It’s time, another Nodds & Nends, some Nerdy Odds and Ends on the internets that will hopefully make your day a little brighter.
Want to see some crazy things people have invented over the years? Check out this The Daily Buzz article, Wacky Inventions That Never Stood A Chance that was reposted by George Takei on his Facebook page.
I really really need those skates.
Photo Credit: cracktwo
I really love reading the articles on The Book Wars blog. I was especially delighted with this list of children’s pictures books centered around the theme of dance that also have a diverse cast of characters. Read the article by Jane Whittingham Five Finds Lets Dance here.
I follow Misty Copeland on Instagram and was delighted to see that there is a picture book about her journey to be come a soloist with the American Ballet Theater. Awesome!
Firebird by Misty Copeland
My most recent favorite find on the internets is the video about a guy who likes to respond to spam/scam emails until the spammer/scammer gives up and tells him to stop email them. Posted by Mashable this guy’s video about trying to get a toaster is hilarious!
When I shared this on my personal Facebook page a friend replied with an newspaper article from the Boston Globe that is along the same lines, The Spam Victim Strikes Back! By Mark Pothier. I giggled for a long time.
I like to make fun of spammers as is evident by my posts Spam Mail, Spam Mail Part 2, and Spam Mail Part 3, but I do not actually engage with them in real life, just inside my head.
NASA had a challenge where they awarded the top three designs of a 3-D printable habitat for Mars. The habitat design that won is called the Mars Ice House and was the brain child of Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office. You can read more about it here.
How do I know about this random Mars fact? Hank Green is how. I’ve been listening to the Dear Hank & John podcast. John Green is an author of some note. (I have yet to read his books, they are all sad books from what I’ve heard, and I don’t generally read sad contemporary stories, mostly because that is just normal life. But I’ve heard great things and know I really should get out his stories. ) Anyway, I’ve watched some of his YouTube videos and when I found the podcast that he does with his brother, I started listening to it. It is hilarious and sometimes a little sad. Hank is a huge science nerd and he has done little snippets about Mars at the end their most recent podcasts and that is how I heard about the printable habitat challenge. It’s just one cool thing after another in my life.
One recent Facebook find (and sorry, I can’t remember who originally posted it on my wall) is this illustrative take on what it is like to be inside the brain of an introvert. Introverts have given it several thumbs up and I think it can help extroverts understand the other side of things. My favorite one was the bit on risk. “In other words, introverts feel less excitement from surprise or risk.” Yes. This. Also, this may help explain why people sometimes think I am similar to a cat.
Speaking of cats, check out this hilarious and adorable video of a kitten falling asleep while in a not so great position for doing so. I think what is so funny is that we have all done this (maybe not on a kitchen bar stool). [via George Takei FB page]
Mattel has finally gotten the hint that people are looking for a new kind of model image for their children. With toys like the Tree Change Dolls spreading across social media like fire, Barbie is finally following in their footsteps and diversifying her body type. Is it weird I want to go out and buy that curvy Barbie like yesterday?! [via The Mary Sue]
I thought this picture below, which showed up on my FB timeline, was freakin hilarious. Mostly because I can see myself doing this. Chris and I don’t really argue all that much, we have plenty of adult discussions, because we are adulting, but when we do argue it’s usually over who took the last of the favorite cookies and why wasn’t at least a bite offered to the other person. [via Purple Clover]
I’ve been doing a lot of data entry recently, which I really don’t mind. It’s good to clean up software systems and it’s definitely a project that will benefit me in the long run, but it can get mind numbing after a bit. So I’ve been listening to Vaginal Fantasy and catching up on past episodes and the time has flown. I just love the interactions between Felicia Day, Bonnie Burton, Veronica Belmont, and Kiala Kazebee.
Most of the books I have not read, I’ve gotten a few recommendations that are on my GoodReads want to read list, and I don’t mind spoilers, so I’ve giggled away the time and finished my project to boot! I will warn you that some of the recommended videos that pop up on the side on YouTube (because it is called Vaginal Fantasy) will make you want to hide your computer screen. You have been warned.
You probably caught this already as it stormed across the internet, but a woman painted a very cool Star Wars mural in her daughter’s room and it is the best thing ever. Plus, if you go into her exorcisingemily deviantart site you can see more fabulous murals she’s painted, you might even catch a glimpse of the Doctor. I follow her on twitter now and she is funny and amazing. [via The Mary Sue]
The X-Files has hit the small screen again this week and my husband and I are trying to get through the last few from the 90s so we can catch up with the rest of the world. In the mean time we are indulging in videos like the one below which lists the top ten episodes of the series. I have to say, they actually picked some good ones to reminisce about. [via WatchMojo]
The below video is short, but stunning. A day in the life of the earth in seconds. I love it! [via io9 and Glittering Blue]
I love Jimmy Fallon, I think he’s great! I know not everyone does, but for me Jimmy Fallon is someone who can make me laugh and feel better about life because of the joy of life that he brings to this world, and that is awesome. Here he is imitating Jim Morrison and singing Reading Rainbow. It’s nothing short of amazing.
Read Nerds of Color’s Top 15 Television Series of 2015 list. I may have to check out a couple of these I haven’t seen yet.
Favorite new gif.
I’m in love with this TARDIS Mini Satchel and Metal Charm Keychain Shoulder Handbag. GAH! Of course it is currently unavailable. Of course! [via Facebook]
Check out this article by NerdBastards for their Top Ten TV Shows of 2015. I have to say, the one’s I’ve watched at that list, I do love. I may need to check out the others.
You can buy a Quidditch Beer Pong set, once they manufacture more that is, they are currently sold out. Still. This is a thing, peeps. [via The Mary Sue]
I read this really cool article on WordPress Discover about Photographing Miniature Worlds and Jennifer Nichole Wells. A cool article and she makes some amazing scenes. I just love them! I’m totally into miniatures now after making so many cool things for my nieces. I may have to start my own haunted doll house or something.
I saw this shirt on Facebook and thought some of you all might like it. Another hurt only nerds/dorks/geeks/fandoms will feel. I definitely am going to need to add this to my collection. Here’s a link to buy this OMG It’s R2D2! I loved Him in Star Trek t-shirt. You are welcome.
Who will hate this?
Doctor Who Fans: That is a Dalek, not R2D2
Star Wars Fans: That is a Dalek, not R2D2, and R2D2 was in Star Wars, not Star Trek.
Star Trek Fans: The images on this have nothing to do with Star Trek. R2D2 is from Star Wars. For some reason these fandoms hate each other. The image is of a Dalek which is a Doctor Who icon.
Who will love this?
Anyone with a sense of humor.
People who like to troll the geek/nerd/dork/fandom community for being so uptight about their fandoms.
My mom is always sending me the best things. But I especially love when she sends me life hacks. Like this yarn re-spooling trick. the only issues i see are that the yarn must be completely untangled before beginning the new spool or it will go horribly wrong. Also, I’m one of those knitters that does not generally re-spool, ’cause I’m lazy. But the video is a lot of fun to watch. Thanks Mom!
Another fun find my mother sent me was this re-imagined painting of The Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano. I have a print of the original piece in my living room, and I love it. This is almost as good, I’m partial to the original, and a delightfully geeky rendition indeed. Apparently this is a series of classic paintings re-imagined in the Star Wars theme. Check them all out here. [via Ken Are]
Another one of my favorite paintings re-imagined, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper .
My husband and I love to find unique items and we had gotten such a collection that we decided to see if we could make it as antique dealers. So we set up the Nesbitt Nook in the Allen Antique Mall in Allen, TX in the Dallas/ForthWorth area. Here are some pics of pieces that we current have or had. You can check out our Facebook page and give us a like, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! If you are in the area or know people in the area find our booth at the antique mall along with a lot of other cool dealers.
This article talks about a comic series that mocks the costumes of females in super hero comic series. Its all pretty meta, and funny. Check it out here.
Read this ask-a-lawyer column. It is the best. thing. ever. Check it out.
Are you watching iZombie? Because you should be. It is amazing. I really need to write up a full review of the first season which I absolutely devoured (pun intended) on Netflix in the space of a week. It was a bad week. iZombie made it an OK week. (Caveat: I have not read the comic books that it is loosely based on.)
Check out some fanart I found on the internets.
So, this is amazing. Check out W. Scott Forbes website. More amazing work. [ via Pinterest]
This looks exactly like the actress, Rose McIver. Dang. [Via TanyaGrace on DeviantArt]
This is a cute picture. But why are people shipping them? WHY?????? Have y’all not seen Alias. Sigh. [via Elewings on DeviantArt]
My favorite three people on the show. [via pungang on DeviantArt]
Here are some nerdy odds and ends I’ve found the internets here of late.
My mother sent me a link to this website that will send you info on free or cheap ebooks from the genres that you like. I’ve downloaded one book so far, and … well, it’s a weird premise for a book. But anyway. The concept behind this website is really cool. So check out BookBub if you are interested in getting info on free ebooks.
This video popped up on the internets. I don’t know if it is so nerdy, as much as, well, funny. Also, it is a reminder that when you are with a person hanging out, try to stay off your phone and actually spend time with the person you are with. Or a giant red bull will cart away your lover and she will happily go.
Check out this hot/cold Tetris coffee mug. I hate Tetris with a passion. Hate it. But the mug is cool.
Remember my post about the guy who can make hoops dance? Well @LindzeePoi sent me a link to his latest video, Street Lights. His work is mesmerizing and always makes me smile. I find it amazing how the lights seem to be separate entities from him, chasing each other around his body, just wonderful work. Plus the music is by Lindsey Sterling, I love her!
I know how I always talk about Chris being a viking, well I decided to give it a try too. I think I managed fairly well. (I discovered its about angles and not showing my very short legs.)
I haven’t done a Nodds & Nends post in a long time. But here are some random things I want to share. Please check out the links below for some more internet funs and finds.
Recently I was browsing through Freshly Pressed here on WordPress and stumbled across a wonderful blog called The Book Wars. You should check them out. It is four book warriors who write reviews and discuss books in their posts. I got drawn in by one of their Cover Wars where to definitely judge the book by the cover. You can check out this one for a fun read on the different covers for Cinder by Melissa Meyer.
Don’t forget to vote for my friend Pierce and his dream job. He only has a few days left to garner votes, and every single one helps! You have to set up a profile so you can vote every day, but there were a lot of problems with hackers before, so it is worth it and then Pierce gets a chance at his dream job!
First a friend on Facebook posted to her and then I saw her photos popping up on Pinterest. Check out the fairy tale photography of Margarita Kareva. The White Wolf is my favorite. Stunning. Simply stunning works of art.