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Day 28 - First t.v show obsession

Really? You need to ask that question? Ok, fine. It's Star Trek The Next Generation. Do you now feel like you know something that you didn't already?

I didn't think so.



The Jo-Ann Fabric store near us just remodeled, and they sent out a huge number of coupons. Tonight Tigs and I took advantage of them and picked up a number of things. Unfortunately things aren't quite running at 100%. The girls at the cutting counter had all sorts of issues, which caused issues at checkout. Ah well.

I also went to my barber today. I haven't had a barber since I was 10. I have to say that I actually like the feel of a straight razor, and I'm having some crazy thoughts about getting one for myself to shave with.



Here are some work in progress pictures of my current Haloween projects.

First up we have the Cthulhu statue.
In these pictures you can see that I've built up the cheek bones, smoothed out some of the rough spots, and bulked up the tentacles.


Then I started to covered it with a coat of monster mud. It took a few stages to do the whole figure. I made the mud too thick, and it was really difficult to work with a brush. I gave up eventually, donned a couple of rubber gloves, and just smeared it on by hand. That actually worked pretty well, though in the future I'm going to make it thinner.


You can see here how I built up around the eyes with the mud. Once that was all done and dry I brought it outside.




Then I spray painted it green.

That's where it's at now. I'm trying to decide if I want to go and make it a greenish gray or black with green coming through it, and some dark gray highlights.

The other project I'm working on are a series of creepy books. This one is on werewolves. I started by drawing and cutting out a pattern on thick card, and then gluing it to the book.


Here I've added the paper mache paper towel to the cover, and painted it with brown while it was still wet.


Here's one without flash.


Since the pattern didn't show up well enough I decided to paint it.


These are two other books that are in progress.


One of my purchases at Jo-Ann fabrics was a ghastly fur for a monster book. That one's going to be fun!
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Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

As far as season finales go, Star Trek has had numerous OMG! WTF? moments. The first and most stunning time they did it was the end of season 3 The Best of Both Worlds, and did that make for an unbearable summer for me, and I’m pretty sure for my mom, who I insisted on going over all my theories with. All. Summer. Long.



Alice’s last puppy agility class was yesterday and tonight was the club’s summer general meeting. Between them I did manage to squeeze in a few minutes of time to work on my statue, and do a little reading. I also got a gift from work – an old rusty horseshoe. Why is this exciting? Because it’s going to become yet another Halloween prop! This one will be a quick and easy one too.

In non-Halloween related news, I should be finishing up the banister this weekend. The weather looks like it'll cooperate, and I should be able to get it cleaned and stained Friday evening and Saturday, and hung on Sunday, between the various activities that are going on.

Also, next week is the primary election, and once again I'm serving as an election judge. So everyone in Maryland (and any other state with a primary coming up) go vote! Unless you've already done your absentee ballot or taken advantage of early voting.



Afraid of spiders? Would you blow yourself up to kill a spider? This man did!



Lucy thought that it should be pointed out that she is in fact awesomer than awesome.

Just in case you weren't aware.
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This is it, the last question of the movie meme. Tomorrow I start the TV meme!!

Day 30 - Your favorite movie of all time

This question is really asking a lot. I mean, favorite movie of ALL TIME. That’s a heck of a title to add to something, really defining.

I’m going to have to go with Ghostbusters.

My favorite Star Trek movie would be IV: The Voyage Home (aka the one with the whales), with II and VI coming in a close #2 and #3.



The heat is back. It’s supposed to be 90+ degrees for the week. The whole week!



So like I said in my last entry, a group of us went down to Dulles Expo Center to check out the BrickFair Lego Fan Festival. It was really amazing what people can do with Lego’s. It was also amazing how many people were there. It was exhausting just being around that many people, especially when so many of them were over stimulated children.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the even. Not shown are all the pictures of people hands pointing right in front of the camera and crooked out of focus pictures from being bumped into. Tigs got the brunt of that, in large part because we forgot to charge the small camera, so it died pretty early on.













I think my favorite thing from the Brickfair were all of the Ghostbusters Lego creations. Multiple Ecto-1s, Stay Puft Marshmallow Men, and the Ghostbusters themselves!



You can see more in my Brick Fair gallery.

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Day 19 - Favorite movie based on a book/comic/etc.

For this question, I’ve decided that I need to have read the book/comic for it to count. There are many movies that I love that I haven’t read the book yet, so those don’t count.

The Lord of the Rings is a series of movies that I loved way more than the series of books.

For comics, I’m going to have to go with the first Spider-Man movie, though both Batman (1989+2005), Ironman, X-Men, and Hellboy all get honorable mentions.

I also have to say how excited I am by Scott Pilgrim vs. The World , even though I haven’t read the comic.



I gave blood today up in White Marsh, and stopped by Chick-Fil-A on the way home and used a coupon for free chicken nuggets and waffle fries. For those not in the know, Chick-Fil-A is the “high end/upscale” fried chicken fast food place. I was told this, in complete 100% honesty by multiple people at work. That’s right, Chick-Fil-A turns its nose up at KFC and Popeye’s.

The chicken nuggets were actually pretty good, though the waffle fries we're of poor quality. They were barely cooked and had no seasoning besides a little salt.

As for the quality of Chick-Fil-A as compaired to KFC or Popeye's? The interior is a little nicer, but it's still just a fast food place.



Found this, thought it was cool.




via Tigergladys: Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland declares September 21st Civilization Day
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Day 16 - A movie that you used to love but now hate

There isn’t one that I can think of, or any reason why I would go from loving something like a movie to hating it. It’s not like it’ll ever steal my credit card and buy a thousand copies of itself on Amazon.



It’s possible that we’re now past the worst of the years heat. I certainly hope so. We had the AC serviced on Thursday, just in time for the 110 degree Saturday. Unfortunately it seems we have a coolant leak, and so we’re once again using the various fans and the portable AC unit. It would be nice if I had a flashing red light and a computer voice letting me know that there is a coolant leak, and where it’s being detected. Unfortunately I don’t, and the possibility of it being in a location that isn’t worth fixing is way too high. We’re just going to have to budget for a new system.



One of the things we did this weekend to beat the heat was to go see Inception. Wow. It is a shockingly cerebral sci-fi movie. It isn’t anything that my friendslist (you!) can’t handle, but way more than what I expect from Hollywood. I would definitely recommend that you go see it in the theater, unless of course you have a home theater system.



While Tigs has been getting into WoW, I’ve been looking at a lot of the older computer games that I own, and never completed. It turns out that I actually kind of dislike Dungeon Siege, which is a shame, cause it seems like it could be good. Dungeon Keeper 2 doesn’t like my new computer, and it wont play properly, so who knows. On my old computer it wouldn’t let me save… *shrug* I guess that I’m just not meant to be a Dungeon Master in computer games. Diablo II is fun, but a little mindless. The one that’s got me hooked again is Neverwinter Nights. So far my 4th level Rogue/1st level fighter, a Halfling named Merdoc Janglehart is doing pretty well, and I’m having fun with him. Not a lot of playing time, but it’s the sort of game that I can put down and come back to. The trick will be coming back to it, as I have a habit of starting computer games, getting bored, and not finishing them.



Here is the picture of my white board at work.

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Day 13 - A movie that is a guilty pleasure

I'm going to have to go with the Dungeons and Dragons Movie, which in all honesty is terrible. I mean not just as a D&D movie, but completely. From the Wayons brother (Damien?) to the elf's breastplate, to beholders doing guard duty it was just bad. Yet, I still enjoy it. It's campy, and it doesn't take itself seriously.



Here is a picture of Lucy snuggling with Tigs and a pink hippo.
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It’s been too hot to think. Or to post an entry it seems. Now I’m a little behind on the movie meme, and since I promised you 60 entries, I’m not going to try to catch up, I’m just going to continue on from where I left off.

Day 11 - A movie that changed your opinion about something
Zombieland! While I have always liked zombies, I never really cared for them in film. I’ve never been much of a horror/gore fan, so most zombie films failed from the start with me.

Star Trek (2009) showed me that reboots can work, if done right.



We had a very exciting, if very hot weekend. Tigs’ dad came down to visit. The two of them went to go see the Orioles, and I stayed home with the girls. It ended up being an ok trade off, as the Os didn’t win anyway. And you know, that’s a shame. But I spent my time at home productively. And by productively I mean that I finished Jade Empire, almost finished building my Hirst Arts bell tower, and finished watching Season 1 of Legend of the Seeker.

Sunday we went down to Artscape in Baltimore. It was hot, humid, and sunny, but aside from that pretty good. We got to see some interesting artwork, some fantastic cars, and even a bunch of robots and rockets.

















There were also a ton of giveaways. We walked away with so much swag!



If you look closely at the bottom of the picture, you’ll see the real prize of the day.



That’s right! 2 tickets to see the Orioles tomorrow night! How cool is that? Pretty damn cool. Plus every game we go to increases the chances that we’ll actually see them win a game.

You can see the rest of the pictures here: Artscape 2010

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