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Nerrd Lines

Robin Thicke’s recent hit “Blurred Lines” is more than a little problematic (this excellent gender-swapped parody by Mod Carousel illustrates a few of its issues), but we’ve got one problem with that isn’t getting nearly enough attention: not enough lyrics about cosplay! Thankfully, nerd hip hop troubador Adam WarRock has …

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Hangout on Air this Wednesday: Mad Art Lab Goes to the Movies!

Join us this Wednesday, August 14th at 8 PM Central/6 PM Pacific for a live online chat with some of your favorite Mad Art Lab contributors and some special guests about the art and science of film! RSVP for the hangout on Google+. This is a live internet broadcast so …


Hot! Capsaicin, Chili Peppers, and Jalapeño Jelly

This post was inspired by a recent series of photos taken by Surly Amy of peppers she is growing at her home. The heat in peppers is an evolved mechanism that discourages mammals and other animals from eating the pepper and thus destroying the seeds. When we eat chili peppers, …


What does 200 calories look like?

There’s a pretty cool post over on Wise Geek of photos of 200 Calories’ worth of different foods, arranged in order by weight from least Calorie dense (you need a lot of it to get to 200 Calories) to most Calorie dense (just a little goes a long way). It’s …


“Dear Daily Mail…” (NSFW)

NSFW because boobs. If you’ve been reading Mad Art Lab for awhile, you probably know that we have mixed feelings about musician/performer Amanda Palmer. But we’re in agreement that her response to the Daily Mail’s coverage of her recent performance at Glastonbury Festivals–or rather, the Daily Mail’s coverage of her …

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Etched decanter auction + The Amazing Skepchick Cure-All

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our SkepchickCON panels at CONvergence, as well as everyone who stopped by the Skepchick Sideshow party room. I’m excited to announce that the beautiful glass decanters containing the cures for Dyspepsia, Palpitations, and Jaundice—the Amazing Skepchick Cure-All!–are all up for auction …


The Cueva Ruso Cocktail

As part of our fundraiser for SkepchickCON, I auctioned off three original cocktails. The follow post is for one of the winners, Data Jack. Thank for your generous contribution! The Cueva Ruso (“Russian Cave” in Spanish) features homemade horchata and cinnamon vodka. Horchata is a beverage found all around the …

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Artist-Designed Mini Golf Course at the Walker Art Center

Hello from Minneapolis! I arrived early this morning for SkepchickCON, and since I had some time to kill, I decided to check out the Walker Art Center. I’m a big fan of contemporary art, and everything I’ve seen so far has been artistically compelling and thoughtfully curated. I’ve really enjoyed …