Friday, May 27, 2011

Keeping Tabs - Photo and Link Round Up

Sometimes I look up and realize I have a dozen tabs open in my browser, each with some amazing find I don't want to risk losing. Here's the best of what I've got open today:

- This functioning iris business card is amaaaazing. (I've been chastised in the past for not having business cards. Since the guy who makes these offers kits, maybe I'll finally rectify that.)

- I know I've got Star Wars Weekends and all here in Orlando, but I think the grass will always be greener at Disneyland. Check out this massive photo post of their new parade, video of the brand new Little Mermaid ride, and lots more.

My favorite pic of the new parade. Yay, Abu!

- Oh, and if you love Disney art, then you'll really love these retro-style Disney posters by Tom Whalen. (I remember when the Steamboat Willy one sold out at the speed of light before I could snag one. I was crushed. CRUSHED, I say.)

- File this under "brilliant": Cathe of Just Something I Made turned an old book into an expanding file folder:

BRILLIANT! Hit the link above for the step-by-step tutorial.

Random fun fact: Cathe actually came to the CW book tour in Petaluma. How do I remember? Because she gave me a business card with the same design on it as her blog banner, which is so striking I immediately recognized it. (Gee, this post is turning into a commercial for business cards, isn't it? Ha!)

- Speaking of brilliant, Elizabeth shared these pics of her daughter's fantastic TARDIS costume:

And the best part?

It's bigger on the inside!!

(My jaw actually dropped on that second pic. So, so cool.)

- And finally, watch this video. It will make your whole weekend.

(found by my friend Amanda, who has a great Tumblr called Old-Timey Cats)

Happy Friday, everyone! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Star Wars Weekends

It seems like most of my friends have already been on the new (well, updated) Star Tours ride at Disney, and several I know were even there to cover or work the premiere last week with various media outlets. Despite a few invitations I still haven't been; the crowds and heat are keeping me away. Still, I know I'll have to go soon; Star Wars Weekends (which started last weekend) *are* pretty awesome - kind of like a mini convention mixed in with the usual theme park stuff. There are celebrity guests, a special parade, and many fans even show up in costume. (I always pity those people because of the heat, though. All those long robes and armor!)

From two years ago: storm troopers patrol the rooftops above the turnstiles.

"These are not the tourists we're looking for."
"Aw, man, they're using those Jedi mind tricks on you!"

Anyway, the absolute highlight of Star Wars Weekends is the Hyperspace Hoopla. Rather than try to describe the Hoopla, I'll just show you a nice video compilation I just found of this year's show:

(The droids' dance at the end is the best part. Love it!)

Most of the comments on Youtube are pretty negative - purists who don't like seeing their beloved characters degraded and used for silly dance routines. I get that, I really do, but I also think the show is great fun. (And thank goodness they finally got a better stage!)

That said, I think the music selections have been a lot better in the past, and I've yet to see anything that beats Vader's 2009 dance:

This gives me a big goofy grin every. single. time. Heheh.

Anyway, rest assured I'll have some photos to share when John and I do go. (Now, if only it would get below 90! Urg!) In the meantime, just search Youtube for "hyperspace hoopla" for lots more fun.

So, have any of you been to Star Wars Weekend yet? Any of you going? Let me know in the comments, and maybe John and I will see you there!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Adorable Geek Girl Cosplay

Ooooh, I'm feeling pretty good about the future of girl geekdom today, guys! Check it out:


This Batgirl could kick your butt and look fabulous doing it.

Then reader Kirsten M. sent in this pic of her daughter as Doctor Horrible:

Kirsten even made the coat herself! Now that's raising your geek girl right. Kudos, Kirsten!

One more shot of gratuitous adorableness:

"The world is a mess, and I just need to RULE it."

Speaking of adorable evil, have you seen the Vader princesses?

Submitted by readers Clint & Emma J., and made by mayamagination

Tutus and crowns and lightsabers, oh my!

Ah, but wait: there's more.

Found by Van L. and made by booturtle (hit the link for more pics)


And pay close attention to the Death Star wand, if you please.

Love. It.

And one more, hangin' with her papa:

via The Force is Strong
Soooo cute.

And finally, for you knitting fiends raising your own geekling, check out reader Jennifer L.'s adorable SuperBaby costume!
Isn't it fabulous? You can even customize the colors and chest logo, and, c'mon, it has a cape. You can buy the .pdf pattern on Jennifer's site, but I also have a free copy for one of you lucky readers!

So, if you'd like to win a SuperBaby knitting pattern (in .pdf format) just leave a comment on this post by 10 pm EST today. I'll announce the winner here, on this post, and on the Epbot FB page by 10:15.

And the winner is.... LuluB!! Congrats, Lulu. Shoot me an e-mail so I can get you your pattern.

Which reminds me: I also share a fair amount of links and goodies exclusively on the Epbot Facebook page, so if you haven't "liked" Epbot on FB, you're totally missing out. Just sayin'. :)