranging in size from 2 to 200 micrometers, diatoms are among the smallest organisms on the planet. They’re a form of phytoplankton and scientists estimate that there are roughly 100,000 existent species. To create the lovely and astonishingly tiny displays pictured above, diatoms must be found, captured, cleaned, organized and then finally positioned into aesthetically pleasing arrangements in microscope slides.

So how is all of this accomplished? English filmmaker Matthew Killip contacted Diatom specialist and master micromanipulator Klaus Kemp in order to find out. Kemp has dedicated his life to studying and perfecting this microscopic Victorian art form and Killip sat down with him to learn about the process of creating diatom arrangements. The result was a short film entitled The Diatomist.

Click here to watch and learn.

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