March 31, 2011

Nerd News: 3eanuts, Doctor Who, Edward Scissorhands tribute and more

Vol. 2, Issue 13

Today's NN is brought to you through the miracles of modern technology, and the ability to schedule posts. I'm actually on vacation at the moment (huzzah!). I couldn't let you all know sooner, since it was a surprise for my mother-in-law. (Happy birthday, Rita!) But let's get on with it, shall we?

Goodness me.


*sniffle* I am going to be so heartbroken after seeing the last movie. Not that it doesn't end as well as can be, but that the series has come to an end. (Plus, I BAWLED during Part 1. I'm going to be all sorts of red faced and puffy after Part 2.)

In TV news:

I'm a huge fan of "altered" history. Could it be that Nixon's missing 18 minutes weren't actually about Watergate?

Congrats to Helen Mirren for getting a star on Hollywood Boulevard! I love her.

In science news:
Why so emo?

I really want to snuggle that sad little Wonder Woman.

In movie news:
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Edward Scissorhands. To celebrate, a gallery in California is holding a tribute exhibit. Some of the works include:

This mashup tee is quite amusing.

    In book news:
    Good grief. 3eanuts, Peanuts cartoons minus the fourth panel, are uber depressing.

    And finally, in some alternate universe, there is a version of The Hobbit illustrated by Maurice Sendak. In ours, unfortunately (thanks to a labeling mishap and bruised egos), we only have this one drawing.


    March 30, 2011

    Mrs. Mollie Weasley: A picspam

    You'll have to forgive me, I feel like being a bit of a crazy dog mom today.

    Have you met Mollie?

    She's a chihuahua-mutt with one floppy ear that Colt and I adopted from the Austin Humane Society a little more than three years ago. When we went to first visit her, she was named Mrs. Weasley, and had come in with a puppy whose name was Percy. (Honestly, that poor dog.) We added the Mollie into the mix, and changed up the spelling, pretty much just to be difficult.

    She turned six in January. She is totally adorable—and she knows it!

    Such a lady!
    She's a burrower; she sleeps wadded up in a Beauty and the Beast comforter. Whenever else she can find a blanket, she'll claim it for her own (even if someone else is already using it!)

    She's most definitely a cat-dog, too. She rarely barks, is super easy-going, entertains herself—by sleeping—and gets underfoot whenever there's food around. And she loves lying in the sun.

    She is very loved.

    March 29, 2011

    obsessed.: Young The Giant

    Although I enjoyed "My Body" long before I downloaded the complete album, it wasn't until I listened to it as a whole that I really fell in love with Young The Giant.

    I'm not sure comparing them to anyone would do the band justice, so I'm just going to let you have a listen for yourself. Enjoy!


    "I Got"

    "St. Walker"

    I'm not a huge concert-goer, but I am kind of bummed I missed these guys at SXSW. I hope they return to this area soon!

    March 28, 2011

    Celebrating, nerd-style

    Good Monday, friends!

    My darling husband turned 27 last week, and it wouldn't be a (Murray/)Curtis birthday without some sort of nerdiness made by me.

    I am not a baker or cake maker, by any stretch of the words, but I make a decent attempt at decorating for Colt's birthday. We have more than one celebration—with friends and family—so for the past two years, Colt's gotten two cakes. (I know, lucky duck!) Last year, I made a garish Iron Man mask and a Perry the Platypus, which actually turned out well, considering I was going for a child's drawing look.

    This year, I pulled inspiration from two movies opening this summer.

    First up, Cap's shield. (I forgot to take a photo before candles.) 

    The inside chocolate cake I dyed blue. (Turns out food coloring doesn't always sort itself out before leaving the body ...)

    And then, something to light the brightest day and blackest night.

    There wasn't anything special about the inside cake in this one.

    I know they're not the best, but I try.

    As for presents, Colt didn't want much this year. He got some books and giftcards from friends and family, but his "opulence, I has it" present went a little something like this:

    "I have no idea what this is for."

    "Ohhhh ... yay!"

    Some family and I went together to get him an iPad 2. I wasn't sure it would get here on time, even with buying it the morning it came out, the demand was so crazy. So I made him a felt case to "stand in" in case it didn't make it.

    I thought I was absolutely hilarious when I thought this baby up. For those who who aren't familiar with the Green Lantern Corps canon, the orange lantern is controlled by greed. Funny, right?

    Of course, Colt takes it a step further and names it Larfleeze.

    We are a perfect couple.

    March 25, 2011

    30 days of lists: Days 19–25

    25 down, five to go!

    Day nineteen: Recipes to try

    Buttermilk pie, chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings, potato soup, cupcakes/cake from scratch (and icing), chocolate pretzel tart (from pictures + pancakes), cinnamon rolls, monkey bread, sushi, dishwasher salmon, pickles, kettle corn.

    I'm not a good cook, nor do I do it often, but I'm pretty decent at following a recipe. :)

    Day twenty: Celebrity crushes

    Jake Gyllenhaal, FDR, Helen Mirren, Iwan Rheon, James McAvoy, Matt Smith, David Tennant, Johnny Depp, Andrew-Lee Potts, Garrett Hedlund, Angelina Jolie, Matt Lewis, Cory Monteith, Chris Evans, Colin Firth, Nathan Fillion, Sam and Dean Winchester, Mr. Darcy, The Doctor, Ryan Reynolds, etc.

    This list was probably the easiest of all of them. I've been known to be boy/celebrity crazy. (Each year, I make a Man Calendar to put up in my cubicle.) And I apparently have a thing for the Brits and guys who aren't afraid to be nerdy.

    I included some fictional crushes too.

    Day twenty-one: Things to do this Spring

    Make time for crafting, get wedding photos printed and hung, get a bike, ride said bike, take hard top off Jeep, READ, spend more time outdoors, wash/vacuum both cars, clean/reorganize storage unit.

    A mix of both fun and chores. :)

    Day twenty-two: Today I saw ...

    Darkness (dang DST!), traffic on 183, overcast skies, day laborers on the street corner, the ATPE offices, the inside of my cubicle, more traffic on 183, lots of bikes, chocolate cake mix in a bowl, my loves, darkness (yay sleep!).

    Day twenty-three: Guilty pleasures

    Playing WoW, SyFy monster movies, "dude" movies, cover songs, little boys' nerdy t-shirts, sour candy, dressing up my dog, nail polish, Internet memes, boy bands, actors who sing, anything buffalo-wing flavored.

    Day twenty-four: I make lists for ...

    Grocery store trips, craft store trips, weekly to-dos for work, letters to write, crafts to make, trips/vacations, gifts to buy, misc. things to do, TV shows to DVR/watch online, movies that I lend, things to remember to talk to people about, pretty much everything.

    Day twenty-five: Things I'd rather be doing right now

    Sleeping, writing letters, working on afghan squares, catching up on the week's missed TV (while in pjams), sleeping, having coffee with friends at a cute coffee shop, snuggling, eating [a good] breakfast.

    And since I don't know that it would be appropriate to leave this until next Thursday:

    Have a great weekend!

    March 24, 2011

    Nerd News: Captain America, Hardcore History, Torchwood and more

    Vol. 2, Issue 12

    Sorry for the late issue, today was full of long meetings and other busyness.

    Did you see this last night?

    Although I think this trailer is really great, Chris Evans' head on that skinny body is creepier than Red Skull. Just sayin'.

    In other movie news:
    And a new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Now with more mermaids!

    These Historically Hardcore posters are so excellent.


    As are these Star Wars PSAs.

    And these fan-made X-Men: First Class posters.


    In science news:
    This guy really is in EVERYTHING.

    And because I know everyone's curious: His name is Jesse Heiman. (Totally excellent icebreaker or party trivia, me thinks.)


    In TV news:
    Have you seen any of these 10 hilariously bad scifi television specials?

    This shirt is awesome.


    When we have kids, and if they are boys, I am totally getting this for our bathroom wall.

    And finally, I leave you today with a mashup that shouldn't work, but, surprisingly, really does.