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Sundaylies with Artist Ray Johnson, Scientist Lauren Uhde, New Horizons, Iceman, Bisexual Stereotypes, Karma, Free Will and Censorship in Blog Comments

Helllloooooo friends!

It’s time for the Sundaylies, your weekly recap of what is hip and happening in the world of art, science and skepticism.

I for one have had a really great and inspiring week full of art and friends. I got to go to a movie watching party in Los Angeles at an art space run by a cinematographer and we watched a very interesting older documentary about an artist from the Andy Warhol era named Ray Johnson. Ray was known in some circles as “the most famous artist you have never heard of.”

The fascinating film was called “How to Draw A Bunny” and if you like art or are interested in alternative lifestyles where you make and live by your own rules then I really recommend checking it out. There are some weird references to numerology in the film and particularly the number 13 was important to Ray and he used it and his art and collages to send odd and sometimes cryptic messages to the viewer. He literally sent messages in bottles- and did a lot of very outlandish performance art pieces. It’s a bit of a disturbing tale- with a lot of kick-ass old footage and interviews from the pop art days gone by. So in honor of that strange and wonderful flick and the life of a man who blurred the lines between art and artist, I offer you some art of Ray Johnson as today’s Sunday Funnies.

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Ray Johnson Bunny nothing

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Now on to our very own message in a bottle, the Sundaylies! Your instructions are to click and read and to feel fulfilled by joy and knowledge!

Mad Art Lab 

Women in Science: The Next Generation. Featuring Lauren Uhde and Her Amazing Friends! Dale interviews and illustrates the story of a current scientist Lauren Uhde! Very cool!

I completed my first scientist peer review painting for my Patreon project! The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait was my science advisor and you can read about some of what I learned and get up to date on The New Horizons Spacecraft mission by clicking here.

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OH HEY there is a Mad Art Cast mini episode out about how they are sending espresso to the International Space Station. Got just ten minutes to spare? Listen to myself, Ashley, A and Brian as we give you the scoop on coffee beans in space!


Iceman is gay because a straight telepath said so.
Vince talks about the recent “outing” of Iceman of the X-Men as gay.

Why the Bisexual Slut Stereotype is Harmful
Trav tackles the “bisexual = slut” trope.


Karma Doctrine Lulú explains why the idea of karma is so harmful.

School of Doubt

J.D. Fisher thinks about what (the illusion of) free will means for educators and students

Grounded Parents

DC Comics is working on a new superhero series aimed at girls. Which could be awesome, but it could also have issues. As Emily puts it, “by specifically targeting female superheroes at girls, and by engaging companies like LEGO and Mattel that have been less than stellar in their representation of girls over the years, it seems likely that this line will continue to fall into the girls stories are for girls, boys stories are for everyone trap.”

Jenny brings up the point that how can we ever hope to save the Earth if we can’t even agree on what constitutes science, in a world of Food Babe and Dr. Oz.

Is blocking comments a form of censorship? Delagar talks about the first time she had to block a comment and why blocking/unfriending people is not the same as “silencing” them.


Chris tells us about some new apps for people with vision impairments.

Aredmosquito tells us about her experiences with the ebb and flow of MS. 

That’s all for now! Have a great week full of art, culture and education!

*featured image: art by Ray Johnson

Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia, science-loving artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and is currently in love with pottery. Daily maker of art and leader of Mad Art Lab. Support her on Patreon. Tip Jar is here.

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