We built this Gir costume (a character from the Invader Zim cartoon) over the past few days for our tween to wear on Halloween. We found some plans to make it by KRYPTONIGHTENGALE on the GhostDroppings.com forums.
It was a big hit in the neighborhood and our tween was very proud to wear it. Unfortunately its hard to see the ears in these pictures, and I forgot to get one of the tail.
CostCo has teamed forces with GreenSight on a program to recycle your old electronics gear in exchange for CostCo gift cards.
It works by heading to the website and clicking through categories to identify the gear to recycle. Then you ship the equipment in (they even pay for the shipping!) and once they confirm the condition of the equipment you receive your gift cards.
Currently they will give credits for Notebook PCs, MP3 Players, Desktop PCs, LCD Monitors, Game Systems, Camcorders, Digital Cameras, and Smartphones/PDAs.
They will recycle for free (but not give credits for) CRT Monitors, Personal Printers, and Fax Machines.
My wife bought some canned bread the other day. We had seen some posts around the webs last month that they were selling canned bread in Japan; but low and behold there was some right here in ‘merica at the local Bloom grocery store. Naturally, we had to try it.
The initial thought was for our “bunker” that is prepared for the inevitable zombpocalypse (you know.. when the dead will rise and and walk da earth in search of brainzzz… You do have a zombie plan right? Right!?), but we figured we should open a can and try it first. After all, its $3.99 a can, which is an expensive proposition if you want to stock appropriately.
Behold, the can. That’s right, New England’s Finest!
Here are the directions on the can. I love the line “…gently push loaf … with a spoon”
The top of the can has been removed, revealing the carbo-goodness waiting inside
Here I am “gently pushing the loaf”
The uncanned loaf.
Here it is, out of the can. Ready to be sliced. I was surprised at how moist it is. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting; but moist isn’t something I normally associate with bread.
So my wife, I, the teen and the tween all gave it a try. The consensus? Tastes roughly like ass.
Though with strong hints of brown sugar and rye. In retrospect, it tasted a little like beef jerky. Though hardly anything like actual… you know… bread!
You can see the full quality images on my Flickr feed.
I saw this on Neil Gaiman’s blog. Wouldn’t it be awesome if they did this in the US? Do they do this in the US and I just don’t know about it? If they did, I think Neil would have placed a link to it.
Where will I buy Odd and The Frost Giants since I live in the US? Will there be a distributor here? How long do I have to wait? Also, how long do I have to wait for The Graveyard Book? I’m aching to read new Gaiman.
Thank you, Mr. Neil.
You’re welcome. Let’s see… I don’t know if Odd and the Frost Giants will be published in the US. No plans for it at present, anyway.
It was written for something called World Book Day in the UK, where a bunch of authors write books for nothing, and publishers publish them for nothing, and they get sold for Â£1 each to kids who have been given Â£1 Book Tokens, and the whole thing exists purely in order to get kids reading. They describe it on their website as the biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading.
It was started by UNESCO, borrowing a custom from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts on April 23rd (St George’s Day, Shakespeare’s birth and death day, not to mention Nobokov’s birthday and Cervantes deathday).
It’s a registered charity. (Here’s the FAQs on the website.)
In the UK and Ireland it’ll be Thursday the 6th of March 2008.
Here are this year’s books: http://www.worldbookday.com/1-pound-book-details.asp
As to how you’d get a copy if you aren’t in the UK, I’d suggest either get someone in the UK to buy one for you, or simply order one from an online retailer. You’ll be paying postage but it’s still a 14,500 word book for $2 (that’s about half the length of CORALINE) so it’s not going to set you back much.
If you decide to use Amazon.co.uk — which anyone with an Amazon account in any other country can use — you want to use this link to the one pound copy of the book. They have another link up to a discounted twenty-five pound version of the book — which is, I assume, and unless I hear otherwise, some kind of Amazon screw-up, although possibly they’re discounting packs of 25 copies.
From BoingBoing Gadgets:
“MiniTissues” are hydraulically compressed tablets that expand to an eight-by-ten “washcloth” (probably more of a strong Kleenex) when hit with a little water. They’re marketed as a way to store clean, contaminant-free tissues easily in a purse or pocket.
You can buy 96 of them next month for $13, plus shipping. I can’t wait to use one. They’re like those pills you could put in water that would expand into dinosaurs.