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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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Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Stolen Paintings Recovered, Data Visualization of Crying, Coincidence Photography and More!

Uhhhhhh sorry the Quickies are late today. I’ve only just stopped sobbing from last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. Let’s all cheer up a bit. If we can. Speaking of crying, Robin has been tracking and quantifying different aspects of her life. Here, she records and uses data to …

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Riddle of Valyrian Steel part 2 – Damascus

A little while ago I joined the American Chemical Society in making a video about Valyrian steel with and overlong companion piece here on the blog. There was some complaint that I had ignored an obvious contender when discussing possible materials, though: Damascus steel. It was a conscious decision to skip …

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Mad Quickies: Site-Specific Illusions, Touring a Nebula, 7-Year-Old Comic Book Author and More!

As Donna mentioned on Wednesday, she and I have switcheroo-ed our posting days this week. I hope I do her proud with this installment of Friday Quickies. Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting, has died at the age of 92. – Via …

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The Riddle of Valyrian Steel

In the Song of Ice and Fire series, a Valyrian steel sword is the finest blade any warrior could hope to carry. Said to be “Stronger than any common steel, lighter, harder, sharper,” with dark, visible ripples running through it showing the thousand foldings needed to craft such a blade. It is …

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Mad Quickies: Friendship is Madness, Tiny Monsters, Papercut Anatomy and Much More!

Hey gang, Brian here with your mid-week Quickies. There’s lots of cool things and frightening things to look at, but I bid you look at them all the same. Do it for me. These are so, *so* good. Wee monsters drawn on Post-its by Don Kenn. -Via Courtney It’s all …

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Mad Quickies: Turing Tests, Charcoal Columns, Game of Thrones Prosthetics and more

You’ve made it to the middle of the week. Congratulations! Have some Quickies. You’ve heard about about the chatbot that passed the Turing Test, right? Well it didn’t. Lab alum Maki Naro has the scoop in comic form. Here’s a great resource: Digital artists share their brushes. I’ve downloaded several …

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 1

Content Note: Rape, incest, homophobia, gendered insults, potential anorexia, sleep disorders Spoiler’s From Last Night’s Episode Ahead Fresh from last season’s crowd-surfing, white savior finale (and just as our hearts were beginning to heal after the Red Wedding), Game of Thrones is back for more action, incest, and just plain …

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