Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tidewater Comicon


You know what's amazing? Cosplaying.

You know what else is amazing? Tidewater Comicon.

You know what's the most amazing? WINNING first-place group cosplay at Tidewater Comicon!

Wanna know how I know? WE DID!

I'm ever so proud of Beth and Chris for making our incredible Game of Thrones outfits and rocking them. So there's a photo of us with the other winners.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy Birthday from... Google?


I didn't know Google did this for birthdays! If you're logged in, this is the Google logo you get. I felt special. Thanks, Google!

Gimli Gif

Sorry, this isn't a gif of my cat or the dwarf we named him after... it's a gif that our cat is completely entranced by. He's watching it for about the 30th time as I type this sentence. It's Jell-O, bouncing at 6200 fps, found on Reddit.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

We did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! For the unaware and for posterity, this is what I'm talking about: someone who does the challenge nominates you (and a couple other people). Then, you have the choice to either donate $10 to ALS (amyotropic lateral sclerosis) research and dump a bucket of ice water over your head, or donate more (I've heard varying rules, from $25 to $100 or more).

Jake nominated Birk, but since we have the same name, I decided to do it as well (as if we didn't know which Alex Birk he was talking about). But only Birk nominated people. The video is below:

video

Yeah, it's kind of chilly out tonight for an August evening... That was really cold.

Anyway, I'm about to go to alsa.org to make our donations, but I wanted to post the video here first.

On a side note, I wanted to mention that I've never been given a reason to donate to ALS research before. I donate to cancer research because I know/knew people with cancer. I donate to AIDS research because I know someone who works with AIDS research. I've never been asked to donate to ALS research before. Now I have (albeit indirectly by piggy-backing on Birk's nomination) and so I am. EVMS recently did their challenge and the doctor who spoke at the beginning of the video made an excellent point... ALS research won't just benefit finding a cure or treatment for ALS... it will help with other conditions like Huntington's. It could help with something entirely unrelated, too... you know how sometimes scientists are looking for one thing and they wind up stumbling across a totally different thing? Who knows when/where that might happen? So yes, I dumped ice water on my head and posted a video of it online, but more importantly, I'm donating to an important cause that I recognize as important without having any emotional ties to it, and asking others to do the same.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Margaery Dress

For NY Comic Con, I'm going to be Margaery Tyrell! So Beth is making my dress. I visited her two weeks ago so we could get to work on it... this is what we had when I left:





She does beautiful work, right? I'm pretty amazed, myself. For reference, here's a photo of the dress she's recreating:


I've also ordered shoes, and started working on making the Tyrell ring, and researching how to make my now-annoyingly-long hair do what it's doing there.

Obviously, completed photos yet to come!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

If I Had a Post-It Wall...

At CNU, we had a Post-It quote wall. When somebody said something funny, we wrote it on a Post-It and stuck it to the wall. These are legendary among my friends.

I don't have a Post-It wall anymore. (Not that kind, anyway... I do have several Post-Its stuck on my office wall over my phone, but they aren't funny.) But I have a blog.

It's like learning quantum physics in Russian after you've spent your entire life living under a rock with mole-people who speak Mayan.
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I'm good at similes.
Me, telling Birk that financial aid doesn't make sense unless it's your job to make sense of it.

Yeah, I know... I probably think I'm funnier than I am. But hey... it's my blog.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

DING!


I have a max-level WoW character for the first time! Thrashbarg hit 90 last night. Birk brought home cake and candles (the zero looks funny because they didn't have any zeroes so he broke a 6) because we are ridiculous people and he is sweet.

So what did I do this morning? Started a blood elf named Grabhsarht. Gonna get her to 90 too. Eventually.