March 18

Talk Gallifreyan to Me!

When it comes to Doctor Who, I am an unapologetic fangirl. One of the things I find the most interesting is the language of Gallifrey. We’ve only seen bits and pieces of it throughout the series, but every time there is a new symbol or word written in Gallifreyan, I get giddy.

Which is why, when I ran across ER3 Designs Gallifreyan themed jewelry, I let out a giggle of happiness. The most common Gallifrey symbol turned craft is the Seal of Rassilon. ER3 Designs also have the symbol for Time Lord and the Seal of Omega.

These are perfect for anyone wanting to show off their inner (or rather, outer) timelord.

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March 18

Gather ’round children, as I weave you a tale of isotropes and kilowicks…

Developed in 1869 by the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev to help illustrate commonalities in the various properties of elements, the Periodic Table has been both boon and bane to high school chemistry students around the world (my own experiences fell definitely to the “bane” side.)

Fast forward about 140 years, and we have a more modern version, and infinitely more useful, thanks to James the ComputerSherpa. In his first Visual Design class he came up with this little beauty – the Periodic Table of Storytelling.

Periodic Table of Storytelling, by ComputerSherpa

James really did his research, turning to for inspiration and information on “tropes” –  which TVTropes defines as “devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.” Writers (and Hollywood types) can use these fictional elements to craft endless variations of story lines. Being a wiki, TVTropes has vast quantities of information and discussion threads, so James’ graphical version of the Periodic Table is a real timesaver.

Beyond the concept as a whole, I love the examples at the bottom, illustrating how one might describe certain shows, movies, games, etc, using formulas based on this Periodic Table.  For instance, when you combine:

  •  A Five-Man Band (5ma – made up of a Hero, Lancer, Smart Guy, Big Guy, and a Chick)
  • Conflict (C)
  • The Empire (Emp)
  • Dragon-The Chosen One-You Have Failed Me (DraNeoFai)

…and you get Star Wars. Not sure about the “Dragon” element on this one, but then, I have mentioned my chemistry is not my super power.

James very kindly put the image up for purchase as a poster – it would be fun to sit around with a bunch of geeks and work out formulas for various shows and book storylines. Maybe I’ll have to get one for my son to take to college in the fall, for he will surely find himself a gang of geeks to hand out with, and I wouldn’t want them to run out of things to talk about.

[Via: BitRebels]

March 17

All We Need are the Jelly Babies!

All We Need are the Jelly Babies!All We Need are the Jelly Babies!Because we have the most amazing versions of the Fourth Doctor‘s scarves I’ve ever seen. She has created both These beautiful bead work creations are by Espana Sheriff as she’s known on LiveJournal and in the Crafty_Tardis Community where she posted these lovely works of Doctor Who bead craft.

Her first one is a reproduction of the more famed one we see the Fourth Doctor wear in his adventures. The second, is the red and purple variation Tom Baker wore in his last year as the Doctor.

To quote later incarnations of the Doctor, these pieces are just fantastic and brilliant!


March 11

Artifact Roadshow

I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll say it again, I love the SyFy series Warehouse 13. That show has a little something for every sci-fi fan. For such an amazing show, the crafts that stem from it are few and far between. I’ve searched high and low for crafts that are inspired by this amazing show, and generally come up empty. Even finding t-shirts has been a struggle.

That is, until I ran across Comickergirl on Redbubble. In addition to having a t-shirt that is compiled of quotes from my favorite character (Claudia Donovan), she’s created other shirts for this amazing series. From a shirt that advertises the goo Warehouse Agents have to use for catching artifacts, to an iPhone case that looks like the Farnsworths’ (I’ve never wanted to own an iPhone so much in my entire life). They’re all a soon to be staple in my geek wardrobe.

March 3

Hey Hey They’re the Monkees…

Hey Hey They're the Monkees...

…. and every week from 1966 to 1968, we’d tune in to see what antics they’d be up to. The four young musicians trying to make a go of it and the trials they met along the way. While they were the first of the manufactured bands, earning them the nickname of the “Pre-Fab Four” at one time. But they proved they were good musicians and ended up with quite a list of successful albums and concerts, at one time having a young man named Jimi Hendrix as an opening act for Hendrix’s first live tour.

Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones were not only great musicians but quite funny as well with comedy in their episodes that harkened back to the days of the Keystone Cops. When I was a preteen and young teen, they were one of the top bands going and, yes, I admit to having a fan crush on Davy as most girls my age did.

Oddly enough, one day my eldest daughter came into the house at that same age I had been raving about “a new band that was even on television in their own show”. Imagine my reaction when I heard it was a band called the Monkees. Yes, the four had become a hit again and my daughter inherited those vinyls from their original days which could be heard playing from her room for the next few months.

We lost Davy the other day, suddenly and surprisingly but the memories he and the other three gave many, especially me, will last forever.

In tribute to them, I found this free pattern for a Davy Jones crocheted block by Lee Mac of  Lee also has patterns for Mickey, Mike, and Peter, among others available at her site.

To the Monkees, thanks for the music and memories

To Lee, thanks for great patterns to remember them with.