21 Jun
2013

Take Your Dog to Work Day Also!! Get ready for cute overload.

Sooooo June 21st is also Take Your Dog to Work Day, sharing the day with Skateboarding Day. But I felt that TYDW  Day deserved it's own post. Why you ask? Because I need to post lots of adorbs pix of my puppy and other adorable dogs. That's why.

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boo. supposed cutest dog in the world. i don't think he's real.

If you have a dog, you know it's like having a permanent baby all the time. If you have a baby you know that it's not like that at all and you think I'm an idiot. But as far as I'm concerned it's close enough. Not only does your life change with the addition of this new family member, but so do you. Suddenly anybody with a dog is your best friend and you just can't wait to exchange pictures and stories about the cute/terrible things they did yesterday. A total granfallon (that's a Cat's Cradle reference son).

 

this is real. so real.

this is real. so real.

 

So now let's talk about my dog. She's awesome. And adorable. Her name is Lilith, goes by Lily. She's a Newfoundland pup about a year old now. I am that person who thought it was a great idea to get a newfie and move into an apartment in the city. When she's full grown she might actually weigh more than me. Just a big furry baby and I love her. She's tots my best friend who sometimes likes to drag things out of the trash when I'm not paying attention to her. Not totally unlike my human friends. Now let the "D'awwwwwwwww"-ing commence. Shamelessly showing off my puppy pix go!

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This is right after i got her, the smallest i've known her.

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A hot day at the doggie park.

Sometimes she pretends she's people.

Sometimes she pretends she's people.

this is literally the cutest thing that has ever happened to the world.

this is literally the cutest thing that has ever happened to the world.

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11 Jun
2013

Cool Stuff Tuesday! Father’s Day!

Remember that one time I showed you all those amazing things that we had for Mother's Day?  This is gonna be like that, only more Dadlier.  Which totally is a word.

One of the best things about Father's Day is that dads appreciate a nice, wide range of gifts.  Anything goes for Father's Day!  Anything like all of this!

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30 May
2013

Rev up those pencils, drawing day is coming.

I love to draw. It's pretty much what I do. If I'm not being a lazy chump sitting around in my underwear, I'm probably drawing in some fashion (also in my underwear). It is the most fundamental form of art. Before you can create other forms of traditional art work, you have to understand drawing. I personally prefer it over everything else anyway. Pencils, charcoal, pastels, markers, ink, crayons, whatever. I love it all. June 2nd is the day of celebration this year. Drawing day.

Self Portrait Otomo style. I did this one.

Self Portrait Otomo style. I did this one.

This one's by Katsuhiro Otomo. See what I was goin for there?

This one's by Katsuhiro Otomo. See what I was goin for there?


So how do you celebrate this fantastical day? Marble sculptures. NO! You believed me. Dummy. You draw obviously. And since we live in the age of technology and sharing your every waking thought and action, you should upload it to share with the world. Instagram it, Tweet, Facebook, Deviantart, Redbubble, or whatever else you can think of. Share it with on the interwebs and spread the word. I promise that whatever you draw is better than somebody else's status. "Just finished my corn flakes #breakfast." #WhoCares. Now if you post a sweet drawing you did, I'm all about that.

So lemme share one of my current favorite DrAwLeRs. His name is Shohei Otomo, from Tokyo (obvi). He just so happens to be Katsuhiro Otomo's son (who happens to have done one of my faovirte graphic novels/anime). Amazing artist's clearly run in the family.

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In case you needed to feel bad about your work, these are ball point pen drawings. Ya.

So much detail.

So much detail.

 

And if those weren't enough I'm gonna leave with a speed video of him drawing. Even if this makes you feel bad about drawing (as in my case) I hope it motivates you and pumps you up for Drawing Day (also my case). So get on it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeAcgPtOjPk
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25 May
2013

Geek Pride Day has arrived. Let us revel in Geekdom.

So May 25th is Geek Pride Day. How good is that junk?

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Have Pride!

What's your poison? You like comic books? Model Trains? Cosplay? DnD? Anime? Crazy Sweet Technology? Obscure Asian gore films on VHS? However your geekism manifests itself, the 25th is the day to let it shine. Being a geek is becoming much less taboo. Anymore most people have something that they admittedly geek over. For me personally, I feel like watching a Gundam marathon while playing a Sega Genesis emulator in my dinosaur pajamas. Whatevs. I'm not ashamed. I also have Final Fantasy tattoos so it's not like like I'm fooling anybody anyway. NONETHELESS! If for whatever reason you feel the need to hide your true geek from your family, or friends or significant other who still doesn't know you collect vintage My Little Ponies, today is the perfect day to let 'em know!

I won't tell.

I won't tell.

It also happens to be Towel Day (celebrating the life and works of Douglas Adams), the anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars (in '77), and the Glorious 25th of May (for fans of Terry Pratchett to wear lilac in support of alzheimers awareness). A lot of good geek fuel.

Have pride you geek. Don't hide anymore. I'm pretty sure all of us that work here find geeks sexy. And celebrate being you however you want? Wanna come over and play some Dungeons and dragons with me? I'll let you use my dice. ;)

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And if you want some realistically insightful and fully inappropriate text in your face about geek culture check out this article from Stuff You Will Hate, which I love. Be a geek! It's 20WhaTeveR! Do what ya love. Now excuse me that Mega Bomberman isn't gonna play itself. Lata!

So good. Bring on the mountain dew.

So good. Bring on the mountain dew and bawls cocktail.

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16 May
2013

Sea-Monkeys Day?!

So you've been dying to have a day to celebrate your favorite aquatic pets? Guess what. It already exists. For realz. Sea-monkey day is May 16th each year. Let's get it poppin'.

card I made based on real ad

card I made based on real ad


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Harold von Braunhut "invented" sea-monkeys in 1957. Since ant farms had become popular the year before, Harold decided to cash in on a similarly simple and pointless pet. He originally called them "Instant Life", but later changed the named to "Sea-Monkeys" in '62. Good plan. That was a stupid name. The product was marketed heavily in comic books, where foolish children could mail away some quarters for these oh-so-interesting undersea creatures. That's what they were lead to believe by the ridiculous ads specifically telling them so.

an actual ad from '71

an actual ad from '71

So as we all know this is how sea-monkeys are marketed to unsuspecting kids. Frankly I'm not sure how they got away with this. "They can even be trained" and "they love attention" are among the great lines from this ad. My favorite are the "Sea-Diamonds" that you can buy from the website, still being sold by the Transciece Corp. The description states that they will toss them around like beach balls and learn to ride them like surfboards. Of course they throw around quotation marks on pretty much every verb. So now to shatter all of your preconceived notions of these delightful aquatic humanoids with families and castles and surfboards, here is what sea-monkeys really are.

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They are an artificial breed of brine shrimp. Put into cryptobiosis. The colony is started by adding the contents of a packet labelled "Water Purifier" to a tank of water. This packet contains salt and some brine shrimp eggs. After 24 hours, this is augmented with the contents of a packet labelled "Instant Life Eggs", containing eggs,yeast, borax, soda, salt, and sometimes a dye. The animals which hatched from the eggs over the previous day seem to appear instantly. Hilarious. But regardless of what they are, kids still enjoy having there own pets that they basically don't have to do anything for. Also we do sell them at our store as well. Cause they're fun and ridiculous. Just like us.

On a final note, some mad scientists (slash just regular scientists) have made some arsenic-based Sea-monkeys. Srs. You can get them on Think Geek. Check them out. It's super funny and real science.

Lata!

 

 

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1 May
2013

Batman Dayyyyyyyyyyy

So as you may or may not know, May 1st is Batman Day. Awesome. There is actually surprisingly little info on Batman Day itself, but I'm gonna pull out a little Batman general info and whatnot, then basically just nerd out about how cool he is.

Batman made his first appearance Detective Comcs #27, which came out in May 1939. He's always been a badass. Kickin' ass and taking names. But he's also a sweet detective. The Killing Joke graphic novel is considered to be one of the best comics. You should definitely check it out if you like Batman stuff. Guess what Alan Moore was in on it. You know it'll be good.

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I'm gonna go ahead and say aside from Vertigo stuff, Batman is the only DC character that has really gripped me. His stuff is super dark and gritty and gotten better with age. He doesn't have any super powers. Except for the greatest super power. Essentially unlimited wealth. Him and Ironman would be super bros. Which bring me to my next point: I HATE Superman. He has a power for literally everything. It's outrageous. I won't get into that too much,  but I do want to bring up Frank Miller's Batman:Dark Knight series. In the last book batman enacts this awesome plan and actually beats Superman. He leaves Superman with a sweet line before faking his death for some crazy political reason. Check it.

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eat it Superman.

So I guess we can talk about the movies now. They are amazing. There have been so many batman movies. 8 so far, the first one being in '66 with Adam West. Most of them were pretty awesome too, which is more than can be said for any other comic book hero movie franchise. The second most recent, The Dark Knight, can easily be considered the best comic book based movie of all time. I dare you to question that. Heath Ledger's performance alone made that movie absolutely amazing.

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So good.

And finally wanna talk animated? I do. I love cartoons. I still watch cartoons on a regular basis. Don't judge me. But for good reason. Some cartoons are legit as hell. That includes a few of the past Batman series. Batman Beyond was flippin sweet. It was all set in the future and cybery, which is %100 my jam. Batman, who wasn't Bruce Wayne cause he was so old (he was still running the show though), wore a sweet ass powered robo bat suit. Super 90's, I loved it. It ruled.

He had sweet claw hands and rocket boots I think.

He had sweet claw hands and rocket boots I think.

More importantly though was Batman: The Animated Series, which originally aired form '92 to '95. Prime Batman years for me. This series is hands down the best comic book series that has been created. It appealed to kids and adults alike with it's surprisingly deep stories, well written dialogue, and dark and gritty feels. It has even been rated the second greatest cartoon of all time, losing out only to the Simpsons. That's a feat in itself. It was nominated for over 20 awards and won a lot of them. Simply too good. Such a huge part of my childhood. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A71i0a5x-qA (they won't let me embed it :(  )

So there you go. Just a little reminder why Batman rules in case your'e a dumbbutt and forgot.

Lata!

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1 Mar
2013

It’s DR. SEUSS DAY.

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss Day!

This one is pretty self-explanatory. IF by chance you are unfamiliar with Dr. Seuss, you can kindly show yourself out.

But really.

 

A lot of people will tell you that, as an adult, you should use this day to 'get back in touch' with your childhood, your youth-- that adults are merely obsolete children. I say this is a big fat pile of BULL POOPY. Adults, especially here at KU, are merely children who can get into bars legally. So, na na na na boo boo, the joke's on you.

Seriously though, today is important. Not only is it Theodor Suess Geisel's birthday, but it also was adopted by the National Education Association as Read Across America DayIf you have people in your life to celebrate this day of action with, please do! Seriously, it's awesome. Pick up some new books (like the Wrinkle in Time series or anything from this list!), read together before bedtime, all that jazz.

If you're more along the lines of a child-with-a-drinking-license then by all means check out this ridiculousness: Dr. Seuss's WWII-era political cartoons and Maguyver this children's recipe into a JELLO SHOT RECIPE HELL YEAH.

The man, the myth, the cat behind the Cat in the Hat.

Happy birthday, bro.

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1 Mar
2013

Today is an important day. Today is Pig Day.

Fact: pig don't care 'bout your opinions

I know that teacup and miniature pigs are really trendy, but I really just love pigs en général.

It's no secret here at KU that I grew up in a small town in West Virginia: a lot of my childhood stories involve fishing with my dad; when I'm drunk I sometimes slur in a few "ya'lls" and "I once seen it;"  and I once had a pet pig named Wally.

Thus, here is an ode to Wally on this most sacred day:

While I'm from a small town (think: no-stoplight, not one-stoplight small), it wasn't exactly farm country. We occasionally had chickens, other neighbors did as well. There was a man further out the creek (yes, creek) who had a couple of horses and a tobacco field or two... but no real farm-age. A few towns over, though, my maternal aunt and uncle had a pig farm. They did not live at this property, though there was a house, so I suppose it was an auxillary pig farm. Because those are things where I'm from.

As is oft to happen at pig farms: a boar from the surrounding woods got into one of the sow pens and a surprise! half-wild-boar farrow (or: litter) was born one summer. Cutest little things, a smattering of fur and stripes down their spines with spots on their little tushes. And the noses! Wet, pink noses! Be still my heart! Wally was the smallest, spottiest, stripiest of the bunch: which is to say he was the runt.

My aunt, a happy, plump woman a good fifteenish years older than my mother plucked Wally up and brought him to visit in a cardboard box the next weekend when she went to see my grandfather. I, of course, only lived a few houses down from my grandfather. I, of course, plucked Wally up myself and declared him my own to bottle feed and cherish and love and squeal over. He eventually got a little too big and my Siberian Husky enjoyed chasing him too much-- she was fast and he was slow. So he went to farm.

I don't know if you folks know what "went to farm," means... but it's not pretty.

Okay. It's gorgeous.

 

I truly thought this is what had happened for years. I was in college when my aunt, one visit home, excitedly told me that she had photos of Wally from the family that took over the pig farm after her husband passed away. Uhm. Excuse me?

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Turns out Wally went to THE farm. Articles are important, people. Enunciate. Especially if you've got a thick West Virginia-bordering-Kentucky accent.

 

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