vilakins: (cool stuff)
I don't have much to say about my life as it's very humdrum and samey and I can't even easily go anywhere interesting unlike most of you. However I've accumulated some links for you.

Two Auckland cats
Merli has decided in his old age to move to a bus stop.
Oscar the cat burglar nicks socks, even from kids' shoes at the local school at playtime.

Sherlock
Alice X Zhang does gorgeous fanart: Virtuoso, Study in Pink, Ghosts (Sherlock and John). There are more, plus art for Doctor Who and other fandoms in her gallery.
And Nichola Battilana put the 221B living room in a tiny tin. There's even a minuscule skull.

Star Wars
I want this for my car, even if  the decals don't go with the LIBR8R numberplate. There are some other good ones linked in the customers also bought section.

Star Trek
TOS cats. Only three, but hey.

Photography
Elena Shumilova lives on a farm in Russia and takes lovely, atmospheric photos of her children with animals.

Beach art
Andre Amador does beautiful and intricate  beach art with a rake.

Cool links

4 Dec 2013 07:22 pm
vilakins: (cool stuff)
Brrrr. It's gone from hot and muggy summer back to early spring: wet and cold.

Anyway, here are a couple of links I liked which are a different sort of cool.

This guy colours in his kids' drawings while on business flights. It's amazing what he can do with them. I'd love to see more.

And here are the 12 types of Doctor Who fan. I'm not so certain about this one. I don't recognise the first type, but number 2 and 3, the Tennant and Smith fans, made me laugh. As for the fanfic writer, I wouldn't be surprised if there are several stories like that out there. But what have people got against Martha Jones? I know I'm missing out on the Capaldi sweary jokes because I've never seen The Thick of It.

Finally, building guides for Lego tree ornaments; scroll down a little for the SF ones which include a TARDIS, Death Star, Millennium Falcon, and tie fighter. Click on them to see the building guides if you're likely to have the Lego to make one. :-)
vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (brian the spider)

I was going to post a companion quiz to my 50 things to have done as a kid one but it's late, so here are some linksm mainly to pics.

Curiosity has found life on Mars. ;-)

Wormhole!

It's a hard life being a stormtrooper.

Star Wars toy concepts that failed. Hey, I'd have bought some of those! They'd go really well at ThinkGeek.

The cat Olympics. (Love the take on beach volleyball.)

And two stories to make cat lovers get a little misty-eyed:

The guy who rescued a street cat in Saudi Arabia.
Christchurch cat Missy rescued from a fire, resuscitated, and reunited with her owner.

vilakins: (sebastian art)

I seem to have got out of the habit of posting. I certainly avoided it last week when Sebastian went missing for two days because I couldn't handle talking about it, but he came back on Wednesday night. He was a nervous and hungry so I suspect he was locked in somewhere and that Jasmin knew where he was because she kept meowing at us. She didn't go so far as to lead us to him Lassie-like though.

So we have now decided to lock them in at night when we go to bed; they should be able to handle that and learn that they can't get out if we're asleep. We used to round Tessa and Claudia up in the evening when they were younger but we now have a smart cat door that will allow them out at daybreak if we sleep in in the weekend.

To reward those who read this far, have some links.

From xkcd: What If: answering your hypothetical questions with physics (and maths) every Tuesday. There are only two questions there so far; get in at the beginning! LJ's feed is [livejournal.com profile] whatifxkcd and DW's is [syndicated profile] what_if_feed.

This cat feels that today's the day.

The debut display from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Farnborough Air Show 2012 just last week.

Princess Leia kissing Chewbacca 1977-83
: behind the scenes shots.

vilakins: (cool stuff)

Here are some links I've been accumulating for a while as you can tell by the first one.

Luke and Leia find the perfect father's day card

A cat and dog who meet each day for a walk

A baby on a swing with a cat as big as him; awww

The scientists who found the Higgs boson used the wrong font! I like the comment someone apparently made on Twitter: "If you don't like the font, go find your own fundamental particle".

One for [livejournal.com profile] quarryquest: a hamster discovers the usefulness of a phone

A German artist paints a bridge to look like Lego

Iconic images recreated with 'Star Wars' characters

And this one for [livejournal.com profile] sallymn (though 'Zugzwang' isn't unusual ro anyone who plays chess): Illustrations of unusual and rarely spoken words

'Yonderly' describes me quite well these days. :-P

vilakins: (cool stuff)

And here are the links I mentioned, collected over the past weeks and presented in chronological order.

I'm all for the local campaign to stop kids smoking, but putting the messages on the back of school buses really didn't work that well.
One ad that misfired
And another

Some really cool yarn-bombing from a group of crocheters: the solar system.

Huge cats in tiny boxes - you know how they are. I have photos of Ashley in her birthday box, but in her case the sizes are reversed.

Snake on a plane! I love the last comment: "Until we find the snake, it's not good for business."

Self portraits in the Flemish style - an artist who whiles away long flights taking photos of herself in the loo with paper towels.

Cats imitating art - well, not really. I think they just looked for photos that matched a painting, but the three odalisques and the last two amuse the hell out of me.

South Miami Beach retirees 1982-85 - I love this: wonderful, wonderful characters enjoying life. The 4th one could be my grandfather complete with hat, and the woman blowing smoke out of her nostrils reminds me of my (now dead) keen smoker Aunt Joy; that's even her hairstyle.

Spitfires found in Burma! This is huge news for those of us who love old planes (and especially those so obsessed as a kid they were nicknamed Spitfire...)

And for the DW-fan crafters among you, a TARDIS shawl.

vilakins: (tea)

A couple of links that may amuse or interest you.

A possum whose eyes were too big for its stomach. And yes, that photo would be untouched: one of Greg's company's local clients stored some cartons of expired soy milk (So Good to be precise) out the back of their factory and possums broke in and drank too much to move when they were found the next morning. It must be something they do.

From Retronaut, a zoo-keeper's wife taking care of tiger cubs in 1944. Awwww.

Also Retronaut, Star Wars photoshopped into historical war photos. This is sometimes amusing and sometimes really a bit creepy.

And now I'm off to bed after a miserable and wet day in which I was forced outside by the necessity of buying cat food.

vilakins: (spock)

Two posts in one day!

I don't much like the new LJ popular entries feature but a certain actor's name did leap out at me yesterday.
First images from the set of Star Trek 2. May contain Benedict Cumberbatch, yay! (When does that guy find the time for all the work he does?)

Then someone posted some old ads promoting the original series before it screened. "Where it goes, no program has ever gone before."
Star Trek first run ads

vilakins: (sepia)

I tell you, the Retronaut site is almost as good at eating up my time as TV Tropes because each page has more tempting links to follow and it's hard to break off and surface.

Here, in no particular order, are some favourites )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (sheldon)

First of all, today (Friday) is the birthday of Buzz Aldrin, Tom Baker, and DeForest Kelley (making it two doctors, no, three since [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 tells me Buzz Aldrin has a PhD). Many more good years for two of them anyway!

And here are two geeky plushies from thinkGeek which I rather fancy. Why yes, I've put my email in to be notified of when the first one is available again.

A soft kitty that sings the Soft Kitty song (from The Big Bang Theory)
A plush Enterprise which will go with my plush Kirk and Spock :-)

vilakins: (art)

Two interesting links, one of which (at least) I know will interest [livejournal.com profile] azdak if she hasn't already seen it.

Queen pays tribute to Bletchley Park Enigma code breakers
I like the memorial they put up. I was there in 2004 and was as fascinated as I expected to be.

Nazi-looted Klimt to be auctioned following return
Not Music II, but hey, very late is better than never.

vilakins: Vila comic-book style (comic relief)

Further to my last post about xkcd's Strunk/White cartoon, there's a link to it on Language Log including some fun (and not explicit) slash in the comments.

I'm now going to explore their Linguistics in the Comics tag.

I also found a link there to the best article on fan fiction I've read, and no, it's not all about Harry Potter despite the title.

vilakins: (writing)

Hey, look: fanfic gets a mention in xkcd's latest strip! But what if someone wants to write friendship for them?

And I happen to know there is now some slash. ;-)

Links

7 Apr 2011 12:17 pm
vilakins: (cool stuff)

While I'm composing my next post (just wait!), have a couple of seasonal links:

Comic: How to dress on the Ides of March

Video: What if Moses was on Facebook?

And a bonus one:

Article: Auckland Hospital's own Dr House (though she's a lot less snarky)

Actually that one reminds me of one of my mother's friends (my favourite one) who was put in a mental home years ago because they thought her illness was psychological. A new young doctor there happened to have read about myasthenia gravis as a student and did the Edrophonium test on her; she could immediately raise her arms above her head. She's had to take drugs for the rest of her life and can't drive, but that doctor changed her life which is now normal and very happy.

vilakins: (art)

First up, the astronomy picture of the day is a garden - a galaxy garden in Kona, Hawaii. There's a lot more about it here, with an explanation of the layout. Just to give you an idea of how big the real thing is, our sun and most familiar stars we can see are on the same or neighbouring leaves.

This leads me into the amazing Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland which takes science and maths as its inspiration. It's only open one day a year so I'll never see it. The people at CERN however are talking about making a replica there.

And the Google logo for today (the 19th, where I am) is a still life in the style of Cézanne for his 172nd birthday. Someone did a pretty good job on that.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (vila simpsons-style)

Posting about The Hobbit (and why, LJ, have comments there collapsed when there are fewer than 50?) reminded me of Peter Jackson's planned Dambusters. So here are two funny Dambusters-related ads for Carling Black Label.
German goal-keeper on a dam
British thwarting of German tourists (who are known for reserving deck chairs with towels)

And now some Martin Freeman links.

Blake's Junction 7, which has him as Vila (in one of Avon's old outfits) is on YouTube!
Part 1
Part 2
Behind the scenes

Check out this clever Sherlock cut-paper art.
Study in Paper #1: Sherlock and John at the door of 221B
Study in Paper #2: Sherlock playing the violin
Study in Paper #3: John in his cabled jersey

Links

10 Aug 2010 04:59 pm
vilakins: (cool stuff)

I've been posting mostly art lately. It's time for some links.

Virtual tour of a steampunk house - very cool indeed.

Eleven only wore it for a short time but you can buy a fez from Marrakesh at ScifiCollector. :-)

And remember that dark apple I found in a bag of Royal Galas? Well, it was indeed a different type: crisper and sharper. I kept the pips and may have a go at growing them.

vilakins: (dr who cricket)

For various reasons I don't want to talk about RL, so have some links snurched from various people.

Cricketing authors - how cool is that? To quote from the linked review:

Peter Pan’s First XI is a study of JM Barrie and the cricket team of dazzling literati (and not quite so dazzling sportsmen) that Barrie ran haphazardly for over 20 years.
[...]
PG Wodehouse was a useful batsman; Jerome K Jerome was rather better at idling; AA Milne liked to watch it even more than to play it; and Arthur Conan Doyle was prodigious: a superb all-rounder who played 10 games at first-class level for the MCC.
[...]
Telfer’s narrative of the team’s travails allows for pleasant asides about [...] the influence of the sport on the literature of its day. Hook, as in Captain, is obviously a cricketing term; Sherlock, as in Holmes, was a conflation of two popular 19th-century county players: Mordecai Sherwin and Frank Shacklock.
Remember my puzzled query about so many Americans knitting dish and wash cloths? Well, Lion Brand's weekly newsletter now features a wash cloth of the week.

Purr Avon, or a cat looking rather like him.

MRIs of fruit - these are gorgeous and intriguing, and well worth waiting for the images to load.

Albanian sworn virgin custom - how a very sexist and traditional society allowed women to live and be accepted as men. Hell, if they had that custom here and now, I'd have gone for it as a kid, though I think the women had to replace a lost male. The article includes interviews with several men born female. Absolutely fascinating stuff.

Linkiness

10 Jul 2010 07:11 pm
vilakins: Vila in Hello Kitty style (hello vila)

What do you get if you cross Hello Kitty with Star Wars? These cute little guys! They remind me of my potato-head Darth Vader and stormtrooper. :-)

Poor Paul the Octopus. He's getting death threats for his "predictions" and now they've even got Paul recipes. Octopuses have eyes very like ours; I looked at the flags he's had to choose between and my theory is that he likes red and yellow and dislikes blue and green. I do wonder if his predictions have an effect on superstitious players though; very likely. Well too late: he's made his flag choices: Germany over Argentina, and Spain instead of the Netherlands, which are actually the results I'd like to see.

OK, another World Cup reference: a LOTR gif featuring... a certain non-musical instrument. :-P Bwahahaha, the look on Aragorn's face!

vilakins: (leopard)

Some links. I suppose I should make a hairy great Terminal link icon, but this one is of a beautiful Amur leopard which does match the first link and shows you what an adult looks like.

Adorable Amur leopard cub. She looks so astonished at the world in the second photo. :-)

And now for some from the How to be a Retronaut site which [livejournal.com profile] zoefruitcake told me about.

Smiling Victorians - candid shots of happy Victorians.
Colour film of 1920s London - fascinating stuff. It's amazing how much more real and immediate the past looks in colour.
Coloured stereo views of Japan from about 1895 to 1910. They're meant to be used in a viewer, but they've animated the two views to give an idea of the 3D effect.
USB Typewriters for a steampunk keyboard! And speaking of that, Steampunk stormtrooper!
Classic photos redone in Lego. My favourites are the moon walk and Maradona's 'hand of God'.

For more of the past in glorious colour, feast your eyes on these amazing photos of the Tsarist Russian empire which I posted about a few years ago; click on the links in the Exhibition Sections. One of my favourites for its stunning colour is The Emir of Bukhara in the Ethnic Diversity section.

ANZAC Day

25 Apr 2010 12:18 pm
vilakins: (nikau (NZ!))

It's ANZAC Day (complete with flyover), and we're recording Reach for the Skies as I type (about RAF air ace Douglas Bader, a great classic I saw on TV as a kid). There's a wonderful two-page pictorial spread on the Battle of Britain in yesterday's Herald which I'm keeping, and last night we watched Stalag 17.

Stalag 17.is an American film mentioned by [livejournal.com profile] wolfma in a comment on a ficlet of mine in which Vila trained and raced rats. It was excellent; thanks for the rec! I agree that Sefton is quite Avon-like in his intelligence and rationality and deep affection for money--even in the currency of cigarettes--but sidekick Cookie didn't have Vila's wit. You can also see that Hogan's Heroes lifted whole chucks of this: the movable stove, the radio, even Schulz, the amusing German guard.

And now here's a very funny, clever, and surprisingly accurate* version of WW2 where the countries have Facebook accounts. :-D (Occasional swearing.)

* except for ignoring the participation of this part of the world

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (knitting)

The knitters and crafters among you may be interested in these huge animals knitted by Lion Brand for the Crafts and Hobby Association Show this year. There are some great photos on Flickr showing the design, making, and finished items--look at them via slideshow to see them full-screen. There's a lion (of course!), a bird, a snake with gorgeous markings, and an argyle giraffe which I know one of you will especially like. ;-)

vilakins: (screen)

I've finally convinced Greg to go to Avatar with me tonight. We can't see it in 3D as he's as one-eyed as Travis and Stark, but we've booked the luxury seats where waiters bring your food and drinks and coffee. :-D I'd love to see it in 3D though.

I've also booked our holiday, squeezed in between Greg's work commitments and my web design course. We didn't get one last year, so yay!

And while I'm here, have a cool link: The Invisible Man. This guy paints himself to match his background. It's quite an eerie effect.

vilakins: (books)

For those interested in buying the Book Seat mentioned in my previous post, they have contact details for Australia, NZ, the UK, and the US on their site. There's also a colour range if you want to get a particular colour; see the bottom of this page.

I should add that the Book Seat is very light and hardly adds anything to the weight of the book. There's also a pocket on the back for glasses, mobile phone, or a snack bar or whatever you like, though I haven't used it. It could be useful for when you're reading outside; actually I have yet to try it in the hammock. :-D

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (parker cool)

Here are some things I've greatly enjoyed recently.

This one was on UserFriendly: a photographic record of a Russian's tour of North Korea with his friend Alexey and two official Korean guides, referred to as "the girls" or "the ladies". It's a fascinating look at a country I don't know much about.

This is very clever and funny: Pride and Prejudice in emoticons Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] azdak, for the link. :-)

And finally, a beautiful and moving Hanukkah story about Snape: The Friday Box.

vilakins: Vila comic-book style (comic relief)

Check out this very funny Comic Relief spoof of Mamma Mia (there's a link to part 2 on the first one).

Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Joanna Lumley, and Sienna Miller star with Philip Glenister (the Guv!) in the Pierce Brosnan role, Miranda Hart (Teal in Hyperdrive) as the director, and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) as the choreographer. Bwahahaha! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] azdak for the link.

vilakins: Vila comic-book style (comic relief)

Check out this very funny Comic Relief spoof of Mamma Mia (there's a link to part 2 on the first one).

Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Joanna Lumley, and Sienna Miller star with Philip Glenister (the Guv!) in the Pierce Brosnan role, Miranda Hart (Teal in Hyperdrive) as the director, and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) as the choreographer. Bwahahaha! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] azdak for the link.

vilakins: (dr who jelly babies)

My second (in more canon colours) Doctor Who scarf is about a fifth done, Jasmin notwithstanding.



I do intend to go back to the garishly bright one when I've finished this one, but I wanted to complete the more DW looking one by the end of the year for the [livejournal.com profile] who_knits knitalong. I also want to find some suitably metallic silver and gold yarn for a B7 teleport bracelet, though I'm not holding my breath; the huge selection of funky yarns that were around a couple of years ago seem to have disappeared.

In more Doctor Who news, it's TARDIS Day tomorrow (45 years since the first episode, An Unearthly Child, was screened) and there's even a comm for it: [livejournal.com profile] tardis_day.

And for the wealthier DW fan, how about a beautiful limited-edition fob watch? They also have plush adiposes if you think they're cute. Many seem to; I think they're creepy.

vilakins: (dr who jelly babies)

My second (in more canon colours) Doctor Who scarf is about a fifth done, Jasmin notwithstanding.



I do intend to go back to the garishly bright one when I've finished this one, but I wanted to complete the more DW looking one by the end of the year for the [livejournal.com profile] who_knits knitalong. I also want to find some suitably metallic silver and gold yarn for a B7 teleport bracelet, though I'm not holding my breath; the huge selection of funky yarns that were around a couple of years ago seem to have disappeared.

In more Doctor Who news, it's TARDIS Day tomorrow (45 years since the first episode, An Unearthly Child, was screened) and there's even a comm for it: [livejournal.com profile] tardis_day.

And for the wealthier DW fan, how about a beautiful limited-edition fob watch? They also have plush adiposes if you think they're cute. Many seem to; I think they're creepy.

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