Nodds & Nends: Skull Sheets, Tattoos, and Improv Class

Skull bed sheets that cost more than I want to spend on sheets. Why are sheets so damn expensive!? Thanks to Chris N. for the tip!

Really detailed tribal tattoos. I really need to decide what tattoo I want to get next. Thanks to Tara N. for the tip!

The 10 People You Meet in Every Improv Class. Yaaah, I’ve definitely met all those people and did improv with them. And I’m totally not the last one, nope, not at all. <.<_>.> Thanks to Sara H. for the tip!

I’ve been apartment hunting, which is going dismally may I add, but I’d live in this abandoned tree house in a second. I’m marrying a handy man after all. Thanks to Tara N. for the tip!

Cool skeletal cosplay. I <3 Pinterest. And cosplayers.

Check out my newest favorite podcast on Nerdist, called Terrified, hosted by Dave Ross. I first heard him on Sex Nerd Sandra, but he has also been on Risk, another great storytelling podcast. Dave is really good at asking questions, he would make a great therapist.

I try to do an art project, craft, or some kind of fun activity with my niece every day that we play together. One day we made play dough using this recipe I found on Pinterest. It uses kool aid so it smells really good and you can get some fun colors if you can find them. (Damn you stores, why don’t you carry the blue Kool Aid any more?? Nobody wants tropical punch!!!) My niece loves cooking and baking so making something that she could later play with was a huge bonus. I even taught her how to knead the dough, she did an awesome job, standing at the counter muttering to herself the steps I had told her. Too cute!

kneading play dough

Facebook Feed

I often see a lot of cool things in my Facebook feed, because I only like interesting people. S’true, especially because I’m easily amused and find many things interesting. Here are some of the gems I’ve run across or thrown up on my Facebook feed in the last little bit.

Cosplayers are cool and not all of them are misogynists as is evidences by this awesome little story on one of my favorite websites.

Should I get a miniature me and Chris for our wedding toppers? 600 dollars is like a quarter of my budgets, but it is worth it, right? I mean they look really fantastic and uber realistic! via Stephanie Bell who also had the Police Box car picture the other day. See, I have cool friends.

A Chicago hockey player holding his new born baby. Because, well, it’s heartwarming. Go to their official FB page and scroll down a bit. Did I tell you about the time I saw the Stanley Cup? When I worked in Chicago, it was right downtown, and when the Blackhawks won they had this parade that was a tad sparse that people lined up to seen at 7 a.m., and it didn’t start until 11 a.m. We stood by the windows and watched it pass. There was a lot less confetti this year, which was a shame. via Katherine Rhead.

A useful writing tip about action. Use the person as the camera and don’t talk about the camera. Via Read in a Single Sitting. She posts some awesome things, you should go like her FB page and you’ll get cool and interesting posts on your FB page too.

My fiance loves graveyards. One of the first things we ever did together was go to a graveyard and walk around taking pictures of some of the really cool statues. . . . Which I no longer have because I’ve a new phone. Dang. I’ll have to see if Chris still has it. But anyway. We found this statute of a really tall, robed and hooded, mystery man and Chris found the statutes lady and sent me a picture of her on FB. Which I totally heart for its dark romanticism.

I try to do a fun artistic activity with my niece that I’m living with. Based on some photos and a friend’s project with her daughter, we made a fairy house that still sits on her dresser. I also glued wings and a tiara to a little doll of hers, but that stuff eventually came off and the doll disappeared into the toy closet. But the fairy house remains. (Sorry the picture is blurry, I’d go take another, but the flowers have wilted by now.)

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Nodds & Nends: Spin Offs, 3d Printing, and a Sexy Frankenstein

io9′s top 10 science fiction TV spin offs that were great in their own right. Such as Xena. Booyah!

Aaron Eckhart is a sexy sexy beast. By that I mean a sexy Frankenstein monster.

How cool is this flexible seating? Pretty cool. However, I’m not sure how comfortable it would be. It looks like cardboard.

Now for some cool book stuff. Like this pretty pretty book land! Or a cool mobile library. A great photo of raining books. I hope no books were harmed in the production of this photo. ;) All of these cool book things were found on Ned Hayes Pinterest boards. You should go follow him.

I found this deliciously delightful post about love triangles on Picture Me Reading. You will laugh, seriously. Or at least chuckle. OK. Maybe you’ll just crack a smile. Still, it is funny.

I may need to take these kid geeky costumes a little more seriously now that I have a four year old in my daily life. This R2D2 Princess costume is adorbs.

Check out this 3doodler, a 3d printing pen that is totally awesome. I WANT ONE!!!

Doctor Who Day: Trivial Pursuit, The Alphabet of Death, and a Tattoo

Doctor Who Day

I really want to play this version of trivial pursuit, but don’t know anyone with my level of knowledge which is about middlin. Some people know a LOT more (or remember more) and others less. I’m actually really good at Friends trivia for some reason. I don’t know why but sometimes things stick in my head that I don’t want to. Like Danny Devito as a stripper for Phoebe’s baby shower. MIND BLEACH!!!! [via]

While this tattoo is cool and I like the coloring and design of the TARDIS, Doctor Who quotes, and Gallifreyan designs, it’s slightly larger than I would like on my arm. However, people always comment on how large my tattoo is, so it’s all very personal. Still cool design. [via]

I’m not sure if this is Doctor Who cosplay or just gas mask play. No judgement here. Maybe I listen to too much Sex Nerd Sandra, but I imagine there are some for whom this is a turn on.

Onto some more family friendly Doctor Who internet finds now. Like this cool TARDIS tree house! Awesome. I want to go to there and have a picnic and eat cookies and read books. [via] Families that cosplay together, stay together. Especially if they are this freakin adorable. Perhaps this couple will teach the Doctor Who Alphabet of Death to their young son, which is morbid yes, but also SOOO COOOL!

Other random internet finds include these TARDIS/Keep Calm suspenders. I really like suspenders. Which is perhaps weird, because my grandfather is the only person I’ve ever known who actually wears them. It has to do with zippers being from the devil. (I’m not kidding. Zippers where mechanical, and so many old order faiths only used buttons and suspenders to keep pants up and on.) [via]

My work is going through this get healthy initiative, so they took out one soda machine and replaced it with another soda machine that had more water options. But also Mountain Dew? Yah. They also replaced our unhealthy snack machine with healthy snacks, for which I’m actually grateful. But I would be more grateful, if they had replaced the soda machine with this TARDIS one. I would go and stand in front of it and stare at the Doctors all day. I would. [via]

A TARDIS VW Bug. FTW! [via]

I was contacted by Sebastian who let me know about his Caribbean Doctor Who remix he did for a Music Tech Final. You can play the song if you head over to his link. I’m not a purist, so I enjoy hearing all kinds of remixes.

Twins on harps, playing Doctor Who theme song across time and space. Thanks Wrylab for the tip!

Nodds & Nends: A Harry Potter Crochet Hook, Superhero Boutonniers, and Censored Porn

I know I have several readers who love coffee, and I found this Coffee Cup Necklace just for you guys. :)

Head on over to Book Store Book Blogger Connection to enter a giveaway for Generation V, about a new kind of Vampire and Shapeshifter.

My mother is always sending me links to Loast at e minor, which has some really cool articles. Like this one on censored porn. Basically someone cut out the people doing the grown up and left the relief. Still very explicit and NSFW.

Speaking of people getting down to their underwear or taking it off completely. Check out these Superheroes in their underwear. Including Batman and the Flash, not just Wonder Woman. [via] Or how about a gender bender cosplay of Hercules and Hades? I totes <3 it. [via] While I’ve never seen the entire Disney film, I do love Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, mostly for introducing Xena! OMG, so in love with Xena. And I just love this cosplay of Xena, Ares, and Someone Who Doesn’t Want Their Picture Taken. Cute!

But if the rowdy isn’t for you. Maybe you would enjoy these Superhero wedding boutonnieres in stead? You have to scroll down quite a bit to find the pictures of the boutonnieres, but they are worth it! [via]

But the best find by far this week, were these nerdy crochet hooks!!! She has a lightsaber one and a Harry Potter wand one. I WANT THEM SO BAD, I can’t even tell you. UGH.

Probably you have all seen this, but in case you haven’t Patrick Stewart talks about domestic violence and PTSD. [via]

Nodds & Nends: Legos, Comics, and Stilettos

A large scale Lego X-wing. I wish making large scale models of geeky things with Legos was my job. I really do. Sigh. Then again my siblings and I entered a few Lego competitions in our time, and while creative they never measured up nor won any prizes. But it was fun. And I think we got candy.

Well, this woman is using Lego sculpting as a job, she’s making Lego Stilettos. I’m not sure I would wear these, but it is a cool idea. [via]

I sent my mom this picture of a zombie Wonder Woman because she loves zombies and Wonder Woman. I really hope she takes on this idea as a Halloween costume. She’s done a zombie Dorothy, so it’s a possibility. I’ll just have to keep pushing her to do it. :)

I recently had interactions with MovieBoozer on twitter and went and checked out their website. Basically they rate movies based on how many beers it takes to make the movie good. I like their review of Pain and Gain which I saw recently and thought was hilarious. Though I would personally call it a two beer movie because I wasn’t expecting much and actually really enjoyed it! I agree that Dwayne Johnson was the BEST PART of the movie by far!

“The movie is worth seeing just for his gentle giant, by turns filled with Jesus and Cocaine. The Rock is idiot charm itself, always meaning the best and doing the worst, and it’s a mesmerizing, rib-splitting thing of beauty to watch.”

And I realized how great of an actor he actually is. No, I’m not kidding!

Stephanie on her Read in a Single Sitting FB page posted a link to this article about writing and the survivorship bias. A very fascinating article about taking advice from the people who do not share experience from the median (or common person). Personally, I’m tired of people lecturing me about my career moves what they think is self evident based on their own anecdata (usually not even personal) experience. As if I haven’t done the things they’ve suggested or researched other avenues or tried every gd trick in the book! As if I don’t have my own personal anecdata to the contrary. I think this survivorship bias is rampant in society, and guess what?! Most people do not have that top 100 experience (by definition of a top 100), so why are we missing out on precious experience and data because it isn’t a sexy sale? We can still lead meaningful lives that aren’t based on the five steps of becoming a Kardashian . . . . Not that there’s anything wrong with that. ;)

Speaking of Stephanie, her husband and Pierre Proske have created an iPhone app called Unfinished Phrase. Basically, the app is a collaborative writing tool. I don’t have an iPhone so it wont work on my platform, but it sounds really cool!

I really love when I can find some street art on Pinterest. There are always really cool things that people do with spots and places in their environment. This whole gallery of art is really cool. I love the glasses one! But what really caught my eye was the use of street art and satellites. Did you know that there are people who purposely take pictures of houses that look like they have faces or are smiling. Check out Nest Happy Homes on Pinterest.  I love it!

An 8-bit version of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer intro. The blinking Press Play drove me nuts! But still, it’s a cool version of the intro (just the song not the clips of the show like I was thinking). [via GeekandSundry]

Doctor Who Day: TARDIS Bow Tie, Cosplay, and Kissing

Doctor Who Day

Special Request: A special shout out to all of my new recent viewers and followers! I love meeting new people and I’ve enjoyed visiting your blogs. Thanks for the follow! I’ve had a recent influx of visitors from Facebook and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. If there is a particular Facebook image or post that sent you my way, would someone let me know about it? Thanks! Enjoy my Doctor Who Day post where I link you up to all the fun stuff for Whovians this week. 

A TARDIS bow tie for the Whovian bow tie enthusiast! You can get your own for only $20. Plus you don’t actually have to tie it, it comes on an elastic band. [via]

I do love cosplay, especially Doctor Who cosplay, so I enjoy the FuckYearDoctorWhoCosplay tumblr account. But I especially enjoyed this River Song cosplay by Ambrosia. [via] I wish my hair would stay curly like that instead of disintegrating in this humidity. Sigh.

Vastra and Jenny Flint kissing away. So cute! If you go to the link you can browse more like this and see lots of Doctor Who kissing. Always a good time. [via]

Build a light fixture that looks like a crack to the universe in your wall. Super clever! I love it. Annnd I have a handy boyfriend. Hmmm.

I received notification from Vince Garbarino that he had created an arrangement on the 11th Doctor’s theme, “I Am The Doctor.” It’s pretty cool. You should listen to it while you check out the links on this post.

Nodds &Nends: Superheroes, Drunk Pinterest, and Street Art

Check out this cool superhero life expectanies infograph. It cracks me up that a character played by Nicholas Cage has the longest life expectancy. Bwahahahaha. I bet this means that Cage will never die! Also check out these Super Likes where the like symbol has been mash-ed up with Superhero hands. I *likes* it a lot. (Come on, I had to make that pun.) But seriously, check them out super cool. (Thanks for the tip Mom!)

I like to giggle, and I do it a lot. Especially when I find things like this website: Pinterest You Are Drunk.  For example a toilet seat cover. . covered in Barbie shoes, half camis that look like panties, and our sexy Forefathers on yards of material. Yeah. That site gets addictive. I recommend setting a timer and making yourself leave the site!

Speaking of Pinterest, it isn’t always drunk, and I found this wonderful steampunk Batgirl cosplay.  You can visit the cosplayers website “for articles on cosplay construction, tabletop gaming, comics, and more!” Thank you Pinterest for being sober this time around and for showing me things like a steampunk R2D2!  I also want to thank you for all the beautiful street art I find on your website. Particularly the mural of the side of this house where it looks like you can see into the building. Super cool!

I found this fantastical light house illustration for a children’s book on DeviantArt. I want to go to there.

I decided to post a picture of a lighthouse, because I love them. I went to wikimedia.org and pages and pages of glory did I behold, my Chinese element is Water, and just seeing these lighthouses near water made me feel better. This is why I love the internets.

cc Pep.per de Ré, French user : Pep.per  via Wikimedia Commons

cc Pep.per de Ré, French user : Pep.per via Wikimedia Commons