30 December, 2009

Star Wars in Concert : Wookiee Concept Art

There were many pieces of concept art, and despite taking pictures of all of them I'm sad to say that the glare off of the plexiglass resulted in many of the photos being less than clearly understandable. These, however, are pretty good. All three are concept art drawings of the Wookies and Wookiee Homeworld drawn for SW3.

19 December, 2009

never walk into a Polish deli and just ask for Kielbasa

Despite what most American grocery stores would lead us to believe, there is apparently more than one kind of kielbasa. We've sampled several kinds from the aptly named "Polish Delicatessen" a few minutes away from us, and I have to say that they're all pretty good. Since we can never remember which is which however, a need has developed to make a list.

Banik's favourite thus far. It's well balanced and spiced, smokey, and has a good snap.

A lighter kielbasa, not very smokey but with a good snap and texture.

Similar to the Mielon, but with garlic and more salt.

Banik's second favourite thus far. It's a smokey kielbasa with a large grain and moderate density.

This is a hard, double-smoked kielbasa with a peppery flavour. It's not good for eating on a bun, but it's great to just eat alone or with cheese and such.

Which is my favourite? I think they're all good in different ways.

01 December, 2009

iHelp™ towel service

Are you tired of getting out of the shower and grabbing a cold towel? Well those days are over thanks to the iHelp™ towel service. Just place your towel on the shelf, and it'll be warmed by a kitten in no time at all!
This Chewbacca model prefers to warm towels that belong to Banik and have been placed on the top bathroom shelf. Just look at him hard at work.
Just don't expect to use the towel ever again.

29 November, 2009

Star Wars in Concert : Ewoks

Now look at the Ewok costumes and tell me- what's weird about this picture?
Why yes, these Ewoks are as tall as I am (shut Up- I'm 5'-6") which is funny because Ewoks are supposed to be about 3 ft. tall and a lot of the Ewoks were played by dwarves or children. I'm curious about how this discrepancy in size was masked in the film.

28 November, 2009

Star Wars in Concert : C-3PO

The scrim of the Ewok village on Endor is probably not original because people could touch it, but the C-3PO costume is supposed to be original. It was indescribably awesome to be, like, 2 or 3 feet away from these legendary props.

Did I mention that Anthony Daniels narrated the show? Live? He obviously didn't wear the costume, but he did have some quotes in there.
Why isn't this titled "Droids," you ask? Will R2-D2 have his own entry? No. Because they didn't bring R2-D2. >.<

... I am not bitter.

22 November, 2009

Star Wars in Concert

Several weeks ago we had recorded an episode of New Yankee Workshop, but when we went to watch it last Saturday there was just a PBS telethon. This telethon just happened to be showing the making of Star Wars in Concert as they attempted to bribe supporters with tickets. To put it mildly, I was intrigued. We were looking at the website immediately after, and I got tickets on Tuesday.

We went yesterday. It was pretty epic.

I'm sorry to say I was so excited that I forgot to take pictures at the beginning when they had Star Wars up on the screen. If I had, it would have looked something like this but from the right a little more and without the borders. Did I mention that they have a really awesome website? They do.

I got my act together at the beginning of the second half, but I didn't really want to be distracted by taking pictures during the show.

The other awesome thing- besides the show itself- was the touring exhibit of costumes and props. We took a couple hundred pictures, so expect them to start turning up in the near future.

10 November, 2009


Good Food Nation, 2009 Nov. 10

This MITnews article is an interesting piece for anyone interested in the relationship between where their food comes from, what they eat, and how much they weigh.

"Obesity is widespread due to our national-scale system of food production and distribution, which surrounds children — especially lower-income children — with high-calorie products. “The problem lies not just in a child, but the whole environment around a child,” says Albright. “To end obesity, we need to produce healthier, more accessible, more affordable food.” As Albright notes, 90 percent of American food is processed — according to the United States Department of Agriculture — meaning it has been mixed with ingredients, often acting as preservatives, that can make food fattening."

"Only 1 to 2 percent of all food consumed in the United States today is locally produced." And yet "during World War Two, small “victory gardens” produced more than 40 percent of America’s fruits and vegetables." Quite an interesting pair of statistics.

Really, none of this is a surprise to me. Local produce in CT is priced for people who can afford nannies- local organic is for people with butlers and maids. Personally I'm looking forward to having a garden so that I can affordably grow the things like heirloom tomatoes and more pumpkins than I can shake a stick at. I'm also allergic to grass which means I won't really miss the lawn.

25 October, 2009


We saw Albannach at the Maryland Rennaisance Fair last weekend. They were pretty awesome. Go forth and listen.

15 October, 2009

clearly they'd go after the wise men first

Stores that start selling x-mas stuff in September have little
"career baby Jesuses" for Labor Day.

Jack-o-Lanten Spectacular, Part XV

10 October, 2009

my pet octopus

is a necklace on modcloth that I found interesting and surprisingly cute for being... well, a cephalopod. It's unusual and rather elegant, and that makes it kinda cool. Banik agrees.

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular, Part X-XI

Yes, actual Halloween pumpkins.