December 31st, 2009

Diner Dean

SPN Gen Fiction: "To The Battlefield In Borrowed Armor" (PG-13)

Title: To The Battlefied In Borrowed Armor
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Dean, John (Gen)
Rating: PG-13
Summary (Pre-Series): The first time Dean went on a solo hunt was eight months after Sam left for Stanford.
Author's Notes: For my switch_25 table ("Strength") and writers_choice ("Independence").


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Psycho Penguin

Teetering on the Edge of a New Year!

and boy, I hope it's better than the last one. :0

We're back from our trip to Oregon, where we had a nice time visiting family. We ate too much (darn my mother's pies, and my sister's pfefferneus house!), played laser tag, and read a lot of "Go Ducks!" articles in the Eugene newspaper.

On the way back down I-5, we saw a lot of Ducks fans heading down to the Rose Bowl, and even a farming business in Weed, California with a billboard to cheer them on. Awwwww. :)

Because my MIL's mail is all being forwarded to our house, we discovered that she had subscribed to Wired magazine. Talk about surprises! She had a lively intellect and curiosity, but it was still unexpected. I read the magazine during the long drive north, and it turns out that it's not all-gadgets-all-the-time as I thought. I read the issue cover-to-cover, and found three articles worth sharing:

  • The Neuroscience Of Screwing Up - How and why scientists ignore unexpected data, and all the reasons they shouldn't. This was fascinating.

  • Alec Baldwin - Baldwin's hilariously self-described cycles of failure and recovery as an actor and a person.

  • Now Playing: Cheap-and-Schlocky Blockbuster Ripoffs - How the folks at The Asylum work to bring you movies like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (Wincon shoutout!), Snakes On A Train, and an upcoming version of Sherlock Holmes featuring the detective, a robot, a dinosaur, and some other stuff. Damn, this was funny. I seriously need to see that AU Sherlock Holmes when it comes out!

  • But wait, there's more! While up in Oregon, one of my nieces was wearing a shirt with a very strange dragon on it titled "Trogdor The Burninator." That led to my sister showing us the insanity behind the shirt, which is a series of videos from in which a character named Strong Bad answers emails. The "Trogdor" one is by far the best ("Consumate Vs!" and "burninating" as a verb quickly become burninated into your brain), but there are tons of them. Here's a sample:

  • How To Draw A Dragon (Trogdor The Burninator)

  • Strong Bad On Techno Music

  • Garage Sales

  • Bad ISPs

  • If Strong Bad Ran A Theme Park...

  • Email Virus

  • There are more, but this'll get you off to a good start. What else are you going to do on New Year's Eve, unless you've got a party or some good DVDs in mind?

    Happy New Year, everyone, and keep your fingers crossed for a better 2010!