Sunday, February 19, 2017

This Week in Etsy Steampunk

I haven't written about Steampunk lately- and I apologize for that. I've been spending a lot of times outdoors since we've been having a very, very mild winter here in Texas. So, I took advantage of every nice day I could. I do wish, however, that we could at least have one week of freezing weather so that I can break out my flamingo slippers. (Yes, I have adorable flamingo slippers!)

Ahem. I seem to have gotten off track. Sorry about that.

This week we're visiting the Steampunk electronics side of Etsy. I'm on the hunt for new headphones, speakers, and maybe...just maybe... a new desk lamp! My current lamp has definitely seen better days, and it needs to be replaced. So, on an adventure I go to find one.

Let's get started, shall we?

When I listen to music at night, I never want to wake up the whole household with my Avatar or Steam Powered Giraffe, so I grab my cheapest pair of headphones. However, they are starting to fade in sound... I like these!
They vaguely remind me of an old aviator helmet. I'm not sure why, but aren't they awesome?

Staying on the topic of music, bluetooth speakers! I recently went on a quest to find some geeky ones, but now I want to add to that collection of steampunk!
I come from a family of photographers. So, when I came across this I made a little happy squee! It's a vintage AGFA B2 Shur Shot Camera, so this would fit perfectly!

We come to USB drives. I have quite a few (including a Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper from Mimobot), but why not keep adding to that Star Wars collection? You'll love this one.
Not only is it geeky, it also has a steampunk flair! Not to mention that it's a keychain. The best part about that? It allows me to take it anywhere with me and I don't have to worry about losing it.

Since I'm on the search for a new lamp, I found one that could be absolutely perfect. It's adorable. It's just the right size for my computer desk.

I'd like to introduce you to this little "robot" lamp!
See what I mean about it being adorable? Somehow, someway, I must have it!!

Now, I'm ending this with a little bonus! If you need an alarm, I have found that may just work.


I may be rethinking my need for a new alarm clock now.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ghostbusters 2016 Movie Review *May Contain Spoilers*

(NOTE: These are my opinions, so take what you read with a grain of salt. Many people loved the movie!)

I finally took the plunge and watched the reboot of "Ghostbusters." I put it off for nostalgic reasons, and I wanted to make sure when I finally DID watch it, I would watch it with an open mind. What can I say? I usually do watch remakes/reboots with no expectations going in. However, because a lot of us grew up with the OG (original Ghostbusters), I had to make sure I was going to keep that in mind as I started the DVD.

Now, I will say that this movie had everything going for it. Between the comedic one-liners and the special effects, I was geared and ready to go! I sat down with a slice (or two) of cheese pizza, a glass of sweet tea, and remote in hand. It was time to start the movie.

I'm sad to say that I didn't enjoy the movie as much as I thought I would. Don't get me wrong, there were parts I absolutely LOVED. I loved the 4 women leads, they were all funny in their own way and sometimes I couldn't help but still laugh at a joke a few more minutes later. I also loved all the cameos- from Ozzy Osbourne to the original members (minus Ramis) from the original film, Slimer, and.... of course... Stay Puft. I didn't see those coming at all- which made it even more magical. (Yes, I said "magical.")

Why didn't I like it? I, personally, didn't feel like the characters had any depth. They all seemed pretty one note for me. Holtz seemed more outgoing of them all. Of course, I would too if I could come up with ghost-catching devices.

It also seemed as if the script had no real direction and the plot seemed flat. Don't get me wrong, it was funny (like I've said before), but it seemed very slow finally getting to the point of this maniac hell-bent on releasing hundreds of ghosts.
McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Jones (l to r)

I wouldn't say this film was particularly horrible, because it did have its moments. However, for me it's not one I'm probably going to watch over and over. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

My First 5K Run?? Yikes!

You read that right. I have made a (big) decision to join my first EVER 5k run with my sister. My city's local police department is holding a memorial run for officers killed in the line of duty, as well honoring those who support and their commitment to their city across the nation.

I have an uncle who was once a police officer, and while he is still very much alive- I've always supported our men in blue. I'm in no way getting political in this particular post, so don't think it's headed that way.

I am going to be honest. I am terrified that I've even entertained the idea of getting with thousands of people who are more in shape than I am to run so many miles. When you have anxiety, you fear of getting judged and have so many questions running through your mind. "What if I can't complete it?" "What if I overheat and pass out?"

I've mentioned before that helping anxiety and getting healthy really are best friends... Except when it comes to doing something you've never done before. I'm still walking/running as much as I can. Texas never has a normal winter, so when it gets warm, it gets warm. With the race being smack dab in the middle of May, it will be HOT!! So, in order to acclimate my body to the heat, running or walking long miles will have to be a daily thing- even if it's 85 degrees outside. (Plenty of water will be had.)

What made me want to join? Well, there are several reasons. One being it will be a great way to support my local PD. Also, it will help in overcoming one, big anxiety obstacle- and that's something to be proud of.

I've started reading on training for 5Ks, and what you will need to do to get in shape for the 3.1 miles of running. Lucky for me, I have a great work-out partner who will get me into tip-top (or close to it) shape. I have several months, so I think I will be okay.


For more information on the Police Memorial Run for Central Texans, be sure to find all the information here!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Artist Highlight: Lisa Zador from Curious Portraits

I'd like to apologize for my absence lately. I've been very quite busy.... I'll update you guys in the next post!

However, for now, we have another artist I'd absolutely love to share! Lisa Zador and her Curious Portraits was too adorable to pass up. Now, when I say that- I mean it. You have cats in sailor costumes, ducks, cows. I'm pretty sure you get the point. Try not to have a cuteness overload at some, will ya?

For my octopus-loving friends, this one you will need right next to your other octopus art. Trust me. I already want this one.
$20.00 + (depending on size)

Why yes, I did fall in love with this. Wouldn't you?

Remember from your childhood about "Humpty Dumpty"? Funny how they never mention that it's an egg falling, but I think I'm getting off track here. If want food art in your kitchen, say hello to the Egg Man!
$20.00 (depending on size)

Can I just say really quickly how much I love this style of art? You look at it and for me, it takes me to a completely new time. A new era.

Back to the art.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore–
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."
Love Edgar Allan Poe? Love ravens? So do I!
$20.00+ (depending on size)

Sorry, but I had to quote Poe just so you can see how gorgeous this bird is! Oh, and he's wearing a bow tie!

Remember how earlier I mentioned a cat in a sailor suit? Well, I thought I'd show you just exactly what I mean.
$20.00+ (depending on size)

If my cat tolerated it, I'd try to recreate this painting. Sadly, he most likely would hate me for 1000 years.

And for our last and final piece, a walk down memory lane. If you're old enough, you remember "Goosebumps" books, and one in particular called "Slappy the Dummy." When I saw this one, it brought me right back to reading it during, after, and before school. I absolutely loved that one book, and I'm not sure why. In fact, I loved ALL those books- but that one I couldn't put down.
$20.00+ (depending on size)

Confession: I used to be scared of ventriloquist dolls (think Dale Gribble in "King of the Hill"), but I've grown to really like them.

Lisa has TONS of others at her Etsy shop, including Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe, and even skeletons. So go browse and fall in love.

Now we come to where you can find her in other social media areas:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Listen To The Music- Geeky Bluetooth Speakers

I've mentioned it a thousand times, but as I'm fishing, sometimes I need some music to go along while I wait for the fish to bite. Or, if I'm doing something outdoors, music is a must! My current smartphone has a crappy speaker, so if I need it loud, I have to go to the back-up bluetooth speaker- which has a bit of trouble on its own.

I decided to look up what speakers are out there that not only fit my outdoor lifestyle, but my personality as well. Luckily, I came across quite a few options! I'm going to admit that I actually need one that could also be waterproof. I have a bad habit of not checking the radar when I leave to go do my outdoorsy stuff, and... we know how that ends.

(Preorder) $69.99
What I love about this is not just the retro look of it, but the comic scenes!! I grew up around comics thanks to my father, and somehow I must have this.

This next speaker, though, is bittersweet.
(Preorder) $39.99
The coolest thing about this Vulcan speaker? It has 9 sound clips that Spock would say! So, not only does it play music and answer your phone, you get to hear phrases like "Live long and prosper," which is very iconic. This is seriously one at the top of the list... for now.

The Whovian in me is really wanting this...
(Two choices) Tardis: $59.99
Assault Dalek: $59.99
Now, I have a Tardis candy/cookie jar sitting here on the desk that I got for Christmas a few years ago. You open the lid, then close it and the light blinks off/on, and it makes the noise the... Tardis makes. Each speaker also comes with 6 built-in sound clips. YES!! I would absolutely love to add this to my slowly-growing collection! (P.S. You can link more than speaker one for more power...) 

How can I not have a post sharing geeky speakers without adding Star Wars? Admit it. You saw that coming!
Not only is it Star Wars, but it lights up! So now I can rule the galaxy, and have my Death Star still in one piece while listening to The Cog is Dead. I'd say that's not a bad way to spend the weekend!

There are two more left! Let's get going.
Confession: This one is actually probably the best one I've found, but still doesn't bump out Spock in the #1 spot. This speaker, however, seems like a good fit. It has water/dust/sand/snow protection- which may be a good thing in Texas (minus our lack of snow.) It has a flashlight, it can jumpstart your car. How have I never noticed speakers like this before???

And to finish off, we're going with something that looks ALMOST like a Mr. Potato Head, but really isn't. Trust me. You'll see what I mean.
Now I really CAN rule the galaxy with the Sith Lord and our Death Star. But do you see why I said it reminded me of Mr. Potato Head? Yeah....  But if you have any Star Wars collection, this may end up somewhere in there.

I still have quite a bit of searching to do, but so far I'm liking what I'm seeing. Two thumbs up from this woman!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Time For Some Nanty Narking (Victorian Slang)

On Facebook, you will find a page that exists called "Grandiloquent Word of the Day." I've been following them for a long time... I don't remember for how long, but I know it started when they posted a word  about grooming your mustache or beard; and from that point forward I was hooked.

I love learning new words, and these are no exception!

(Wee little note: I'm being lazy with this post today since I've been busy working on a project. I hope to reveal it soon!)

Not too long ago, I came across a website that has a dictionary of words from the late 1800s that we no longer use. I decided to stroll through the dictionary and came upon many that I loved, laughed at, or simply added to my new vocabulary.

Gigglemug is one of them.

Now, since there's 271 pages, I didn't go through every single word. Nanty Narking means "great fun," and I found that to be absolutely wonderful. Some of them we still use to this day- like "cowboy." We all know what an original cowboy is, right?? (Or, at least, I'd hope so!)

So, without further ado, some of my favorites!
- Dog my cats- To swear. (It means "God damn my eyes.")
     Example: Dog my cats if she didn't make a nest of it and set three weeks on the buttons.

- Porridge Hole- The mouth (Does this really need any further explanation?)

-Blue blanket- The sky
    Example: I slept under the blue blanket last night

-Strike a bright- To have a happy thought (This may be my #1 favorite!)

-To chuck a dummy- To faint. (That maybe the best way to say you've passed our or about to)

As I'm doing research on a lot of these, I'm noticing quite a bit of words referring to getting drunk. My absolute most liked of those?

Arf'arf'an'arf. That, oddly enough, is one I remember very well. Don't ask me how, it just is!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Revisiting Steam Park Board Game

About 3 years ago, my sister got the chance to review Steam Park, a board game of lucky and strategy from Cranio and Iello Games on her blog. I even reviewed it here on The Geeky Nutcase. The years has not been king to this poor box, but that didn't stop us!

What is Steam Park essentially? You are the owner of a theme park for robots. You must carefully plan to come out on top with owning the most profitable one. Like I said, it takes luck and strategy.

One night when we were bored, we brought this monster back out of it's dark hole and opened it up. It was time to play once again! I ended up forgetting just how many pieces were in this thing. I believe the (un)official count was 300- give or take a few.

Set-up was easy since we usually never disassemble the rides or "concession stands" (I forgot the word they used!). We had forgotten the rules as it has been a few years, and there's quite a bit to the rules. We did end up confused playing again the first time- but ultimately found our way again! It takes about an hour to play, and once is usually never enough.

That darn rule book....
Trust me. The rule book will be both your best friend and you're evil nemesis.

♬Roll, roll, roll your dice♬
This cutie holds your dice once you've rolled


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