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“Present Shock”, Game of Thrones, and Stories that Never End

Recently, Douglass Rushkoff talked about something called “Present Shock” in Wired. In particular one quote stood out for me, about how storytelling is changing: “Think Game of Thrones. In the old days, this sort of show might be considered bad writing. It doesn’t really seem to be moving toward a …

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Stripsearch! (or, Where Has Maki Been?)

Maki Naro has been with The Lab since the very beginning. He’s written great articles. He has a wonderful webcomic. And perhaps most importantly, he is the caretaker of a magnificent beard. But do you know what else he has? You guessed it! A starring role on Penny Arcade’s reality …

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Manifesto of the MEU

There is a pervasive, systematic campaign to take the achievements of hard working and psychologically twisted engineers away and credit them to the demented scientific research community. Too often are death rays and killer robots attributed to a lunatic scientist when they truly belong to a deranged engineer. No more …

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Scenes From A MAL: “I’m A Huge Fan Of Your Site”

In the same spirit of my spam post from New Year’s Eve, I present a Behind-the-Scenes look at the kinds of conversations that we have on our Super Secret Backchannel when we get silly spam. Recently Rebecca received the following email – full of effusive admiration for the great work …

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Happy Birthday To Us! Mad Art Lab’s One Year Anniversary

Friends! Family! Lovers! Today marks our 1st birthday here at Mad Art Lab. And to celebrate, Anne baked us a cake.

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Smashley’s Brother: An Update

I got an inspiring number of heartfelt messages and expressions of concern after I posted the story of my brother being beaten by a police officer during an Occupy Wall Street raid, and I wanted to update you all with a hopeful bit of news.

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Scenes from a MAL: FLAVABOOM!

The Mad Art Lab backchannel is a treasure trove of information, resources and goofiness. Sometimes mostly goofiness. Here’s an excerpt from last week: From: Brian G To: madartlab Subject: Since you’ve all been so great Imma treat you all to a little Flavaboom BOOM!

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“Waiter, what’s that ad for psychic services doing on my skeptic blog?”

We’ve all seen it: you’re perusing the blog of your favorite skeptic firebrand when suddenly, this catches your eye on the sidebar: …seriously? Do they really think someone reading this blog is going to want what’s being offered in this ad?

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