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Mad Art Cast: David Nguyen Interview (and get your flu shot!)

Your intrepid co-hosts chat about the new flu vaccine and why you should get yours, plus A brings us another cool interview from Dragon*Con 2015 back in September. This interview is with graphic designer David Nguyen who works for HiRez Studios, who make the popular video game Smite. SHOW NOTES: …

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The Birds and the Airbnbs

Airbnb has a new logo, and the Internet is going a bit nuts over it. Has been for days. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Despite some controversy that they may not have done their homework first, Airbnb has rebranded with what could be …

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A Brief Overview of Last Night’s Twitter Fiasco and Why Twitter Blocking is Important

For those of you who perhaps live under a rock, you might not have noticed that last night twitter changed their block function. The new version, rather than preventing blocked users from following or mentioning blocking users in their tweets, simply prevented blocking users from being alerted to those tweets. …

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Art Inquisition: How Gross Can You Get?

Up in the Great White North of Canada (yet tragically far from MAL’s Ryan) is an assuredly fantastic place called Science World, “a not-for-profit organization that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province.” (In other words, don’t freak out about that extra …

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Art Inquisition: Can Art Quit the Gallery?

Secretive graffiti artist Banksy, whose recent stall setup in NYC garnered only $420 by selling original canvases at $60 each, has recently stated that he wanted to stop making “commercial” art. Despite the fact that he generally avoids galleries and other “traditional” venues, Banksy has seen great profits from the …

Michigan artist David Dodde's "Fleurs et Riviere" has sparked controversy. (Brian Kelly / ArtPrize / September 18, 2013)
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Art Inquisition: Recast, Transformed or Adapted?

Since Andy Warhol picked up a soup can the ’60s, appropriation has been A Thing in the art world. And as time plods on, we just keep making more art. And more art. And more art… until eventually that art might become a part of someone else’s art. Here in …

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Art Inquisition: Are there hands in your handmade?

Etsy is changing their policies to permit shop owners “to hire staff, use shipping services and apply to have their products made by manufacturers.” To quote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.  Most under scrutiny …

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Art Inquisition: Plays Big, Packs Flat?

To much fanfare and nerd-squee, Apple (finally) announced their new toys yesterday. It just got real, folks. We’ve got a sale date for hardware, a download date for iOS 7, and I’m kinda sitting here going “eh.” Am I missing something? Did I miss the kool-aid handout day? Or do …