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Ray Bradbury: Too quickly toward dawn

Ray Bradbury passed away yesterday, June 6th, 2012. This is our meager tribute to him and to the unique and almost indescribable works he left to the world. I don’t intend to tell you the names of the books he wrote or the years he lived or the people he …

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AI: Time is the enemy of art

One of my many problems is finding the time to do the things I want to. Like posting on Mad Art Lab. Or drawing my ever-so-slowly-turning-stale webcomic. It would be flippant, but true, to say it used to be easier. But it was easier because I was doing less and …

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Sufficient proof: Look to television for the answer?

Q: “What would it take to make you believe in a supernatural event?” A: The same degree of proof that we see portrayed on television or in movies. Art distills our ideas. Television and movies distill them further so as to appeal to the most people. I’ve started watching ABC’s …

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Calendar Curiosities: Joyeux Anniversaire Georges Méliès

Maries Georges Jean Méliès was many things during his life: puppeteer, actor, stage designer, magician/illusionist, theatre owner, toy salesman and, I think it can be easily argued, the father of film special effects. After witnessing the brand-new Cinématographe being exhibited to stunned audiences by the Lumière brothers in 1895, Méliès …

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MadArtBot: Birth of a 3-D Printer – Part 4

Guts! Sorry this is a little late. I was accosted by a turkey and green bean casserole which insisted I eat them and then lie on the couch moaning. And then some other excuses occurred which I’m sure you don’t want to hear me make up. Allons-y! As mentioned last …

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So long, little robot. You tried. And that’s all we can ask.

As of Friday, EAS has decided to stop trying to communicate with the Russian Phobos-Grunt (or Fobos-Grunt) probe which didn’t make it out of Earth’s orbit on its mission to Phobos. I think it’s fair to say that the most likely outcome now is a mid-January re-entry. Thankfully, NASA’s Curiosity …

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MadArtBot: Birth of a 3-D Printer – Part 3

Part 3 – The Extruder Years My darling, I write to you from the battlefield that is my living room. Parts are strewn hither and yon like the detritus from a child’s willful rampage through a toy chest. I do not know how much longer my urge to clean will …

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MadArtBot: Birth of a 3-D Printer – Part 2

Well, it seems I was way off base when I said Ben Franklin invented Linux. He only advocated for the adoption by the founding fathers user group. Madison actually wrote the code. At any rate, welcome back for part two of our 3-D printer odyssey. If you’re just joining us …

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