Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Top 5 Pumpkin Chuckers

For Halloween, here is a seasonal list of Top 5 Pumpkin Chuckers.

  1. Green Goblin

  2. The Headless Horsemen

  3. The Kids in my neighbourhood

  4. Trebuchet Builders

  5. The Smashing Pumpkins

Monday, October 22, 2007

Bluegrass Baby got Back

As promised to a select few, I am posting a lovely video of Jonathan Coulton performing his version of "Baby got Back."

[Link to video should the embed fail]

The full studio version can be found here.

Word up. Proper.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Undead Hoard

Calgary Zombies 2007-10-20 211
Originally uploaded by thivierr.

The Horde is on the move again. Run! Run!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Top 5: Most interesting "365 Days" photos

Using the unknown and nebulous flickr algorithm, here are the top 5 most "interesting" pictures I took during my year long self-portrait project.

1: Day 121
Day 121 - Think Haggis

2: Day 78
Day 78 - The Scarlett Speedster

3: Day 107
Day 107 - Swinging Party

4: Day 339
Day 339 - Vertigo Expedition

5: Day 210
Day 210 - Pale Man

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

How many cubits to the furlong?

Inspired by the relative strength of the Canadian dollar, and the vintage adventures of laughing magpie, last night I decided to explore eBay for some interesting and stylish shirts and jackets.

I found some great smoking jackets, such as this little number (150167050959) that were just begging for me. Sizing can be tricky with these sorts of things, so it is always best to work from an item's dimensions rather than trying to divine what "XL" meant to another era, region, or company. I grabbed a measuring tape out of my wife's sewing kit and took my measurements. To my surprise I found that all the items I wanted would fit just nicely, if anything, they would be too big.

Using this newfound cache of eBay merchants that had stocked a wide variety of shirts and jackets in appropriate sizes, I started putting together an order. On a whim I looked at other online stores, just to compare prices. A different sizing chart pegged me as a size "medium."

There is no way on Jebus's green Earth that I'm a medium.

I measured myself again. I looked back at the chart. Something was wrong. Then I did something seemingly silly. I measured my tape measure. Calibrating one's instruments is an important step in science, and a lesson quickly forgotten in a home environment.


My "inch" divisions were about an inch and a quarter, according to every other yardstick and tape measure in the house. The bogus tape measure is now in the trash, and I am really glad I didn't complete any transactions.

There is the possibility that all the rulers are wrong, so what I really need is a iodine-stabilized Helium-Neon laser.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Steampunk Goggles: Take 2

After I realized that my previous steampunk goggles looked funny with my pith helmet, I remembered that I had a set of goggles I purchased for my Captain Proton costume. These motorcycle style goggles would work well with the style of pith helmet I had, even if they did date from the 1940's (est).

I got my pair from eBay for about $10. Brand new "real" ones from an army surplus or motorbike shop cost $50-$60. These are costume grade "Carting Goggles," and they are very fashionable and trendy.

Carting Goggles

They were shiny and chrome, which would be "innovatively early" for the Victorian age, but my steampunk look needed to have a little more wear-and-tear-and-grit about it. I sanded and painted the chrome with a mixture of golds, coppers, greys and blacks to give it more character.

Painted Goggles

The finished look with the helmet:

For those wondering, the little chain on my pith helmet is purely decorative, and just another greeblie I added to the costume.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Current Fixation: Feist

After seeing the latest iPod nano commercial for the umpteenth time, I decided to look it up who performs its catchy little number. It turns out the ipod nano song is 1-2-3-4 by Feist.

After listening to a few of her songs I was hooked, and ended up buying both her albums. Her studio work is great, but she really rocks out live, as evidenced by the following video with her version of the Ron Sexsmith song "Secret Heart."

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