Category Archives: geeky stuff

fun with, umm, taxidermy

OK, let me start by saying that I love cute, cuddly little animals as much as — perhaps more than — the next person, and am free and easy with my utterances of “oooohhhhhh!!” when I see a puppy, a kitten, or any other fuzzy, adorable life form.

I must also be perfectly clear and acknowledge that I used to own a python, and we fed said python live mice and rats. I could never in the world kill an animal myself, but I willingly pitched rodents into the tank for the snake to dispatch in a relatively humane manner — until I reached a point where I just didn’t feel right doing it anymore.

I now follow these two somewhat incongruous statements with a warning that there’s a photo after the break showing a gadget that manages to elicit my strongest “oooohhhh, cute!” response while at the same time arousing the discomfort that caused me to find our python a new home.

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geeky yet cuddly

My daughter has discovered a cool site called ThreadBanger that’s all about ways to make your own fashion. (Dyeing your old jeans in espresso and then distressing them with a cheese grater — that kind of thing.) Looking around the site last night, I discovered their list of the Top 10 Geekiest Yarn Creations on the Web. My daughter and I were soon oooing and ahhing and issuing those undefinable sounds that females make when they see a baby chick or a kitten.

As if the knitted memory stick cozy weren’t adorable enough,

scrolling down brought us to the crocheted Yoda hat and light saber —

and then, the piece de resistance: the knitted digestive system.

Truly, this is the kind of thing that just makes my day. 😀

t-shirt of the day found on, along with many, many extremely cool gifts and items for the geek or technology nut in your life.

As it happens, some of the items on the site also belong to the political realm (at least, they do to me). This shirt, for instance, applies beautifully to, oh, Karl Rove, for example; and Rush Limbaugh; and our “president”; and a wide swath of other folks who belong to extremist, ideological groups that try to imprint their personal beliefs, morality, politics, or whatever, on the rest of the population.

Come to think of it, from time to time this one could apply to us all.