Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller did not always reveal themselves as the artists behind FAILE. Inspired by their art and their previous anonymity, Landon Nordeman recently visited the FAILE studio and created double-exposed portraits of the artists. Stay tuned for more #BKMstudiovisits with landonnordeman​.

Posted by Brooke Baldeschwiler

My friends and I wanted to do something different one Friday morning. Instead of heading to our usual hang outs, we bought tickets to The Mind Museum at Taguig and fed our minds instead of what we usually feed–our tummies! We knew we were in for an unforgetable museum experience! We got the Science Summer for 6 promo wherein for every five (5) tickets bought, you get 1 additional FREE! We were all set to experience unique hands on, minds on exhibits.

The Mind Museum is a 12,000 sqm of thrilling exploration, which featured over 250 interactive exhibits! We purchased the all-day pass to maximize our stay and to check if true to their branding- science will really come alive.

You will be welcomed by a MindMover, what they call the museum’s resident scientists and a cool robot named Aedi! 

The Mind Museum is the first science museum of its scale and scope in the country. I am so happy it is done beautifully and it’s really something to be proud of! Truly world class! 

After the MindMover shows you the different areas you can explore, you’re on your own! The idea of the museum is for you to get lost and discover things on your own. 

Bad hair day for me. Experienced the electrostatic energy via the hair-raising Van de Graaf Ball! 

It’s Gerd and Angel’s turn! The static ball didn’t work on Gerd probably because he had too much hairspray on. Haha! 

My friends and I really enjoyed this part of the museum! After a bright flash of light, your shadow gets imprinted on the wall for a couple of seconds! We spent about 10 minutes inside doing a bunch of silly poses! 

The Earth Gallery—learn a lot about dinosaur fossils and other fossil types here. You’ll also learn how the power of cosmic collisions and volcanic eruptions ended the dinosaur era with the museum’s Mass Extinction diorama.  You can also dig your own fossil, see a volcano erupt and touch a huge dino poop! lol

The Mind Museum is made by Filipinos for Filipinos! The exhibits present science in over 250 interactive exhibits through 5 interconnected galleries: Atom, Earth, Life, Universe and Technology. Here I am checking out the light bridge! 

How the light bridge looks from outside! I don’t mind getting lost here! Other corridors include the Avenue of Life, and the Hall of Philippine Science that makes science that much closer to home. 

Universe Gallery—In this gallery, an interactive display gives you a close up view of the moon as it changes phases. The life and death of a star is dramatized using multimedia and hanging models. And of course, a space tour isn’t a space tour without a planetarium stop over. Let me show you around!

According to my friend who’s into architecture, almost all the exhibits in The Mind Museum are designed by Filipino artists and fabricators who worked closely with scientists here and abroad to execute science principles of facts clearly and beautifully. Also, I heard the architect of The Mind Museum designed the DLS-CSB School of Design and Arts building (my college) as well! 

Knowing Home: Omniglobe–This is one of my favorites in the museum! One of the exhibit’s newest features helps you take a step ahead. With a live feed, you get a visual update on the current state of the planet—from active volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis to a global weather report from a month ago to the past 24 hours. See the world in real time, exactly as it turns.

Dressed for space! You can also steer a Mars rover and time travel through the tunnel craft—sucks I didn’t get to take a photo but my friends and I had so much fun walking through it! The idea is for you to get disoriented. Did that sound fun to you? Haha try it!

The Sounds of Space—sit back, relax and hear the sounds in space! I wanted to take it home and use it as a home theatre! lol

The New Space Shell—The Mind Museum’s custom-built planetarium just got better. Now you can lounge on special couches while watching Cosmic Collisions happen around you. I seriously learned a lot from this! One of my favorites in the museum!

You can change the phases of the moon! Awwwoooo! 

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to approach any of The Mind Museum’s resident scientists, they’ll be more than happy to entertain your queries! They love curious inquisitive minds!

The evolution of man! Why hello there!

Mind Moving Studios—The Mind Museum’s resident scientists called MindMovers are available to demonstrate mind-blowing, scientific experiments live at the studio. 

Life Gallery—walk through a human brain, connect to the web of life, see a life-sized whale shark and more! 

I seriously can’t think what my favorite gallery is. Each and every gallery/exhibit is so unique and interesting! 

Walk through a giant brain at the Life Gallery. The exhibit lights up when you coax it to sense, think and feel.

My buddy Seph exploring things on his own!

You’ll never run out of things to do and explore here at The Mind Museum. 

I got to bond with my friend’s daughter Syrena too! For every child who’s thirsty for life and science, this is the perfect place to soak up on. 

Atom Gallery—take a macro look at that micro thing that makes up everything. Here’s the magnified molecules of a chocolate bar!

I’ve been actually wanting to go to The Mind Museum ever since it was still under construction five years ago. I actually blogged about it back in 2009! The inner geek in me was so happy!

Tired from feeding your mind? Take a break and head to the quirky Mind Cafe by the Technology Gallery! 

How cool is their resident robot, Mimo and other things you can do in the museum! You can see through the museum’s night vission glasses, enliven solar bugs and print with a pioneering printing press. 

I really love how everything in The Mind Museum is interactive! Here I am smelling different scents! 

At the Inner Space Track—Did you know how life started here on Earth? I read from the marker inside the Space Track that it started as a single cell over 3 billion  years ago. Meteor showers surrounded our planet at that time and when they fell on Earth, they brought along carbon molecules, one of which is the building blocks of modern DNA. I feel so smart! lol

I want to share everything I saw and experienced at The Mind Museum but I’ll leave it up for you guys to explore! Educating yourself is probably the best gift you could give to yourself.  Visit The Mind Museum and feed your mind! 

The Mind Museum is open on Tuesdays to Sundays 9am-12nn, 12nn-3pm, 3pm-6pm. On Saturdays, they have an extra slot at 6pm-9pm! (Museum is closed Mondays). Ticket prices at php600 (adults), children and students (php450), public school students (php150), teachers (php150).  The Mind Museum is located at JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more details you can also visit  Or, email your questions here and get a speedy reply.

I am definitely coming back this month and avail the Science Summer for 6 promo! This time with my nieces and nephews! You guys should too! For every 5 tickets bought, you get 1 additional FREE! Promo period is till May 31 only! So many new things to do, learn and love at The Mind Museum with your family and friends! The Mind Museum at Taguig is a MUST see! 


I went to The Mind Museum in Taguig a couple of weeks ago. Among all the  thingamabobs I found there, my personal favorite is, expectedly, the simple Literature Section. They have these heart rate devices that you clamp to your finger. There are passages on the back-lit walls, and while you read them, you can check your bp/hr on the monitors to see if any of the passages moved you. :)

The excerpt from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye stirred me, but not as much as how the paragraph from Patrick Suskind’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer did (odd, I know).

Leonardo Da Vinci is arguably the greatest genius of all time. He was an inventor, scientist, artist, musician and architect who was consummate in his passion and his achievements. He is the well-known artist behind the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and the Vitruvian Man. 

Da Vinci - The Genius is the only exhibition touring the world that offers the most comprehensive analysis and interaction with Leonardo da Vinci’s works. It has been in the most prestigious museums in 51 cities around the world and guess what? It’s finally here in the country! And you can experience it at The Mind Museum for a limited time only (September 1 to November 30)! Let me give you a sneak peek of what to expect at this hands-on, minds-on exhibition! 

Da Vinci’s original works are too fragile to be moved from the museums where they are permanently housed. So the Da Vinci-The Genius exhibition was developed by Grande Exhibitions Australia. The exhibition was built by Italian artisans based on Da Vinci’s notebooks. 

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” The exhibit features over 200 pieces of Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary works from paintings, war machines, flying machines, to his codices, leaving one inspired and in awe of what one human being can do with the power of his mind. 

The Vitruvian Man–Leonardo illustrates the theories on proportion postulated by the Roman architect Vitruvius in the first century B.C. It demonstrates “the golden ratio,” or perfect proportion in relation to the human body. 

Carro Armato (Tank)–Leonardo designed a huge offensive weapon: an armored vehicle capable of moving in any direction and bristling with cannons on all sides. One soldier sat in the turret to give directions. To move it, eight men inside the tank turned cranks attached to the trundle wheels which were in turn attached to the four large wheels. 

Carro Falciante (Mowing Wagon)–One of my favorites in the exhibit! The Carro Falciante is one of Leonardo’s war machines. Driven by two horses, it has an enormous scythe-wheel in front and smaller evil-looking blades sticking out the sides of the back wheels. Pretty hardcore!

War created new mechanical and strategic challenges, and some of Leonardo’s most inventive activities focused on weapons of war.

Carro Coperto per I’ Assalto (Covered Cart for Attacking Fortifications)–Was this the Trojan Horse of Leonardo’s time? This huge wooded structure was for storming the walls of a castle or a fortress. 

Tagliatrice a Ventaglio (Multi-Directional Gun Machine)–Leonardo wanted to increase the rate that weapons could be fired, so he designed machines with multiple cannons. These are perhaps the forerunner of the modern machine gun.  This machine had cannons arranged in the shape of a fan. It could fire single shots or simultaneous rounds of fire. How badass!

He was also extremely interested in optics, in the effect of light, reflection, shadows and magnification, and believed that the eye was “the window of the soul” and the most important of the senses by which we experience the natural world.  

Have you ever stood in a place between two parallel mirrors and seen how your reflection is repeated going away from you in both directions, becoming smaller each time?  The first image reflects you at the size you are; a second image is reflected back from the other mirror and is smaller; and this pattern continues in fact until infinity. In an eight-sided room with eight flat mirrors as the walls, Leonardo noted that if a person stood inside, he “will be able to see every part (of himself) endless times”.

Ponte Salvatico (Emergency Bridge)–This bridge was designed to be erected quickly under battle conditions. Leonardo’s idea was that it could be constructed by a group of soldiers in an emergency, using small tree trunks found on the edge of a river.The trunks are interweaved and braced without use of ropes or nails in such a way that the more downward pressure is applied, the more the braced pieces of wood interlock and the more secure the construction is. Leonardo called it a bridge of “safety.”

Since we’re at The Mind Museum, everything here is hands-on! So I got to try to assemble the bridge using a smaller set of sticks. 

Okay I give up. LOL. I’m not cutout to be one of the soldiers who gets to assemble the emergency bridge! 

Scuba Diving Equipment – Earlier inventors had developed designs to help people breathe underwater. In Leonardo’s enhanced design, a watertight leather tunic is reinforced by armour to protect the air bag from being compressed in deep water. Flexible cane hoses, with leather joints reinforced by spirals of metal, drew in air from above the surface, and valves regulated the air intake. Leonardo thought this diving suit would enable men to repair the hulls of ships underwater, or in fact permit an army of men in SCUBA to march underwater to attack the hulls of enemy ships undetected.

Vite d’ Archimede (Archimedes’ Screw)–This machine for lifting water without excessive human effort was very well known in the ancient world. It was described in Egypt by the Greek mathematician Archimedes. Leonardo drew several versions of this machine, suggesting variations and improvements. The main improvement made by Leonardo resulted in more water being drawn up and with far less spillage. 

Studio di Pesi o Tirare Composto (Weight Study Mechanism or Compound Hoist)–Leonardo drew and analysed this rope and pulley system. He noted that it was a safe way to lift heavy weights because it spread the load evenly. In contrast, toothed wheel and chain devices had a greater risk of breaking under the strain. Leonardo suggested that each pulley could life one unit of weight. 

Studio di Volano (Flying Wheels)–The flywheel is a mechanical device for equalizing the speed of rotation. In Leonardo’s design, when the crank is turned fast enough, the four spheres will rise with centrifugal force until the chains are horizontal. Once the peak rotating speed is reached then the balls and the attached shaft spin at a constant speed. The flywheel conserves motion and reduces the effort needed to sustain it. This helps steady the rotation of the shaft when it undergoes fluctuating or intermittent pressure. 

The dream of human flight was already in the minds of engineers and inventors in the 15th century. But Leonardo was the first to look at the science of flight.

Vite Aerea (Aerial Screw) – Children as far back as medieval times played with ‘whirligigs’, where blades on a central threaded shaft whirl around and move upwards. Leonardo probably drew on this idea for his concept of a rising screw. Four men on the central platform at the base pushed the bars in front of them to turn the shaft. As the linen-covered blades spun around, an upward push would be created. This machine, which would probably never have flown, has been identified as the ancestor of today’s helicopter.

Leonardo drew many images like the lungs, urinary tract, and sex organs. He was one of the first to draw the fetus in the intrauterine position as he wished to learn about the “miracle of pregnancy”. Not only was Leonardo interested in structure but also in function, making him an anatomist and physiologist at the same time.

Self-Propelled Car – This is one of Leonardo’s most famous technical drawings, because it has been considered to foreshadow the modern car. It was probably designed as a stage prop for a spectacular theatrical production at the court in Milan. The car could be set to move either in a straight line or following a curved path. When the cross-bow mechanism was released, energy was transmitted via springs to the gears linked to the wheel. The rear wheels had differential gears so that they could rotate independently. On stage, the driver-less car would move without anyone pushing it.

Bicicletta (Bicycle)–The discovery of this drawing among Leonardo’s papers had raised much controversy. It came to light during restoration work on the Codex Atlantico during the 1960s. Some scholars believe that it might have been drawn by one of Leonardo’s young pupils Salai, copying the great master’s original idea of drawing. 

Citta Ideale (The Ideal City)–Leonardo drew ideas for a multilayered city, with houses above roads which were in turn above water. Leonardo drew wide streets placed at right-angles to each other, dwelling of several stories, and navigable canals to connect the city to the sea. 

Automa del Humanoid (Humanoid Automaton)–It is thought Leonardo had drawn sketches of the world’s first robot shortly before he painted the Last Supper in 1495. Although it is not clear whether or not there was an attempt to actually build the device. Leonardo’s designs were thought to be of such great accuracy that in 1998, scientists at NASA looked at using his blueprints as a basis for its first humanoid robot to man the International Space Station. 

You can also watch a special BBC Documentary on the life of Leonardo da Vinci– “The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything” (they show it every hour). 

I thought it would be boring and lame. To my surprise, I spent 5 hours inside the exhibit just reading and being fascinated with Da Vinci’s works! With over 200 exhibit pieces, you’ll surely get lost! Makes you really inspired and think of what your purpose in this world is. 

I would love to show you guys everything but you really have to see (and learn) it yourself! Take your friends or your family with you! Trust me, it’s worth it. 

This once in a lifetime encounter with the greatest genius of all time is made possible by The Mind Museum, the Philippines’ first world-class science museum. Don’t you dare miss this traveling exhibition! 

Da Vinci – The Genius is open on Tuesdays thru Sundays, 9am-6pm (extended until 9pm on Saturdays)–php200 for students and php250 for adults. For the all-day museum pass + The Da Vinci exhibit, it’s php950. 

For more information on tickets and schedules, visit

night of the museum AU where there’s an Iliad exhibit and Patroclus and Achilles reunite on earth, but this time they don’t have to fight in a war and can simply enjoy being together and meeting people from other parts of history


Calling all pinball wizards! This Thursday, July 23, we will be hosting another Art Off the Wall inspired by our new exhibition FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds. The event revolves around a tournament inside FAILE’s Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, a highly interactive and visually stimulating installation of pinball machines and video games made in collaboration with artist BÄST. In addition to the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, the exhibition features statuary and interactive installations referencing street art, pop culture, art history, and the landscape of New York City. 

The event also features a special DJ set by FAILE friend and Grammy Award-winning producer and recording artist Swizz Beatz and opener DJ Runna. Whether you come for the games or the beats, this is one event that is not to be missed! 

Posted by Allyson Pereyra


The Brain Scoop:
Fossil Meteorites! 

500 million years ago a collision between two asteroids threw one of them out of its rotation in the belt between Jupiter and Mars. Within a few tens of thousands of years the fragments of that meteor fell to earth and sank to the bottom of an ancient sea in modern-day Sweden. Over millions of years the mineralization process replaced many of the original elements in the meteorite, but thanks to some key identifying chemical markers our geologists and meteoriticists were able to determine that these specimens, excavated from a limestone quarry, are fragments of that ancient asteroid collision. 

The craziest part of all of this? Those fragments are still falling on earth today - in fact, one was found here in Chicago a few years ago, and after analysis it was matched to one of the fossilized fragments from Sweden. 

Separated by unthinkable distances in space and more than 500 million years, they’re reunited together again right here at The Field Museum. Now tell me that isn’t a story of star-crossed lovers. 

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After spending almost all year travelling the world with Ford, Stan is happy to be back in the comfort of his home. Retired and looking forward to a week of blissful domestic relaxation before the twins return to stay for the summer, the last thing he expected to turn up on his doorstep was Rick Sanchez. No seriously, just who is this guy? Can he help Stan remember that large gap in his long-term memories that Ford and the kids couldn’t fill? Does Stan even want to remember?

To be continued…

i have this rad idea for a sorta AU natm fic where the exhibits get transformed into real, living people because the tablet malfunctioned or something??? and while larry & co. are trying to figure out how to fix it, larry suggests that everyone try to go out and see what the modern world is like

and so nicky just decides that ahk is gonna attend school with him because why not he looks 18??? so larry enrolls ahk into public high school with nicky and nicky has to show ahk what modern teenagers are like and what high school is like and ahk is just so bewildered with everything and actually struggles in some of his classes because who in their right mind needs to know how to calculate this i ruled an entire kingdom why do i have to do this and then ahk being pretty popular and other kids have lil crushes on him because did you see that hot new kid? and just ahk having the time of his life because he truly gets to be a teenager because he was forced to grow up too fast and just guys lemme have this au fic right now