Thursday December 5, 2013
My friends Greg and Liz of Seams Geeky have put together something really cool for me.
Okay, it's not for me. It's for you. And for them, really. They're running a Kickstarter to upgrade their embroidery equipment, and as incentives for backers they're offering some super-cool stuff. I mean, where else can you get an Atari style controller embroidered on a hand towel?
And it's not just super-cool. Liz has an attention to quality and detail that I'm envious of. She works hard to make things that will last for years, and that will be loved that whole time. Seriously, she does amazing work. With an equipment upgrade she can do more of it, and faster, and yes, she'll even be able to do it better.
Check 'em out. The project hasn't funded yet, but it's 2/3rds of the way there with a week left.
Monday December 2, 2013
As promised, here is the digital version of the Schlock Mercenary 2014 Monthly Calendar, presented as a gridless PDF, which makes it less of a calendar, and more of a pithy picture-book. It comes complete with a link to the wallpapers for maxims 25 through 36.
If you've already ordered the physical version of the calendar, all this is already yours -- we just haven't linked you to it yet. We hope to send that particular email-blast out in a day or two. We also hope to put all of those calendars into the actual mail in the next ten days.
Sandra's Kickstarter for Strength of Wild Horses funded on Saturday! As of this writing you only have three days to back the project. The first stretch goal is a digital one -- ten desktop wallpapers crafted from Angela Call's illustrations. The first of those, at 1920x1200 resolution, is already available to backers so they can see what's coming.
Sandra and Angela are thrilled that the project has funded, and we're all excited to see the book produced, wrapped in a gorgeous cover, and placed in the hands of the kids who need (and will love) this particular story. It won't be ready by Christmas, obviously, but Spring of 2014 is a better time for the color palette represented above, right?
Speaking of Christmas: If you're planning to shop with us during this holiday season, and are hoping to get the goods in time for Christmas, please don't delay! Any orders going outside of the United States will need to be placed by Friday of this week, and while the official USPS deadlines for domestic shipping are a bit further out, to be on the safe side you should place your order with us no later than Monday, December 16th.
Here's the store link. Coins, books, magnets, calendars... we still have all of the things.
Sunday December 1, 2013
Sandra and I took our kids to see Frozen on Wednesday. It was, in a word, delightful.
It's a musical, which may not be clear from the trailers they've put out. Also, it's not about the relationship between the snowman and the reindeer, which the original teaser may have led you to believe. In fact, that particular short scene (the one in which the snowman and reindeer are both trying to get the carrot) doesn't appear anywhere in the film.
The film is stronger for this. It's a great scene, and makes a wonderful short, but there just isn't anyplace in Frozen where it would properly fit.
We saw the film in 3D, which wasn't really necessary for the telling of the story (and which set us back more than a few bucks with as many tickets as we were buying) but that was the showtime for which we could find seats and fit in the intersection of busy schedules. The 3D was fine, and was especially cool with the snow and ice effects.
It's not a perfect movie, and Sandra and I discussed some of their storytelling decisions afterward. We agreed about some of the problems, but completely disagreed about how to address them. Then Sandra expressed disappointment that a particular song wasn't reprised, and I pointed out that it almost certainly was reprised as a leitmotif during the finale, but that I couldn't actually remember it happening, though I was sure it did happen because no composer worth his salt would fail to use that trick.
Frozen clears my Threshold of Awesome and comes in at #9 for me for the year. Your results may vary wildly from mine, however, because I'm a sucker for a strong musical (I bought the soundtrack [and yes, Christophe Beck totally reprised the theme in question during the finale]) and I have a pair of daughters whose personalities I could see echoed in the film's characters.