Christmas Special of the Month: Adventure Time: “Holly Jolly Secrets”
Even though Christmas is never mentioned by name, all of the trappings are there in this two-part episode from the 3rd season of Adventure Time. We get some great backstory on the Ice King, and there are some real heart-felt moments. What’s that? The 3rd season of Adventure Time isn’t available on DVD or BluRay? Well, don’t worry; it comes out in February and you can pre-order itnow!
Details: DOB: 11/1/13 4:00 AM
Weight: 10 lbs, 12 oz (!!)
In order to keep this website from becoming just a baby blog, I have created a separate website just for our wee baby Avery: www.averyfharris.com/. Most updates and photos and what-not will go in there.
Thanks so much to everyone for all your love and support these past nine months. This is just the beginning!
Tweeter of the Month: @NightValeRadio
Hilarious musings on life, emptiness, nature, and the void, full of existential angst and mysterious, sideways-glimpsed horrors. One of the most consistently funny twitter accounts I’ve ever come across.
Think hate. Think fire. Think an everlasting darkness. Think a face bleeding. Whose face? Whose blood? Think Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Podcast of the Month: Welcome to Night Vale
Not content with merely having an hilarious twitter account, Night Vale also has one of the best podcasts of the past many years. A faux news broadcast about a small, fictional town (Night Vale) somewhere in the vast, uncompromising desert, where strange and Lovecraftian things happen with a regularity that borders on complacency and nobody seems terribly alarmed that no dogs are allowed in the dog park, indeed people are not allowed in the dog park, but hooded figures (that you’re not allowed to approach) can occasionally be glimpsed within. The perfect funny Halloween podcast.
T-Shirt of the Month: All Hail the Glow Cloud
This design is based on the happenings in Episode 2 of the Welcome to Night Vale Podcast. Why, yes, this month is a themed “Of the Month” selection. Why do you ask? At any rate, this shirt also glows in the dark and has the Night Vale logo emblazoned on the back of it. Still nobody can figure out where the glow cloud went, where it came from, or why it dropped so many animal carcasses on our small town. Wear the shirt. Live the shirt. Hail the glow cloud.
Link of the Month: A Mighty Girl
I know I said I wouldn’t post baby stuff on this blog, but this website is just too cool to pass up. It’s a one-stop resource for all media that positively portrays girls (from pre-schoolers to pre-teens) in a strong, independent, intelligent, and otherwise positive light. This is where to go to help girls become active and confident participants in their lives, not just passive princesses waiting for a hero. These girls are their own heroes.
Album of the Month: Prom Queen: Night Sound
“Prom Queen” is one of the musical projects by friend-of-a-friend Celene Ramadan, who is also known as my favorite chiptune musician, Leeni. Prom Queen is pretty far from Leeni. It’s lush, dreamy, 1960s-inspired music. Dark, sultry, dangerous, and sensual (and authentically vintage), this album sounds like the ultimate yard sale vinyl find in a very, very good way. As Celene puts it, “If David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino were to co-direct your prom, this would be the soundtrack.”
Here’s a video of “This Town Ain’t Big Enough”
Exhibit of the Month: Cooper
Now through January 2014, the Washington State History Museum has an exhibit about the notorious Dan “D.B.” Cooper, the only unsolved domestic hijacking case in the history of the United States. The D.B. Cooper case has been romanticized over the years (right now there’s a very funny D.B. Cooper comic book that postulates he was a super-secret agent who fights aliens and monsters and such) and become something of a pop-culture icon. Heck, there was even an important storyline about him on NewsRadio in the 90s! So it’s nice to actually get some grounding and learn about all the actual facts surrounding this mystery man. It’s a fascinating exhibit, even though it does at times veer too far off into modern-day air security (many measures of which were developed in response to Cooper’s actions). It also has a bit of a personal connection: Carrie’s dad worked for Northwest airlines when the hijacking happened (he wasn’t involved in the least, though, since he was stationed in Cleveland at the time). There are also some really awesome artifacts: actual stewardess uniforms, vintage travel posters, airline giveaways and the like. Good stuff.
Book of the Month: Baby Owner’s Manual
I know I wasn’t gonna post all about babby stuff on this website, but this one is really, really cool. It’s a geek dad’s guide to taking care of a baby, full of technical diagrams and ways to “troubleshoot” your small, new acquisition. It’s informative, but it is also a lot of fun to read.
Tweeter of the Month: @RealCarrotFacts
Carrot Fact’s “facts” are often about as factual as the “facts” cited by climate change deniers. Nonetheless they’re incredibly funny, and the charmingly clumsy grammar mistakes only add to the appeal. There is also an interesting meta-story going on, with hints about a failed relationship with a woman named Megan and some other vaguely unhappy things woven throughout the posts. Here are some of my personal favorites:
if you plug headphones into a carrot you don't hear music but at least you are doing something
Album of the Month: Robb Benson & The Shelk: Cursive Falls From the Sky
Two Albums of the Month in one year from the same artist? Yes, it’s Robb Benson, Seattle mainstay and frontman of The Glass Notes, who had my Album of the Month back in February. This time it’s The Shelk (as in part shark, part elk) and it’s another very good, catchy album. The styles are much more varied than the hard-rockin’ Glass Notes, including some interesting synth-poppy stuff. I enjoy it!
Game of the Month: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Easily the best Animal Crossing game since the original for GameCube o-so-many years ago. This time not only do you own a house, but you are actually the mayor of the whole town and get to build “public works” that improve your town. There’s a city section like in City Folk, but it is actually useful and necessary unlike in that game. Tonnes of new features make it hard to stop playing, and the 3DS allows you to do some really cool thinks, like making hanging out with friends over the internet super easy. And also you can tweet screenshots of the game!
Book of the Month: Slan: A Novel by A.E. Van Vogt
Though it’s almost unheard of nowadays, Slan is the book that really ushered in the “Golden Age” of Science Fiction. It is the book that all of the great authors of that era looked to as a shining example of a favorite SF book. It’s a fascinating read: extraordinarily fast-paced and incredibly pulpy with a protagonist who is so superhuman that it’s impossible to relate to him. But the ideas fly fast and loose and the science is ridiculous and sketchy, and it’s a lot of fun in the way that 1940s serials are a lot of fun.
YouTube Show of the Month: Co-Optitude
In their new YouTube show, Felicia Day and her brother Ryon try to play two-player, co-op video games. I say try because this show truly shows one of the greatest joys of playing co-op video games: completely screwing with the person you’re supposed to be helping. There is so much joyous profanity and accidental friendly fire in these episodes. They make me laugh quite an incredible lot. Plus the fact that they’re siblings makes Felicia’s and Ryon’s interactions just that much more hilariously bickering. Here’s my favorite episode so far, where they try desperately to play the “Goof Troop” video game:
Album of the Month: Superior Complaints by Locust Street Taxi
The latest album from our very own Orange Fool Nathan Geyer’s band! As usual it is full of quirky, funny, ska/jazz/funk/reggae/country-infused songs. This time they did a very careful job of partnering with some excellent producers and technicians, and so the production quality is through the roof. It sounds quite amazing. My favorite tracks include the brassy, swinging “Dear Carbon Nanotubes”; the straight-up reggae of “Midnight Snack (in Africa)”; and the frighteningly-accurate late-1980s R&B tribute “Swantown Inn” (complete with bonus rap interlude).
Game of the Month: Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards
A funny competitive card game wherein you try to make spells by combining the various spell-component cards in your hands to comedic and damaging effects. The titles of the spells end up often being squarely in the potty-humor realm, and the illustrations are of the gross-out variety a-la Ren & Stimpy et al. It’s completely juvenile, but it is a lot of fun, especially when you’ve got five or six people playing simultaneously. A game lasts until only one wizard hasn’t been killed, but an ingenious play mechanic lets the “dead” characters draw cards from a special “dead wizard deck” each round until the current game ends, and then use those cards in the next game. Sometimes they’re very useful! It is fast-paced and ridiculous, and I thoroughly enjoy playing it.