December 24, 2012

Winter break has arrived!

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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

Showing support for Sandy Hook

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."

#26Acts movement

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

Nerd News: Nerdy X-Mas cards, Toy Story tees, Who prequel and more

Vol. 3, Issue 48

It's the last NN before Christmas! Can you believe it?!

In TV news:

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 groan-worthy awesome. (Thanks, Rebecca!)


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:

Here are a few trailers/clips:

Django Unchained


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:

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:

I found a couple of items, too:

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

Renter's Delight: Christmas at the Murtis 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.

My nerdiness invades accentuates everything, friends.

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!

Check me out!

*As in inanimate objects having feelings that can get hurt.