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March 5

Cosplay Pics from Naka-kon 2012

My husband and daughter recently returned from their annual sojourn to a local anime convention, so I thought it might be nice to introduce you to it as well. Dubbed Naka-kon, this convention is held annually in Overland Park, Kansas, to “celebrate Japanese animation and the influence anime has in the Midwest and around the globe by educating people from all walks of life in many diverse facets of popular and traditional Japanese culture.”

No matter whether promoting Japanese anime, video games, or the otaku lifestyle in general, these Kon-goers love to cosplay! The following are but a few examples that my husband took over the weekend.

Montage of photos from NakaKon 2012

I spy cosplayers as No Face from Spirited Away (or what I call “that freaky ghosty thing”), Mojo JoJo from Powerpuff Girls, a Stormtrooper, Mario & Princess Peach, and GLaDOS from Portal, but I don’t recognize the others. Do you?

February 12

My Geeky Valentine: A Photoshop How-to

With Valentine’s Day mere days away, you may be wracking your brain for ideas for that perfect way to share how you feel with that special person(s) in your life. Well, who can say it better than you? Why not make your own Valentine? And since we’re of the geeky sort, why don’t we dial up some digital goodness in Photoshop, hmmm?

Star Trek Valentine from HowtoGeek.com  Firefly Valentine from HowtoGeek.com

HowtoGeek.com offers a full step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own customized geek valentine in Photoshop. They also have very thoughtfully put together 11 geeky valentine images, all zipped together and ready for you to download.  Pictured above are my two favorites from the set, but other images include references to the video game Portal, Star Wars, multi-sided dice, and Futurama.

Which one do you like best? Or what custom Valentine would you like to make?

February 7

Tutorial Tuesday: Aperture Science Office Bonanza!

This picture does not do this epic project any justice!

The Internet better be all over this soon! Hear that Pinterest?! I want to see Aperture Labs living rooms, kitchens and nurseries before Easter!

Telnets.org give you a whole bucket of tutorials to get you started on your Portal office project:

via Sprite Stitch

December 18

What a crazy random happenstance!

If you have these on your wall, what does it say to people who walk into your house?

“I have a PHD in horribleness.”
“You’re driving a spork into your leg.”
“I don’t go to the gym, I’m just naturally like this.”

somekindofrobot on Etsy has made these beautiful canvas paintings of your favorite Dr. Horrible characters. They’re definitely unique and will certainly liven up the place when Dr. Horrible gives you the keys to a shiny new Australia. 

Also in her shop you’ll find a Boba Fett canvas painting, Ghostbusters painting, and even a GLaDOS painting.

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

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August 7

MakerFaire Kansas City

In 2006, Make magazine sponsored the first MakerFaire events in San Mateo, California, and since then has sponsored them all over the U.S.  MakerFaire is a weekend exhibition of all sorts of things that people make. Basically, if you can make it, it deserves a place at this event.

Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. As the World’s Largest DIY Festival, this two-day family friendly Faire has something for everyone – a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker mindset.

I recently attended MakerFaire KC and thought I would share some pictures from the event.

MakerFaire KC 3D Printer

3D Printer from MakerBot.com

There were a number of 3D printer exhibitors, and they were pretty mind-blowing. To be honest, I had a little trouble wrapping my brain around the theory/process (how does one *print* something in 3D??), but it was sure interesting to watch. Knowing their audience, they printed a number of Portal cubes.

Portal Cubes printed by 3D printer

Portal Cubes printed by 3D printer

Portal 3D printer

The Daleks were also there!

DIY Dr. Who Daleks

DIY Dr. Who Daleks

A  number of exhibitors featured projects of recycled art.

Recyled art at MakerFaire KC

I loved these 2 signs at the Learn to Solder table.

Learn to Solder - MakerFaire KC

Learn to Solder - MakerFaire KC

I noticed a very geeky name for some hand-dyed yarn – “Evil League of Evil“.

Evil League of Evil yarn

And finally, this picture doesn’t do justice to this demonstration of this Tesla coil “concert” by ArcAttack.

ArcAttack Musical Tesla Coils

ArcAttack Musical Tesla Coils

So I found you a YouTube video of the same guys from a different MakerFaire, playing – what else – the Dr. Who theme song! Enjoy!

And you? Have you been to a local MakerFaire? What did you see and what was cool?

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