October 16

GLaDOS cosplay

I mentioned in a recent post that my daughter is very in to Gir these days. She’s also very in to the video game PortalPortal 2 to be specific. If she sees any expanse of flat white wall, she remarks, “that would be a good place for a portal.” Very observant and strategic, my last-born.

So again, in honor of her, I bring you another Halloween costume idea. Via GeeksAreSexy.net, here’s an interesting manga/anime-esque interpretation of GLaDOS.

Portal GLaDOS cosplay

Per Wikipedia, GLaDOS is “short for Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, a fictional artificially intelligent computer system in Valve Software’s Half-Life video game series and the main antagonist in the video games Portal and Portal 2...She is responsible for testing and maintenance in Aperture Science research facility in both video games.” Some call her “a narcissist, passive-aggressive, sinister, and witty. She has been considered one of the greatest video game characters ever created, particularly from 2000 to 2009.” “A number of websites and magazines listed her as one of the greatest video game villains including IGN, which ranked her the all-time greatest.”

Here’s what GLaDOS really looks like in the game, as well as a shot of the voice actress Ellen McLain. (via ThePlayVault.com).

Portal GLaDOS and voice actress Ellen McLain


September 13

Tutorial Tuesday: Goomba Dishcloth

Valerie from Der Himmel ist Grau (The Sky is Grey… in case you’re wondering) sent in a link to her blog.

Just so you know… she’s a crochet dishcloth pixel art ninja.

She’s made up crochet/knitting charts so that you too can crochet dishcloths adorned with goombas, koopa troopers, yetis, pac men and yummy yummy ghosts. Go for it!

September 6

Tutorial Tuesday: Ms. Pac-man Amigurumi

Today’s tutorial comes from Allison Hoffman of CraftyisCool.com.

Allison is a crocheting superhero who has designed Amigurumi likenesses of Pee Wee Herman, Wonder Woman, Conan O’Brien and Coraline, which are all available on her Ravelry Store.

Isn’t this just the cutest ball of hungry little yellow you’ve ever seen? Find the pattern here.


August 22

Reader Submission: Etched Portal Glass

This etched Portal glass (or Handheld Portal Vessel) was made and submitted by Flickr user Rappe.

Would you drink out of a glass with the Aperture Science logo on it? if so you’re braver than me.

I was transfixed by the blue and orange drink… luckily Rappe clears up the mystery of the ingredients over at the Spritestitch boards:
“The drink we ended up coming up with was mango smoothie on the bottom and Blueberry Lemonade Jones soda on the top. It was surprisingly tasty, but less than a minute after the pictures were taken the smoothie floated up to the top and got all gross looking. Still tasted great though.”


August 17

Game Review: Kirby’s Epic Yarn

So I recently got a Wii again and the first game I bought was Kirby’s Epic Yarn. It’s like the game was marketed directly at me. I love little pink Kirby, use the word “epic” more than I should, and have an epic yarn stash.

This game is beyond adorable. The visuals are fantastic and the dialog actually makes you laugh out loud. The story is ridiculous as well.

The evil sorceror, Yin-Yarn, unraveled Patch Land led by Price Fluff, and it’s your job to patch them back together. Did I mention that Yin-Yarn sucks people up into his magic sock and turns them into yarn? No? Well, he does.

Because Kirby is now made of yarn, he’s no longer able to suck up bad guys and steal their abilities. How do you make do? You can lasso them with your yarn and roll them in a ball and throw them at other bad guys. Awesome! You can also turn into a variety of things at certain points in the levels. Like a dolphin, because why not?



When you play Multiplayer the second player plays as Prince Fluff. That’s right, Prince Fluff. The cuteness is at least doubled. If you’re able to play with someone else, I highly recommend it. You can jump off each other’s head or throw one of you to a high up, hard to reach spot.

The things I didn’t like were far out weighed by the things I loved. The main story line is far too short. I beat the game in less than 48 hours. I would have liked it to be longer but since it’s probably for a child and not a late-20something, it makes sense. Some of the badges still seem impossible to unlock. I don’t want to have to turn to a walkthrough but at the present time, it’s looking like that might be the case.


I simply cannot recommend this game enough. It’s funny, it’s adorable, it’s made of yarn and it is in fact epic. We got rid of our original Wii because there just weren’t any games really worth having for it. Now there is and it feels like pants.