Alice in Wonderland

8 Last-Minute Bookish Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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If you're into giving your book-lovin' honey a little something on Valentine's Day that isn't just a box of candy or a vase with flowers, here are a few ideas:

Harry Potter cookie cutters double as a practical gift as well as an edible one if you use 'em to make some cookies ahead of time, too.

Show 'em they're The One to rule your heart with the One Ring. Okay, that was cheesy.

Class it up with a Jules Verne necktie.

Application and design-wise, Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party-themed salt and pepper shakers are pretty perfect, if ya think about it.

This, and other bookish flavors, such as Butterbeer (Harry Potter) and Cotton & Musk (The Great Gatsby) available from Pen & Candle.

Oh yes, this tote bag is a winner.

Much more comfortable than the real thing, I'm sure.

Friday Things: 11/07 - Steampunk Spy School, Artsy Tourism, and Miami For Free

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[Another week gone by... and just like that, it's November! And soon, it'll be Christmas... ahhh~]

On Books:

Very pleased to know that one of my favorite book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, is going to Netflix.

Waistcoats & Weaponry, the third book in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger has just been released! I'll be listening to it on audio. Check if the book tour is going your way.

On Travel:

Luis Simoes loves to travel, but instead of taking pictures, he draws what he sees. Amazing. You can also follow his work and travels on Instagram.

If you're visiting Miami any time soon (or currently live there and are looking for something fresh to do), here are some free or cheap things to do.


New Minions trailer!

Adorable 9-year old girl loves to dress up as Alice and other characters.

An 18-year old lady was elected as a lawmaker in West Virginia. I'm impressed!

Stuff I wrote and did:

Over at Panels: Comics Fetish Volume 6 - it was my turn to suggest ways for readers to part with their money this week.

I vlogged!

[Have a great weekend!]

Friday Things: 09/19 - Topanga writes, Alice in Wonderland toons frolick, and you, too, can paint with light

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 [Woooo, weekend! Alright special note: I'm building myself a proper website. This blog will be moved there, eventually, and I'm adding a bunch of other things. It's going to be awesome.]

On Books and Comics:

Amazon is doing the Family Library thing, so two adults and up to four children can share books and other things. Pretty neat if everyone in your family is also in the "Kindle family."

Danielle Fishel, who you might know as Topanga from Boy Meets World, released a memoir called Normally, This Would Be Cause For Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness this month. You can read an excerpt at MSNBC. I'm hoping my library will grab it by next year so I can check it out sometime, if only because the excerpt is interesting, but I wasn't particularly sucked in by the narrative. 

I love everything this geek dad has to say about raising a geek daughter who loves DC supers but isn't targeted in DC super merch.

Steampunk manga artist Madeleine Rosca started up a webcomic! Very exciting.

On Art and Photography:

Great tutorial on PhotoJojo about playing around with light, painting in colored lights, and other fun colorful stuff in your photographs.

The latest how-to-draw Disney character is Grumpy!

On Disney:

Cute tea party photos hoot with the new Alice in Wonderland Tsum Tsums. I want them aaaall.

Even for me, as a rather petite individual, air travel can be cramped and frustrating. Carl Hiaasen chimes in.


Ghostbusters doughnuts are pretty cute, though I probably wouldn't eat them - I generally don't go for the ones with fillings.

Funny little video about spoilers and stuff. The video isn't actually a spoiler for anything. It's literally about spoilers.

[See ya next week!]

Friday Things: 06/20 - Mindy Kaling asks, WHY NOT ME?

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[Actually on time for once! This happened because my browser started going nuts when I opened too many tabs yesterday, and instead of bookmarking them I dumped them here. Yay!]

On Books:

Wil Wheaton created this opening theme for Game of Thrones based on the The Brady Bunch format, and it's fantastic. (via C|Net) (warning: some language)

Very cool: travel to the various locations Game of Thrones is shot. 

Mindy Kaling is going to write a book of essays titled Why Not Me? and I'm pretty excited.

EpicReads highlighted some literary fandoms that produce some great fanart. I'd take it further and include the likes of Eleanor & Park, Alice in Wonderland, and more, but yeah - fandom can be awesome sometimes.

On Disney:

Speaking of Alice in Wonderland, this is a beautiful shot of the Mad Tea Party ride at Disneyland Resort.

Jafar, Evil Queen, Maleficent, and Cruella de Vil's children have been revealed for the upcoming Descendants. Their costumes are pretty awesome.

Healthful food choices at the Magic Kingdom park.




The correct way to cut cake, according to math.

Another entry in the How to be Awesome column on Quirk Books by another awesome blogger on the team: How to be Awesome While Being Overly Enthusiastic About Other People's Dogs. I love this, and it isn't just because the author mentioned my dog's breed once at the end.  

Photographer Benjamin Von Wong did an underwater photo shoot for the art of it, not to sell clothes, and teamed up with a group of people who were dedicated to get the most amazing results, and... it's just magical. (via Neatorama) Read more about the shoot and what went towards it here.

This week's dose of SCIENCE is all about ice cream.

[Have a great weekend!]