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Do You Want to Build a Costume?

This year was only my second CONvergence and SkepchickCon, and I’m pretty sure I’m hooked. I felt a bit left out last year because I didn’t have any awesome costumes like the rest of my fellow Labbers, so I brilliantly decided that 8:30pm two days before I was supposed to leave was a BRILLIANT time to decide “yes, costumes now!” I wanted to do something new. I mean, I... »

Art Inquisition: Who Will You Be Today?

Art Inquisition: Who Will You Be Today?

Hey, everyone! I’m literally writing this in the car on my way to CONvergence with Ashley, and I’m super-excited to see everyone. And their costumes! There are always really creative people at CONvergence, and that means fantastic costumes. I’ve got a few riding in my suitcase right now… And like many costumers heading to a con, they’re in varying stages of readiness.... »

Caveman genes — what our shared history with Denisovans means

Caveman genes — what our shared history with Denisovans means

A recent article in Nature determines, fairly conclusively, that a certain variant of a certain gene which allows Tibetans to thrive at high altitudes comes directly from interbreeding with Denisovans — from an extinct cousin of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. »

Today, I Solved the Internet

Today, I Solved the Internet

How many relationships have been damaged due to misinterpreted intentions over text? How many jovial musings mistaken for malicious trollings in comments? How much sincerity has been confused with sarcasm, and vice versa? Lots. Today, I stumbled upon a solution. The Elcor, an alien race from the Mass Effect series, are monotone. They express emotion through a variety of pheromones and body languag... »

What Time Is It?

What Time Is It?

I’m fairly confident I can say that we’ve all had a moment in our lives when a cartoon swooped in and saved us. It seems unlikely to me that I’m alone in having an imaginary light bulb sprout above head as I watched some after school twenty-two minute adventure. The feeling is akin to that warmth one gets in a cherished piece of art. You know the one. It makes you want to overcom... »

Headshots from the Heart – Second Sequel

Headshots from the Heart – Second Sequel

Do you like games? Do you dislike running long distances? Are you, at least occasionally, a kind, compassionate, or decent human being? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you need to check out Headshots from the Heart this weekend. Headshots from the Heart is a charity event run by a group of passionate nerds that believe running slightly more than 26 miles is not the only way to raise ... »

Life is not a ladder. Or, really, a tree.

Life is not a ladder. Or, really, a tree.

I’m going to stand on a soapbox for a second and talk about life. In particular, I’m going to talk about evolution. In a lot of common parlance, and a lot of media, we refer to evolution as something like a ladder — think the terrible image I used as my featured image. Humans are usually at the top. Even when we’re being really careful about it, we use a metaphor like a tre... »

Not-So-Jurassic Park

Not-So-Jurassic Park

Here’s a question for you: What do you get when you put a mammoth genome into an elephant egg? Is it a mammoth or an elephant or something else? And why would you do it? »

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