Saturday, May 30, 2009

But it's Lacroix, Sweetie. Lacroix

Christian Lacroix Files for Bankruptcy - via Jezebel


Here are some highlights: the good wife must never introduce new fashions. When she walks down the street, she must keep her “head upright, eyes downcast and immobile.” Only bad wives “go with open eyes, head appallingly lifted like a lion, their hair in disarray spilling from their coifs, and the collars of their shifts and robes in a muddle one over the other.” When choosing a horse, the good wife should make sure that it is not “wounded in the withers.” If she embraces falconry, and her sparrow hawk becomes caught in birdlime, she must carefully free each feather with fingers dipped in milk. She must awake each day at Matins, say a prayer, then go back to sleep; she should never question her husband’s decisions, because “it rests on him alone to know all.”

Wife ala Mode: The New Yorker via Jezebel

Lizard baby! Lizard baby! Lizard baby!

I'm in.  

via io9

Nice to see some proper vampires for a change

Ones that aren't emo, and most certainly do not sparkle.

Friday, May 29, 2009

And this will be released in an adult size when?

PediSedate is a medical device consisting of a colorful, toy-like headset that connects to a game component such as the Nintendo Game Boy system or a portable CD player. Once the child places it on his or her head and swings the snorkel down from its resting place atop the head, PediSedate transparently monitors respiratory function and distributes nitrous oxide, an anesthetic gas. The child comfortably becomes sedated while playing with a Nintendo Game Boy system or listening to music.

via io9

It's not funny because it's true

Joel Watson's Hijinks Ensue via io9

I would like to see this please

Too bad he'll never be cast, and this particular version will never be made.

*sad trombone*

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Come to Debbie Country

Heading home today.  And in honor of my second layover at Seatac, one of my favorite scenes from any movie ever (kicks in at the 8:15 mark).


I nearly burned a hole through the disc in college, and I still love the soundtrack. Although I do usually skip past Dyslexic Heart, because it's just so darn upbeat and poppy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Solid gold!

There's gold in them thar hills

See that speck?  That's retirement sorted.

Full photo set at flickr

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Word of Advice

There is one word of advice and caution to be given to those intending to visit Alaska for pleasure. If you are old, go by all means. But if you are young, wait. The scenery of Alaska is much grander than anything else of the kind in the world and it is not well to dull one's capacity for enjoyment by seeing the finest first.

National Geographic Society president Henry Garnett - a member of the 1899 Harriman Expedition to Alaska

Herbert Glacier

Friday, May 22, 2009

In and around Juneau

Have I mentioned that Alaska is just insanely beautiful?

Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls

Nugget Falls 

Why yes, I did come home with a pocket full of rocks.  Why do you ask?

Mendenhall Glacier

It's not paranoia.  It's caution.

Downtown Juneau

Full photo stream is here at flickr.

The view from the back yard

Thunder Mountain and Mt. McGuinness

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sunset at 30,000 Feet

You wake up at Seatac

I had a seven hour layover in Seattle, which was plenty of time to head into town and do some sightseeing. $1.75 and 30 minutes got me down to the Space Needle.

50 or so days out of the year you can see Mt. Rainier. On those days it fills the skyline directly behind Safeco Field. Yesterday was not one of those 50 days. I also gotta say Space Needle, would a little signage telling me what I am (or am not) looking at kill you? I'm just saying.

So there's a monorail (monorail!), and people do seem to loves them some monorail. And by people, I mean the two ladies (at the airport and Space Needle respectively) who told me it was pure folly to walk to Pike's Place Market. I was really better off taking the monorail. Monorail! Monoraaaaaaail!

Yeah, its a 15 minute walk. What to the ever.

Of course I went to the fish market. There were fish. They were flung.

Next year I'll have to plan an over night so I can do the Experience and Science Fiction museums. The fact that there's currently a Jim Henson exhibit on any added to my bitter pants.

Muhnuh muhnuh, indeed.

Two things I did not know about Seattle. They don't support boiling lobsters, and non-earth life forms are not permitted to use the rest rooms at Seatac.

See the complete photo set (so far) at wax|wendy's Flickr page.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

North to Alaska

wax|wendy is taking it on the road.  I'll be in Juneau, Alaska for the week visiting Taris and the fam.

To say I am excited to see them and make my first trip to AK is an understatement.

Even if Tari is going to drag my aspirations up a mountain and make me sleep in an ice cave.

I'm hoping to make frequent updates, so do check back.

Next stop: Seattle!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Supernatural 4.22 "Lucifer Rising"

It's season finale time for Supernatural, and let me just get this out of the way now:


*sigh*   I know, boys.  I know.  I feel you.  It's going to be a long summer.
The apocalypse is coming, and Sam and Dean prepare for the fight in very different ways. Sam joins Ruby on a final run to kill Lilith, while Castiel and Zachariah tell Dean it's time to play his part in stopping Lucifer.
Eric Kripke wrote and directed the episode.

You just know he's going to end things on a big ol' cliffhanger of angst and brotherly woe that will leave fans longing for the days of a simple Metallicar t-boning.

Clips below are probably spoilery.  I don't know, because I haven't actually watched them.  Spoiler free is the way to be!

Supernatural airs Thursday at 9:00 EDT on the CW.

Carry on my wayward  sons.  Who dies in who's arms this season?

Really? Already? Didn't this season of Lost just start?


Tonight is the season finale of Lost - and then they're on hiatus until January.  


Darlton are going to be hard pressed to top "We have to go BAAAAAAAACK!!" and moving the Island, but I have faith.  Which apparently JJ Abrams is counting on, since he pretty much confirmed that they are just making it up as they go along.  But you know, in a good way.  I mean, they didn't plan initially for Michael Emerson to stick around, and look how that's turned out.


My prediction for the finale? Jack and Sayid detonate Jughead over the energy pocket, creating a singularity ... and then a Romulan mining ship appears.

** LOST **

Do be sure to join Therese tomorrow for the Lost live chat.  Also, time is running out to enter Tubular's trivia challenge.  And you're gonna need some time to puzzle through yesterday's Mathlete approved noodler.

Spoilery clips below:

And a not at all spoilery clip - except maybe for Star Trek 

* wink wink *

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

... each the other's world entire

The film adaptation of Cormack McCarthy's The Road may finally have a release date, and Esquire has the first review.  

Of any novel to movie translation, this one certainly had infinite potential to go very, very wrong.  The beauty of the book is in its language.  The language kept me going even when the story it was telling made me want to fling the book away and curl up in the fetal position.  It took me forever to get through it because I would read entire paragraphs over and over again.  The words were like a feast.  They had weight, and taste, and texture.

Fortunately, according to Esquire, the filmmakers got it very, very right.

If you've read the book, you know what I mean.  If you haven't, you may be unfamiliar with the story.  Here's the bullet:
"It is a love story," Esquires Tom Chiarella explains, "But to be clear, it's a love story about a father and a son hauling ass to keep from being eaten by small bands of flannel-shirted cannibals."
I think I'll plan to see it in Georgetown during the day - a sunny day - so I can go down to park afterwards and lay in the grass by the river and try and repair my soul.  If anyone has a puppy, kitteh, or fluffy baby chick I can borrow, that would be great.

review via io9

I get ideas, I get ideas ...

Friday, May 8, 2009

I review it : Star Trek

Sweet Zombie Jebus this movie is AWESOME!!!

And I'm not even a Trekker. Reboot / reimagining / remake ... call it what you will but this thing lives up to all the hype. JJ Abrams has created a film that turns what we know about the characters on its head while still hitting all the nostalgia sweet spots. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and the actors all seem to really be enjoying themselves in their roles. That sense of freewheeling fun (Batman, I'm looking at YOU) totally carries through to the audience.

Also, Tortiegirl would like everyone to know that Karl Urban is in the movie. She was unaware. There may have been squealing.

Oh, JJ. Always with the polar bears. Among other things ... you'll know what I'm talking about.

5 tribbles out of 5.

There was only one pair of Vulcan ears that we could see - but that's Georgetown. The Uptown is inexplicably not showing Star Trek.  If so, it would have looked like a regular convention up in there. And speaking of conventions ... this just never gets old.

SNL Get A Life

British Friday - Bow down bitches edition

New York, May 6. Image via Getty

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Supernatural 4.21 "When the Levee Breaks"

Supernatural goes Trainspotting in the penultimate episode of the season.  It's shite being a hunter!!
Dean and Bobby lock Sam in Bobby’s [awesome] panic room so he can detox from the demon blood.  However, as Bobby sees more seals are being broken he tells Dean they should let Sam out to help them fight the impending apocalypse. Dean disagrees and goes to Castiel for help.

Sam and Dean have a big blowout confrontation.
Yeah.  Understatement, thy name is the CW.

Robert Singer directed the episode written by Sera Gamble.  

Pray for Bobby.  Seriously.  It's been a while since Sera Gamble killed off any beloved characters.  She's probably going through withdrawal herself.

Buyer beware for the following promos - the first one aired at the end of "The Rapture", but both could be considered spoilery ...

Mo Ryan at the Watcher also has deets on the final two episodes of the season, as well as an interview with the always delightful Jim "Bobby" Beaver.

And!  AND!  Transmissions have finally reached the homeworld!  They think you should be watching Supernatural too.

Here's hoping that the dearth of classic rock this season has been because they're planning to blow it all on this:

Supernatural airs Thursday at 9:00 EDT on the CW.

Houston is the place to get Lost

Has it come to this already? So soon? It seems like only yesterday that Jack was yelling that we HAD TO GO BAAAAAACK, and now another season of Lost draws to a close. The season finale airs next Wednesday, May 13.  I strongly suggest you get yourself on down to the Alamo Drafthouse in Houston for what will be the finest viewing party this side of the Island.  Tell Therese I sent you!

Tubular: The Lost Season Five Finale Party and Trivia Contest: Your Destiny? It's Calling!

I am filled with *meh*

I'm not sure that even my combined love of explosions, Nine, and Mr. Eko will get me into the theatre.

I wonder will the movie end with a PSA?

Once seen, it cannot be unseen

WTF??  I mean, I loves me some 'que but seriously.  WTF??

via Eat Me Daily

Monday, May 4, 2009

Admiral Cain is on True Blood?

When did that happen?  I so need to get HBO ...

I bet she wants to do bad things with you.

The Bob Dylan song is called "Beyond Here Lies Nothin' " from his album Together Through Life.

And because it's one of the best parts of the show, the opening credits and Jace Everett's "Bad Things".

Your Monday morning moment of Zen

I know this is all over the interwebs right now, but seriously? This just never gets old for me.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

What? No LOLCats?

After the plague has run its course, all survivors should make their way to Elbert County, GA.  There you will receive further instructions.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

From up here, everyone looks like ants

Photographer Keith Loutit has mastered the art of tilt-shift photography– that is, a technique requiring a special camera lens to impart the illusion that what you’re looking at are miniatures, not life-sized human beings. When he locks the camera down and shoots hundreds of successive pics, it becomes a movie.
Correction - it becomes amazingcakes!

Mardi Gras from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

via Neatorama