March 26

Steampunk Portal Gun

steampunk portal gun

Today I would like to show you this amazing steampunk portal gun made by ~batman-n-bananas from deviantart. This is what she had to say:

“I absolutely love building things, especially with found objects or bits of scrap nobody loves anymore. The idea for a Steampunk version came from this as I much prefer rusty cogs to pristine white anyday. A lot of people have asked what this is made from… as far as I can remember the ingredients are:

  • 2 antique clock movements
  • 1 +1/2 hangers
  • Metal teapot stand
  • plastic mechano
  • plumbing parts
  • 1 plant pot
  • 1 hair gel pot + various lids
  • plastic tub (those ones you get nuts in the the supermarket)
  • plastic tubing
  • lots and lots of nuts and bolts
  • miniature storage box (for the battery compartment)
  • pocket laser disc (you can get them on ebay if anyone’s interested)
  • 3 lightbulbs
  • cardboard tube
  • metal covering from an old hairbrush
  • AV socket
  • tons of odds and ends from my parents garage
  • oh and of course the usuals – milliput, humbrol and warhammer paints, hot melt glue and about 6 gallons of superglue

that’s about as much as I can remember… enjoy!”

March 26

To cutely go where no one has gone before

When you’ve more or less been in school in some capacity since 1980, as I have been, your final month of coursework — ever– is a really big deal. That is what April 2012 is for me, my final month of classes! Much of that graduate work has been done while working full time and trying to keep a few hobbies around for sanity. Once these classes are over, I’ve got so many pent-up hobby desires to unleash. On the top of that list: amigurumi! And I can’t think of a nicer bunch of characters I want to give yarn-birth to than the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. By the way, clearly the best Star Trek franchise. No two ways about it. Picard>>>>Kirk any day of the week.

So cute, yes? I can’t decide which of these are my favorite but I will admit that I’m glad Wesley Crusher isn’t one of them. I know, I know, Wil Wheaton is an amazing man but the boy genius thing is so played out and it was played out in 1989.

OK, you know what? It’s Data. Data’s lil yellow eyes are getting to me. He’s my favorite.

March 24

Is there a Doctor in the Tardis?

Is there a Doctor in the Tardis?Yes, there is and not just one but eleven Doctors.

Pixelated Mushroom, who describes herself as a “Librarian based in Australia who likes to knit, crochet, juggle and firetwirl (but not all at once)”, has completed crochet patterns for mini versions of all eleven regenerations of Doctor Who as well the Tardis.  She’s compiled them into a wonderful PDF Collection that you can download here.