Exterminate Troll Quotes!

My first troll quote’s theme was vampires. This one is robots/aliens.

Another nerdy post. The picture is R2D2 from Star Wars, the quote is from a Dalek in Doctor Who, and I attributed it to Lieutenant Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. I was going to first attribute it to Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons but I wanted a bit more nerdiness in there. Plus Trekkies/Star Wars fans aren’t too fond when you mix up their stuff.

R2D2 picture http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/R2-D2

Cat Breading for Dummies

Hello. And welcome to Cat Breading for Dummies.
To begin with you’ll need some items.

A cat. Some bread. And a knife. (The knife is not for the cat but the bread, don’t worry.)

I then asked for permission to put bread on my sister’s cat, seeing as the cats are hers. Let it be known that getting the “owners” permission will not mean the cat will be willing. Cats don’t really have “owners,” they just let the humans think that, the cats just do whatever they want.  In this house there are two cats, Schrodinger and Norfolk. They may look cute but beneath their adorable fuzzy exterior is a deadly beast.

Choosing the right cat is important. I chose Norfolk, he’s bigger and slower, while Schro moves at the speed of light. However, Norfolk has a giant head so it was difficult to get the bread over it.

It did not go well.

This is the point where you give up, lock your door so that cats can’t get you, and nurse your wounds (elmo band aids work wonders.


**No cats or Megans were harmed in this attempt of catbreading. In fact, Norfolk is now sleeping on my shoulder, crushing me, and deafening me with his purr**
***Since this was a complete fail I don’t deserve any stars for the catbreading assignment but I still tagged it under there***

Color Splash Take 2: FLAMINGOS

I went to the Philadelphia Zoo last year and took a picture of flamingos. Now, they weren’t as bright as I have seen them in many pictures so I decided to help them out by having them be  the only colorful thing in the picture.
Things I learned while doing this 1 Flamingos have very skinny legs. and 2 Grass is annoying.

Splash of Color

So I saw the Visual Assignment 340 and I’ve always wondered how pics like that were done and figured now was the time to find out. It’s quite simple, I don’t know why it took me so long to do. Here’s my final product.

It’s a picture I took, either in Scotland or England, of a phone booth. I don’t know if the splash of color works well for this one since it is the focus of the photo, and usually color splash seems to be something small,  but I still like the bright vibrant red.
(If you want to see a bigger version of it click the picture, it’s a huge picture.)

Nerd Valentines… the Sequel

Valentines day is upon us again and I decided to create nerd valentines for the second year in a row. What’s more is I’m posting this BEFORE Valentines day, instead of a day late like last year. This year’s crop includes more Star Trek, some Community and one from Doctor Who. (Let it be known I watch entirely too much television). There’s only five right now but there’s still a couple days so I might make some more.
The first one is from NBC’s Community. Nothing really fancy. One of Abed’s frequent lines is “Cool Cool Cool” so I just tweaked it a bit.
The second one is also from Community. It specifically references the episode “Remedial Chaos Theory” in which Abed tells another character that he is creating six different timelines by rolling a die to decide who goes and gets the pizza. This Valentine combines that with passing notes in elementary school.

The next one is Doctor Who themed, can’t get much nerdier than that. The Doctor is an alien called a Time Lord. As you can, hopefully, tell from the valentine he has two hearts so that’s explains the phrase on this one.

If there is something nerdier than Doctor Who I’m going to say Star Trek. This fourth one has Mongomery Scott on it. He’s an Engineer aboard the Starship Enterprise. As many people know one of his quotes is “I’m giving her all she’s got Captain!” And that was the basis for this Valentine.
The final one is Captain James Tiberius Kirk, again from Star Trek.  One of the settings on their guns phasers is stun. It’s super cheesy but that’s what I was aiming for.

Links for the pictures:
http://www.trekcore.com/specials/thumbnails.php?album=2&page=1 (Kirk)
http://community-sitcom.wikia.com/wiki/Abed_Nadi (Abed)
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Montgomery_Scott,_2267.jpg (Scotty)
http://www.starstills.com/product_images/z/doctor_who_matt_smith_lifesize_cutout_buy_now_at_starstills__94926.jpg (The Doctor)
http://quartus.net/nbridges/images/tardis/2005box.jpg (The TARDIS)

Help Us Obi-Wan JimGroom.

My dear friend Sarah K was one of the people whose blog was hacked. She was deeply upset with this and was talking with our friend Elena about it. She and Elena came up with a brilliant idea of making a gif from Star Wars: A New Hope where Leia contacts Obi-wan Kenobi to assist them. Seeing as Sarah doesn’t have photoshop she enlisted me to make the gif. And this is the result:

The idea was totally Elena and Sarah’s and I think it’s hilarious. So this was a combined effort. 🙂

Movie: Star Wars: A New Hope
Jim Groom picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58876599@N05/5731650010/ by mikhailgershovich

Animated Movie Poster Attempt 1

Here’s my first attempt at an animated movie poster, as well as my first real post for DS106 pt 2! It doesn’t really look like the other animated posters but this was my take on them. It’s basically the “frame” of the real movie poster. I removed most of the original image, except the candles (which I tried to keep but you can kind of tell where it’s a bit smudged and all). I then made a gif (in photoshop) of the part of the first movie where they arrive at Hogwarts via the boats. Then I put the “frame” of the poster overtop the gif and voilà! My animated movie poster.
This was pretty fun and I will probably make another one and perhaps do a step by step process post of how I did it instead of my awkward attempt at explanation.  🙂
Now to spruce up my blog.


In my last post I mentioned I moved my site so I figure all my google analytics stats go out the window for that. However, I love the stats it created and despite the fact I didn’t do much if anything on my blog since the end of the class I did get a fair amount of hits.
People from 74 countries visited my site including:

  • 1 person from Slovenia who spent 5minutes and 12 seconds perusing.
  • 2 users from Trinidad and Tobago with an average time of just over 15 minutes.
  • 4 users from Bulgaria with an average of just under 5 minutes
  • The 1,915 users from the US averaged 2 minutes on my site.

In total I had 1,759 unique visitors to my site.
And now I’m going to install google analytics for it here on Umwblogs since Sarah K (Cali4Beach) and I are going to be creeps and join in for the spring section of DS106 despite the fact we’ve graduated.

Ned Mashup

I’m not in DS106 (or even at school anymore) but I wanted to share this here. I made a mash-up of Ned Stark and Ned’s Declassified High School Survival Guide ( a show on Nickelodeon about how to survive high school… I had a lot of free days this summer, ok).

I took pics of Ned Stark (center), Robert Baratheon (left) and Catelyn Stark (right) and photoshopped their heads onto the Ned’s Declassified character’s heads. Definitely not the best photoshop work done but I’m pretty pleased.

I find it particularly funny given Ned’s fate… I definitely wouldn’t follow Ned Stark’s guide unless it read “Lesson 1: Don’t Leave Winterfell”

More Harry Potter! :D

I realized halfway through making this that my last post dealt with Harry Potter but at that point I didn’t really care about that because Harry Potter is awesome. Did you know the trailer for the last installment came out yesterday? Yeah, I watched that while procrastinating. Later in the night while I was procrastinating even more on facebook I wondered what Harry Potter characters would do on facebook.

I see Ron Weasley as a huuuuuge procrastinator and so I made his facebook profile page with various statuses and posts regarding writing an essay that was due the next day. One of the  statuses of his is actually real. As in, I posted it as my status last night. Anyways here it is.

Things I like about it.

-Fred or George/Gred or Forge- I feel like Fred and George Weasley would take their joking to Facebook and would want to cause confusion to their friends by having that as their name.

-Cedric’s profile pic- looks like he wants to be Eminem. Not sure if people in the magical world know who eminem is but oh well. I’d like to think that those from the muggle families would poke fun at his profile pic.


Once again I used firebug to make this and it was quite easy. The thing that took the longest was changing the pictures on the left hand side because there were so many.

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