Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Comic-Con 2010 - Random snaps

At some point, everything starts to look sci-fi.  Do you think architects in San Diego intentionally design things to be geek bait?

Luke has three daddies.

Behold!  Bobblehead Claire with furbaby.  Clearly, this is awesome.

And I will love him and squeeze him and call him Mal.

Jayne ... the Ken-like doll they call Jayne ...

"Browncoat sold separately"

Typography Tuesday: Two weeks from everywhere

Monday, July 26, 2010

Comic-Con 2010 - #Supernatural panel

Have you ever wondered how Tatooine must feel, what with the two suns and all? Yeah, I imagine its something like this.

Don't really know how the planet feels about the cow though ...

My recap and full report from the Supernatural panel is up and live over at Tubular.  It's just like being there, only without the shortness of breath, fluttery stomach, and slight dizziness.

Did I mention that Misha waved to me?

The Smallville panel preceded Show,  and was actually really enjoyable, made even more so when a surprise guest came out on stage and took a place at the table.  Ladies and gentleman ...

John effing Schneider.

I have mad love for Bo Duke, and he was a delightful and funny addition to an already energized room.  The absolute highlight though was when he propped his drivers license up in front of him as an impromtu name tent.  The camera zoomed in on it, and he made a comment about "that's my super hero hair cut."

Executive producer Brian Peterson replied, "that's your address."  John quickly returned his license to his wallet, and said, "well, I guess I'll see you all for dinner."

Why yes, I am a national treasure, thank you for asking.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Comic-Con 2010 - Friday report

It's a trip I've wanted to make for years, and now I'm here. Wow. To say that I was overwhelmed yesterday was an understatement. This place is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. And the convention center looks like a frakking battlestar that broke atmo and crashed next to the bay.

I knew it was going to be a good day when I was picked up for the ride to the airport in cab #42. When I had a conversation about Dune with my San Diego shuttle driver, I knew I was home.

Photos and moments, after the jump ...

You can also follow my adventures in real time on the twitters @waxwendy, and at Tubular where I'm reporting on the tv panels.  Check out my recap of the Spartacus panel and more!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch

Take Back Your Lunch is a movement to encourage workers bees to fly the hive and actually take a proper midday break.  Look for a meet up in your area, or organize your own and spread the word.

Now granted, while I love the concept, I don't think I'll fully embrace it until the weather cools down a bit. It's July in D.C.  You're liable to burst into flame just stepping out the front door.

Take Back Your Lunch - The Energy Project

via @Marilyn_Res

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fire the wave motion gun!

In the name of all that is good and holy, will you just release this movie in the US already?!?

According to this, the live action version of Star Blazers will be released in December.  I'll believe it when I see it.  Between this and the fabled third Riddick movie, how much longer does a girl have to wait??

via @tjcrowley

Jean Louise. Jean Louise, stand up.

A boy trudged down the sidewalk dragging a fishing pole behind him. A man stood waiting with his hands on his hips. Summertime, and his children played in the front yard with their friend, enacting a strange little drama of their own invention. It was fall, and his children fought on the sidewalk in front of Mrs. Dubose’s. . . . Fall, and his children trotted to and fro around the corner, the day’s woes and triumphs on their faces. They stopped at an oak tree, delighted, puzzled, apprehensive. Winter, and his children shivered at the front gate, silhouetted against a blazing house. Winter, and a man walked into the street, dropped his glasses, and shot a dog. Summer, and he watched his children’s heart break. Autumn again, and Boo’s children needed him. Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Oh, how grand and new!

Christina Katerina would no doubt approve of the thoughtful and considerate analysis that Build Blog applies to the work of her fellow cardboard architects.
Cardboard fort architecture remains an underdog of the design world and its high-time we gave kudos to the fundamental DNA that helped us get where we are today.  Join us as we take a critical analysis of the architecture, methods and design philosophies of discarded appliance box re-appropriation.
They are generous in their praise, but also not afraid to offer judgement when it's warranted.   These are serious designers after all.

05. While overtly simple at first glance, we admire the “signage as architecture” idea and praise the concept of human interaction with the architecture itself. We also respect the ratio of occupants per square footage and penalize the project only for its lack of observing the manufacturers recommended orientation of install. Grade: A- 

Build Blog - Cardboard Fort Architecture: A Critical Analysis Part 1

Build Blog - Cardboard Fort Architecture: A Critical Analysis Part 2

Build Blog - Cardboard Fort Architecture: A Critical Analysis Part 3

via @Marilyn_Res

Friday, July 9, 2010

Look upon my works ye mighty and despair!

On Saturday I wrote about the blessed union of Cheerwine cherry and Krispy Kreme donutty goodness. I have only just been alerted by regular commenter, blogger extraordinaire, and my interweb lord high master Therese of the existence of this ...

My god, my god why hast thou forsaken us?!?

That's right children.  Meet the KFC Double Down Krispy Kreme Cheerwine Doughnut Sandwich.

I'm not sure what all the red is.  It's either ketchup, or this sandwich is actually weeping the tears of the damned.

For reals, yo.  That shit ain't right.

via The Consumerist

#Supernatural: The characters are the lifeblood

I am mecha excited by the news (extensively covered by @SuperWiki) that Supernatural is getting the anime treatment.

MADHOUSE will produce 22 episodes set during Seasons 1 and 2, and due for release in January 2011.  It will be a combination of canon and stories written specifically for the anime series.

I kind of love the entire concept, and I'm heartened by the fact that directors Miya Shigeyuki and Ishizuka Atsuko come across as total fanboys in a recent interview on the anime site.  Best of all, they really seem to "get" what the show is all about.
What are the highlights the Directors would impress upon?
Miya: "That's a difficult one. Like the original series that has everything, please enjoy the world of Supernatural. We're going to have fun with it too (laughs)"
Ishizuka: "Whatever the case, the characters are the lifeblood! Please enjoy watching Sam and Dean!"
I want to embroider that last bit on a pillow.  The translated text can be found here, courtesy of focaccina.

Madhouse Makes Anime Series for Warners' Supernatural TV Show (Update 2) - Anime News Network

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I need two heads ...

... because how could I possibly be expected to choose just one of etsy seller Janine Basil's delicious creations?  io9 featured her comics inspired embroidered headbands several weeks ago, but her fascinators and hats are equally fun, flirty, and fantastic.

This Lynda Carter-era Wonder Woman headband may be my favorite, and would be ideal for my first foray to Comic Con.

I'm also in love with these orange bubbles.

It would almost be worth getting married again so I could wear this as my something blue.  Almost.

And I mean, come on!  Who doesn't need a glittery purple mini burlesque crown?

Janine Basil via io9

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dammit, I only have so many kidneys!

And I was saving them up to bid on a Metallicar when Supernatural wraps production.

But if you've got some spare organs or disposable income sitting around, you might consider placing a bid on one of these fabulous LOST props when they go up for auction August 21 and 22.

You can preview the items here, and begin making those tough calls - such as do you pay your rent for the next three months, or do you try and win Sawyer's copy of Watership Down?

It will look great on your bookshelf, but remember ... you can't live in a book.

There are two players.  One side is light, and one side is dark.

via io9

Monday, July 5, 2010

It's a Stampede! Link Roundup 7/5

The Batman does not barbecue, he FORGES meat in the fires of JUSTICE.

Batman's 34 greatest tweets via @SyFy

image via wreck the tape deck

Twitter has been around longer than you might think.

April 27, 1770: Made Mead. At the assembly

If I haven't been posting much lately it's because I've been busy playing Robot Unicorn Attack.

Oh, sweet fancy moses now it's available on iPhone ...

It doesn't matter that it's July and it's 4000 degrees outside.  Put this on and know a world of cool beyond description.

taraduff via Neatorama

Give me a couple of Tesla coils and a Mansonlamps suit, and what music I can make!

via io9

Monday morning moment of run! Get to the chopper!

It was at around the 50 second mark that this image popped into my head, and I began wondering where Dutch and the strike team were.

I mean, come on!

via neatorama

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I don't know why they didn't do this sooner

As if there was any question that the U.S. is still the fattest greatest nation on Earth, BEHOLD!

The Cheerwine flavored Krispy Kreme donut.

I know, right??

For gentle readers sadly not in the know, Cheerwine is a lightly cherry flavored soda that my brother has described as "God's own sweat."

The donuts are on offer only for the month of July, and available only in North and South Carolina.  The two companies cited their close historic ties with the states in deciding to limit the run - although frankly I don't see why they couldn't have thrown a little love southeastern Virginia's way.

I anticipate a hot interstate trade in bootleg pastries springing up.

Reporters from the Salisbury Post got an advance box on Wednesday, and initial reactions were positive.  My favorite is this opinion from man on the street Jesse Davis:
Davis was asked to rate the doughnut on a scale of one to 10, asked where the doughnut fell.
”In my mouth,“ he said.

Cheerwine filled doughnuts are a hit | Salisbury, NC - Salisbury Post

Mmm... Cheerwine Filled Krispy Kreme Doughnuts - The Consumerist