Jose Luis Hernandez Mendoza discussing his theories and work with Frank Lloyd Wright at his suite in the Hotel del Prado, Mexico.
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150 Years of Doing It Wright

Were humans significantly longer-lived than we currently are, today we would be celebrating the 150th birthday of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Unfortunately (or perhaps not, this particular human was problematic AF), today’s commemorative celebrations must go on without the man himself. If you’re looking to celebrate the architecture, design, …

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World Water Day illustration of a woman drinking from a bottle in front of a stream that turns from brown to blue.
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Why Waste Water?

It’s World Water Day! Celebrated every year since 1993, World Water Day is about “taking action to tackle the water crisis.” What crisis? Well, 1.8 billion people are currently at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio because their source of drinking water is contaminated with…poop. Well, poop. What does …

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The Science Behind the Sideshow

Have you ever wanted to know how someone walks barefoot on broken glass? What ’embouchure’ means and why it’s important in fire-eating? Wondered what it would feel like to stand on someone else’s head? Well, I’ve got a show for you! But you’ve got to come to Chicago this winter.

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The STA 100 Show Returns

An inclusively-exclusive design competition showcasing the top 100 examples of exceptional graphic design and typography, the STA100 competition has been relaunched by the Society of Typographic Arts after a many-year hiatus. After extending its call for entries through August 1, this year’s competition was open to professional, student, personal, and, for the …

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This Steampunk Beats Your Cosplay

November 20-22nd Lumen Jewelry was a vendor at TeslaCon 6 in Madison Wisconsin.  I’ve been to large and small cons, but never a Steampunk or an immersion event. I was blown away, 95% of the 1600 attendees were in costume.  And over 50% of them were elaborate costumes with accessories, makeup, …

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Engineering is Actually Girly

About a month ago I checked something off my bucket list, I gave a TEDx Talk.  Queue the montage of months of practicing and nervous breakdowns.  Why did I want to do this again? Because this is my story and it is important for the world to hear it.  Engineering …

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MAL contributor Brian in a lightsaber battle with Kelly. Both are in Star Wars costumes.
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MAL-o-ween Costume Review of Awesomeness

Welcome, November! That fine autumn month, full of pumpkin spice and everything nice. But wait, what’s that I hear? The sound of… CHRISTMAS MUSIC? Waitwaitwait, I’m not done with Halloween yet! Personally, I’m a bit resistant to jingling bells prior to Thanksgiving week, but YMMV. Since Halloween may be the craftiest of …

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Mad Art Cast: Scott Sigler’s ALIVE

This week the Mad Art Cast crew is joined by Scott Sigler: New York Times bestselling novelist, XCOM enthusiast and (full disclosure) business partner to our own ARealGirl. Scott’s new book, ALIVE, comes out a week from today. The jacket copy reads thusly: For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, …

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