Could comets explain why there’s life on Earth? A lesson in chalk

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When Justin Dowd worked as a food runner at a restaurant, he would sometimes doodle on the chalkboard in the kitchen. He had no idea that this skill — coupled with his ability to explain physics — would one day win him a trip to space.

The science writer and animator who created the TED-Ed lesson “Could comets be the source of life on Earth?” Dowd is known for illuminating concepts in physics — from Einstein’s discovery to black holes — using his own special brand of “chalkimation.” In 2012, his animated videos won him the Race for Space, a competition run by Metro to send a civilian astronaut on a short suborbital flight. Dowd will have a seat on-board the suborbital spaceplane XCOR Lynx and will chronicle his training and the flight for the newspaper.

We caught up with Dowd to talk about science, his upcoming trip to the cosmos and the wonders of creating this…

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Word Press Plugin – Shopper Press

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Shopper press is another plugin within word press that seems to act as a one stop solution this time for ecommerce.  All one needs to do is install the plugin, pick a theme, add products and start selling.  It supports both physical and digital goods, custom order forms, different languages and over 20 payment gateways.  Google analytics can also be integrated.  This is all bundled in a $79 package.  Seems like another one stop shop for setting up ecommerce for a small business.

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Surviving a Stroke at 33 (and Blogging About It)

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Christine Hyung-Oak Lee suffered a stroke when she was 33, and she has written about her experience in an inspiring personal essay for BuzzFeed.

Before that, she was using a pseudonym on to blog about her experiences, share details about her life, and practice her writing. In 2007, shortly after New Year’s Day, Lee wrote the following in a blog post:

something in my brain burped. most of what i want to do is just out of my grasp. i feel like i know how to do them, but then when i go to do them, i just…CAN’T. day by day, i’m regaining my abilities, so i hope this is just temporary.

Lee’s commenters urged her to see a doctor, and the next day, she responded to them from a hospital bed: “I had a stroke! Will be better.”

I spoke with Lee about her experience, and…

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Girl Within

Hmmmm….the path to true creative freedom and artistic expression is often lost on deaf ears

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Couple of quick sketches of my mate Scott playing his set of new songs as ‘Girl Within’ at the Comedy Pub in central London the other night. It was comedy when everyone left two songs in, leaving only those who knew Scott in the room – the path to true creative freedom and artistic expression is often lost on deaf ears, f*ck em I say, he carried on like a trooper anyway with a storming and very tight musical set.


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Ten Illustrators To Follow Now

Hmmm, like the Lorna Alkana’s multi-layered digital media experiments – might make a fun new way of presenting content…

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From sketches to digital art narratives, here’s a visual journey into the worlds of ten illustrators on

Brad Young

The drawings at Brad Young Art capture life’s little moments. From pen and ink to watercolor, and gardening to food to neighborhood spots, it’s easy to get lost sifting through Brad’s mix of doodles and sketches.

"Macchiato," Brad Young Art“Macchiato,” Brad Young Art

Sarah Goodreau

Sarah Goodreau, an illustrator living in Amsterdam, has a distinct style marked with the warmth you’ll find in children’s picture books, as well as the mystery of surrealist landscapes. In addition to illustration, Sarah is interested in video and stop-motion animation.

"Oh, Geez," Sarah Goodreau“Oh, Geez,” Sarah Goodreau

Marc Taro Holmes

At Citizen Sketcher, Montreal-based artist Marc Taro Holmes chronicles his location sketching, travel drawing, and plein air painting. His work-in-progress is refreshing, from airy landscapes to spirited pieces full of movement. When viewing his work, you can picture his hand moving…

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