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Mad Quickies: Wee Little Drawings, A Clock That Saws Itself In Half, Illustrated Skateboard Tricks and More!

I love finding links for you. That’s why I put them here every week. We can enjoy them together. And then we’ll have something to talk about over dinner on Sunday. Are you still coming over? As a lover and owner of many 000 and 0000 paint brushes, I can’t tell you how happy these teeny, wee little drawings and paintings by Lorraine Loots make me. These whimsical yet functional ho... »

Logophile Tuesdays – Pronoun Problems

Logophile Tuesdays – Pronoun Problems

There has recently been another kerfuffle over the complexities involved with attempting to adapt the gender-binary nature of our language to a more inclusive format. In short, someone asserted that “they” shouldn’t be used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun. Others disagreed. I fall somewhere in the middle on the linguistic debate. “They” can be and is used to refe... »

My Little Fiasco: Friendship is Tragic

My Little Fiasco: Friendship is Tragic

Why do I take joy in ruining beautiful things? For those who have somehow remained unexposed the the phenomenon, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a delightful cartoon about the lives and times of a group of magical ponies in a magical land full of magical adventures. For those not familiar with the finest products of indie tabletop role-playing games, Fiasco is one of the best. It creates on... »

Mad Quickies: making art from harassment, anxiety, myths, child sketches and more

Mad Quickies: making art from harassment, anxiety, myths, child sketches and more

Hey, kids, have a spoonful of Quickies to make this Monday go down much easier. “A Woman’s Room Online: An immersive experience of the daily harassment women face online” is by our very own chief, Amy Davis Roth, and it is an extraordinary art installation. Check out the site for the live feed of the gallery. Also, thanks to the super-awesome Dr. Phil Plait for his post Harassment as A... »

NOVA Vaccines – Calling the Shots Review

NOVA Vaccines – Calling the Shots Review

I found out about this special through Tangled Bank, the awesome production house that worked on Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish, also on PBS. You can watch the program here. As skeptics, we know the importance of continuing to beat this dead horse of a subject. It’s one of the most important from a public health standpoint, and one of the most frustrating and infuriating on a personal l... »

Science for the People: Cities of the Future

Science for the People: Cities of the Future

Around here I am a maker of pretty things and a complainer about other things that aren’t pretty enough for my tastes. In another life, I am an engineering researcher and science teacher. At CONvergence this year, those worlds collided a bit and I had the privilege of joining Desiree Schell, Jamie Bernstein and Shawn Lawrence Otto to discuss the fantasies and realities of our future cities. ... »

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