Kermit
ArtPainting

Tiny Paintings Round Two

The second part of my Tiny Paintings project has been to send them out into the world; given away to friends.  I’ve also asked those friends to send or post pictures of the tiny paintings in their new homes, possibly with some small observer looking on. The idea being that …

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A mold for a supergirl crest.
GeekerySculptureWork in Progress

WIP Weekend: Supergirl

I’m working on a Supergirl costume right now. I’ve never worked with spandex in a serious way before, so I’m learning a lot. I also plan to make the “S” crest on the chest out of cast silicone. I made what I thought would be the mold for it last weekend, …

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Writing

Book Review: Dandelion Seeds

One of our Mad Art Lab alumni, Steve DeGroof, recently wrote a book basically by accident.  It was mentioned in the Quickies a couple weeks ago, and I finally overcame my slow reading speed of late to finish it.  My first pass impression (which is also a recommendation of “you’ll probably …

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Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Shoreside Geek Chic, Dire Dioramas, Gummy Innovation, Hologrammed Vinyl, Game of Molds and More!

You guys- don’t look now but… It. Is. Friday! Woo hoo, baby! Start your day of pre-weekend debauchery relaxation with these Quickies I concocted for you. Well, actually there was a LOT of helpful chiming from the artkids at the Lab. Please to begin! Summer Fashion Alert! This Star Trek:TNG …

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Comic

Why #CaptainAmerica’s Latest Plot Twist Matters

Spoilers for Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 So by now you’ve probably heard all about the new Nick Spencer/Jesus Saiz issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1. You’ve heard how Captain America is a secret Hydra (read: Nazi) operative, and apparently has been all along. You’ve probably also heard that “It’s just a …

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ActivitiesElectronicsPhotographyphysics

Can you make a blacklight with your phone and markers?

Somewhere on the internet, whether it were Tumblr, or Facebook, or Twitter, or Pinterest or… you know just somewhere, I saw this little post about turning your phone camera into a black light. I know, I know, I thought the same thing. “That’s not how blacklights work.” You can’t just …

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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
ActivismArtAstronomyFilmmusicPhotographyScienceScience & NatureVideo

KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

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  • User AvatarMarlowePI Me am not seeing problem. – May 28, 3:02 PM
  • User Avatarspurll Totally understandable, especially given recent events. – May 26, 11:22 PM
  • User AvatarAlex Rudewell Ahhhhh! You're totally right. I have a bit of name dyslexia when it comes to Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson. I've fixed! Thank you! – May 26, 9:10 PM
  • User Avatarspurll It doesn't affect your argument at all, but I believe that it's Steve Rogers (not Steve Wilson) who is depicted punching Hitler. (I assume it's... – May 26, 8:41 PM
  • User AvatarChris T. Yeah, I was intrigued by it a little myself. I think it may be that the flash still blows things out, like a normal flash,... – May 26, 11:16 AM
  • User Avatarjuliemars Huge kudos for testing this! Very interesting post. I'm intrigued by the slight effect you DID get from your phone mod. Still kind of cool... – May 26, 10:24 AM

Geekery

A mold for a supergirl crest.
GeekerySculptureWork in Progress

WIP Weekend: Supergirl

I’m working on a Supergirl costume right now. I’ve never worked with spandex in a serious way before, so I’m learning a lot. I also plan to make the “S” crest on the chest out of cast silicone. I made what I thought would be the mold for it last weekend, …

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Art

Kermit
ArtPainting

Tiny Paintings Round Two

The second part of my Tiny Paintings project has been to send them out into the world; given away to friends.  I’ve also asked those friends to send or post pictures of the tiny paintings in their new homes, possibly with some small observer looking on. The idea being that …

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Science

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
ActivismArtAstronomyFilmmusicPhotographyScienceScience & NatureVideo

KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

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Music

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
ActivismArtAstronomyFilmmusicPhotographyScienceScience & NatureVideo

KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

READ MORE →