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Logophile Tuesday – Word Crimes

Over the last couple weeks, my first and greatest musical love, Weird Al Yankovic released eight new videos to promote his new album Mandatory Fun. Among them was Word Crimes, a delightful tour of linguistic pedantry. Share and enjoy. »

Logophile Tuesday: A Face in Need of a Fist

Logophile Tuesday: A Face in Need of a Fist

English contains more words than is in any way necessary for clear and specific communication. The Oxford English Dictionary contains in excess of six hundred thousand words, and yet, we still seem to lack means of expressing some critical concepts in less than a sentence. English has had a rocky history and has been assaulted by as many languages as it has pillaged. Even now, as it attempts to co... »

Skepchick network contributors dressed as characters from Orange Is The New Black at Convergence

Mad Quickies: MAL and Skepchick at CONvergence, World’s Oldest Erotic Graffiti, Photo Paper Exposed to Fireworks and More!

It’s Monday and there’s nothing I can do about that. But I can treat you to some fantastic things I’ve stumbled across over the weekend. Because I love you. This past weekend was CONvergence which means it was also SkepchickCON! A whole bunch of Lab writers and Skepchicks were there and The Escapist has some coverage, including two fabulous cosplay slideshows, here and here, feat... »

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... »

Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish

Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish

If you haven’t seen any of Neil Shubin’s 3 part series, Your Inner Fish on PBS, start now! It can be streamed here. It’s in the same vein as the new Cosmos, but with a stronger emphasis on biology, anatomy, genetics, and paleontology. In Cosmos, you get NDT’s cool, calm, perhaps-slightly-baked, but always reverential delivery. In Your Inner Fish, you get Shubin’s R... »

Mad Quickies – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Marvel Superheroines

Mad Quickies – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Marvel Superheroines

Time for the Friday Quickies! Today, I’m all about the the cheerful, the beautiful, uplifting and just all-around sweet things. The featured image is a composite image of Eight Hours of takeoffs at LAX by Mike Kelley. First, your nostalgia hit: The Feisty Feminism of Girls Just Want to Have Fun Femmeslash Friday looks at Frenchy and Rizzo Carol Danvers is my patronus. A preview of Captain Ma... »

Compassionate Investigation: An Interview With the Minds Behind “Oh No, Ross & Carrie!”

Compassionate Investigation: An Interview With the Minds Behind “Oh No, Ross & Carrie!”

I have a confession: I am a podcast fiend. I’m always on the prowl for new podcasts, and I’ve gotten to where I’d much rather listen to a podcast while I work or do chores (instead of music). I’m also incredibly particular about what podcasts I listen to (Citizen Radio has spoiled me, what can I say?) – so sifting through the seemingly endless podcast listings on iTun... »

Don Moyer adds monsters to tradtionally Willow Ware china

Mad Quickies 3.18 – Magic Pigs, Monster Dishes and Burrito Lovesongs

It’s the better-late-than-never Tuesday Quickies! First our featured image is some lovely monsters invading Don Moyer’s idyllic pottery: Willow Ware Monsters. I would buy these dishes in a heartbeat! What if Doctor Who was played by dogs? Continuing my love of itty bitty historical artifacts: Nesting Pocket Globe What can we learn about privacy from porn stars? 8 Book Historians you sh... »

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