Saturday, August 20, 2011
Ok, well, one of the reasons why.
Ladies, gentlemen, and fellow geeks, I give you...
Yes, he's weird on Twitter, but Spiner is gold - GOLD, I say - in person. We got to see him live with Levar Burton at MegaCon last year, and he was both bitingly hilarious and surprisingly humble by turns. I like him. And this video (shot at this year's Emerald City Comic Con) makes me like him more.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to X out another day on my countdown to Dragon*Con. :D
After MUCH peer pressure (thank you, peers!) I've started a Pinterest account. If you haven't heard of it, Pinterest is a super-addictive photo-sharing platform that rips open the space-time-continuum and sucks away your entire afternoon. Trust me. It's dangerous.
Anyhoo, of course I'm pinning mostly steampunk inspirational stuff, like this:
Now THAT is a door handle.
And check out these funky cool "light installations" by Liquid Light:
That's a chandelier.
And here's a floor lamp:
Hit that link to see over a hundred fun costume shots. Eye candy galore!
Both photos from SteampunkCouture, which you should go click around for lots more gorgeousness. (And if you're that skinny - well, I hate you - but also you can buy that last outfit for only $175!)
And just LOOK how adorable this girl is:
[Edit: I'm a dolt. This one's *also* from Steampunk Couture. I should've known!]
Also, that skirt makes me ridiculously happy.
Now let's gawk at pretty steampunk jewelry!
$51 at the always fabulous Bionic Unicorn.
I believe this was a one-of-a-kind that's been sold (curses), but click the link to see lots more.
I discovered Friston's etsy store last week, and quickly discovered that I have needs I never realized before, guys. Jewelry needs. I...I think I'm in love. With a purple leather cuff bracelet:
Not to mention at least eight of his other pieces. I'm telling you: NEEDS. I have them.
Seen something fun and steamy? Share your links in the comments!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
When John picked this up at the antique store last Saturday, my first words were, "Dude. They have LIGHTSABERS??"
Ok, so I admit I'm not an expert on lightsabers *or* vintage flashlights, which is what this is. However, I'm betting with a few more buttons and doo-dads I could totally rock this at the next Star Wars Celebration. Not bad for $4 - and there are tons like it on ebay, if you're in the market. (Like these - so cool!)
Next I caused a minor scene when I spotted this - also $4 - hanging off a shelf of old pencil sharpeners:
Circus World! Anyone remember that place? It was a theme park near Orlando in the 80's, and later became Boardwalk and Baseball before dying altogether. Frankly, I don't remember it at all, but according to this picture I've had forever I've been there at least once:
Huh. You know, looking at that creepy-ass clown in the picture with me and Ben, I'm suddenly realizing why Circus World wasn't around very long. And I LIKE clowns. (Since, you know, I was one for a coupla years.) (And btw, isn't my clown girl cute? I have her brother on the other side of that shelf in my office:
Now, does anyone know a way to clean little mold spots off felt? And would you say that pennant is creepy-in-a-bad-way, creepy-in-a-good-way, or still needs a motion-activated soundboard with the Joker laugh on it?
And why was John rolling his eyes, anyway? It's not like it was a giant metal chicken. (*gigglesnort*)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
This bit of shininess comes from Epbot reader Alden L., who writes:
I'll admit I was expecting pigs of the curly-tailed variety at first (which, c'mon, would be pretty awesome) but that little death stare is perfection itself. Quick! Someone say the safe word!
So thanks, Alden. I think I speak for us all when I say: we actually DID need to see that.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Or maybe strips of paper. Whatever. The point is: I dare you to not smile while looking at it. I'd love to see a whole set framed individually on clean white walls: instant geek art! Hit the link above for more Invader dudes plus instructions. (Found via Craft:)
Now, you could buy this necklace by Oak for $372:
...you could use this tutorial by Honestly...WTF to make your own with stuff you might already have in the garage:
Oh, the possibilities! I'm thinking braided ribbon for a more feminine look. What do you think?
(And thanks to Amanda H. for the link!)
...but I have to try this.
And finally, Josh H. sent me a pic of this awesome nerdy birthday banner his wife Sabrina made for him:
I especially like the Picard uniforms. :)
Josh didn't say, but I think these are all made from felt. Family project, anyone? (And great job, Josh's awesome wife!)
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Note: Not my usual geeky/goofy fare today; just something I've been working on for a while and wanted to share. I hope you enjoy.
And we talked even more.
Then the car stopped, and I realized they were there for us.
Deeply embarrassed, I put the camera down and was handed out of the car.
We sat on tiny stone benches under a small gazebo across the road. There a man who'd never met you told us things about your life I never knew. He also read a prayer, and called you "brother."
I didn't take any pictures of that.
The men-at-attention stood that way while we sat. If I turned my head I could just see them, there in the sun. It was about 90 degrees, and so thick we drank the air.
The man warned us it would be loud, but I didn't cover my ears. I covered my eyes, and took as many pictures as I could.
One even caught the puff of smoke from their rifles:
I wish I knew enough about PhotoShop to take them out.
Then the man on the right began to play, and the first notes were so pure, so piercing, that the thick air turned to crystal.
Or maybe I just forgot to breathe.
I stood at the edge of the gazebo, one foot in the grass, and watched through my sunglasses. (I was glad for those sunglasses.) The silence that followed was like the awkward pause at a dinner party.
The few of us who'd stood shuffled back to our seats.
We were never close, you and I. You were gruff, and I was sensitive. I never tried to know you better.
I never knew you were a baker.
But I'm glad I got to say goodbye.
These men - these soldiers - never knew you at all. Still, they honored you, and they honored us. They are still sacrificing for their country, in the 90 degree heat and the drinkable air.
And this granddaughter, at least, is so very grateful.
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