Puppet Project we want to see

Puppet Project we want to see

In this installment of “cool stuff I want to see made” there is a puppet crowd-funding project running that I really would love to see hit its goal. Vermin is aiming to be a more family friendly comedic web series by the people who brought us Transylvania-TV. Gordon Smuder was one of the DragonCon guests for the first year of the Puppetry Track which was where I met him and his wife Je... »

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Mad Quickies: The “Amy’s Wonky Email” Edition

So here’s the thing: Our Lab Chief and Dear Leader, Surly Amy, had something strange going on with her email. For whatever reason, all of the emails she sent to our Super Secret Backchannel that contained links for articles of cool and interesting things, going back as far as February, did not send. By her own account, she just thought that Donna and I didn’t think her links were worth... »

Mad Art Cast Episode #7 – Mars One, Bug Girl and Mattering!

Mad Art Cast Episode #7 – Mars One, Bug Girl and Mattering!

w00t! Here’s Episode #7 -Mars One, Bug Girl and Mattering! This week the Mad Art Cast crew talks art, science, Mars One, our many sponsors, the transient nature of art and the need for fame … and how all that fits into busy lives. There is an interesting idea behind all the people who want to go to Mars in the Mars One project, at least the ones in the promo videos- they all are hopeful that... »

Mad Quickies: Alien Neighbors, Chic Prosthetics, Graphic Gluten, Game of Chairs and More!

Mad Quickies: Alien Neighbors, Chic Prosthetics, Graphic Gluten, Game of Chairs and More!

Good day, Lovelies! I have some wonderful links for you. And if you’re in the States, you might need a little diversion considering it’s April 15th and all. Here’s hoping you toast Tax Day with champagne and not Mad Dog. Onward! At a panel discussing habitable worlds, NASA Chief scientist Ellen Stofan delivered a startling statement. “I think we’re going to have stron... »

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A-Viking We Will Go

Yaaarr, Vikings! Plunder and pillage! Huge, be-furred raiders in horned helmets! Everyone has their own personal Mjolnir! If that’s what comes to mind when someone says “Vikings,” you may want to reconsider. The very word viking, as it’s commonly used, is somewhat inaccurate. It derives from Old Norse, and meant a trade ship or a raid. Viking is actually more of a verb; whe... »

Italy is Sending an Espresso Machine to the ISS

Italy is Sending an Espresso Machine to the ISS

This afternoon, SpaceX is launching its Dragon V2 spacecraft to deliver 4,300 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station. Among the scientific experiments and testing tools is one very large, very odd item: an Italian espresso maker, adorably dubbed “ISSpresso.” It might seem odd to send something so purely for pleasure — nobody is planning to do experiments on the eff... »

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