Random Tuesday: Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Star Wars, & Horror Novels

Random Tuesday!! Full of artwork and random links and Batman turning in criminals in England. Enjoy the randomosity!

Loobee in the Sky has some cool DeviantArt, including this piece where Sherlock has a run in to Death, who happens to be one of my most favorite of fictional characters. A lot of her art is X-Men and Lord of the Rings cuddle slash, just as a forewarning, but it's really pretty.

 

This article on Tor is really interesting, especially for someone like me who finds pop culture leaking into my vocabulary on a daily basis. Emily Asher-Parrin discusses how we take the awesome things from pop culture and incorporate them into real life.

 

This week's io9 list is 10 novels that are scarier than most horror movies. I don't know if I would call John Dies at the End super scary, but rather super gross and weird.

 

If you're obsessed with television like I am, you might be interested in this collection of plots that might be on your television in the next 12 months.

 

Batman turned in a criminal a few days ago in England. I bet this will be a story around the police station for a very long time.

 

Someone should buy me this Yoda hoodie. (Found via TheMarySue.com)

 

Best. Cosplay. EVER! A guy went to Emerald City Con dressed as the Hawkeye Initiative. If you are unfamiliar with this initiative, clear your calendar and check out this website.

 

Ever wondered what would have happen in Star Wars if Anakin hadn't gone to the dark side? This artwork will make you very sad if you're anything like me. Renata Castellani's DeviantArt account can be found here. There's Supernatural fanart too. (Found via TheMarySue.com)

 

Props and costumes from A Game of Thrones are going to be traveling around the world over the next few months. Unfortunately the only US stop is in New York City, but if you can get to one of the stops, this will probably be a pretty cool fannish experience.

Any random things I've missed this week? Link'em up in the comments!

 

 

Random Tuesday: Science, Book Lists & Wreck-It Ralph

I'm partially tempted to do Trailer Park Friday today instead of Random Tuesday because some freakin' awesome trailers have come out over the last 48 hours. Alas, a part of me is waiting on the City of Bones sneak peak trailer to be released on Friday to put all the crazy awesome together. So instead, have some randomness like...

The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell courtesy of a real actual science journal article. io9 rocks my socks with their daily awesome.

Which also includes their book lists, such as the 20 Essential Books About the Next Step in Human Evolution. It's a nice mix of science fiction and non-fiction titles, though the only one I've read is Amped and that was pretty awesome.

It's been awhile since I've posted a piece of Gingerhaze's artwork. I will now remedy that. She is still awesome and she loved Wreck It Ralph as much as I did.

I don't know how much I agree with this 10 books that define the Millennial generation from Teleread, but what do I know?

Flavorwire has a list of 10 movies that were impossible to turn into movies that inevitably got turned into movies anyway. I've actually seen a few of these movies (Watchmen and Lolita) and they were both pretty good.

 

And now Fernando wants dinner, so do you guys have random things to share?

Random Tuesday: Banned Books, Baby Boba, Little Batman Adventures, and More

Over the last four or so days, I haven't spent any personal time online, so my queue of pictures is thin and my list of links to interesting blog articles and news is now nonexistent. So today Random Tuesday is truely random things I've found on Tuesday. Such as...

Robert Downey Jr. talking to Nathan Fillion (no spoilers for Avengers) - from TheMarySue.com

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Random Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday, The Avengers, and Things in Space

I sat down to my computer feeling like I needed to do something, but not being able to figure out what. About twenty minutes went by before I realized, hey silly, write a blog post for Random Tuesday!

During lunch I rewatched "Lazarus Rising", the first episode of Supernatural season 4, and I came very close to writing a ranty post about how Supernatural used to be so good. But I figured no one wants to read yet another Leslie-penned rant that is mostly "But... CASTIEL!" Instead I will just post a picture and move along:

Then I thought I'd write a post about how I just finished a short cartoon series about a teenage boy that wakes up one morning to find he has a miniature girl for a right hand and it wasn't as disturbing as I thought it was going to be. But I was babbling about cartoons a few Random Tuesdays ago, so I'll avoid talk of Midori Days. I'm not entirely sure what I would say about it anyway. Its something that has to be experienced to believe it's level of crazy.

At the moment I should be reading a book for a bookclub meeting on Thursday, so you're getting random links for Random Tuesday and a teaser that made me scratch my head in confusion.

The Eye of Sauron was found in space, so now we know where the apocalypse is coming from. (Tor.com)

Publishers don’t like tablets as e-readers so much anymore as they tempt you to do everything but read. I’d say more, but I need to go check my Twitter feed… (NYTimes.com)

-  I really hope this is how The Avengers movie turns out. It would make me giggle all through the movie.

-  Here’s the actual trailer though:

-  Fernando asked me to include The Simpsons’ take on Game of Thrones, so here you go:

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m working with a Kindle so I don’t have a page number. I just typed in a random number location that’s somewhere around the middle of the book and this is what you get:

Next to me, Kale stiffened. The way he’d said it, I wasn’t sure if Alex meant me and him, or evading Denazen, but either way it was out of the question.

Location 1458 in the Kindle edition of Touch by Jus Accardo

 

I have no idea what they’re talking about, so I’m taking this to not be spoilery. Granted I haven’t started the book yet, but it’s the next on the list. Mostly I just want to know if there’s seriously a character named Kale?!

 

Okay, that's Random Tuesday from me. What Random Things do you have for me?

Random Tuesdays: Coolest Fictional Cities, Steampunk Batman and Assorted Other Geekiness

My brain is currently bouncing between “watch cartoons!” mode and desperately wanting to dive back into City of Fallen Angels for more Jace/Simon snark, so coming up with a plausible subject for a thinky thoughts kind of Random Tuesday is unlikely. Instead today I present to you some of the randomly awesome things I’ve come across over the last 48 hours.

- Complex.com compiled a list of the 50 “Coolest” Fictional Cities. Their definition of “coolest” must be much different than mine because there’s no way I’d ever volunteer to live in a place like Silent Hill or frickin’ Mordor. The list includes fictional places from all platforms – movies, television, cartoons, comics, videogames and books. There are even two references to rap songs that confused me and left me staring at my computer for a few minutes trying to decipher what they were even referring to.

- Apparently at one point there was supposed to be a Steampunk Batman videogame. For whatever reason, it’s not happening, but io9 has some leaked footage of what it might have been like. Batman’s cape is particularly flow-y.

- Meet my new hero: Helena Wayne as Robin:

DC is about to come out with some new comic lines, including one called Earth 2 where Helena Wayne is Robin to her father’s Batman. Somehow she ends up in the Earth 1 universe and becomes Huntress in the current Birds of Prey comic. I don’t know how this happens, but I want to be her when I grow up. (originally found through The Mary Sue Tumblr, on the DCU blog)

- Nine potentially awesome science fiction spinoffs from Blastr. This made me realize I missed Alphas. I didn’t realize I even really liked Alphas

- If you’re in the Austin, TX area, Gail Carriger – author of the super awesome The Parasol Protectorate seriesis signing at BookPeople this Saturday to celebrate the release of Timeless. If you go, I’ll probably be the girl in the Supernatural or comic book-related t-shirt trying to not let her fangirl show.

- And finally from Aine’s Realm on Tumblr:

 

 

We’ll have a new contest up some time tonight as part of the Leap Into Books hop hosted by  I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Jinky Is Reading. Right now, I’m late for dinner.

What random things are you doing today?

Random Tuesdays: Geeky Links, Game of Thrones, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Today I planned on posting another list, this time of things I’m looking forward to in 2012.  But now that I’m home, I’m grumpy and hungry so you’re getting things that make me smile instead.

I started a tumblr late last week.  I’m not entirely sure what the point of tumblr is for someone like me that doesn’t take a lot of pictures or draw awesome pictures, so I avoided it for a very long time.  I have since figured out it’s handy in keeping track of awesome things that other people draw and geek out about.  I guess I’m just using it as a fancy bookmarking tool.  So here are a few things I’ve bookmarked in the last few days.

Before Christmas, I went a little crazy over the artwork of Gingerhaze.  I’m still addicted to her adorable little comics and fanart, as well as her incredible original art she does for school.  I think we can all relate to this, though in this case, she was referencing A Storm of Swords:

 

Lately she’s been on a Sherlock kick (both the recent movie and the BBC television series).  I’ve been on a Sherlock kick too, so I’m right there with her.  Visit her tumblr page to see some more artwork and gifs.  I’m particularly fascinated with the Shadow and the Flame, which I hope becomes a thing.  A thing of which I can buy.

 

How about some baby Doctor Who villians?

 

I posted this on Twitter last week, but it warrants reposting: The many uses of Captain America’s shied (aka the most adorable Captain America cartoon you’ll ever see)

 

One of my favorite websites, io9, posted some awesome Game of Thrones fanart (though be warned, a few pieces aren’t so safe for work), which led me to artists such as Kali Ciesemier and Megan Ferguson.  The below is the piece featured of Maré Odomo:

 

On a minorly related side note: For those of you who’ve see the BBC version of Sherlock and/or anything with Benedict Cumberbatch in it, do you think he’s weird looking and/or looks like an alien?  I’ve been arguing with a co-worker about this for a couple of days.  Also, how awesome is the name Benedict Cumberbatch?  Only the British would come up with something so ridiculous that still sounds incredibly posh.

 

And that’s my random for today.

 

None of this artwork is my own.  I do not claim it.  It belongs to the people credited and linked in the post.  If you're the artist and would like me to remove the pictures, please let me know and I'll happily comply.

Happy Half Birthday to Working for the Mandroid!

What follows is quite possibly the most self-indulgent post I have ever written.  This is saying a lot considering most of my posts are pretty self-indulgent.

 

Six months ago today, I rebooted Working for the Mandroid.  "Rebooted?" you might be asking yourself, "But what was it before?"  That's a good question and I don't really have an answer.  It was a hodge-podge of pop culture babblings, heavily leaning on my Supernatural fandom and my second trip to Comic Con.  I started WFTM at the insistence of Fernando, who noticed that I seemed disconsolate with life and hadn't written much of anything in a really long time.  I opened with a short post regarding a Joss Whedon poll in EW that struck me as ridiculous.  I tried to stick to some advice from Fernando - keep the posts short, use lots of video, put most everything behind cut tags so scrolling is a minimum on the main page, post when you find something interesting - but found that I disagreed with most of his suggestions. I focused primarily on television with only one book review posted in the two and a half months WFTM was alive though I did argue that Wonder Woman deserves to wear pants and that robots have needs too.  Most likely due to the lack of focus and direction, WFTM fell quiet on September 25, 2010 with a review of the first Supernatural episode of season 6.

We got tied up in buying a house and then moving into a house and then unpacking a house.  Suddenly my daily commute went from 25 minutes a day to two or more hours each day.  Whatever mild depression caused me to start WFTM in the first place came back in full force.  Then two things happened around the same time to kick start me - I discovered I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and Kathy's amazing book giveaway hops (and therefore the amazing book blog community) and my Squarespace account started coming on its renewal date.  I told myself, "I read a lot of books.  I don't know anybody who reads much.  I can make ONLINE BOOK FRIENDS AND TALK ABOUT BOOKS!" and I jumped back into the blogging world on June 16, 2011... with a review of the Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern movie.

But the next day!  The next day I posted my first review, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, and we were off.  I pestered Fernando to redesign things to make it easier to read, to make it seem more like me, to make it distinguishable.  It took a few months, but he finally did redesign the site and I think it's pretty neat even if Mandroid has yet to find a spot to hang out on the homepage.

I discovered memes, then I discovered In My Mailbox and that all these lovely people were going to introduce me to all these awesome books.  I tested the waters with a graphic novel review, which has become a sparingly used feature but at least provided an idea of the comic-love behind WFTM.  We went off to Comic Con for the third year and I picked up more books than I could carry.  Literally.  Next year we're bringing an extra suitcase for books alone.

Over the following months, I've hosted giveaways, met some awesome fellow bloggers, made potential friends that actually live within driving distance of me, and wrote a lot of things I wouldn't have otherwise.  I actually listened to the entire audiobook of Twilight and posted a review that I thought would get me flamed, but instead it got some of the most interesting (and nice!) comments of all my posts.  It, along with a post about my marathon of The Vampire Diaries season 1 from the first incarnation, is probably my most well-trafficked post.

More recently I gave myself a personal reading challenge for November and succeeded even if I didn't read nearly as many books as I wanted.  I dove into the Reader Challenge thing and started up my own for 2012.  We have 20 participants and counting for our sci-fi challenge and I'm so excited about where that's going.  I posted an incredibly enthusiastic post about Cinder that got me added on my first major publisher book tour.  And, finally, Fernando wrote his very first post.  He's not a writer by nature, but I'm hoping he'll put together some content now and again, particularly regarding things I'm not as interested in.

Which brings us to here and today.  It is our six month anniversary and I think the site has gotten better.  We have nearly 400 GFC followers and 355 followers on Twitter.  In the last thirty days, we’ve had nearly 2,000 page views and 700 visitors (which boggles my mind in a way you can’t even know).  People still visit the blog despite my obsessive tendencies to Supernatural and the character of CastielSome people even stop by my thinky thoughts posts and share their thinky thoughts too.  I occasionally feature some great artists that people might have not discovered before and I hope to do more of that in the future.

 

So a million thank yous to all of you who have visited, commented, entered contests or just put up with my incessant mutterings on Twitter about baked goods and boredom at work.  Thank you to all the authors and publishers who’ve kindly offered their books for review, swag for contests and interesting guest posts for me to share with my readers.  And of course, a million cookies and hugs to Fernando for keeping us looking pretty, running well, and only yelling at me every now and again to get off the computer.  Even though it’s already grown beyond my wildest dreams, I already have a long list of resolutions for 2012 as we work to become a better Working for the Mandroid.  We hope you stick around and hang out with us.

Wonderful robot art by Dot from Dabbled.org