Thursday, March 28, 2013

BPAL made an Ambergris single note with "Sperm whale intestinal glop" in the description

Actually, this is a perfect example of why I love Beth over at BPAL (aka Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab).

I mean, who else would do this and this? And with such flair.


Sperm whale intestinal glop, oh how the fragrance world adores you. Ambergris is born from a sticky, black bile secretion that gloops forth from the intestines of sperm whales. When fresh, it possesses a rank, seaweedy fecal odor, but once it has been embraced by sea and sun, it transforms into a uniquely intoxicating perfume fixative. This precious substance has been used in cosmetics for ages untold, and is said to be a potent aphrodisiac with the power to increase psychic sensitivity and induce prophetic dreams.

Our ambergris accord is lightly balsamic, slightly woody, almost tobacco-like marine musk, and possesses a distinct salty animalic note that borders on sweet. The scent is extraordinarily versatile, and adds depth and complexity to a wide swath of fragrance families.

No whales were harmed, fondled, scraped, prodded, or offended during the creation and production of this accord. It is 100% vegan, and has never seen the inside of a whale's tummy.

(via Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

This Game Of Thrones pic of Tyrion, Cersei & Jaime really makes me wonder about that family...


via Nerd Approved

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi on screen at EW's CapeTown Festival (& hints at more)

Once upon a time, a 13 year old girl ditched school with her mom's permission and stood in a long line in front of the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood to see Return of the Jedi at the very first midnight show. That girl, I'm sure you've guessed, was me and that day was one I'll never forget.

Thanks to Geoff Boucher and the new Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival, I'm going to get to be 13 again because they'll be will be doing a special one-day event 30th anniversary revival of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi back at the site of that May 1983 world premiere.

They've scheduled four showings (10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 10p.m.) on May the Fourth and promise "special appearances by some famous faces and beloved characters from the Jedi universe."

You'll definitely want to head over to EW and read the article to get more info on the ROTJ showing and the EW CapeTown Film Festival. If it's anything like the LA Times Hero Complex Film Fest (Boucher's previous brainchild), then there's likely to be lots of surprises.

Also, a few hints from my inside sources: The CapeTown FF is shaping up to be twice as long as the Hero Complex festival,  twice as big, and 1/2 the price. I love this math.

They also say a Star Trek surprise may be the big finale of the festival. ::grin:: You heard it here first.

May the Force be with you and Live Long And Proper. ;-)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Adorbz Baby Sloth Gives Prezzies and Gets Shy. (omg so cute)

Monday just got adorable. Swoon.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Inspired by Whitney at @popcandy (that should be a new blog series)

Whitney over at Pop Candy did a list of top 10 females rockers, and I was reminded of this amazing clip of Beth Hart at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Take the 3 and a half minutes and just let her wash over you.

You'll thank me.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A sudden and unexpected rant on sex shaming, the internet and idiocy gone wild.

Can we have a short talk about how good the Internet is at allowing people to make grandiose and idiotic statements of morality and supposed "intellectual" superiority with as little information as possible?

And if it's about anything relaxing to sex or gender, oh look out.

Single man shares sexual tweets with a stripper, she tries to blackmail him, he doesn't pay (because he did nothing illegal). She goes to his boss and they fire him for indecency?

Geek Girl icon (no not me ::grin::) says she's taking a Women's Studies class and an entire debate on feminism being another type of misandry ensues.

Steubenville rape trial gets brought up in my WoW trade chat last night, and when I try and just shut that shit down before it even starts, I'm accused of being overly sensitive and unable to have a rational discussion. Cause, y'know, asking a question in trade chat is always the best place to get a rational discussion.

But it all comes down to the same thing. If it's about sex, and it's online, everyone has an opinion and they're damn well going to share it and you're an idiot if you don't agree. And, while they're at it, they'll say shit that they would NEVER say to your face because they know it's inappropriate.

And the thing that makes me crazy is that, no matter how zen you are. No matter how empowered. There's a part of you that feels the shaming. Because you're human. And then you want to defend and then, the next thing you know, you're engaging with these trolls and all you want to do is kick someone's head in.

::deep breath::

Somewhere, people seem to have lost sight of a few things. Sexuality is human. What is done between consenting adults, no matter how deviant or depraved in your eyes (as long as it's consenting adults only) is none of your business. And who are you to shame anyone? 

As I tweeted: It's interesting to see how prevalent sex shaming is. Heaven forbid you should be a sexual creature & express yourself at all.

Oh and, can we please stop throwing the terms misandry and misogyny around like it's existential conversation night at the coffee house? You don't get extra points for using terms that don't actually apply to a situation --  because you're using them incorrectly.

Feminism is not a misandric movement. Being masculine is not inherently misogynistic. 

They're also not shaming or threatening in nature.

But coming into a thread on FB or tossing loaded comments on a website using those words and comments like "well, you're asking for it"?

That definitely is.

How about you get your own houses in order and get that glass all nice and shiny before you go throwing stones.

I'll bet you have a few porn stashes and old high school notes in your closet that you wouldn't want people peeking at.

While you're at it, if sex offends you just by it's existence. Maybe the sex isn't the problem.

Just sayin'.

/end rant

p.s. This one comment on this Mattel story about mommy bloggers and Mattel trying to teach them "how to play Hot Wheels" made me laugh. I admit. "Maybe the moms could just stand by and ask for directions at the little Mattel gas station that their sons refuse to pull into whenever their Hot Wheel cars go off course and get lost."

I never said I was perfect.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My Modern Mixtape, For The High Fidelity Nerd In Us All.

Someone finally understands part of my love of mix tapes and gave me back the cassette part without the dangers of a cassette!

This is My Modern Mixtape.

It's a killer idea. This would be pretty easy to DIY as far as lists go. You could just insert them and use the case and drive over and over to share music.

Me? I want one but have to wait a bit. But, you can buy one for $16.99 here.

And then you can make me a mix tape ;-)

via Wired

Friday, March 8, 2013

Team Unicorn is Totally Pandering. Of COURSE. Duh.*

*(Sarcasm in titles is really not easy. Like, at all. But if you hear it with the eyeroll in the right place, then you'll get it ::grin::)

Y'know how Team Unicorn put out a video and a wave of people came out to unleash anger and vitriol and talk about how they're not real geek girls and pandering and all that?

(If not, just go check the comments on their latest video for "For The Win" over on You Tube.)

I've seen a lot of commenting about the reaction, and the whole geek girls/pandering/hot chicks faking it thing came up again. (le sigh).

And I know it bugs people every time it happens. I know people come out and defend and feel angry and geek women want to Hulk smash and geek men want to come out and say "I'm not like those neanderthals" and all of that...

Well, I had a thought last night and I won't leave my brain, so I want to share it and maybe that'll put it to rest.

The people who go to the trouble to spew anger and/or hate and/or OMG HOT FAKE GEEK GIRLS SPEWING GEEK REFERENCES HAWWWWWWTTT NOT are trolls.


Those same people would be just as mean and angry and OMG about a video that was made by "regular looking" geek girls. But then they'd be laughing at how their ass didn't fit in the costume, or how skinny they were or how their glasses looked or how girls don't actually play video games and OMG FAKE GEEK GIRLS.


That's all they are. They're not looking for reasoned debate. They're not looking to have a conversation. And they're just as prevalent on geek sites as they are You Tube. They may be a bit less mean, but they happen.

And I think it comes down to one of two mindsets on the part of the poster:

1) That girl totally wouldn't fuck me. Not ever. Screw her. FAKE!

2) I wouldn't touch that with someone else's dick. No way. FAKE.

I'm not saying everyone who questions the nature of women and their geekdom is a troll and I'm not saying that conversation isn't good, but identifying trolls helps up better decide where we want to use the energy to fight and where we can just call a troll a troll and choose a more effective tactic.

That's what Team Unicorn did. They called out the Unicorn Geek Corps to down vote the negative and leave positive comments. They used the system trolls love to use against them.

I think there's a lesson in that.

Thought complete. I'm off to find caffeine.


p.s. Um, can I be in the next video? ;-)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Fountain Pen Tip & Chainmail Necklace? Yes please ;-)

Heather McFarlane is proving that the pen really Is Mightier over on Etsy.

Heather has taken vintage fountain pen nibs and turned them into all sorts of beautiful pieces of jewelry.

This is my fave so far. But now I have this idea for a slave chain I should ask her about...


Check it out for yourself here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Nine Inch Nails/Carly Rae Jepsen Remix? Yeah. And It Works ;-)

What do you get when you remix NIN's Head Like A Hole and Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe?

A little slice of musical genius.

Well played, pomDeter. Or well mixed, as it were.

via The Verge via Meghan Jenks


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