Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Fun Links

It's the weekend, guys! Time to stop slaving away at the computer, get outside, and do fun things!!

But first look at this awesome stuff.

- Absolutely adorable upcycled necktie ruffle collar:

Plus, McKell makes it look so easy, even *I* might be able to do it.
Tutorial here, found via craft:

(Note: here's a good question raised in the comments: what if the tie isn't machine-washable? I wonder if you could make it removable...)

- If you love the film Labyrinth as much as I do, you'll get a kick out of this:

From this post which includes a letter from Jim Henson to David Bowie regarding the Fireys scene, plus a few sketches and pictures.

- Which reminds me, you can watch the complete making-of special on the Dark Crystal here. After watching the first 30 minutes, I realized I *still* think that film is creepy as heck. Cool stuff, though. [UPDATE: video has been pulled. Sorry, guys!]

- Christopher Lloyd plays Doc Brown again (in the DeLorean, woot!) in this new commercial. (I couldn't stop grinning for like five minutes.)

- And now, the world's most adorable Tauntaun carousel "horse":

Needle-felted sculpture by PushPLAY (hit the link for more pics), found via @jmaruyama

- And finally, would you believe this is a dollhouse?

The Bloggess posted a whole photo set of her painstakingly detailed (not to mention creepy) "Haunted Dollhouse," and this was my favorite shot. Check out the little Tinkerbell on the dresser! Er, right next to the skull. (Hey, I *said* it was creepy.)

Hit the link to see the rest.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Book Tour Has Officially Been Out-Geeked

Dang it.

Ernest Cline, the creator of Fanboys, is on tour this week promoting his new book Ready Player One. Nothing unusual there.

Well, except that he's traveling in a thoroughly souped up DeLorean with "features from Doc Brown's Time Machine, KITT from Knight Rider, Buckaroo Banzai's Jet Car, and the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters."

Check it out:

Yes, I am insanely jealous.

No, I don't want to talk about it.


Cline will be driving about 2,000 miles in the DeLorean - John and I will be driving about 5,000 miles this October. So, our lousy generic rental car will at least be comfier, right?



Read more at The Geekiest Book Tour Ever, and don't miss the rest of Cline's series on his process of building the geekiest car ever - it's pretty amazing. (Especially the latest one about his proton pack. Omigosh so cool!) You can also find the posts and his tour schedule over on his blog.

(Before you ask: I haven't read his book yet, but I plan to. It has great reviews and looks like a lot of fun.)

Also, many thanks to Elizabeth A. for sending me the link and making me question my geekhood. -.- No, really. Thanks a LOT, Elizabeth.

As for my own tour, I believe we just nailed down the last tricky date in Houston, so final details are coming soon. (Hooray!) Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Every Geek Home Needs...

A Star Trek-themed cat tree:

Set phasers to "love me."
(More images and another design over on Bit Rebel, found via @amy_geek)

Which will look great next to your....


Yes, it lights up, and it actually looks fabulous in the room.

It was made by Nick Woodrow, who says he's taking orders - for an undisclosed price.
(If you have to ask...)

More info and video on Gizmodo. (found via @GirlsAreGeeks)

And finally, for a little wall art, how about some Portal 2 Cave Johnson cross stitch?

Finally! A reason to return to my cross-stitching roots!

You can snag the .pdf pattern for less than $4 here. (found via @kiala)

Oh, and speaking of Portal, there's another excellent fan film making the rounds - but I actually like the first one I featured with the cake better. Is that bad?

And they say Twitter is a waste of time. Ha!

So, what geeky greatness is wasting YOUR time today, guys?

One Size Fits All?! (A Short Girl's Rant)

So for my final costume piece for Dragon*Con, all I needed was a pair of striped tights. Striking out at the mall, I turned to ebay, and snagged a nice black and brown pair for about $10.

They arrived in the mail today, and I excitedly ripped opened the package and unrolled the contents.

And unrolled,

and unrolled,



Guys, these suckers are as tall as my shoulders, UNSTRETCHED.

I know I'm short, but I've yet to meet a woman whose pelvis is eye-level with me. So I ask you: WHAT. THE. HECK??

Also, what's with this crappy "one size fits all" thing in the world of hosiery, anyway? Every cool pair of tights out there (Sock Dreams, I'm looking at you) is one size. ONE SIZE. Since I'm five foot tall, that means knee socks are thigh highs, thigh highs are nipple-highs, and tights can keep my neck warm - while I'm wearing them.

THESE tights, however, take the proverbial cake for sheer insanity. (Heh. "Sheer.")


Ok, rant's over.

'Scuse me while I go find the scissors...

Monday, August 22, 2011

$10 Geek Tees? Yes, Please!

I should start by saying this is *not* a sponsored post. I just figure if I'm going to be throwing all my money into geeky tees, you guys might as well join me.

Through tomorrow, all the tees on Threadless are only $10. However, you may have noticed - as I have - that Threadless seems to specialize in more artsy hipster stuff than in geek girl goodies. And there's a LOT of it to comb through when seeking geektastic gems.

Well, never fear, fellow fans! I have heroically picked through all the watercolor guns and ironic silhouette art to bring you only the best geeky options!


Been There

Back to the Future meets Indiana Jones. Great Scott!

I also like that the girl wearing it has a cute hot air balloon tattoo:

Of course, none of the designs can come out and say they're a Star Wars or Harry Potter design for copyright reasons, which is another reason searching through shirt sites like Threadless can be a pain.

House Brawl

This one's neat because its also available in the girl's "boatneck" style for the same price:

I absolutely LOVE this Doctor Who (ish) design:

I don't usually wear t-shirts this busy, though, so I'm on the fence about buying it. I'd almost rather have it as an art print. (Something I say quite a lot about Threadless designs, actually.)

There's even a little steampunk to be had:

I already own these next two, if that tells you how well I like them:

And John wore this next one so much he literally wore it out. I think I'll have to buy him a new one:

This started many, many conversations. Most of them confused.

I think I'll also have to nab this one:

And also this one, even though it's less geeky and more oh-so-cute-hot-air-balloon-y:

Again, all of these shirts are $10 until tomorrow. To find more geeky options, your best bet is to select Gaming or Pop Culture under categories and browse that way. I also omitted a few awesome designs (like the Muppets rainbow one) because they're sold out. (Boo!)

Also, today's TeeFury is a Firefly inspired "I Aim to Misbehave", and their shirts are always $10 (plus shipping.) Oh, and while we're at it, if you've never checked out Woot or Ript Apparal, those are also great $10 deal-a-day t-shirt sites. (Today's Ript Cylon toaster made me laugh.)

Um, I guess I should stop now, before I bankrupt us all. Heh. Still, let me know what I missed in the comments! And happy shopping!