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Monster of the Week: The Thing

In a pair of disastrous 1982 incidents, humanity encountered a formless, aggregate organism from beyond our solar system known only as “the Thing.” Luckily, these incidents occurred in the inhospitable wastes of Antarctica, so we never had to learn what

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Space Music: CZARFACE Dons the Hip Hop Armor

Somehow I missed out on CZARFACE’s 2013 debut self-titled album, but the release of 2015′s “Every Hero Needs a Villain” has really taken over my earbuds this week. CZARFACE consists of  Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck and underground hip hop

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Study Sheds Light on Giant Snake Killing Style

So just how does a constricting snake dispatch its prey? A new study published in The Journal of Experimental Biology suggests our serpentine grapplers forgo both the choke hold and bear hug in favor of a a good old-fashioned sleeper

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Retrofuturist Flashback: Venusian Cloud Colonies

We’re currently putting together an episode on architect/engineer R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983) and we can’t help but dream about such wonders as his Cloud 9 concept. This entailed an enormous floating geodesic sphere, held aloft in the air

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Artatomical: The Glass Man

Today’s podcast episode examines the bizarre psychiatric condition known as “glass delusion,” so I thought it a great time to share this photo of the glass man sculpture from the International exhibition of 1937 in Paris, France. It’s essentially a

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Monster of the Week: The Consult Skin Spy

The unnatural world undulates with monstrous deception. Every familiar face may well prove a clever mask for some unspeakable horror. The world of Eärwa, detailed in R. Scott Bakker’s excellent “Second Apocalypse” saga, is no exception to the rule.* The

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7 Legendary Stigmatics

Meet some of the most famous stigmatics in history… Read more ›

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Retrofuturist Flashback: The Futuro House

In our continuing study of the future via the past, let’s stop to consider the Futuro house. Inspired by the flying saucers of science fiction and the space-age enthusiasm of the late 1960s, Finnish architect Matti Suuronen unleashed his design upon

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Space Music: John C. Lilly & Art Department

If you’ve listened to STBYM over the years, you’ve probably picked up on our fascination with John C. Lilly (1915-2001), the American physician and neuroscientist best known for his often-controversial research into the nature of consciousness. His 1960s work with

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Phobia of the Week: Fear of Shattering Like Glass

In preparation for a podcast episode on the mirror delusion, I thought it a fitting time to dip back into the Phobia of the Week series here on the blogs. After all, there’s something rather profound about a psychiatric disorder

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