Scenes from a MAL: NASA Wants YOU!

Sometimes we get a little excited about things on the MAL backchannel, where we all use as a nerdy playground full of of resources, links, and gifs. So last week when NASA released these awesome new posters, there was some squeeing. From: Jim, along with the original link NASA wants Mars explorers, …

beginnings of a shinguard for an armor costume made of foam, with tools on a wood table
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WIP Weekend: Samus’ Varia Suit from Metroid

Okay, so this isn’t my own WIP, but I’ve been watching the progress of this amazing costume and it’s too good to keep hidden until CONvergence. My friend Danielle Price is building Samus Aran’s Varia Suit from the Metroid series of video games. It’s a significant undertaking, in the works for …

The front of the Art Institute of Chicago, with banners advertising Van Gogh's Bedrooms in three arched alcoves
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One Bedroom, Three Ways

Even if you don’t know that it’s his, Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom is an incredibly well-recognized staple of art history. Painted for the first time in 1888, this space in van Gogh’s ‘Yellow House’ in Arles is just one of many representations of the artist’s search for a place he …

It is harder to make snowflakes out of people's faces than I thought.
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Work-In-Progress Weekends Begin Now!

Many someones have been attributed as saying, “A work of art is never finished, it is only abandoned.” But some work still hangs in limbo, while you’re not working on it but you’re not ready to abandon it juuuuuuust yet. The stuff that seemed like a really good idea at …

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Art Inquisition: GUARDS! …Guards?

  For the last few months, guards at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston have been protesting an increasingly “militarized” role that takes them away from the art and implements an elaborate system of cameras. As a part of the Museum Independent Security Union (MISU), the guards are unhappy with the MFA’s proposed …

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Kitchen Lab: Only a Ginger

Merry Giftmas! Happy Crimbo! Festive Tinselmas! Felicitations on the midwinter gift-giving light festival of your preference!  I hope Santa brought you everything you asked for, Krampus did not steal any children you wanted to keep, and you got socks or something so the Jólakötturinn did not eat you. For many, including meself, …

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Art Inquisition: What’s In a Name?

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is in the process of removing “racially charged” words from digitized titles of approximately 220,000 titles in its collection. Involving all 12 curators in the museum’s history department, the Adjustment of Colonial Terminology program actually started six years ago but took a back seat until a massive remodeling was completed in 2013. Words …

Three pumpkin pancakes spread out on a black-rimmed white plate, slightly overlapping one over the other, with three slices of bacon

Kitchen Lab: Punkin’ Pancakes, Makin’ Punkin’ Pancakes…

Now that the season of All Things Pumpkin is transitioning rapidly into a Peppermint Extravaganza, I can share with you the results of my Very Scientific Comparison of pumpkin pancakes from a mix vs. from a recipe. (With some French toast thrown in for good measure.) I wanted to see what …