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Not-so-sure guys

Pseudoscience debunkers and original thinkers unite in their lack of faith
It’s a few days after Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and Rebecca Watson is posted up at the Asgard, a popular bar down the road from MIT, passing out leaflets promoting an upcoming “Skeptics in the Pub” event.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  March 19, 2009


Hand-to-Hand Combat

Rock-paper-scissors is sumo for nerds
"So easy to learn, so hard to win." That's how Somerville resident Brian Loring describes the timeless game of rock-paper-scissors.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  January 26, 2009


Real time savers

Whither wristwatches?
Breaking news: scientists have eradicated the social malady known as "watch tan." The cure, of course, was the advent of the cell phone.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 17, 2008


Comics and crafts unite

Square Deal
What differentiates Comicazi-con from this past month's Boston Comic Con, sponsored by Framingham's Bedrock Comics, is the big-tent approach. Comicazi-con won't be focusing solely on comics, but will include local merchants.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 12, 2008


Geeky gifts 101

An introduction to buying things you don’t completely understand
“Smelly Yankee Candle for Grandma? Check. Tie for Dad? Got it. Toy dump truck for Tommy? Yup. Man, this holiday shopping stuff is easy. Now, who’s next? . . . Um. . . Hmmm.”
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 11, 2008


Drawing attention

Of pints and pens
If you drop by a Cambridge bar this Saturday afternoon and ask the bartender to draw you a pint, be forewarned: the guy on the next stool might take you literally.  
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  October 24, 2008


Boston boy

Brian Sullivan is Dylan in the Movies
For a brief moment recently, Brian Sullivan’s musical career came full circle.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  March 24, 2008


What is Filk?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the DIURNAL atmospheric DISEQUILIBRIUM
Filk’s not so much a genre as a state of being.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  March 20, 2008


Indie invasion

Blogs like
Green living and government-subsidized health care and education are breeding smart indie-pop acts by the dozen.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 25, 2008


Free your nerd

Dancing stupid
When “I’m Too Sexy” comes on, 28-year-old Rachel Marks has a flashback. “Oh my God,” she says. “My bat mitzvah.”
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 20, 2008


Beauty and the geeks

I, Dorkbot
The idea? A shooting gallery where the goal is to hit the ducks — and avoid bagging Dick Cheney’s hunting partner.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 14, 2008


Dirty dancing

A fitting opening for 'Inappropriate Touching'
The exhibit is called “Inappropriate Touching,” and whether you wanted it or not, that’s what you got at the packed opening reception.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 05, 2008


Twee time

The warm and fuzzy pop of the Smittens
In the cold climes of maple country, the Smittens are sentimental saps and proud of it. Militant, even.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 04, 2008


L_w su_t

Hasbro vs. Scrabulous
For Scrabble fans, there are few bigger dilemmas than how to play a Q without a U.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  January 30, 2008


Electronic spin

Jason Drakes stakes his own claim
Drake has posted a free download-only covers EP.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  January 28, 2008


Public-service announcements

Chris Marstall brings Tourfilter to life
How do you take a Web site and make it come alive?
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  January 22, 2008


Of Montreal: Reissue

If He Is Protecting Our Nation, Then Who Will Protect Big Oil, Our Children | Polyvinyl
Remember back when Of Montreal couldn’t be heard in commercials for Outback Steakhouse?
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  January 07, 2008


Friends of John

Ra Ra Riot head up a benefit for their fallen Drummer
Most people at the Middle East downstairs on December 15 probably didn’t know John Pike, the 23-year-old drummer of New York’s Ra Ra Riot who drowned on June 1.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 26, 2007


She's crafty

Indie music and the internet have fueled an arts-and-crafts renaissance that would puzzle your grandmother
What would Grandma say?
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 10, 2007


The wisdom of crowds

Comic timing
Well before the appointed hour, nearly a thousand people had gathered at tiny Reverend Thomas J. Williams Park in North Cambridge, waiting for . . . well, no one really knew.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  September 26, 2007
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