So You’re Having A Bad Day zine (select pages).
Tips to feel better when you feel crap, sad, lazy, lonely, human.
I made this zine quite quickly and ferociously as a one-off gift for a close friend. A lot of the time, I only have a small window of time to appreciate my own work before I want to move on, so I have to pump these things out really quick to get them completed.
Carla’s illustrations fill my belly with happiness
The View From Your Window on a Foggy March Morning and Beartato is in Your Yard, 2014
I used this tutorial to learn how to do the special effects for this drawing.
Honey Bees Equipped with Sensor Backpacks
If you care about what you’re going to eat in the future, you’d better start caring about bees. Scientists have known for a while that the world’s honey bee population is declining and it’s a giant problem because they’re a vital part of the ecosystem—about one third of the food that goes into our mouths relies on the pollination process.
The decline is thought to be related to the Varroa destructor (a parasitic mite), which seems to be a contributor to a wider phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder, where bee colonies spiral into abrupt decline and simply disappear.
Interestingly, Australia is free from these threats so far, and researchers want to find out why. In Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, researchers from the CSIRO recently fitted tiny sensors to the backs of 5,000 wild bees to monitor the population. To do this, they refrigerated the bees to make them sleepy, shaved a little part of their back, and quickly glued down the sensors before releasing them back into the wild.
The sensors only weigh five milligrams so they don’t impede the bees at all. ‘The bee can carry a lot of weight in pollen, in nectar, so this is like someone carrying a small backpack,’ explains Dr de Souza, CSIRO scientist. The sensors will provide vital data to help researchers construct a three dimensional model of the bees’ behaviour. As de Souza notes, ‘Using this technology, we aim to understand the bee’s relationship with its environment,’ and thus understand how they work best and what might cause a population collapse.
In the near future, the CSIRO hopes to scale the sensors down to 1 mm, so they can tag smaller insects like mosquitoes and fruit flies to study their populations too.
Well there I was with my wheelbarrow of enormous fish, and this mermaid lady just got all up in my face out of nowhere, and I was like, “aren’t you supposed to be seducing me or something, isn’t that what mermaids do,” and she was like, “nah, I just sit on this rock and talk shit all day.” Then she waggled her finger and made a rude gesture and even though I’m just a regular joe with a wheelbarrow of enormous fish, I thought it was pretty out of line.
(See some of Paul Burke’s folk art here)