August 31, 2011


I was going to wait to post this until tomorrow's Nerd News, but really, it needs more room to spread out and breathe. (Thank you, Wes, for sharing this with me.) 

(This is my favorite page by far.)



If you haven't already (and are interested in taking part), there's still time to sign up for the second round of the 30 Days of Lists project. (FYI: It's $6 this time.) I've got my notebook ready and I'll be posting my pages on Fridays once again.


And, because tomorrow is the first ... Happy September!

August 30, 2011

obsessed.: The Parasol Protectorate series

If I had the time, the skills and the confidence, I think I'd want to be more into Steampunk. The clothes, at least. All the buckles and brass and top hats ... gorgeous.

Since I'm lazy, and ever-so-comfortable in my t-shirts and jeans, I have to live out my steampunk fantasies through fictional venues like The Parasol Protectorate series of books by Gail Carriger.

I've read books one through three--SoullessChangeless and BlamelessHeartless is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read, and I'm looking forward to March, when Timeless is released. To avoid too many spoilers, here's a synopsis for only the first novel:
Soulless is set in an alternate history version of Victorian England where werewolves and vampires are accepted as functioning members of society. Alexia Tarabotti is a woman with several critical problems: she is still searching for a husband, her late Italian father complicates her social standing in a rigid class system, and she has no soul. The fact that she is "soulless" leaves her unaffected by the powers of supernatural beings which only further complicates her life when she accidentally kills a vampire that had attacked her. Queen Victoria sends an investigator, Lord Maccon, who is himself a werewolf. As disappearances in the vampire population of London's high society increase, Alexia becomes the prime suspect. She must solve the mystery, all while maintaining proper decorum and a delicate social balance. (via)
Alexia is an awesomely badass lady, and Carriger's writing style is so entertaining to read. Definitely pick these books up if you're a paranormal fan and need a new series to be obsessed. with too.

August 29, 2011

Renter's Delight: Chairs

While sitting in the living room last weekend, I looked over at a chair I bought two of off of Craigslist for $40 a few years ago. I have had every intention of trying to reupholster the pair myself, or get them reupholstered, but have yet to take the leap. No one really sits in the chair, save for Mollie and the occasional guest (who then looks like Mollie when they get up due to her ridiculous proclivity to shed). What I realized while looking at it is that I don't even really like the chair. Covering it in a pretty fabric would only make me like it a little more. The lines are just not what I like in furniture.

So, of course, I took this as a reason to go looking for chairs that fit my delicate design sensibilities. Why spend hundreds on getting a chair reupholstered only to turn around and want a new one anyway? Silly Mandy.

The chair needs to coordinate with our awesome big people sofa:

Here are some options:

(1, 2, 3, 4)

(5, 6, 7, 8)

(9, 10, 11, 12)

There might also be room in the bedroom for a reading area, which might just necessitate the purchase of more than one of these handsome friends.

August 26, 2011

Haiku Revieu: The Help

The Help (***1/2)

Lots of strong ladies
Bryce Dallas is a queen B
So glad I live now

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD: This movie left me with a heavy heart. While it ends well—or as well as it can end for a story about black maids in Mississippi in the middle of the civil rights movement—I know that the subject matter in the film is like the tip of an iceberg. There was so much ugly underneath the water that the story barely touched upon. I've never read the book, I'm not a history buff, and I've never been a black woman in the south, so I don't know how much the movie leaves out, exactly. But I felt at once both sick about the things that happened to these amazing women and so, so, so grateful that I was born in 1983 with all the opportunities I could ever hope for.

The movie itself is both moving and hilarious. I think Emma Stone is a wonderful actor, and the ladies who played the maids—specifically Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer—were brilliant. If I were Bryce Dallas Howard, however, I think I'd have to take scalding hot showers each night after filming to try to burn away the awfulness of the Hilly Holbrook character. She gets what she deserves and is still a monster.

On a lighter note: The clothes! Oh, the dresses. They were amazing.

August 25, 2011

Nerd News: Good thoughts, Fringe, Wampa shoes and more

Vol. 2, Issue 34

Going to start things off this week with an awesome quote that ties in well to this feature.

(via @wilw, via)

Nice, right?

In movie news:
A couple of trailers:

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Thanks, Colt!)


And yes. He's peeing.

The Debt


No joke, I want to be Helen Mirren when I grow up.

Download yourself a snazzy Hunger Games iPhone wallpaper. (There's a version at the link with no text, too.)


How cute are these sassy little bears?


And while we're taking sassy:


And cute:


In TV news:
  • And this!

I love that people are constantly modding Calvin and Hobbes with other awesome things.


These are great posters. (Have I posted the Who one before? It seems familiar.)


Doctor Mew! Get it? Get it?


ADIDAS has released images of the latest Star Wars Original shoe line. My favorite:

They're hairy!

This fan-made Portal video is so lovely and melancholy. (Thanks a second time, Colt.)


And finally, this gave me quite the chuckle when I first saw it.


As a reminder: If you ever run across anything you think would be appropriate to feature in Nerd News, send it my way!