December 25, 2012
December 24, 2012
I won't be blogging on a regular schedule for the next couple of weeks due to being away from home and other holiday festivities. But I'll be back in the new year with plenty of nerdiness to share!
P.S.—Merry Christmas Eve!
December 21, 2012
Today marks one week since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The Internet has come together, as they often do in cases like this, to try and show their support. I wanted to pass along a few of the great projects I've found.
Beanies for Brave Students
I found this project through The Curious Pug. The idea it to create beanies (stocking caps) for the entire Sandy Hook school. I plan on doing this one once we're back from Oregon. (There are specific rules, however, so definitely check out the link if you're interested.)
Kitchy Digitals fundraiser
All of the proceeds from the sale of this crosstitch pattern will be split between the Sandy Hook Support Fund and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
The pattern was inspired by a Mister Rogers quote: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me. 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world."
This project was inspired by a tweet by Ann Curry:
Newtown's heartbreak has a lot of us asking, "What can I do?" Thinking about this, I took to Twitter and asked people to imagine what would happen if all of us committed to 20 acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown. I added, "I'm in. If you are, RT #20Acts."
Tens of thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook not only seized the idea, they increased it to #26Acts, to include the heroic teachers, and are launching acts of kindness big and small all over America. The acts are spreading overseas, including one tweeted from Borneo.This one can be done on so many levels. Even if you don't complete all 26, even one small gesture might make a huge difference in someone's life.
If you've heard of any more of these projects, please let me know in the comments and I will add them to the list.
December 20, 2012
It's the last NN before Christmas! Can you believe it?!
In TV news:
- Steven Moffat (MOFFAT!) has been teasing things to come with Doctor Who.
- Here's another new look at the revamped interior of the TARDIS; someone on Tumblr has smushed together all of the new photos for a more complete look. (I feel as though the change is one of those post-breakup drastic haircut-type deals.)
- Noel Clarke (Mickey) recently tweeted a photo of he and Matt Smith together. (What that means, exactly, he's keeping mum on.)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. might premiere in Fall 2013.
- The show has also found it's sixth (and final?) agent.
- Two Haven episodes that were pulled from last week and this week (due to the nature of the violence in last week's episode) will air back-to-back Jan. 17.
- Psych has been renewed for an eighth season.
- James Callis (Battlestar: Galactica, Eureka) will guest star on Arrow.
- New photos reveal spoilers from Fringe's finale.
- HBO will be releasing Game of Thrones beer.
- A few of the GOT episodes in season three will be extra long.
- There might be an IT Crowd special planned for the middle of 2013.
- Cartoon Network's DC Nation block will return Jan. 5.
- A new Joan of Arc series—by the writer of Moulin Rouge and the Weta Workshop—is in the works.
- USA is working on a modern-day Zorro called ... Z.
- Bryan Singer (X-Men) is working on a new Twilight Zone series.
Here's a new "prequel" for the Doctor Who Christmas Special: Vastra Investigates.
The BBC has released a set of Doctor Who promo "Christmas cards."
This one, although it's not BBC-sanctioned, is equally
And this card isn't Who at all, but I still love it. (Thanks, Adam!)
What would it look like if The Walking Dead was a Disney cartoon? Possibly something like this:
In movie news:
- Benedict Cumberbatch says that "John Harrison" is not a classic Trek villain.
- J.J. Abrams says that the 3D version of Star Trek Into Darkness "will be good."
- Expendables 3 is going after Jackie Chan.
- We might get a glimpse into the man that is Nick Fury in Captain America 2.
- A new casting listing for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man suggests that there might be a funeral involved in the film.
- Jaime Foxx has been talking about his new role as Electro.
- Hugh Jackman has officially signed on to reprise the Wolverine role in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- A possible plot for the Justice League movie has been revealed.
- Luke Skywalker might build the Jedi Academy in Star Wars VII. I would LOVE it. The Young Jedi Knights series was a favorite when I was younger. And that totally means we get to meet Jaina and Jacen.
- Peter Jackson once wanted to film scenes with a Gollum-ized Frodo.
- Guillermo del Toro recently broke down the Pacific Rim trailer. And yes, that was GlaDOS you heard. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Might Unicron make an appearance in Transformers 4?
- Garrett Hedlund has signed on for Tron 3.
- Riddick has a release date: Sept. 6, 2013.
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will have far less James Franco than Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
- Check out this new concept art for Disney's Frozen.
- Ricky Gervais might star in the next Muppet movie.
- Anchorman: The Legend Continues will be released Dec. 10, 2013.
- The movie adaptation of YA novel Daughter of Smoke and Bone will be produced by Joe Roth (Snow White and the Huntsman).
- This new Oz: The Great and Powerful poster is so much better than that heinous international one.
- The new movie Spy Hunter is aiming to be an American James Bond. (/roll eyes)
- Studio Ghibli (My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle) will be releasing two new movies in 2013.
Here are a few trailers/clips:
Pain & Gain (I had to.)
Star Trek Into Darkness
Threadless has released a new line of Toy Story-inspired tees. (Click the link for more.)
Even though Pacific Rim looks great on it's own, this pushes it over the edge.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Glitch might have closed (*sad*), but a new iOS app—Glitchamaphone—lets users play music in a very Glitch-y manner.
- The Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO will get its first expansion this spring: "Rise of the Hutt Cartel."
- A video of the first five minutes of the new BioShock Infinite has been put on the web. As TGG says, "Spoiler alert, obviously."
- Disney Interactive is set to introduce Disney Infinity next month. What, exactly, Disney Infinity is remains to be seen.
- Team Fortress 2 has released new Adult Swim-themed costumes.
- This is a seriously impressive Minecraft city.
- While we're on the subject, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, a documentary about Minecraft creator Notch's rise to fame, will be available to Xbox Gold members Dec. 22. There's a trailer at the link.
- Peter Molyneux promised a game demo for new 22 Cans "game" Godus by Christmas, and he has succeeded. The Kickstarter for the game, however, isn't doing as well as was hoped, so they've released some prototype videos.
- The YouTube series "Lore in a Minute," which usually details video game back stories, recently peeked into the life of Gabe Newell, "President and CEO of Valve, mastermind of games like Portal and Half-Life and the video game communities only resident billionaire."
- The new Nintendo TVii app interfaces with your cable or satellite box for ease of using both the Wii U and your TV.
And here's a mashup trailer of many of the video games released in 2012.
If S.H.I.E.L.D. had existed in the 20's ...
My favorite of these "House" banners is the Superman one, surprisingly. (There are a lot more at the link below.)
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from The Mister:
- The Orange-spotted Tiger Clearwing butterfly has a seriously cool metallic-looking chrysalis.
- "Nearby" star system Tau Ceti is home to five planets, one of which is in the Goldilocks Zone.
I found a couple of items, too:
- A woman who is paralyzed from the neck down now has a robotic arm she can control with her brain.
- A new NASA spacesuits prototype totally looks like someone's been watching too much Toy Story.
These book sculptures are super cool.
And finally, I came across a bunch of Star Wars art this week. Including these awesome character redesigns:
Some of the items from Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle's "Han Shot First" show:
And this adorable Wall-E/Wars mashup:
December 19, 2012
The Mister and I are headed to Oregon for the holidays, so I tried to tone down the amount of holiday decor we put out this year. I wanted it to be festive, but not too much so. Thinking about a totally decked-out house sitting empty on Christmas morning kind of makes me sad, Toy Story-style*.
We once again set up our white tree:
This time using the ornaments we had—some new, some vintage glass from my grandmother's stash—to create an ombre look. (Click on the image for a better view.)
Since getting married in 2010, we've gotten a new ornament a year. This year, however, we have two:
Thank you to TGG and his lovely wife for the infusion of Who.
The stockings are yet again hung with care:
We have a whole lot more toys than we had last year. (You can peep last year's holiday decor post for proof.)
I couldn't not set up a couple of separate little displays, too; we just have so much awesome holiday stuff!
And here's my tiny tree at work.
Did you decorate this year? Link me photos—I'd love to see them!
On a totally separate note: I am Lady Geek of the Week at Being Geek Chic!
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*As in inanimate objects having feelings that can get hurt.