June 27, 2011 • American History
Joseph D'Agnese and Denise Kiernan are embarking on their annual drive up the East Coast, visiting sites that are associated with the Signers of the Declaration of Independence to promote Signing Their Lives Away.
In any of these cities? Check out the schedule below.
June 30th: National Archives, Washington D.C.
July 1st: Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA (right next door to Quirk!)
July 2nd: Independence Hall Visitor Center, Philadelphia, PA
July 3rd: Old State House, Boston, MA
July 4th: Old State House, Boston, MA
Swing by, say hello and get a book signed. For more information, visit Joseph's BookTour page.
June 23, 2011 • Video Games
I grew up on Sonic (the blue hedgehog, not the fast food restaurant), and today SEGA's beloved blue blur turns twenty.
And while the spiny little erinaceidae has seen better days in terms of modern games (see Sonic & the Black Knight, set in the world of King Arthur, and Sonic Unleashed, where he turns into a werehog), I choose to remember the better times.
Forget about the modern platformers and Sonic racing games. I'm talking about the early to mid-90's era of Sonic. There was the original, its two subsequent 16-bit sequels, and Sonic & Knuckles with its crazy lock-on cartridge. Those were good days. Life was simple and side-scrolling.
June 22, 2011 • Parenting: Dad
If you've ever doubted whether Star Wars, parenting, and roughhousing could intersect... doubt no more!
In this video clip we see one of the classic ways parents connect with their kids - by asking them what something or someone says; Johnny, what does the dog say? Lucy, what does the cat say? Here, Dad starts off with some slow pitches but then ramps up to his grand finale... asking his son, "What does Admiral Ackbar say?"
His son responds with a joyful "It's a trap (or a "fap" in kid language)." Then he runs over to his dad with open arms and bowls him over in utter happiness.
June 21, 2011 • Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Photos by Sam Garret and Donald David
It was a convocation of tribes akin— in passion, if not in scale—to Woodstock, Burning Man or the Gathering of the Juggalos. More than 100 hardcore William Shatner fans assembled at The Bell House in South Brooklyn last Thursday night for Shat Ball 3, a multimedia celebration of the legendary actor, musician, and horseman.
As DJ Brian Blackout spun “hot space jams” from the likes of David Bowie, Gorillaz, and, of course, Shatner himself, costumed Trekkies partied furiously over frothing glasses of “Romulan Ale,” “Klingon Blood Wine,” and other Star Trek-inspired drinks. It was like a scene out of Night of the Living Trekkies come to life on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.
June 20, 2011 • Cats, Crafting
When I announced that we wanted fans of Quirk to send us in their cat hair, I wasn't kidding. Crafting with Cat Hair comes out in November, and we're getting ready, practicing our felting skills.
In fact, Katie Hatz and Margaret McGuire have been keeping themselves busy, working with a wealth of kitty fur that's appeared in the Quirk Books mailroom.
What's the source of all the fur? Well, Christina Yendall was the first to send in batches of cat hair from her three beloved kitties, Buster, Shadow and Fuzz.
We like to thank all the little people (and cats) whenever we can, so we're posting photos of these lovely cats here on the blog. Christina and Co., we thank you!
Interested in sending in your cat hair? We're still accepting submissions, and we'll happily post your kitties on here too! Details on Jezebel.
June 20, 2011 • Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Zombies
Sure, the syncing is a bit off... but come on. This is Pride & Prejudice mixed with Dr. Who! David Tennant would totally approve of this.
Sigh. The end of this trailer is such a tease. I wish the producers of Bridget Jones' Diary and Love Actually would make this film.