Wednesday is “Hump Day,” but Thursday has to be the hardest day of the week to get through if you have a 9-5. Friday and the impending weekend — a three day weekend this week for many — are mere hours away, but you still have to slog through today to get there. To help you manage the ennui, here are a few time wasters to help you get by.
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I know I’m long overdue for a long, think-y post here, but since I don’t have one to hand, I offer you these, instead:
Spencer Salberg of the Hey Monster tumblr has done a series of adorable and perfect miniature portraits of Strong Female Characters. He also sells prints. I don’t know if he takes suggestions, but it’s Tumblr, so maybe send him an ask?
More Season 2 GoT Blu-Ray edition goodness, courtesy of Screen Crush, you’ll find the complete list of Blu-Ray animated short extras here (and below), and please enjoy gentle Ygritte’s narration in this animated extra talking about the Night’s Watch.
Greyjoy Rebellion – three separate tellings by Robb Stark (Richard Madden), Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane)
Robert’s Rebellion – four separate tellings by Stannis Baratheon, Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley)
House Tyrell – narrated by Margaery Tyrell
House Greyjoy – narrated by Theon and Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan)
House Clegane – narrated by Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann)
The Free Folk – narrated by Ygritte (Rose Leslie)
The Night’s Watch – narrated by Ygritte
Dragonstone – narrated by Stannis Baratheon
Harrenhal – narrated by Catelyn Stark
The Free Cities – narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
Qarth – narrated by Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anozie)
The Drowned God – narrated by Yara Greyjoy
The Alchemist Guild – narrated by Wisdom Hallyne (Roy Dotrice)
The Warlocks – narrated by Xaro Xhoan Daxos
Winter is coming, yay!
We’re so close to a new season of GoT that we can taste it. The Blu-ray for season 2 is Tuesday, and here’s a teaser of the latest set of animated shorts included in the extras. Learn about Alchemists and Wildfire in Westeros in this awesome little video.
Courtesy of the awesome Elio of Westeros.org.
Happy Monday, babes!
So, I guess the title is slightly misleading, as this is going to be a roundup of all the nerdy things that have crossed my path the last couple of days, and none of them is strictly genre, and neither are they all historical. Still, I liked them, so hopefully you will, too!
They found Richard III! I think this is wonderful, and the lovely woman quoted in every single one of the 5 or 6 articles I read about it makes me so happy – she comes across as daft as a brush, but she’s just so sure that people will care about Richard III now, and that Shakespeare won’t continue to be the primary informant on him for most people. BONUS CONTENT: One of my very favorite Kate Beaton strips ever of all time.
Hairdresser turned ancient scholar! Actually, she’s just managing to decipher some stuff about Greek and Roman hairstyles that scholars – classicists, no less (not the most practically experienced people on Earth) – have heretofore not really understood. This is fantastic and I really wish more people with real-world skills would take an interest in history because we could learn SO MUCH from people who know how to do things that aren’t read and give supremely boring lectures (NB: I am one of these people).
Arika Okrent strikes again! The linguistic field’s most visible public face has assembled an adorable collection of alphabet songs from various languages (half Indo-European, but what can you do?). I love them, they make me so happy. Also, they led to one of my linguist friends (a conlanger as opposed to historical linguist like me) to find and post this video about how the Norwegian alphabet is marginally bigger than the English one (NSFW, but hilarious):
Non sequitur: I don’t know how many of you are crafty, and what subset of these crafty folk might be interested in needlework of any kind, but as a dedicated cross-stitcher and sometime embroiderer, this tutorial saved my chain stitches forever. Also, I love Jenny’s site and think everyone who likes to sew should go there.
Our esteemed colleagues at Io9 object to the lack of zombie marketing, but I’m going to tell you why the absence of zombie talk is music to my ears.
1. There are too many #$&(% zombie things out there lately. The market is saturated, and if semi-pro geek moi is tired of it, you can bet that both seasoned nerds and the mainstream have some feelings as well.
2. World War Z isn’t a traditional zombie story. When I read it for the first time, I was reminded of nothing so much as HBO’s Band of Brothers, or Schindler’s List. What makes the book compelling is that it’s a collection of anecdotes and viewpoints from various survivors of World War Z, which if you don’t know, I realize now, I should explain refers to World War Zombie. In the book, we get a worldview of a complete zombie apocalypse. There are stories from France, Japan, and China, as well as from the States, stories of long-term resistance and survival. It’s RICH, THICK, and dare I say, MEATY.
3. Honestly, I am just so stoked about this movie, and the delicacy with which they are handling the zed stuff is totally exciting to me. Can you imagine, a delicate handling of zombie materials? WE LIVE IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF GENRE, FOOLS. So many and varied are the stylistic offerings that we can have true critical debates.
Have you read World War Z? How do you feel about zombies these days? I’m going to go see Warm Bodies this weekend, so clearly when I say I am tired of it, what I mean is the opposite.
I want to spend my life with a girl like you,
It’s Friday afternoon, the time of clock-watching and absolutely no productivity. Always here to help you maintain that grueling standard, the Babes present to you a window into the gateway drug of the tabletop world, Dungeons and Dragons! This film is by Dead Gentlemen, and has been the breaking point for many DnD holdouts. And yes, I have a) been this girl, b) played with all these guys (thank God not all at once), and c) still enjoy DnD. Without further ado, I give you Dorkness Rising: