Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year from wax|wendy

tip o'the hat to Tubular!

If you're planning to brave the cold and crowds of Times Square, a bit of advice. Do not step to Kathy Griffin.

British Friday Observed - Slingers edition

This started making the rounds of the intertubes several weeks ago. The fabulous @mixiemoxie sent me the link, and my reaction was "What is this?? Want moar, moar, MOAR!!!"

Warren Ellis put it best - it's Ocean's Eleven in space with Sean Pertwee grandly standing in for Frank Sinatra.

With any luck, I'll get my wish. According to creator/writer Mike Sizemore, they hope to start shooting the pilot in 2010. Hurry. All my other shows are leaving me. Help me, Sizemore. You're my only hope.

via @sizemore and io9

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Why don't you go where fashion sits

Scone FAIL
I do love a good cream tea. It's just so civilized and dainty. My friend JL and I have a standing date every holiday season for tea at the TJ. In all the years that we've been sipping Earl Gray and nibbling on crustless sandwiches, I never gave much thought to the proprieties of scone preparation. But I was naive. Apparently there are two schools of thought, and Londoner Hollie Newton decided to put the matter to an expert. I think we can consider the question settled:
... we at The Ritz London would prefer to encourage the "jam then cream" option as this is the traditional method of preparing scones. In actual fact, you could even add that butter should first be applied before adding jam and cream, although this is reserved for the more indulgent tea taker.
Butter makes everything better. Clearly.

via Hollie Newton

Saturday, December 26, 2009

And on earth, a chance for peace

Not to mention good will for the crabs. And dirt. So much love for this vid. The animation is wonderful, and I really want to live in this little girl's head.

Give a Chance 4 Peace (8mins) from T'chaka Sikelianos on Vimeo. (via 29-95) has an interview with Portland based animator T'chaka Sikelianos where he talks about the creation of the video, from the free style imaginings of his amazing niece Aurora, to the execution and rendering of the animated elements.

Also, someone needs to please pony up some funding for the feature he's working on, "It’s kinda of a similar to Blade crossed with Buffy told in the language of Kung Fu." All kinds of YES to this.

There's something rather impressive about Miss Aurora's delivery. I picture her standing at a window, rallying the masses.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Coming Attractions - Gladiator: Men in Tights


Throw in some Bryan Adams or, even better, Roger "King of the Road" Miller, and you might have me, Ridley.

via Jezebel

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Totally geektastic gift ideas for the fanboy or nerdgirl in your life

Vampire Taxonomy by io9 associate editor Meredith Woerner. Because nothing says wonderful counselor quite like a pop culture guide book to the blood sucking undead.

Turn your yard into a wretched hive of scum and villainy with the Garden Jawa ... or there'll be hell to pay.

Presented without comment, because what can be said? Except maybe YES! TO! THIS!!

Back in the day when MTV played videos and I was walking 20 miles to school in the snow, they also featured some very cool animation. The Maxx: The Complete Series is now available for pre order at Amazon, and according to the site, will be released on the 17th.

These are a little pricey, but you know your lady deserves to announce to the world that she's a Wonder Woman.

My, what a cunning hat!

With this tattoo (print t-shirt), I thee wed.

And finally, the gift that keeps on giving with cold sweats, nightmares, and the feeling that you'll never be able to claw your way out of the uncanny valley.

For a mere $223,000 US - or 20.1 million yen - you can say goodbye to your mental well being, and hello to your creepy robotic doppelganger. Orders will be accepted between January 1 and 3, and only two will be made. For now ...

Of course there's nothing wrong with the tried and true Starbucks gift card. IT'S A FRAP!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

1 Man, 9,000 Albums - Album Odyssey: An introduction

My friend Andrew is a man blessed with music. Through vocation and avocation he's amassed a collection of 9,000 albums. They occupy their own room in his home.

Andrew is also blessed with a loving and patient wife.

He's embarking on a project to listen to them all, start to finish, from A to Zed. Or in this case, from Kinny Abair to ZZ Top.

The hope is not to review these albums, per se, but to try and recall the context of their arrival in my life, a perhaps boring tale that might include music venues and record stores that have come and gone over the past 10 or so years. There will be something reviewish in there, perhaps a touch of biography, but also some preservation of a world of music consumption that might be dead when my kid pays for her first download.
It's going to be a fun trip. Check for Part 1 and future updates, or jump on the bandwagon via Twitter @andrewdansby.

Album Odyssey: An introduction | Houston Music |

Album Odyssey Part 1: Kinny Abair-ABBA | Houston Music |

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's a Stampede! Link Roundup - 12/6

Sorry Jacob. TEAM EDWARD!

WaPo or The Onion? It gets harder and harder to tell.

This is actually pretty cool. The fact that I read it on GOOP makes me want to punch myself in the face.

While not as delicious as popcorn, this photo strip garland can be left up year round.

Never Give a Gorilla a Flower. Not the kids book you think it is.

Who knew Topanga would grow up to be both awesome and hilarious? Also awesome and hilarious? Miss Sasha Fierce herself.

via FourFour with a tip o'the hat to @bobbyhank