Monday, February 8, 2021

Witcher Lightsabers, A Macrame Droid Display, & Redefining The "Head"

I've been whining to John this week that my posts don't feel weird enough anymore. Usually most of my snazzalicious geek content comes from our trips to comic conventions or Dapper Day or Slug Club meetups, so as we drag ourselves into the 11th month of lockdown I fear my blog has become, dare I say, boring.

Also here's a skull toilet.

(The Fabulous Weird Trotter)

I like to think the lights turn fiery red when you flush.

 I'm just saying all this transforming closets and making butterfly wreaths feels so... ordinary. So everyday. Where's my niche content? Where's the retro stuff only the coolest people recognize?

Maybe with a little luck, we'll find some.

I know I'm not the only one missing my con photos and geeky parties and stories of fans getting together to play and laugh and just BE, but for now, all I can do is keep sharing stuff I find that I love.

Like sweet macrame decor:


... with a custom painted BB-8 inside. Who says droids can't be Boho Chic?

Then there's Vaults of Valhalla (who I'm sure has a real name, I just can't find it), who makes custom etched lightsabers that will take your breath away. Check out this Witcher themed one:

And this one is styled after the Infinity Gauntlet, complete with light-up stones:

Hnnnnng. See all the pics in the album here.


Jamie Bressler recently created Fanny Pack Puppets and I am Kermit-flailing hard:

Last I checked four of these were still available, so click over to Jamie's Etsy shop fast if you want one!

  I wonder if I can jazz up my boring crossbody bag with some puppet eyeballs. Hmmm...

Oh, and Jaimie also makes little potted plant puppets! Lookie:



Lately I've been missing cosplay photography in particular, so much it aches. It's less about the photos and more about the interaction for me: watching someone light up when I tell them how amazing they look, working together to find a cool pose or the right lighting, and later that glow you get knowing you captured a fraction in time no one else ever will, something truly unique.

Anyway, even though I didn't get to take these, this photo set is exactly the kind of eye candy my soul's been missing:

So beautiful, and yet I'm more jealous of the photographer, ha. ::anguished sigh::




Let's wrap up today with some fascinating fandom facts. This article is a long read, but if you love Emperor's New Groove like I do, then well worth it:

Head over to Vulture for the full mind-blowing tale. (I never knew ANY of this!)

So tell me, gang, what's the best weird/geeky thing YOU'VE seen this week? Share your links in the comments, or over on Facebook!


P.S. If you're in the market for a weird t-shirt that only the coolest people will recognize, we have a Threadless shop for that:



  1. You posts are never boring. You might not be able to hit the pre-covid locales for interesting content, but you're doing a great job of scouring the interwebs for it. I always smile when I see you've published a new post. :)

  2. Omg, she looks like a doll in the cosplay photos! The pictures and the costume are just perfection, and I kind of want a doll version to put on my desk, lol. And I've always loved Falcor, so that is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  3. We might not have shut down yet, but it's been more like 13+ months. I want it to be over, but I'm shopping from home until then.

  4. I just finished reading The Emperor's New Groove article. That was a fun and interesting read. We're so lucky we have this movie.

    It definitely feels weird to be in month 11 of Covid insanity. I miss theater and vacations and being around people.

  5. OMG that Falkor!!!

    Even if some posts feel a little more middle of the road for what you are used to, they are always unique and inspiring and lovely pops of color in my blog feed. So keep it up, you're still knockin' it out of the park!

    (The documentary film for Emperor's New Groove is on the Internet Archive if you'd like to seek it out.)

  6. Sorry - no new geeky thing to share. Too busy wallowing in NOT doing live theater in a year - a sad state i have not been in since 1978....

  7. A friend posted this link on their FB page last night. You can listen to radio stations from all over the world!!! Want to buy a used car in Iceland? Let Big Svensonn help find you a deal!

  8. Your posts are one of the highlights of all the crazy going on right now!

  9. I totally feel you about everything feeling so... boring isn't the right word, i think... sedate. Yes, sedate is the word. Like we are all still living, but with really strong sunglasses over our personal lights.
    You can always be counted on for happiness, though and right now it is what we need!
    Thanks for linking that amazing article about ENG; it is one of my favorite movies ever.
    BTW, if you are looking for some whimsy and amazing crafting, this is the YouTube channel for a Chinese artist who makes everything from a giant mushroom reading room to a glowing techno katana to a flying whale. The crafting is cool and the videos are relaxing to watch. I think you would like it.

  10. Jen, I have been meaning to thank you for all of your wonderful posts and links this past year. I am always so happy to see a new Epbot post because I know your posts will give me a warm, cuddly, happy feeling. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

  11. As a child of the '70s, I don't think that rope sling actually counts as macramé. Not enough knots.

    The Muppet Show hits Disney+ next week, so Kermit flail! And you can put eyes on just about anything, so go for it!

  12. Your posts are fantastic, Jen. Thank you for sharing all the geekery!
    Someone on FoE shared this lovely YouTube video of making an EPIC LOTR D20!

  13. I just want people to notice that the book under the potted "plants" reads, "Grown a Damn"!!! :D

  14. Nope, not boring. Thank you for everything you share with us.

  15. I have been loving - and laughing hysterically at - Twisted Translations on YouTube:

    Malinda, the woman who runs it, takes popular songs, Disney tunes, and lots of other things and runs them through layer upon layer of Google Translate, then performs the results - complete with costumes, backgrounds, and spot-on impressions. She's a really good singer, and she's got original songs as well. Plus, she comes across as the kind of person who would get along really well with the Epbot community. =-)

    ANY of her stuff is amazing, but a couple of my favorites are this Hamilton song:

    And this one from Disney's Hercules:

    Enjoy! And thanks as always for all the things you share!

  16. Loved that article about The Emperor's New Groove. Thanks for sharing that!

  17. You say you're missing the creativity at conventions. I recommend googling yardigras - New Orlean's substitute for their cancelled mardi gras. It may help scratch your itch.


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