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ActivitiesArt

Science Paper Art Hour at CONvergence: Paper Dolls Galore!

This year’s SkepchickCON  at CONvergence was, of course, awesome as usual. We had a blast seeing everyone who joined us at our panels, danced in our party room, and did fantastic art and science projects in Connie’s Quantum Sandbox. We painted with waxworms, made a jillion different papercrafts, extracted strawberry DNA, and …

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painted plaster copy of a rune stone from St. Paul's Cathedral in London, depicting an animal of some kind in red and black
Visual Art

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 …

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As Others See Us – Will Scotland Be Brave?

Oh wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us To see oursel’s as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us An’ foolish notion. – Robert Burns On this, the day before the vote on whether Scotland should be an independent country, I would like to share with …

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Ryan's roommate's cat, Artemis, a tiny grey stripy thing wrapped in a purple fuzzy thing.
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Mad Cats!

Here at Mad Art Lab, we kinda live on the intarwebs. This means we like us some cats. (Most of us, anyway.) We like cats so much, we’ve invited some of them to LIVE WITH US. Granted, they’re not always the best roommates. They don’t pay rent, they demand to be …

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DesignDigital ArtMarketing

The Birds and the Airbnbs

Airbnb has a new logo, and the Internet is going a bit nuts over it. Has been for days. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Despite some controversy that they may not have done their homework first, Airbnb has rebranded with what could be …

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FoodRecipe

Kitchen Lab: So a Lemon Walks Into a Bar…

I don’t know where it came from, but I had a sneaky craving for lemon bars a week or so ago. Sneaky in that it kinda crept up on me, like, “Oh, those might be a good thing to eat soon,” and then after a while I was Googling bakeries. …

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CraftingEventsGeekery

Do You Want to Build a Costume?

This year was only my second CONvergence and SkepchickCon, and I’m pretty sure I’m hooked. I felt a bit left out last year because I didn’t have any awesome costumes like the rest of my fellow Labbers, so I brilliantly decided that 8:30pm two days before I was supposed to …

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Art Inquisition: Who Will You Be Today?

Hey, everyone! I’m literally writing this in the car on my way to CONvergence with Ashley, and I’m super-excited to see everyone. And their costumes! There are always really creative people at CONvergence, and that means fantastic costumes. I’ve got a few riding in my suitcase right now… And like …

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