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Lab Track: Electric Love

Lab Track: Electric Love

We here at the Lab are kind of obsessed with Bob’s Burgers. Amy has dressed as Louise for CONvergence before, and there have been more than a few rumblings of doing a full group cosplay someday. Today’s track comes straight from an episode of the show’s third season, entitled Topsy. Faced with her teacher’s refusal to accept last year’s volcano project in this year... »

American Girl Magazines from the Swingin’ Sixties

American Girl Magazines from the Swingin’ Sixties

My sister and I flew home to California this past weekend for my grandmother’s memorial service. My family organized the whole thing, and one thing I’ve learned from the experience is that to do a memorial properly, you need tons of photos of your loved one: there are obituaries and slideshows and photo boards and funeral decor, all of which require them. The day we flew in, the family... »

This is Your Voice on Hormones

This is Your Voice on Hormones

I recently got the privilege to see Laura Jane Grace perform live. Grace is the founder, guitarist, and lead singer of the band Against Me! who made headlines for being the one of the most high-profile musicians to come out as transgender. She was actually a last-minute addition to the show I came to see, and as a result had no backup band — it was just her, a couple of acoustic guitars, and... »

Feed this From-Scratch Tofu Turkey to Your Favorite Omnivores

Feed this From-Scratch Tofu Turkey to Your Favorite Omnivores

This year, my little sister Eva celebrated her 10-year anniversary of going vegan. (She’s only 23. You do the math.) For the first few years, my mom had a rough time trying to come up with things we could all eat together, but over time we all got the hang of it and dinnertime was mostly peaceful (food-wise, at any rate). Holidays, of course, present a whole new predicament for a mixed-diet ... »

Bill Nye Explains Evolution with Emoji

Bill Nye Explains Evolution with Emoji

Viral-content website Mashable recently asked Bill Nye if he could explain the basic concepts of evolution using emoji. The idea was that the generation that grew up with Bill Nye explaining science to them (yours truly, for one) didn’t have the luxury of text messaging, cat memes, or videos of the Old Spice guy playing music with his muscles. The reverse is also true — today’s s... »

The Mad Art Lab Secular Christmas Playlist, 2014 Version

The Mad Art Lab Secular Christmas Playlist, 2014 Version

It can be awkward to be a nonbeliever during the Christmas season. That’s why last year, we gave you a Spotify playlist full of Christmas songs that were totally free of gods, baby gods, mothers of gods, donkeys of gods, stars that gods supposedly put up in the sky to show god-loving kings where the baby god was hanging out…100% god-free. The only problem was that we got the idea reall... »

Infinite Monkey Cage is Going on a US Tour

Infinite Monkey Cage is Going on a US Tour

Back in August, I posted about The Infinite Monkey Cage, a podcast I had discovered thanks to fellow Labber Ryan. It’s hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, and it is everything I’ve ever wanted in a podcast — it makes me learn and it makes me laugh. So imagine my excitement when I learned that this podcast, which usually stays put in its cozy UK home, is flying ... »

Quiet Company is Releasing a New Album

Quiet Company is Releasing a New Album

Quiet Company, an Austin band most famous for their 2011 album We Are All Where We Belong — which has been described as lead singer Taylor Muse’s breakup letter to God — makes frequent appearances here on the Lab. We’ve featured a tune of theirs in a lab track, I did an extended interview with them, and we’ve repped their nationwide tour. Now, I’m excited to ann... »

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