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Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

I thought I’d bring a little bit of Halloween to the lab today. Our family loves Halloween; for us, it’s something we all participate in and enjoy. I will reveal our costumes from this year in a future post. Today, I wanted to share the pumpkins our family carved into Jack-O-Lanterns. For a nice bit of history, visit the “Why Do We Carve Pumpkins on Halloween?” page over in... »

Bloody Mary: Summoning Spirits or Ordering Drinks?

Bloody Mary: Summoning Spirits or Ordering Drinks?

Back when I was a little girl, I was at a slumber party and distinctly remember the other girls at the party wanted to play “Bloody Mary“. I am not sure if I had heard of the legend before that moment or if they explained it to me, but I knew I wanted nothing to do with it. Between my Catholic upbringing (don’t tempt the devil), my fear of ghosts, and my general “skitterish... »

Sunday Morning Illusion

Sunday Morning Illusion

It’s been a while since we did one of these. Thank you Madfishmonger for your help »

Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising

It was the night of February 27th, 2013. Rob and I were driving down a stretch of dark highway when it happened. As we crested a hill something strange appeared at the horizon: an orange, glowing, ovoid object slowly rising from the earth like a distant bubble of blooming magma – fiery and ominous. After the initial surprise of the unsettling sight I quickly realized that it was just the moon. But... »

Sunday Morning Illusion

Sunday Morning Illusion

A snazzy optical illusion typeface. More about it here. »

Sunday Morning Illusions

Sunday Morning Illusions

I love me some cylindrical anamorphic projections. Here’s a couple from Jonty Hurwitz raising the bar a little. »

Fauxtography Part 3: Ectoplasm?  I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost

Fauxtography Part 3: Ectoplasm? I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost

Who caught a ghost? ME! Just call me a Ghost Hunter and be done with it. Seriously, I’ve been hoping to get an accidental fauxtography shot, and this turned out just perfect. But before I begin, I’m just going to stop here and say: Ray Parker, Jr. employed a double negative with the “I ain’t afraid of no ghost,”and it’s bothersome to me. Unless he really meant he was ... »

Fauxtography Part 2: “PSYCHO”kinesis

Fauxtography Part 2: “PSYCHO”kinesis

My inspiration this week is telekinesis and psychokinesis. In scouring the nightmare of “scientific” research that is out there on telekinesis/psychokinesis, I actually learned an interesting factoid about the two words. Originally, the word “telekinesis” was used to describe objects being moved by ghosts, demons, imps, or other such supernatural forces via a medium. The na... »

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