Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pencil sculptures: miniature masterpieces carved into graphite by Dalton Ghetti

One of those things I got from a friend in email and just had to post. So. Cool.


Dalton Ghetti makes sculptures out of pencils, including a tiny saw and a pencil whose center has been carved into a chain, which is framed.

The alphabet, all carved from pencil tips

The alphabet, all carved from 26 pencil tips

A sculpture of Elvis Presley wearing shades, carved from a single pencil

Dalton, who works as a carpenter, has been making his tiny graphite works for about 25 years
A sculpture of Elvis Presley wearing shades, carved from a single pencil

This incredible work is a tiny saw, using both the wood and graphite of a single pencil

The 49 year old said: "At school I would carve a friend's name into the wood of a pencil and then give it to them as a present. Later, when I got into sculpture, I would make these huge pieces from things like wood, but decided I wanted to challenge myself by trying to make things as small as possible. I experimented sculpting with different materials, such as chalk, but one day I had an eureka moment and decided to carve into the graphite of a pencil"

A tiny saw, using both the wood and graphite of a single pencil

Dalton uses a sculpting knife to begin his latest creation

Dalton uses three basic tools to make his incredible creations - a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife. He even refuses to use a magnifying glass and has never sold any of his work, only given it away to friends. He said: "I use the sewing needle to make holes or dig into the graphite. I scratch and create lines and turn the graphite around slowly in my hand"

A tiny chain link, all carved from the same graphite centre of the pencil

The longest Dalton has spent on one piece was two and half years on a pencil with interlinking chains. A standard figure will take several months. He said: "The interlinking chains took the most effort and I was really pleased with it because it's so intricate people think it must be two pencils"

A tiny key hangs from a ring

When Dalton, from Connecticut, USA, first started he would become frustrated when a piece would break before being finished after he had spent months working on it. He said: "It would drive me mad when I would be just a bit too heavy handed and the pencil's tip would break. I would get very nervous sometimes, particularly when the piece was almost finished, and then I would make a mistake. I decided to change the way I thought about the work - when I started a new piece my attitude would be 'well this will break eventually but let's see how far I get. It helped me break fewer pencils, and although I still do break them, it's not as often"

A tiny key hangs from a ring
The pieces that didn't work are kept in this bizarre 'graveyard'. Dalton keeps all the works that broke off during the sculpt pinned into a block

Dalton, who is originally from Brazil, has a box full of more than 100 sculptures that have broken while working on them that he affectionately calls 'the cemetery collection'. He said: "I have quite a few broken pieces so I decided to glue them on pins and into styrofoam for a display case. People might think it's weird I keep them but they're still interesting. I worked on them for months so they might be dead now but at one point I gave them life"

Two interlocking hearts, carved from one pencil

Dalton has made about 100 carvings, and is currently working on an epic piece inspired by the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He said: "I decided to make a teardrop pencil carving for each of the people who died in the attack, about 3,000. Since 2002 I have carved one every day, it takes me under an hour. When I'm done they will form one big tear drop. It will take me about 10 years but it will be worth it"

Two interlocking hearts, carved from one pencil

Dalton hollowed out the centre of the wood, then carved the central column of graphite to create this hanging, linked heart

"I don't make any money from it but that's not what it's about for me. However, I would love for a gallery owner in England to fly me over to put on a show," he said

Dalton hollowed out the centre of the wood, then carved the central column of graphite to create this hanging, linked heart
Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A tiny hammer
Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A tiny hammer
Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A tiny button

Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A tiny button

This carving shows a goblet being held by a hand, all carved from one pencil's graphite

This carving shows a goblet being held by a hand, all carved from one pencil's graphite

Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A highly-detailed boot.

Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A highly-detailed boot
A miniature graphite chair
A miniature graphite chair
Using the eraser end of a pencil, Dalton created a tiny cross sculpture from the internal graphite
Using the eraser end of a pencil, Dalton created a tiny cross sculpture from the internal graphite
A mini mailbox on a post
A mini mailbox on a post
An intricately-detailed screw, carved in one piece from a pencil's graphite
An intricately-detailed screw, carved in one piece from a pencil's graphite

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ben Folds, Pomplamoose & Nick Hornby team up for a new song - Video

"That's why I'm not Dickens. Kids"

What a nice way to start my morning. Sit back and enjoy.

The best part of this, for the Pomplamoose fans, is at around 3:40 (if you're not a fan, you wanna be ::grin:: )

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Man Raises Concerns Over 'Serial Killer' Doll (and I must LOL)

The story broke on Ohio's CBS affiliate 10TV News. Mr Schultz is outraged that Toys R Us would sell a "serial killer" doll.

It's a Dexter Action Figure.

Yes. Really.

If you watch the video, you may find yourself just as torn as the female newscaster during this, who's trying to keep a straight face and sort of fails. Plus, is it me, or does she wanna play with the doll?

But, seriously, this guy's having an issue with Toys R Us stocking a toy about a fictional serial killer why? Note that the manufacturer Bif Bang Pow clearly marked it 18+ and you can view their response to the story here.

I guess he's never been in the video game aisle. Maybe because he's spending too much time in the Barbie aisle?

This guy needs a little less time on his hands, methinks.

Edit: I have to add, this story got published by CNN Networks to all kinds of news stations, but isn't on CNN itself. Some of the comments are...priceless.

Why do Geek Girls trash other Geek Girls? My ramble.

I hate it when something's bouncing around in my brain and it won't form thought. But, instead of trying to make this conform to something I'm just going to write.

Why do female geeks feel the need to judge/compare/denigrate other female geeks "geekness"?

I've had it happen to me. I've had it happen to friends. Most recently E. Foley from Geek's Dream Girl got "graded" by a gal from The Walking Eye Podcast about a speed dating event she did.

Just to be clear, the speed dating event was for geeks...at GenCon. And the podcaster didn't just dismiss E out of hand. She went into detail and then a conversation ensued in which she picked another geek girl apart and the guys in the podcast were the defenders.

Honestly? Jen from The Walking Eye isn't the issue here. She's just one female geek I've heard do this. I listened to her speak and, while she's not my speed in the female geek department, I'd never tell someone else she wasn't "geeky enough".

Granted, I've had the thought about certain women out there. Women who are billed as geeks and may not be what I consider a geek. But when someone asked me flat out, I declined to comment.


Because, in my opinion, it's hard enough to live this life without me trashing other people.

Maybe it just comes down to the fact that women are naturally competitive with one another. Maybe it's insecurity. Maybe it's the inner cattiness/defensive bitch factor that seems to be part of our make up (some of us just control it better than others)

I don't see geek guys calling one another out for not being geek enough.

But maybe that's because female geeks tend to be more willing to admit they don't know something, or show more vulnerability, or...hell, I don't know.

See? I told you this wouldn't make sense. ;p

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Danny Trejo takes form in the new 7-Inch Machete figure

Danny Trejo is one of those actors who's been around forever but has just become an "overnight sensation". He's "that guy" that you know from any number of movies and TV shows. Maybe you knew his name, maybe his face, maybe just the tattoo's -- but you knew who he was.

Well, now a lot more people are likely to join in the knowledge and I think it's great ;-)

NECA has announced the new Machete 7-Inch Action Figure and I got a pic.

Looks pretty awesome if you ask me.

It's available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth. I'd suggest you might want to pre-order if you want it. My guess is the first run is gonna go fast.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Warcraft Cataclysm quest giver channeling the Old Spice Guy? Yes!

Mad love and props to @jaugustine for posting this.

This is so incredibly awesome I may have to make a poster of it.

I'll admit, I have the Sparkle Pony. I love my Sparkle Pony and I now want a video of @OldSpice or Isaiah Mustafa saying this.

Shub-Niggurath Soap? Omnomnomnom ;-)

It's more than obvious that I love all thing BPAL, so in order to remain objective, I decided to send a bar of soap to Kristen McHugh for review. Perhaps I should find more reviewers, hmmm.)

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Shub-Niggurath soap is... Silky, unusual, and very complex.

The BPAL Trading Post Bubble and Sud page describes it as: A blend of ritual herbs and dark resins, shot through with three gingers and aphrodisiacal spices. This is accurate, but it is so much more than that.

To begin with, although I am not a hugely Lovecraftian sort of person, I'm in general tickled by things that celebrate geeky and/or unusual things. Therefore, YAY, for BPAL!

I am also a person who is allergic to very nearly everything. I've been known to break out in hives from dish soap, and I've had severe asthma attacks from both the scent of correction fluid, and from being in an elevator recently occupied by someone wearing a lot of scent. I hold my breath in the detergent aisle, and in department stores. I can't even go inside shops that carry a lot of fragrances, if I'm not careful. Scent can also trigger migraines for me. This leads to me not so much being the perfume-y girl.

I say this because, when I opened my glorious box containing goodies from BPAL, (courtesy of GGD, *squeeeeee*) you know what happened?

Nothing. Not a thing. I say this, because for people who have scent and skin-sensitivities, it's actually important.

Knowing the test of Shub-Niggurath would be not just smelling it, but using it on my skin, I greedily absconded to the bath.

It's got the sort of slip on the skin that genuinely feels decadent. A beautiful lather to it, that isn't that weird, overly foamy, bubbles-up-the-nose of a lot of soaps and body washes. Like satin sheets, it's both light and luxurious. This inspired me to try something I would never try with regular soaps, because they're too sticky on the skin: I shaved my legs with it. Not a nick, not a scrape, and I'll tell ya, I spent a good while enjoying my legs after I got out of the bath. *Ahem*

I had one of those moments where I said to myself, "Self, it is a shame there isn't someone here to enjoy how soft your skin is, isn't it?"

The fragrance is a complex one, with notes of incense and woodsmoke and the sparkle and fire of ginger. I'm so used to NOT having a lot of fragrances on the menu, particularly darker scent profiles like this, that I'm still exploring it.

It's the scent of wild things, of forest temples, of spice and secrets, the ecstasy of ritual.
If you're searching for a deliciously dark indulgence this is well worth it. We often forget that side of ourselves and scent is a powerful trigger to the psyche.

Yes, I am infinitely more in touch with my inner Hetaera, than I was before.

This is a very good thing.

To the amazing alchemical team at BPAL, I can only say - this packs one hell of a punch, in a velvet glove. And to anyone who thinks their sensitivities mean never being able to express your personality through fragrance or never enjoying amazing soaps - I'd recommend giving BPAL a try.

I still covet the Port Royal soap in a most piratical way.

Is it bath time yet?

Monday, August 23, 2010

These Gay Protest Signs = Win

If a picture is worth a thousand words, these just said a mouthful.

I have just one to add.

Love ;-)

Here's hoping California gets to keep gay marriage alive and well. ::grin:: And my personal fave? "They're the ones who keep having gay babies!!"

Link via IAB & Buzzfeed

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Snazzy Napper? Seriously?

The fact that could even possibly be real just...I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I...I...what?

But they have a website, a twitter, a Facebook page and more. So, I think it's real.

I present, the Snazzy Napper.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cee Lo says FU and I love it! Boogie down now ;-) (NSFW for language)

Thank you Twitter and @KateyRich & @Da7e for tipping me to Cee Lo Green and this song.

Amazing lyrics notwithstanding, it's also a really good dance song! I defy you to listen and not chair dance ;-)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem.

This may be one of those "I've seen it" links for you, but I was delighted to find it.

It's The Bible. In LOLCat.

Genesis 1

1 Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem.
2 Da Urfs no had shapez An haded dark face, An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz.
3 At start, no has lyte. An Ceiling Cat sayz, i can haz lite? An lite wuz.
4 An Ceiling Cat sawed teh lite, to seez stuffs, An splitted teh lite from dark but taht wuz ok cuz kittehs can see in teh dark An not tripz over nethin.
5 An Ceiling Cat sayed light Day An dark no Day. It were FURST!!!1

And so it goes. Yeah. I LOL'd ;-) OMG, there's even a Kindle version.

Thank you @pikestaff & @Cadistra for the tip.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Summer Blowout sale at Entertainment Earth is on ;-)

Believe it or not, I actually had to wait a day because there was so much traffic it sort of overwhelmed things. But I've been told we're up and running and there's still lots of stuff to get for not a lot of money.

Some of these prices are amazingly low.

Hit the banner to check it out.

XBox Girls Get Revenge - NSFW & Awesome

Just a couple things before you click play...

1) ::grin:: Yes, people really say this stuff. And not just in XBox. I was totally reminded of Warcraft trade chat.

2) I know the controller work is bad. Hush. It's a satire. ;p

3) This is utterly, totally, and completely NSFW due to dialogue.

All of that said, I laughed like a crazy person ;-)

Now, make me a sandwich, bitch!

Thanks to @PhysicistLisa for the link ;*

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wil Wheaton sends a letter to the past and apologizes for his misdeeds.

Know why I love the internet? Because there is no other way I would have ever hear this story.

During an IM chat this morning, my girl Teresa Jusino mentioned that a letter she got from Wil Wheaton over a year ago was posted on Letters of Note today.

So, I was able to find Teresa's original blog post (which broke my heart and made me laugh all at the same time) and Wil's letter (pictured below) and get myself all caught up.

I love this story. Maybe it's because I was 8 once. Maybe it's because I had my own crush on Harrison Ford.

Maybe it's just because I'm always blown away when someone goes out of their way to be nice.

Either way, I'm smiling.

Gee, Wil Wheaton managed to make more than one girl happy with that letter. What a stud.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Universal Monsters Wolfman figure in black and white, just feels right.

If you're a fan of horror films, Lon Chaney, Jr. , Universal Studios, black and white movies or just one of those people who likes exclusives, I think you're gonna like this one.

Entertainment Earth has picked up a very cool black and white variant of the Universal Monsters Wolfman Figure.

This limited edition is estimated for arrival in October and priced at $19.99.

So if you want it, I'd suggest you get you pre-order in for the Universal Monsters Black and White Wolfman Figure Exclusive at Entertainment Earth

PIC: Help Me Identify this before I go insane?

Okay, I'll play...

What the HECK is this a picture of? I mean, Facebook says I can get free samples of it, but I'm afraid to click...(I'll admit, my brain keeps going to sex toys. >.< )

Seriously. Anyone?

"Fill out your zip"? They'll go fast?


Monday, August 16, 2010

An Open Letter to the idiots saying Adrianne Curry "asked for it".

I'm going to preface this by saying I'm angry and I'm sure other people have said this more cogently than I will. I'll even admit I don't have all the details. But I've read @AdrianneCurry's tweetstream and what I read was appalling enough for me to chime in.

If you're not aware, Adrienne was assaulted at Celebration V by a guy who thought it was just dandy to stick his hand up her skirt and grope her while she was at the con and cosplaying as Slave Leia. 

That, on its own, is enough to piss me off.

But the topper here is that there are people telling Ms. Curry that she "asked for it" because of the way she was dressed.

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

Let me break this down for anyone who, for a moment, agrees with that sentiment.

1) In what world is it ever okay to touch a woman, especially in an intimate way, without express permission? 

2) We're talking about a woman who was dressed in a Slave Leia costume at a Star Wars convention. Forget the fact that the "you were asking for it" sentiment is bullshit on its face, we're talking about a woman wearing a costume from the fandom being represented at the convention.  

3) The guy was arrested, as he should have been, because it was ASSAULT. Your opinions on the validity of that arrest aren't the point -- the fact is the cops (and Adrianne) saw it as assault and that's what matters here.

We're talking about a geek gal, dressed for a Star Wars con, who got groped and was both physically and mentally wounded. Before you open your mouth to offer anything but condolences, ask yourself what you'd be thinking if she was your sister, or your girlfriend, or your mom.

Because women of all ages go to cons and cosplay -- normally feeling pretty safe in the belief that they're surrounded by people who understand and respect them.

So, if you're reading this and you were one of the people who thought Adrianne "asked for it", do me a favor? Apologize to the lady.


Monday Squee: Matt Smith. Need I Say More?

Oh, Jezebel. Thank you for making my morning. ::swoon::

Maybe it's just me, but there's something delightfully naughty about the smile.

I just had to share ;-)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I took a bath in Port Royal and now I smell like a trollop. Purr.

I'm guessing you've heard me talk about the folks over at BPAL and my love addiction for their oils.

Well, I have a new addition to the love fest. Port Royal soap from the Black Phoenix Trading Post.

While I've definitely drooled over many of the BPTP items, this was my first chance to try out the one of the soaps. So, I figured, why not share ;-)

Port Royal soap is made of gunpowder-black clay, imported silk, and a thick crust of sea salt.

The scent is BPAL's Port Royal oil:

Spiced rum and ship’s wood mixed with the body-warmed trace of a prostitute’s perfume and a hint of salty sea air on the dry-down.

Which means, after the bath I just took, I smell like a pirate wench who had a few drinks, paid for a few hours of fun and woke up naked, sleepy and wrapped in silk sheets and fading perfume.


What I really liked about this soap (and it may well mean I go through the bar faster than most) is the lather on it.  This doesn't just bubble up.  It's creamy in a really delectable and naughty way.

The hedonistic side of me just kept picking it back up and playing with it. But what I thought was really cool was that, while it was slick and sexy going on, it washed off without leaving any film or forcing me to work hard to rinse.

I know, I sound tawdry explaining it.  I'm going to sound even more tawdry when I say that this is the kind of soap that works on a man or a woman, so I'm betting money it would be really awesome for paired showers ;-)

Either way, I'm going to recommend it and link it so you can check it out for yourself.

Oh and, guess what?

I have another bar.  Maybe I'll give it away.

Perhaps thar be a BPAL virgin out there who'd be likin' it? Ye may be persuasive in the comments.

If you'd like to check out the actual BPAL oil, click here here. Just scroll down, it's alphabetical

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hasbro makes a Jon Stewart Stormtrooper Action Figure and Beardy makes an appearance!

Jon Stewart sat down Saturday to interview George Lucas at Star Wars Celebration V and, courtesy of the folks at Hasbro, walked away with the BEST TOY EVAR!

A one of a kind 3.75-inch Jon Stewart Stormtrooper action figure!

But the coolness continues. The figure includes a removable helmet and two interchangeable heads

one with a clean shaven face...

(I love the lift on the eyebrow!)

and the other styled with Stewart’s recent goatee.

So, now we know. Beardy didn't run away. He's been immortalized ;-)

The Star Wars fan in me is jealous and thrilled for Jon all at once.

May the Force be with us all.

And, I don't know about you -- but I'm waiting for Colbert as Han Solo ;-)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Doctor Who awesome added at EE. WANT!

No, there aren't pics yet, so don't get mad at me ;p (PS, if you ever see a link with no pic, you can always go to the reminders on the item and ask that EE email you when there's a pic available.)
However, I have to squee and make happy noises because EE just posted some of the most random but amazing Doctor Who stuff EVAR!

Click the link for details. I'm listing names for now. ;-)

Doctor Who TARDIS Talking Cookie Jar (talking COOKIES!)

Doctor Who Tenth Doctor TARDIS Zipper Robe (read the description. OMG)

This TARDIS Zipper Robe makes a great feature for any room and can also be used as a children's closet. It is a durable canvas-effect single rail wardrobe featuring the Tenth Doctor's TARDIS with double opening zippable doors. Unfortunately it's the same size on the inside as it is on the outside! Stands just over 6-feet tall.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. WANT!

There's more. Mugs and talking key chains and holograms and, and..oh just look at the list!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Behind the scenes Geek Porn from Celebration V... ::whimper::

Sometimes it really pays to have a friend who's a reporter.

Photo courtesy of Lucas Siegel, who I'd hate forever if I didn't love him so.

I'm sure he'll be posting more, so follow him over on Twitter @LucasSiegel and keep a towel handy ;-)

I'll be in my bunk.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

So, Jenny the HOPA wasn't real. But why are some people upset?

If you don't know about Jenny or the revelation of the hoax, here's the story over at Tech Crunch.

The story, as I see it, is interesting and will likely become a training tool for viral marketing types.

But what I really find interesting is the anger I've seen come across.

When I saw the original story, I laughed. I'll admit it, I'm guessing most people have worked for someone they'd love to give a piece of their mind and this was a really creative way to get your point across.

However, I also questioned the "truth" of it. Because I know I live in an internet age and, in all honesty, very few people are that clever all on their own.

So, when I heard that it wasn't real and that Jenny was really Elyse Porterfield, I thought to myself "Well, good for her. There's a million actresses in this town. Nice way to get yourself noticed." and left iit at that.

As the day has gone on, I've seen a few reactions that seem to have a very real sense of anger or upset in them and I'm really confused by them.

Milli Vanilli being fake was one thing. It went on for years and the fraud involved money and screwed over the original artists.

But Jenny was "Jenny" for a day and we all had a good chuckle.

So, if you were upset. I'm wondering why?

p.s. Maybe it's the use of the word "hoax" It implies some sort of intentional deceit. But that's one to ask John Resig.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Old Spice Guy came by the EE Booth ;-)

This has to be my fave pic from SDCC.

See the rest of the Entertainment Earth SDCC pics here ;-)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday Squee: Nekkid LEGO.

Okay, okay. I know. I haven't posted in a week.

Between the con crud, the work schedule, and getting half nekkid pics took (wait, what?) I was sorta busy last week.

I promise to do better. And, really, I have. Why, you ask?

Because I have a nekkid LEGO Santa for you ;-)

See him there on the right? Isn't he adorbz?

This is the new LEGO City 2824 City Advent Calendar and it is filled with awesome.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday Squee: Entertainment Earth has the LEGO Series 2 Minifigures for pre-order! ;-)

This is an official head's up.

The LEGO Minifigures Series 2 10-Pack is up for pre-order at Entertainment Earth. If you think you want them, order as soon as humanly possible.

Because I know we have a limited number. I mean this, it's not a sales pitch. Trust me. There's not a lot of 'em ;*

Let the scramble begin ;-)


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