Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mail Bag!

Lots of mail to catch up on, so let's dive right in:

The gorgeous Alyssa G., aka my candy corn bracelet winner, shows off her sweet bling:

And, look! She found the perfect place to wear it!

Woot! I love that she even dressed to match. :)

Remember when Casey asked for suggestions on displaying her Pokemon card collection? Well, here's a progress shot of what she decided to do:

Those are plastic display sleeves that she pinned to the wall. Doesn't it give a neat mosaic-feel from a distance? Now I want to see a whole room wallpapered with these. (You'll send pics when you get there, right, Casey?)

One final pumpkin picture, from Tara C.:


And if you think that shamelessly pandering to my Epbot 'bot will get you featured on this blog, well...

You are absolutely right.

Really, though, is that not the most EPIC steampunked 'bot EVER?!? Christine sent me the actual painting - which I cannot *wait* to get a really ornate old-timey oval frame for - along with THIS:

[swoon] That's it, I've died and gone to geek heaven. Christine: I love you. But not in a creepy way. (Unless you think having a blogger you've never met declare their love for you is creepy. In which case, ok, it's kinda creepy.)

And speaking of readers I now have a completely non-creepy affection for:


Angel's roommate Meagan made these guys, who are now terrorizing my Animaniac dolls. So, Angel and Meagan? LOVE. NON-CREEPY LOVE.

And finally:



These pint-sized pretties came from Sherry of the wove-her-elbow-plate-into-a-cool-necklace fame. Here's what was inside:

Woven gear bracelet & key fob! Woohoo! (There were more gears in the tiny green box, too.)

So once again, you readers have spoiled me rotten to the nerdy core. And that's not even counting all your e-mails directing me to fun geek news, great jewelry, new games, etc, etc. Far be it from me to get all mushy and whatnot, but dangit, I love you guys.

But not in creepy way.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Epic Theme Park Videos

I came across two amazing videos this week of two *very* different amusement parks.

First: I've been following the development of the new Wii Game Epic Mickey with mixed feelings, since it started out very steampunk/post-apocalyptic, but has apparently been significantly watered down through the design process. However, this is cool:

You hardcore Dizgeeks (aka Disney Geeks) know Walt had an apartment above the Fire station on Main Street. It's one of those rare 'holy grail' kind of spots that only a privileged few ever get to see. BUT, because the apartment is featured in Epic Mickey (?!?) one of the game's designers was allowed to tour it - and shoot video. Woot!

Read more at the Orange County Register here.

This kind of thing makes my Disney-loving heart happy. I may even have to borrow someone's Wii so I can try Epic Mickey when it comes out. Maybe.

Next, a video that calls to my urban-decay loving heart: Abandoned Six Flags, in New Orleans:

Some of the shots between the one and three minute mark are so beautiful I actually had to remind myself to breathe. You *have* to see it. Oh, and turn your sound on: I guarantee that simple guitar music will have you thoroughly creeped out in two minutes or less.

And speaking of creepy: 1:42 & 5:37. That is all. [shiver]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

From Zero To Awesome In Less Than 12 Parsecs

I know Twitter mystifies anyone not addicted to it, but in my defense, it's quite useful for finding geeky goods like this:

Via @ArkhamAsylumDoc & Furious Fan Boys

Would that be a detailed blueprint of the Millenium Falcon?

Why, yes, yes it would.

Click it for the full-size glory. Then see how long it takes you to find the bathroom. ;)

Or, if you'd like to send your Honda into hyperspace, there's a decal for that:

BuzzFeed claims this site is the original source, but I can't find the post anywhere. Anyone know who made it so I can credit them?

This would also be an excellent idea for a sunshade, if the photo was facing the other direction. Hey, Lucas? You listening?

[UPDATE: It exists!! Thx, Caroline!]

And finally, for my fellow papercraft lovers, a sweet find via Craft:
A Millenium Falcon pop-up card. Awww yeeeeah.

And get this: The artist, Robert Sabuda, has free instructions and downloads to make the card yourself! He also has dozens of other designs on his site, and I can't wait to make some. Now, should I start with the R2D2, the slice of birthday cake, or the cutie-patootie snowman? Hm, decisions, decisions...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Procrastination Station

Need to kill some time shoppin', playin', and droolin' over fun stuff?

Then, my friend, you've come to the right place.

First, if you have a cat, then you *need* one of the cat-nip filled geek toys from GEEKitty Gear:

Other designs include Guitar Hero guitars, dice, Mario coin blocks, golden snitches, and much more. Ha! Now our cats can be geek cats. (Just as soon as I figure out which ones to buy, of course.)

I've already featured lots of vintage photos from Star Trek: The Original Series. Well, thanks to a tweet from Great White Snark, I found a lots (and lots) of TNG ones:

Awww. Lookit young Wil Wheaton!

Marina's overalls are hilariously cute.

There must be well over a hundred candid and behind-the-scenes shots from the series and also the movies. Fun! Check 'em out here.

I've recently become enamored with found-object robots, and Brian Marshall makes some of the most adorable ones I've seen:

He has an Etsy shop, but since there are only a few bots listed there I also recommend checking out his Flickr albums of previous work. With over 300 photos, there's plenty to keep you smiling (and drooling) for some time.

I almost hate to feature this next artist because I want the luxury of convincing myself to buy all my favorites of his stuff in the future,

Maybe more sculpture than robot, but is this not the cutest puppy dog ever?

This 'bot's a jewelry box!

And my favorite:

I will not spend all my money on cute robots. I will not spend all my money on cute robots. I will not...

[sigh] So cute! I'm just amazed at how much personality Will Wagenaar, the artist, is able to infuse into these little guys. Plus, most of his robots are functioning trinket/jewelry boxes! You can see lots more at Will's shop Reclaim2Fame.

And finally, here's another puzzle game courtesy of Super Punch, only this one involves actual jigsaw puzzles. Digital ones. Of Star Wars characters. Need I say more? Yes? Ok, it's fun, fast, and surprisingly satisfying seeing the pieces meld together. Get addicted here.

So, where's your time going online this week, guys? Share your favorite links in the comments!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Don't Techno For an Answer

If you've never watched one of Pogo's music videos, prepare for a treat.

Pogo is a musician who takes sound and video clips from a movie and mashes them together to make beautiful, lounge-y, pop-ish, techno-esque music videos. (Yes, those are technical terms. Which I made up.) The fact that he uses so many Disney movies just makes 'em that much better.

Here's one of my favorites: "Expialidocious:"

And "Upular" will have you dancing about with a grin on your face:

Not Disney, but just as great: "Alohomora"

This one's on my iPod. :)

He also has songs for Toy Story, Sword in the Stone, and lots of other non-Disney stuff like Dexter.

So, if you're ready to lose the rest of your afternoon, go check out Pogo's Youtube channel. Then go to his website, 'cuz get this: most of his songs are *free* to download! (Though sadly none of the Disney ones; apparently he has some legal agreements with the company preventing him.)

I also highly recommend "Splurgenshitter." It's a great original song (even if I can't say the name without giggling), and the video is of Pogo dancing around wearing a Darth Vader helmet. What's not to love?

So guys, which is your favorite?