Thursday, August 19, 2010

The One Line of Code Every Commenter Should Know

Because I ask you guys to share links in the comments so often, I decided it's high time I teach you how to embed them. This makes it much, MUCH easier on the rest of us, since we can just click your text to visit the site in question, plus it eliminates those huge paragraphs of insanely long web links.

Now, don't worry; even if you know *nothing* about html, this is easy. Promise.

Here goes:

Let's say I want to make the words "my blog" a link to Epbot. Meaning my final product would look like this: my blog.

Here's what I have to write:

<a href="">my blog</a>

And that's it! See? Told you it wasn't hard.

So, here's your cheat sheet:

<a href="LINK ADDRESS">MY TEXT</a>

I suggest copying that down on a Post-it and sticking it to your monitor until you have it memorized.

Happy commenting!

UPDATE : Ack! Thanks for the heads up, guys: I forgot the "http" in my link above. Der whoops.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Jen's Procrastination Station

Believe it or not, that's actually one of the titles I once considered for this blog. A bit wordy, though.

So instead, I'll just keep using it for my feature of stuff-around-the-web-guaranteed-to-help-you-gleefully-kill-time. Which is also wordy. And therefore, appropriate.

Today's Theme: Steampunk


- Pretty much everything in Aranwen's etsy shop is jaw-on-the-floor beautiful:

Mmmm, Victorian sparklies. Love it.

- David Glicksman made the most mind-blowing steampunk secret-knock-activated door opener you will ever see in your ENTIRE LIFE:

Go watch the 30 second video and be amazed. (More pics at the link, too.)

- This house is what first made me fall in love with steampunk. There are too many amazing photos to choose a favorite, but here's an example:

That's just the computer desk.

And when you're done with that link, go take the virtual tour of the house here. Do it. DO IT NOW! (And then come back; I'm not done yet!)

- Jennifer Trantor, an artist in Australia, made a dress sculpture using "more than a thousand brass and copper clock cogs, sewn together with jewellery links."

Wowza. More pics and a close-up here.
(Thanks to Richelle E. for finding this!)

- And finally, Doktor A makes art that ranges from cute to creepy to a little of both:

His site is a labyrinth of galleries, so I'd recommend starting with the Mechtorians. He also makes 2D art: you may remember seeing two of his pen-and-ink drawings in my dining room.

Well, I think that's enough procrastination fodder for today. Happy browsing, all!

UPDATE: Breaking news! Check out what Disney just announced today:

Steampunk Vinylmation! (I think the balloon style on the left is my fav.)
Go here for more, and thanks to everyone in the comments who pointed this out!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Star Wars Celebration V Day 3, Pt 2

Thanks to my battling a slight case of Con Crud, we didn't make it out to Star Wars Celebration on Sunday. So, this wrap-up of Saturday's activities will be my final convention post. (Commence rejoicing or grieving, as the case may be.)

Kids today. No fear of the Dark Lord at all. *tsk tsk*

This kind of feels like the world's more awkward family portrait.

We had at least one couple (not this one) stop, pose for the photo, and then resume arguing all without missing a beat. It was pretty hilarious.

This art display was fantastic:

And as an art nut, I was thrilled to see Christian Waggoner doing some live painting:

He's famous for his hyper-realistic Star Wars reflections paintings. Check the link above for more.

I also love chalk art, so it was fun to check in on this guy throughout the weekend:

I don't have a finished shot since we skipped Sunday, so if any of you have one, let me know!

UPDATE: Many thanks to Frank F. for sending me this finished shot!

Love the colors.

More costumes!

Believe it or not, there's actually a guy in this suit. We watched him get helped into it, and then shuffle along a few feet before being mobbed by folks wanting to take his picture.

Um. So...there's that.

John had remarked the other day that it would be funny to show up in a Star Trek costume. Apparently this guy agreed:


Star Wars Laser Tag, anyone?

This stormtrooper was having a bit of fun:

The sign on his chest said, "Please do not touch the display." Heheheh. Reminds me of the time I accidentally scared the bejeepers out of some poor old lady when I was in full clown make-up, leaning against a wall. She nearly hit the ceiling when I wished her a good afternoon.

And now, the part you've all been waiting for...

This band of trouble-makers is about to make my day.

John and I headed back to the droid room to meet up with Ethan, a fan and droid builder who'd asked if I would sign something for his wife.

Here's Ethan's droid:

After we chatted for a while, Ethan asked if I'd like to try driving it. Which is kind of like asking if I'd like brownies for breakfast. Frankly, it was all I could do not to snatch the controller out of his hands and go gleefully sprinting from the room. Assuming I could figure out which way was forward, of course.

Anyway, after successfully mastering the "spin the head around" control, I began experimenting with knocking the metal stanchion poles over - although not intentionally. ("Which way is forward, again?")

Then the Jawas showed up.

First, they cautiously inspected the droid.

When I spun his head around, they all jumped and whipped out their blasters:

After a few more rounds of me attempting to scare them off (ie spinning the droid in circles) they got really bold:

I think this is the Star Wars equivalent of getting your hubcaps stolen.

I thought Ethan might intervene, but he was laughing too hard. :) I guess it's a good thing they only looked like they were prying bits off for spare parts.

Well, guys, that's it for me! John & I also skipped the special after-hours Star Wars party out at Disney Hollywood Studios Saturday night, but if you check out Inside the Magic's page here you can watch lots of videos on the special shows and events.

Now I'm off to finish some laundry, catch up on e-mail, and continue watching John slave away on my office remodel. Oh, and you're going to LOVE what we're doing for the small desk. [rubbing hands together gleefully] Muwahhahah!

Star Wars Celebration V Day 3, Pt1

Saturday at the convention was, again, not as crowded as I expected, and therefore also not as much costume action. Still, there were a lot more silly mash-up costumes, which are always a hoot:

Elvis Stormtrooper: "Uh, maytheforcebewithyou, uhthankyouverramuuuch."

Elvis was also one of the officiators at the wedding vow renewal gazebo:

Other choices included Darth Maul (who looked particularly hilarious under all that pink tulle & twinkly lights) and Obi Wan.

Scottish stormtrooper:

Uh...dapper pink stormtrooper?

And my favorite: Star Wars Mario Brothers:

Awesome sauce.

LEGO appeared to be a major sponsor, as there were lots of statues and small-scale dioramas around:

So Lego Fett fit in nicely:

There was even a massive Lego mural:

Fans were invited to help assemble the small tiles for free on Thursday and Friday, and they finished on Saturday:

Pretty sweet, right? According to a fact board nearby, this used over 160,000 Lego bricks.

A particularly voluptuous slave Leia.

Another freebie: you could assemble your own Styrofoam diorama:

You had your choice of a cave, tunnel, or random ice clumps to display with your toys/miniatures:

They hung on to everyone's work until Sunday, so the display area filled up more each day.

It was fun seeing some of the creative ways parents modified their various child carriers:

LOVE the Yoda back pack - complete with sleeping child inside.

A blaster-fied stroller:

And a nicely done Tusken baby pack (although this baby is just a doll):

Stay tuned for my next and final installment, which includes my personal Droid-driving escapades and a harrowing run-in with a pack of wild Sand People!

So, you know, the usual.