Nelson Saiers’ “Shortening: Making Irrational Rational” at Alcatraz

A site-specific installation questioning the duration of prison sentences for minor non-violent offenses

Every detail of NYC-based artist Nelson Saiers‘ current exhibition inside San Francisco’s Alcatraz (the famous prison turned National Park) carries depths of meaning. Why would an artist string up football jerseys in the numerical order of Pi inside a former penitentiary? A few reasons. First, inmates often refer to long, double-digit sentences as their football numbers. Second, Pi is an irrational (unending) number. And finally, …

Unique Science-Themed Quilts by PaleGray Labs

Complex blanket designs featuring the periodic table, Pi, and even molecule diagrams of melatonin, THC and Ambien

When an animated film creator and science author join forces with a monster-sized robot quilting machine experimental embroidery emerges upon their blankets. Nina Paley (writer and director of “Sita Sings the Blues”) and Pop Sci columnist Theodore Gray use their unique skills to create quilts that display the entire periodic table, for example, as well as a design that beautifully displays more than 100 digits …

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From "Sunrise" to "Pi," our recap of the songs we Tweeted last week

J.J. Cale: Sensitive Kind Our friends at Amateurism eased us into the week with a classic from the legendary musician J.J. Cale. “Sensitive Kind” highlights Cale’s distinct vocal stylings and visceral approach to writing, which everyone from Johnny Cash to Eric Clapton came to admire and cover. Off of his 1979 album Five, “Sensitive Kind” is a timeless hit. The Purist + Danny Brown: Jealousy …