Sunday, 17 September 2017

Game Day Manicure Ideas

If, like me, you're a woman who loves football (Yes, they do exist.) you'll be looking for a way to show your support on game day. How about a football-themed manicure?

None of these ideas are mine, of course, but you can find links to the original posts - and even more designs - on my Pinterest board, Game Day Dream Manicure.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Monday's Meme of the Week

A funny meme or a horrifying indictment of the American educational system? You decide.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

A Song for Sunday: The Creepshow - Sticks & Stones

This week's Song for Sunday is "Sticks and Stones" by Canadian band, The Creepshow. Check it out:

Told you I'm feeling the rockabilly lately, didn't I? (Technically, I think The Creepshow are psychobilly, by hey.)

I'm very into The Creepshow right now. A lot of their songs are about horror movies and their music videos are a lot of fun. What do you think of them?

Friday, 8 September 2017

Wondra's Friday Night Double Feature: Back-to-School

Welcome to the very first edition of Wondra's Friday Night Double Feature!

Here at Castle Vanian, we're all about curling up together on the sofa and watching movies. We often try to think up movies that would go well with the one we're watching - and that's how this weekly spot came to be.

Every Friday night, I'll be posting a different pair of movies that make the perfect double feature. Since the kiddos are heading back to school, why not have a school-themed double feature?

Both Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful have that poor-kid-falls-in-with-the-rich-crowd story line infused with the magic of first love. They both also give very good representations of Eighties fashion and music. (Yuppies and punks galore!)

It's basically James Spader versus Eric Stoltz, right? Which is your favourite Eighties hunk? I prefer the romance between Keith and Watts in Some Kind of Wonderful but Jon Cryer steals the show in Pretty in Pink.

I watched these two together earlier in the week and I have to say they work brilliantly together. Would you have paired either with a different movie?

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Game Review: Limbo (2010)

Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters Limbo.

Limbo is a monochromatic platform game from independent studio Playdead. Over 39 seamless chapters, Limbo follows an unnamed boy through, well, Limbo as he searches for his sister.

Your character, The Boy, faces a series of puzzles that grow increasingly difficult as the game progresses. The puzzles are fairly easy for the first half of the game, which leaves you to focus on the stark beauty of Limbo's graphics.

This is one dark game, but in a creepy-cute way. It's all shillouette and misty shadow. The Boy's journey through Limbo begins when he wakes in the forest to makes his way across the spider infested land, ocassionally chased by Lord of the Flies-esque children in masks.

As the game moves from pastoral to industrial, the puzzles get more difficult. In some cases, too difficult. The last ten chapters or so infuriated me because your timing and spacing have to be exactly spot on solve the puzzles.

Exactly. Spot. On.

Knowing how to solve the puzzle means nothing if, say, you place a box a hair's breadth too far forward. I died at least twenty times in a row trying to complete the last few chapters. Limbo's deaths, I have to admit, are pretty cool. Very... inventive. Still, dying a bazillion times kind of sucks the joy out of the game.

Limbo was greeted with rave reviews when it came out in 2010. I don't necessarily agree with all of them because of how frustrated I was by the end. It starts a lot better than it ends. And, speaking of the end...

The payoff was not proportional to the effort required to get there. It was ambiguous at best and left many players, like myself, wondering WTF? Theories about Limbo's abrupt ending abounded on the internet but most of them agree that The Boy at least finds his sister. Everything after that is up to your imagination.

Although the second half of Limbo was too difficult to really enjoy, I have to recommend it if, you know, you live in a cave and haven't gotten around to it yet (Hey, I'm broke, y'all and I had to wait until I could get it cheap.) for the eerie atmosphere and creepy graphics.

Played Limbo? Let me know what you thought.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Guest Post: Hello, September!

Happy fall! It's September, so you know what that means? Cozy knitting projects, comfort food, and pumpkin EVERYTHING! It's my favorite time of year, and I've been working on some things over at Twisted Stitches to bring in the season. My favorite thing is my science officer scarf.

It's mixed three of my favorite things into one: Star Trek, cozy scarves, and knitting.

This pattern is pretty basic. It's a simple knit two, purl two ribbing. Cast on an even number of stitches (this one is 46 sts with a worsted weight yarn on size 10 US needles), and knit two purl two.

Just an FYI: with 46 stitches, I have to alternate rows. For example, row 1 is knit two, purl two, and row two is purl two, knit two. If you want it to be completely mindless, and knit two, purl two every row, then cast on 44 stitches, and then you can knit two, purl two 'til the cows come home.

With this size yarn, and the amount of stitches I cast on, you'll be knitting for a while. (I started in the beginning of August, but haven't been consistant with my knitting...basically, I've maybe worked a grand total of one hour on it. It would probably be done by now if I were more disciplined!)

If you get easily distracted, or tend to like fast projects, you can use a larger yarn with larger needles. My friend used a bulky yarn with larger needles, and cast on 24 stitches, and in the half hour we knit together, she had finished half her scarf!

Happy knitting!

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Autumn Pinboards

Who's addicted to Pinterest? Oh, yeah... ME.

Here are some of my autumn-themed pin boards. Go on, get pinning, you.