June 29, 2010

obsessed.: Twilight

This week's obsessed. should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me.
I first picked up Twilight on a whim while in Barnes and Noble, pre-worldwide ridiculousness. It sat on my shelf for a while, until I decided to give it a go. From the first few pages, I was hooked. I read it all in one night. I went out and got New Moon and Eclipse the next day, and spent the next two nights reading both of them. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the fourth book in the series, Breaking Dawn, which wasn't set to release for a couple of months.

I've met some of the greatest friends in my life through this obsession. And although there are times where I've questioned my own sanity for loving such books, I still love them. And I'm not ashamed to admit it.

Today's obsessed. is in honor of the midnight release of the movie version of my favorite book in the series.


Tonight's plans include a third-annual pre-premiere party and then a midnight showing in a theater full of rabid fans.

Can't wait.

June 28, 2010

Do be Threadless

The weekly Threadless e-newsletter hit my inbox this morning, and I was thoroughly amused by one of the new t-shirts.
Threadless is a communal t-shirt design shop based in Chicago. If you've never looked at the huge amount of awesome shirts on their site, you should. I've got quite a few myself, and whenever one of the company's famous $10 sales rolls around, I am sorely tempted to buy many, many more.
 

June 25, 2010

Hello, sunshine

It's Friday again, folks. Funny how that seems to happen on a weekly basis. This was a long work week, filled with unusual days. Typically, I sit at my computer for 8 hours, but 2.5 days this week, I was downstairs packing boxes for a yearly membership material shipment. I'm such a creature of routine; anything different always throws me off a bit.

I don't have much to post about today, but I wanted to stop in and say hello, with promises that I will be a better blogger next week.
Do any of you lovely readers have any fun plans for the weekend? We'll be watching soccer in our household, and attempting to get to the printers to get our invites going. (I'm getting married in four months! Wow!) Other than that, I plan on sleeping in. And possibly getting a little apartment tidying in there too.

June 24, 2010

Nerd News: Awesome art, the Green Hornet, the Death Star and more

Vol. 1, Issue 5

I am in love with Rogan Josh's ModHero posters. I want them all. It would be amazing to design a room around a set of these.


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Mr. Hipp's art is also pretty dang awesome.

First I posted about James McAvoy playing Xavier in X-Men: First Class. Then I posted about Michael Fassbender possibly being cast as Eric/Magneto. Now I am posting about Benjamin Walker being cast as Beast. I have no idea who he is, but I figured I should keep up with the casting news. (Here's a question for you X-Fans. In X2, Hank McCoy is shown on screen in a TV in a bar as fully human. Then he shows up in X3 as Beast. Canon says that his mutation manifests in adolescence, so I'm guessing he'd be all Beasty in First Class. Is that whole "on TV, fully human" thing something we're just supposed to ignore, along with the fact that X3 was ever made?)

In other, I-don't-know-who-this-person-is-but-they're-in-something-I-like news: Charice is joining the Glee cast.

There are so many great comic books/graphic novels out there that I have not read. This makes me a bit sad. But then they go and make movies out of them, which, although they don't always do the books justice, brings the books to my attention. And this makes me glad. Speaking of such a thing, this trailer for Red looks pretty dang awesome. Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman as retired spies? Yes please.

Colt showed me this trailer the other day, for the Seth Rogan-helmed Green Hornet:
I know very little about the Green Hornet, but this looks entertaining.

The (soon-to-be) mister also showed me this, which is entertaining times a hundred:

Last week I posted the link to the 22 things that look like the Enterprise. This week, it's time for 17 things that look like the Death Star.

And speaking of the DS, want to blow up your neighborhood (virtually)? Adidas and Google Earth make it happen.

I'll leave you today with a little more nerdy art: The Doctors Hoo:
I found this on Twitter, and now I can't remember who posted it. But whoever did the illustration really did a spot-on job, as far as I know. I'm only really familiar with the last three.

June 22, 2010

obsessed.: Hans Landa


Col. Hans Landa: So you're "Aldo the Apache".
Lt. Aldo Raine: So you're "the Jew Hunter".
Col. Hans Landa: A detective. A damn good detective. Finding people is my specialty so naturally I work for the Nazis finding people, and yes some of them were Jews. But "Jew Hunter"? [reacts in disgust] It's just a name that stuck.
Pfc. Smithson Utivich: Well, you do have to admit, it is catchy.
Col. Hans Landa: Do you control the nicknames your enemies bestow on you? "Aldo the Apache" and "the Little Man"?
Pfc. Smithson Utivich: [confused] What do you mean "the Little Man"?
Col. Hans Landa: Germans' nickname for you.
Pfc. Smithson Utivich: The Germans' nickname for me is "the Little Man"?
Col. Hans Landa: And as if to make my point, I'm a little surprised how tall you were in real life. I mean, you're a little fellow, but not circus-midget little, as your reputation would suggest. 

Have you seen Inglourious Basterds? This week's obsessed. is dedicated to one of the greatest fictional bad guys of all time, Col. Hans Landa. (If you haven't seen the film, you should. I'm not the world's biggest Tarantino fan, but the movie is fantastic.)
The man is ruthless, yet charming. He kills without much hesitation. He speaks at least four languages with near perfect accents. Christoph Waltz plays him perfectly; I can't wait to see more of him in American cinema.
The reason, other than him being made of awesome, of course, that I'm showcasing Hans Landa as this week's obsessed. is this meme Colt found for me a while ago. I recently rediscovered it and have been laughing about it for days. (I'm a copy editor by trade.)
I die.

(Sorry this week's obsessed. is getting up so late. I had a strange work day which kept me away from my computer and then Colt and I went to a birthday dinner for a friend.)

June 21, 2010

Authentic inspiration

If you're like me, Mondays are often uninspired and a bit of a drag. Needing something to kick me into a higher gear, I visited we♥it and entered "inspiration" into the search box. I thought I'd share some of the pictures that gave me a lift.

June 17, 2010

Nerd News: Fables, Narnia, Scott Pilgrim and more

Vol. 1, Issue 4

Hello loves, and welcome to another edition of Nerd News.

First up, the international trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World:
I feel like I've been talking a lot lately about Scott Pilgrim. For good reason. If you haven't read the books, you should. And then you can come sit with me on the edge of my couch, and we can rock with anticipation together until Aug. 13 rolls around.

Some deets about Transformers 3 (and no, it's not that Megan Fox is out):
Ever wanted to visit Tatooine? How about Mordor? Check out this neat map of SciFi movie locations. I feel a road trip coming on ...

Ooh, a Fables movie?
It was recently revealed that Harry Potter director David Yates was interested in bringing The Hobbit to the big screen for Peter Jackson. Now it is being reported that Yates may end up directing a live-action film adaptation of Fables, which is a fantastic comic book from Bill Willingham. As of right now this is just a rumor, but I think Yates is a great director, and he would be a good choice as a director on the film.
Apparently the project is a high priority at Warner Bros., and it should be! Right now fairy tales are making a big comeback in the form of live-action films. It was recently revealed that Fables would be adapted into a TV series for ABC, but as far as I know there has been no movement on it. Since Warner Bros. and DC Comics are one, I would say this movie will end up happening before a TV series.
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Disney movies were a huge part of my childhood. I haven't seen most of the more recent ones, however, which is sort of a shame. Tangled, however, looks like it might draw me back in:

If Robert Downey Jr. wasn't cool enough, he's now going to be the Man Behind the Curtain?

Interested in behind-the-scenes footage from Thor? One of my initial thoughts: Chris Hemsworth is hilariously large compared to Natalie Portman.

When I read a tweet about this article ("NASA discover Doctor Who’s crack in the middle of the Milky Way"), I'll admit, I giggled. Then I took a look at the photo and I got the shivers:
The Doctor's "crack" in question is the underlying "big bad" from this season; we're still in the dark about what it actually is, other than a crack in space and time. The crack above is apparently “the core of a thick, sooty cloud large enough to swallow dozens of solar systems and may be harboring beastly stars in the process of forming.” Just as ominous as the fictional one, if you ask me.

Speaking of the giggles, this animation made me laugh for a long time yesterday.
I am sometimes very easily amused. (But seriously, those vuvuzela horns and the havoc they've caused? Seems like bigger news than who's actually winning the games.)

Loving this gallery of 22 ordinary things that look like the USS Enterprise, particularly the awesome cloud formations.

I'll close out this issue with a nice surprise via Twitter:
I'm so glad they've made this! I had heard a while ago they were going to, but didn't see any news for so long that I thought it might have been scrapped. I'm glad to see they're pressing on, even if the first ones weren't that successful.

June 16, 2010

Lusting after ...

This Marc Jacobs dress from his Resort 2011 collection:
The low (low) front gives the otherwise 50s housewife feel a little kick in the pants.

June 15, 2010

obsessed.: Marshmallow Mateys

When I was younger, I never really ate sugary cereals. My mom occasionally let me get a box, to try. I can remember one specific circumstance when I picked a box of Peanut Butter Captain Crunch. That was probably one of the worst decisions I've ever made.

When Colt moved in nearly 3 years ago, there was a gradual influx of new food items into my pantry. One of which was sugary cereals. Through him, I realized my love of Lucky Charms. One fateful day at the grocery store, we were being budget conscious and instead of going for the brand name, we picked up a giant bag of Malt-O-Meal Marshmallow Mateys. Say hello to this week's obsessed.
Pirate-themed cereal? Can it get any better?
How do you like that artsy macro shot I took with my cell phone?

I've also laid out the various pieces and labeled them, for your viewing pleasure:
I'm sure this cereal is playing havoc on my teeth, but looking at the back of the package, they are surprisingly good for your body. And you can't beat $5 for 38 oz of awesomeness.

June 14, 2010

Definitely a madman with a box

I do a lot of crafting in my spare time, and often take part in organized swaps via craftster.org. I've done a multitude of Twilight swaps, a Star Trek Swap, a Harry Potter Swap and a hoodie swap. Swaps are great for those of us who occasionally get crafter's block; they help me get my creative juices flowing with a prompt. When I checked the swap boards a month or so ago and ran across the Doctor Who swap, I knew I had to sign up right away.


I started watching Doctor Who when it "started back up" in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston playing the titular role/ninth Doctor. I immediately loved the wacky mix of scifi/suspense/comedy. When David Tennant took over as Ten, my little nerd heart rejoiced. He is My Doctor. (Fans of the series will know what I mean when I say that.) And Colt and I are very much enjoying Matt Smith as Eleven. He's definitely doing the role justice. (Side note: I've never seen any of the series 1–8. Perhaps someday I will catch up on the older Docs.)

I had to wait to post the photos of what I made for my partner until I was sure she'd gotten the package and opened it; I didn't want to spoil the surprise, which is half the fun.

My favorite items I made/sent were:

A Ten plushie.

(with coat and glasses)

(without)

And a crocheted weeping angel.


Here's a group shot of everything I sent:

(The plushie, a t-shirt with a stylized gas mask on the front and "Are you my mummy?" on the back, a River Song journal, the angel and a set of three buttons, one with the Tardis on it, one that says "Allons-y" and one that says "In the 21st century, everything changes.")

Those who are familiar with the storylines will recognize the angel, one of the creepiest villains/evil entities ever, from the "Don't Blink", "The Time of Angels" and "Flesh and Stone" episodes. For those who are not familiar, these things are scary. They're entities that can only be seen when looked straight at. Otherwise, they shift around in space and time. It's all a bit confusing, but trust me when I say they're straight out terrifying when you think too hard about them.

I picked up my package this afternoon, and WOW. Did I ever get spoiled:


Go here to see everything in more detail.