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...before hamsterwoman left Belgium and before I forgot and crashed for the day.  sunnytyler001 may want to weigh in - probably to say, "why on Earth are you talking about this?!"  XD

Anyway, I was having a convo online about Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday and randomly mentioned Groot. A Dutch-speaker remarked that everyone dropping Groot into English sentences right now was sorta messing with their mind, since "groot" means big or tall in Dutch.*    We got to talking and I asked if Groot (the Guardians of the Galaxy character) was potentially the first Dutch superhero - shh, it's not a riff on the English word "root," it's totally a shout-out to Dutch-speakers everywhere - and they replied no.  There is MEGA MINDY and MEGA TOBY.  Well, I had never heard of them before, but since they are apparently marketed to 5-year old Dutch/Flemish children, I guess it's unsurprising that I've missed them.  BUT NOT ANY LONGER!

My correspondent (propera_parada), shared these videos...I am still laughing that they chose TOBY for the male superhero's name. At least Mindy has alliteration going on for her.




But I didn't really sit up and take notice until Mega Mindy's ride made an appearance. It's not Wonder Woman's invisible jet, but I think 5-year-old me would've found it cool. Heck, definitely-not-5-year-old me thinks it's cool, albeit potentially ear-deafening if the turbo-charging was real. I am sure it's just for show, otherwise poor Mindy (you need union representation ASAP).

Mega Mindy's Sweet Ride

And looking at the Mega Mindy wiki page in English, she can apparently "breathe fire and has the ability to lift tents without touching anything." I mean, breathing fire is pretty atypical for a superhero, and I doubt anyone else has the tent-lifting deal on lockdown. Of course, now I want to know if she can ONLY move tents.

She has a webpage with videos and games, so go forth and *whatever Mindy's catchphrase is* never mind, I've decided that it is RAISE TENTS.


*Actually, according to my BFF, Google Translate, groot in Dutch can mean: large, great, big, major, wide, spacious, high, grand, vast, tall, long, bulky, comprehensive, lanky, chunking, vasty, grown-up, and groat
(Yeah, I don't think vasty is a word and I would probably never use chunking, but ole Google Translate is certainly not infallible; however it can provide hours minutes of comedy, as alenky_cveto4ek and ikel89 can attest.)

Books 2013

Guy!
January 2013
1. Jennifer Crusie - Strange Bedpersons

February 2013
2. Alex Adams - White Horse
3. Emma Bull - War for the Oaks

March 2013
4. Kevin J. Anderson - Death Warmed Over: Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I
5. James S.A. Corey - Leviathan Wakes
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I am currently getting ready to crash, so I can't really check this out completely to see if this free shipping might extend to *cough* say, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Russia or the UK (I imagine not, but you never know), but I thought I'd post it, anyway.  spacefem has a whole lotta swatches that are patterned designs, but quite a few that are small projects.  But if nothing she has strikes your fancy (I seriously haven't gone through them all, but she has pages and pages of things, b/c she is a swatch-designing junkie), there are other designers on the site that you can peruse, if you're looking for something specific to use with this performance knit fabric.  Feel free to pass this onto to your FL - this is probably the most Tumblr like I'm gonna be getting.

And actually, if you Tumblr fiends want to share this there, I'm sure she wouldn't care, but just keep in mind this is only good for today.  Spoonflower is in North Carolina, so perhaps this offer expires at midnight Eastern?  I really have no clue and am (sorta) too tired to care.  XD

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Originally posted by spacefem at free spoonflower swatch day
Hope this doesn't sound too "sales-y"... I don't think it does, because it's for something free.

Spoonflower has a new "performance knit" fabric that prints out very nicely. I already have a swatch - it's kinda silky-feely. Not very stretchy but would work nice for skirts or something, it doesn't unravel at all which gives it some possibilities.

Anyway they're giving away free 8" test swatches.

I'd be flattered if you wanted one of my designs printed on it :) http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/spacefem - I am especially proud of my collections for computer geeks and feminists.

The coupon code is "PKSWATCH". You do need a spoonflower account. This is only running for about 24 hours. and yes, shipping is free too.

If you don't sew, hey, frame it. Use it to clean your glasses. Who cares. It's just fun, and it might get you addicted to spoonflower like I am but that's just a risk you have to take.

2012 Book List

Guy!
-----JANUARY------
1.  Steve Luxenberg - Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret; Hyperion, 2009, 401 pgs - non-fiction/biography 978-1-4013-2247-2
2.  Jennifer Crusie - Getting Rid of Bradley; Wheeler Publishing, 1994,  290 pgs (large print) - fiction  1-58724-282-6
3.  Donald E. Westlake - Watch Your Back! (a Dortmunder Novel);  Thorndike Press, 2005, 439 pgs (large print) - mystery  0-7862-7652-5

-----FEBRUARY------
4.  Jean-Dominique Bauby - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Scaphandre et le papillon); Wheeler, 1997, 117 pgs (large print) - biography 1-56895-496-4
5.  Jim Butcher - Ghost Story (Dresden Files #13); ROC (New American Library/Penguin Group), 2011, 481 pgs - fiction  978-0-451-46379-1
6.  Susan Elizabeth Phillips - Natural Born Charmer;  William Morrow (HarperCollins), 2007, 394 pgs - fiction  978-0-06-073457-2
7.  Katherine Howe - The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane; Wheeler (Voice/Hyperion/Buena Vista), 2009, 631 pgs (large print) - fiction 978-1-4104-1895-1



-----??????------   (I seem to do well with this for about a month or two, then flake out)

#.  Seanan McGuire - Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1); DAW (Penguin), 2009, 357 pgs - science fiction fantasy  978-0-7564-0571-7
#.  Janet Evanovich - Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum #17); Bantam (Random House), 2011, 308 pgs - mystery  978-0-345-52768-4
#.  Terry Pratchett - Unseen Academicals (Discworld #?); HarperCollins, 2009, 400 pgs - science fiction fantasy  978-0-06-116170-4
#.  Jennifer Crusie - Fast Women; Wheeler (St. Martin's), 2001, 536 pgs (large print) - fiction  1-58724-072-6
#.  Susan Isaacs - Past Perfect; Scribner (Simon & Schuster), 2007, 340 pgs - fiction  978-0-7432-4216-5
#.  Hester Browne - The Finishing Touches; Pocket (Simon & Schuster), 2009, 411 pgs - fiction  978-1-4165-4007-6
#.  Sophie Kinsella - Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1); Delta (Dell/Random House), 2001, 312 pgs - fiction  0-385-33548-2
#.  Donna Andrews - Murder with Puffins (Meg Langlow #2); Beeler (St. Martin's), 2000, 306 pgs (large print) - mystery  1-57490-415-9

I *SERIOUSLY* NEED SOME REAL-LIFE ONES

Guy!
Until then, my layout is a hostage and all your reindeer games will be no fun.  :-D


And I will post this gif on any and all entries you may make until seizures occur.
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I saw this on pintangle and thought it was pretty awesome. Sadly, my German skills are fairly low, and fairly nonexistent understanding someone speaking as quickly as the narrator apparently had to in the video.  So, I ended up zoning out on the audio and just watched the visuals, instead. These marionettes are MASSIVE, and it looks like over a dozen puppeteers(?) were required just to animate one marionette.




If you're like me and want to know what's going on, someone kindly commented @ the video location with a photo spread that the Boston Globe had on their website. The marionettes were part of a celebration on October 3rd of the 20-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The puppeteers are from the Royal de Luxe "street theatre" company out of France, and I'm assuming that they had a role in creating the two giant marionettes.

A few pics from the Boston Globe page are behind the cut....

A few close-ups and full body shots of the marionettesCollapse )


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