Events

Book Review: Do You Believe in Magic? by Paul Offit

Book Review: Do You Believe in Magic? by Paul Offit

I read this book a month or so ago, but we’re having a Chicago Skeptics Book Club for it tonight, thus a fire was lit under me to write this. As someone whose favorite skepticism subject is medicine, I’ve read or consumed a number of similar books/blogs/podcasts (Trick or Treatment, Mark Crislip’s work, Science Based Medicine, and Neurologica). I’ve also read (nay, DEVOURED... »

A Tale of Two Mediums: Photography Vs. Cinematography

A Tale of Two Mediums: Photography Vs. Cinematography

I’m doing something a bit different this week. Last Wednesday, August 14, Mad Art Lab went to the movies…well, not literally, but some of the Labbers got together via a Google Hangout and discussed “Atheists and Film”, specifically about the Atheist Film Festival. Since my internet connection is notoriously slow (I kept dropping in and out of the Hangout), I opted to pre-re... »

Not Just a Plot Twist: Why Queer Gaming Matters

Not Just a Plot Twist: Why Queer Gaming Matters

This past weekend, I attended GaymerX in San Francisco, CA, the first ever video game convention to focus on queer geek culture.  Crowds of excited gamers poured into meeting halls for panels and events, whose speakers sought to engage the audience in discussions of inclusivity, empowerment and fandom.  As in any convention, each of us waited in line, clutching portal guns, carefully rolled poster... »

Drabble Lab round 10: Purple

Drabble Lab round 10: Purple

It was a quiet week for drabble lab, but that means that I actually get to feature all of the drabbles! »

Brochure/Poster/Hat: SkepchickCON edition

Brochure/Poster/Hat: SkepchickCON edition

(Hat folding instructions at the end of the post!) As well as being a poster, a program, and a hat, my hats are a MEME, you guys! Amazingly adaptable in so many ways, even the bits you tear off are useful. Promotional material around the party room? Check. Jaunty headgear? Check. Informative poster? Check. Customizable artwork? Check. Convenient SkepchickCON pocket schedule? Check. Party decoratio... »

Fake Geek Girl panelists

Exorcising the Spectre of the Fake Geek Girl

If you are not one already, imagine you are a lady-type. So there you are, at an event, enjoying yourself and the topic/event/display at hand. This is why you go to such events! Good times, good friends, good discussion, perhaps good foods-and-drinks. But something seems off. Or something happens. Something you can’t pin a description onto, or something that you only hear about, in muttering... »

Drabble Lab Round 9: Explosive

Drabble Lab Round 9: Explosive

Hello all! Sorry for the lateness of Drabble Lab this round; I am on vacation and foolishly messed up sending the winner out to Brian, who was illustrating. But oh man, there was some great stuff last round! »

FACE OFF: Skull-A-Day v. Street Anatomy Gallery Show at the IMSS

FACE OFF: Skull-A-Day v. Street Anatomy Gallery Show at the IMSS

I attended the opening to this ongoing show on May 31st (Skull Appreciation Day!). It runs at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago until August 25th. As I have mentioned in the past, this is a really cool location in its own right and has at least a painting and a statue devoted to skeptical hero Ignaz Semmelweis. Here he is telling med students to WASH THEIR DAMN HANDS after di... »

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