A mold for a supergirl crest.
GeekerySculptureWork in Progress

WIP Weekend: Supergirl

I’m working on a Supergirl costume right now. I’ve never worked with spandex in a serious way before, so I’m learning a lot. I also plan to make the “S” crest on the chest out of cast silicone. I made what I thought would be the mold for it last weekend, …

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Writing

Book Review: Dandelion Seeds

One of our Mad Art Lab alumni, Steve DeGroof, recently wrote a book basically by accident.  It was mentioned in the Quickies a couple weeks ago, and I finally overcame my slow reading speed of late to finish it.  My first pass impression (which is also a recommendation of “you’ll probably …

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Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Shoreside Geek Chic, Dire Dioramas, Gummy Innovation, Hologrammed Vinyl, Game of Molds and More!

You guys- don’t look now but… It. Is. Friday! Woo hoo, baby! Start your day of pre-weekend debauchery relaxation with these Quickies I concocted for you. Well, actually there was a LOT of helpful chiming from the artkids at the Lab. Please to begin! Summer Fashion Alert! This Star Trek:TNG …

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Comic

Why #CaptainAmerica’s Latest Plot Twist Matters

Spoilers for Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 So by now you’ve probably heard all about the new Nick Spencer/Jesus Saiz issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1. You’ve heard how Captain America is a secret Hydra (read: Nazi) operative, and apparently has been all along. You’ve probably also heard that “It’s just a …

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ActivitiesElectronicsPhotographyphysics

Can you make a blacklight with your phone and markers?

Somewhere on the internet, whether it were Tumblr, or Facebook, or Twitter, or Pinterest or… you know just somewhere, I saw this little post about turning your phone camera into a black light. I know, I know, I thought the same thing. “That’s not how blacklights work.” You can’t just …

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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
ActivismArtAstronomyFilmmusicPhotographyScienceScience & NatureVideo

KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

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ComicFeaturedFilm

Captain America’s Boyfriend

Twitter has been trending with #givecaptainamericaaboyfriend, and it’s awesome. With Civil War out, Captain America has been in five Marvel movies, and spent three of them fighting everything from aliens, to robots, to his own government. A man outside his own time, he inspires easy loyalty and forms bonds of …

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Geekery

A mold for a supergirl crest.
GeekerySculptureWork in Progress

WIP Weekend: Supergirl

I’m working on a Supergirl costume right now. I’ve never worked with spandex in a serious way before, so I’m learning a lot. I also plan to make the “S” crest on the chest out of cast silicone. I made what I thought would be the mold for it last weekend, …

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Art

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
ActivismArtAstronomyFilmmusicPhotographyScienceScience & NatureVideo

KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

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Science

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
ActivismArtAstronomyFilmmusicPhotographyScienceScience & NatureVideo

KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

READ MORE →

Music

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
ActivismArtAstronomyFilmmusicPhotographyScienceScience & NatureVideo

KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

READ MORE →