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Jen's Gems 7/23/12

Monday, July 23, 2012

This is hilarious. Presenting "SPOCK-TOPUS!"

This fascinating-yet-illogical creation is the brain child of Karen over at Sew Much 2 Luv. Karen has an etsy shop here, but I don't see any Spocktopuses for sale at the moment. Maybe if we all asked nicely? (Thanks to Vivienne for the link!)

- Next, one of the most spectacular interactive wedding invitations I have ever seen:

Words and this tiny portion can't even begin to describe it, so click over to Jess & Russ' site and just keep scrolling down. The use of graphics by so many different artists is beyond amazing. [via]

- Some of you may recall that I harbor a crazy dream of remodeling an old RV and meandering around the U.S. in it with John. So naturally I flipped over this unbelievable trailer makeover by Reddit user imakethenews & his girlfriend.

They literally tore the thing down to the chassis and rebuilt it from the ground up! You've got to click over and scroll through all 100+ of his process pictures, but here are a few shots of the finished interior to start you off:

The retro colors and design are just delightful. So cheerful!

The countertops are my favorite; they were made by gluing plywood strips together, edges up, then sanding and staining. The result reminds me of bamboo, only better:

The couch in the back folds down into a bed:

The couple put over 350 hours of labor and $6,000 in materials (including the original trailer) into the project. WOW. Talk about inspiring! Hit the link up there to see the rest.

And finally, if you follow any other geek sites then I trust you've heard about last week's debut of Written by A Kid, the new show on Geek and Sundry. If not, then allow me to correct this grievous oversight by telling you the show is brilliant, it has both Dave Foley AND Joss Whedon in it, and you need to take four minutes to watch it. NOW:

See? It's kind of like Drunk History, only with kids and less puking.  
(Dude. I should totally be in PR for these guys.)

(Confession: it took me way to long to figure out why the SQUAT team was, well, squatting. Ha!)

And while I'm on the subject, allow me to rave a little about Geek and Sundry, the Youtube channel behind this and other shows like Felicia Day's Flog, The Guild, and Wil Wheaton's Tabletop. I've never been much of a Youtube person - other than a few makeup tutorials and the usual viral funnies - but this channel is changing that. I'm delighted every Monday when a new Flog comes out, and I'm so impressed by the quality of all their shows (though admittedly there are a bunch I haven't seen yet.) So...yeah. Go check 'em out!

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  1. Jen - if you like Geek and Sundry, you should also check out the Nerdist YouTube channel...

  2. I love Geek and Sundry- Tabletop is my favorite, watching celebs and youtube stars play little-known games? Awesome. Gloom is on my holiday wish list :)

  3. I was at the geekandsundry panel at comic con as well as the taping of the flog at the youtube lounge. And every production they did was great, as well as the offsite area at the club Belo. Everyone was super nice, and it was a lot of fun. Even my hubby who rarely watches this stuff got hooked on tabletop after watching a preview.

  4. Geek & Sundry is awesome! Tabletop makes me wish I had more friends to play games with.

  5. You do not want to hear the noise that came out of my throat when I scrolled down and saw the whole Spocktopus. (No, I'm not going to repeat it for you.) Brilliant!!

  6. Aaaand now I'm addicted to a new youtube channel. Thank you Jen xD

  7. Oh, WOW! The details on the costumes in Scary Smash are so amazingly cool! Thanks for sharing so many great links! =)

  8. oh my god! its like an adorable spock spider! i like, totally want one! its too much cuteness! my little sister saw that spock spider and did a fake dyeing thing from cuteness overload. by the by, has anyone here besides me seen Fred 2 night of the living fred? if you havent, watch it NOW.

  9. Sanding, then staining? Shouldn't it be the other way around?

    Not trying to nit, but I want to send this to my step-father, and I want to make double sure.

  10. I've been loving Geek and Sundry also. As a fellow geek, I can also recommend The Nerdist youtube channel. They have celebrity bowling! It's a great channel. Oh, and check out The Lizzie Bennett Diaries channel. It's Pride and Prejudice redone as a vlog. Executive producer is Hank Green from the ridiculously awesome vlogbrothers channel, and SciShow and Crash Course channels. Where you can learn science and history and be entertained at the same time. Wow, enthusiasm-gasm all over you, sorry!

  11. @ kcunning - Sanding should be done first, then stain. If you use a water-based stain then you *will* need to sand again after, but just lightly with fine grit paper, since water-based stain can make the grain rise. Then you can finish up with a second/final coat of stain.

    If you use an oil based stain, though, it's possible you won't need to sand again after staining. Just depends if it's smooth enough for you.

    Hope that helps!

  12. If you want a real kid's version like Drunk History, you HAVE to check out Kid History--please tell me you've seen it!? Its hilarious and one of my family's favorite youtube channels, so funny! Thanks for the links!

  13. I love, love, love, love, love Geek and Sundry! You know what would be awesome? Playing TableTop games with you, John, Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. You can make that happen for me, right, Jen?

  14. Ha! One of the preschoolers in my class would be PHENOMENAL on "Written By A Kid." That bit was hilarious, by the way. I love the Squat Team. xD

  15. You can special order a Spocktopus - she has a link on the blog!



  16. I love everything about Geek and Sundry. I watch the Flog religiously while dabbling in all the other shows. Way to go Felicia Day and Co. for providing media content that is not only interesting, but so creative, to the geeky masses.

  17. I was just going to say what Melinda already said, CHECK OUT KID HISTORY NOW. It is amazing.

  18. I love the camper, but check out this one, Jen!!


  19. Linette Moccia-LeBlancJuly 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    OMG. I cried like a baby at that invitation. It was well worth scrolling all that way!

  20. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that didn't get the squatting thing at first. I'm so addicted to Geek & Sundry. Tabletop is slowly making my amazon wishlist out of control though. Only thing stopping me is lack of friends to play with. >.< Oh and holy WOW on that RV!

  21. The trailer is really cute! My Mom, Sister, and I belong to a vintage trailer group called Sisters on the Fly. There is a lot of vintage trailer eye candy in the photo gallery! <a href="http://www.sistersonthefly.com/>Sisters on the Fly</a>

  22. I just discovered the "Written by a kid" skit the other day by way of Rhett & Link! They have their own skit called "Goth boy" and they are also in "Scary smash" with Joss. Rhett & Link are the Redshirt Squat team members that get flamed.



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