2012: the end of an era… or so some people interpret from the Mayan Calendar. Incorrectly. Or is it? I highly highly highly doubt that the world is going to end on December 21, 2012, but just in case… what do I want to do before the apocalypse happens? What do you want to do? I know that people spend more than half of their lives creating, building , and expanding upon a bucket list (as Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman showed us), but what about for those of us who are still in our 20s and 30s, with (hopefully) well over half a lifetime ahead of us? Of course we have the “oh well I want to go to Egypt/Hawaii/Europe/whatever before I die” because we don’t have the money for it now, along with other goals that require the savings and free time that only come with retirement or winning the lottery. But if the world does end in a week and a half, what do we have to show for it?
That’s where the Impromptu Bucket List comes in. It’s not drunkenly illegal enough to get us thrown in jail if the world does not in fact end, but it is ostentatious enough to puff your chest out and say “HEY! That’s right, I did that!” before whatever fate befalls us at the end of next week. You don’t want to be Steve Buscemi taking out thousands of dollars in loans to blow on hookers before blasting off to stop the asteroid and then owing the loan shark all that money upon your return. You want to be the heroic guy/gal who pulls off the totally story-worthy shit that gets you the fandom you deserve if/when the apocalypse comes. Whether it is a grizzly end that validates our Impromptu Bucket List, or (more likely) and anticlimactic Friday that still validates our Impromptu Bucket List, you’ll still feel good about this upcoming week and a half. Who am I kidding though, unless you work on the weekends what Friday is ever really anticlimactic? Grab some beers after work to celebrate the end of the world! Worst case scenario? Being slightly embarrassed that life still exists and having beers on a Friday night! I mean… worst case scenario: end-of-the-world. Yeah. That’s it. (more…)
About three years ago I started the biggest knitting endeavor known to geeks: the Doctor Who scarf. This 12 foot, 7 color, all wool tasseled scarf made its first appearance in “Robot” in 1974 when a poor knitter who was friends with the costume designer was handed an armful of yarn and asked to knit a scarf. What no one had anticipated was that A) Begonia Pope was a knitter with ninja-like crafting speed, and B) she would use ALL OF THE YARN to make a scarf for our fourth Doctor. This resulted in the original scarf starting out 20 feet long, but the extra footage did not make it far with Baker’s stunts and shenanigans. It was altered to the beloved 12 foot scarf that holds a special place in every Whovian’s heart today after its big break back in ’74.
Once it became one of the most notable costume pieces in Doctor Who history it also became an integral part of Gallifreyan costuming, especially at conventions. And when this happened geeks and cosplayers all over the world exclaimed “but, but, I can’t knit! How do I get this awesome costume piece?” And thus every Whovian Knitter was bombarded with tear-filled requests to make these dreams come true. What many people don’t seem to realize is the time and effort that go into undertaking is such a huge and daunting project. Sure, it’s just like knitting a bunch of scarves… just all at once… but let’s face it, geeks everywhere would notice if you didn’t use the right shade of colors, altered the pattern, or even wrong yarn materials! And thus, a certain level of
blood, sweat, tears, detail and concentration is required for the construction of this crafting monstrosity. (more…)