Friday, September 23, 2011

The Best D*C Video Yet

[running in]


You have to see this:

So fun!

I am insanely jealous of the mad skillz on display here, and I'm not just talking the costumes; the quality of the shots and all that video editing is amazing. Not to mention these guys saw a ton of fabulous cosplay that I didn't. [pouting]

Oh, and the Where's Waldo ending cracked. me. up.

Major props to Micah Moore, Blake Faucette, and Rick Burnett for capturing all the fun of Dragon*Con in under five minutes. I hope this becomes a yearly tradition, gentlemen!

(And thanks to reader AK Richards for the link!)

Friday Finds

John just rushed in to show me his new favorite video, and I must admit, it's a doozie:

via Wimp

(Turn up your sound for big kitty purrs!)

And completely unrelated but a good read for anyone who works online: SEO for Non-Dicks.

I've always had the impression that self-professed "SEO builder gurus" were a bunch of scam-artists, even though I know there must be some exceptions. This article explains how honest and straight-forward blogging achieves results that rival all the deceptive tricks out there, which makes me feel better about blowing off all the aforementioned "gurus" who contact me from time to time and make me feel like an idiot for not using their scummy tactics. Wheaton's Law ftw, people!

And finally, after countless hours of online browsing, John and I finally - FINALLY - have gotten our own laptop decals. Let's see if you can guess whose is whose:

And before you berate me; yes, I know they're not officially licensed products - none of the character and game decals are - and I feel kind of crummy about that. But I love them.

(Although the Portal one still needs a small cake decal for the top corner, don't you think? And does anyone know where I can get one? All the stickers I've seen so far are too big.)

Hope you guys are having a great Friday!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

SG:A Surprises

John and I have spent this week making miniature polymer clay carrots and gluing plastic naked babies to them.

Ah, the glamorous life.

Anyway, to keep ourselves from going insane, we set up our work table in front of the TV and have been watching marathon sessions of Stargate: Atlantis while we work each night.

Considering we've spent 4 or 5 hours a night so far, that's a lot of SG:A. And I love it.

Now. Some revelations:

Guess who I spied in the background of the episode "The Storm"?

Recognize that Genii foot soldier?

It's Cory Monteith, aka Finn from Glee!

When I went online to verify it was him, I found out he was also on SG-1's "200" playing young Mitchell:

It's fun to spot celebs you know now in older shows, right?

Ah, but here's another goodie: do you know who THIS is?

Besides the little girl Wraith from "Instinct," I mean.

Well, would you believe...'s Jewel Staite? Aka Kaylee from Firefly, and who also played Dr. Keller later on SG:A? I recognized her voice; otherwise I don't think you'd ever know under all that creepy Wraith make-up.


Anyway, just had to share. Now if you'll excuse me, I have more of this business to attend to:


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Geek Glee 9/20/11

Things making me smile this week:

Beaker Boba graffiti:

Found by Beth B. via World Graffiti (Sorry, site no longer exists.)

8-bit sunglasses:

Fun, but $285?? Yikes. I wonder if you could DIY?
(via Likecool)

I never get tired of on-set photos like these:

Found by Amy H. via ThisIsNotPorn

Speaking of which, you've got to see this roundup of awesome behind-the-scenes photos from classic movies. My two favorites:

Jim Henson. Love.

For some reason it never occurred to me that there was a person inside the Stay Puft suit. Aaand now it is my life goal to be the person in a Stay Puft suit. I just have to learn how to mold a giant foam latex marshmallow man. No biggie, right? 0.o
And finally, in honor of The Rocketeer's 20th anniversary a while back, check out this amazing fan film by John Banana. It's pretty much how The Rocketeer would have looked if Pixar had made it.

Like I said: amazing.
(Thanks to Debbie C. for the link!)

What's making you smile today, guys?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sometimes It's Ok To Not Be Ok

It's one of those annoying quirks in life that the more stuff I absolutely HAVE to do, the less I'm able to do it. Sometimes I just let the deadlines and the expectations and the worries get to me, and then I sit on the couch all day mentally paralyzed and eat a half pint of New York Fudge Super Chunk.

(Ok, ok, fine. Three quarters of a pint.)

With our five-week book tour only four weeks away, I've started keeping a "to-do" list open on my desktop. I honestly can't tell if it's helping or driving me to the brink of sprinting naked through the streets with a song in my heart and chocolate in my hair. Except I wouldn't really be sprinting because I'm too dang tired. And I'd probably eat the chocolate. And grab a sweater. So really it'd be more of an aimless meandering through the streets while eating chocolate without any pants on, which, come to think of it, sounds kind of fabulous. (Who's with me?!)

Anyway, yesterday while I was sitting and thoughtfully contemplating my mountain of "MUST DO NOW"s the way I imagine a wild rabbit thoughtfully contemplates an oncoming semi, I kept remembering something I saw on Jennifer Lawson's (aka The Bloggess) Pinterest account. This:

And after a while I fetched my nail kit, and I painted my toenails bright green.

I've never done that before, so then I sat and admired this ridiculous color on my toes. I even walked into other parts of the house to admire it in different lights, and did a little photo shoot with Kermit in my office:

I thought about tweeting this picture with, "All I've done today is paint my toenails. Someone please tell me that's Ok," but that seemed really needy, so instead I went back to my couch, fetched my ice cream, and watched seven hours of Stargate Atlantis.

If that seems anticlimactic, it's because it is. Sometimes, there is no immediate fix. Sometimes there's just a temporary reprieve in a day of yuckiness, and you grab on to it, and you suck all the joy you can out of it, and then you just keep breathing and waiting and hanging on for tomorrow, when you hope things will look better.

And today, at least, they do.

Plus my toenails look kind of awesome.

In fact, I'm going to go add "paint toenails" to my to-do list and then cross it off. Booya. Productivity win.