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A Tale of a St. Pi-trick’s Day Photo Challenge

A Tale of a St. Pi-trick’s Day Photo Challenge

THE BACKSTORY Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a St. Pi-trick's Day party, hosted at the home of Marie Porter of Celebration Generation fame. You may have seen her geeky cakes, costumes, and/or other artistic endeavors popping up around the web. You may have even seen stories about how her home was hit by a tornado around a year ago, and how part of her home's restoration invo... »

Intelligent Designer: an Interview with Casimir Fornalski

Intelligent Designer: an Interview with Casimir Fornalski

Casimir Fornalski is a regular Skepchick and Mad Art Lab reader (username casatron) and a professional graphic designer. We became friends when he started doing design work for Cocktail Lab, and I soon realized that he was involved in the San Francisco and online atheist communities. Now Casimir serves as the official designer for the Atheist Film Festival, for which he recently designed a brand n... »

Bechdel vs. Science

Bechdel vs. Science

A recent video from Feminist Frequency has been making the internet rounds. The gist of the video is that the majority of best picture nominees for this year’s Oscars fail the Bechdel test. For those new to the idea, the Bechdel test is a way of determining whether or not a movie contains meaningful female characters. It was initially presented at a tongue-in-cheek shot at the gender bias in movie... »

Constraints of Art

Constraints of Art

I’ve always pitied Americans. Freedom of speech. Freedom. Makes me huff. Nothing saps creativity like a blank page… if there were some blemish, instruction or rule for every naked sheet, it would at least give you something to work against. The great void of white, that perfect pasture dares you to sully it with one of your piffling ideas. I was at a gig recently when I was told in no ... »

Calendar Curiosities: Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace

Calendar Curiosities: Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace

On December 10th, 1815, Augusta Ada King, born Augusta Ada Byron, known later as Ada Lovelace, came into the world. Born the only legitimate child of  poet Lord Byron, she would grow to become an accomplished mathematician, and arguably one of the first computer programmers. »

Calendar Curiosity: Happy Birthday John Wallis!

Calendar Curiosity: Happy Birthday John Wallis!

John Wallis was an English mathematician born on November 23rd, 1616. He is partially credited for the development of infinitesimal calculus. But what he gets full credit for and is his creation of the infinity symbol! »

Mad Quickies 9.2

Mad Quickies 9.2

• Watch and listen to MC Escher while he is making art! Click on “MC Escher at Work” link on the left of the home page. • Take a look at the Hybrids of Art and Science blog. • Here is a detailed article that looks at some of the interactions between mathematics and art in western culture. »

Of Mathematicians and Minchin

Of Mathematicians and Minchin

So I had everything set up and working perfectly and then I appear to have angered the camera that I was using. It now refuses to speak via USB. So until I get that fixed, this is as much as I can get done on the Tim Minchin stop-motion project. However I did also complete a paper doll of Alan Turing.  See it after the break. »

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