We must defend Net Neutrality

This is the battle for the net

Major cable companies want to slow down (and break!) your favorite sites, for profit. Join us (and sites like Google, Reddit, Etsy, and Mozilla) in the Internet slowdown today and sign in favor for Net Neutrality.

I’m in. Are you in?


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My site crashed + a life update


If you’ve been seeing this symbol around the site lately, it’s because my website blew up randomly about 2 weeks ago. I got really upset and disappeared from my blog and all of the posts I’d been working on. Images? Gone. Posts? Gone. Installations? Gone. Backups? Gone.

Gone. Gone. Gone. Everything. All my other sites, though? Totally fine. Wtf, right? And all of this just a couple days after I woke up in Napa to a 6.0 earthquake and had my life rattled.

I got lucky, though. The database was still intact, I had saved all of my images in a well-organized folder off-domain. I had to step away for a bit. You understand, right? Over a year’s worth of blogging, gone in an instant and the most that could be found was that an approved update that I never actually did broke the whole damn thing somehow.

Additionally, I’m moving! I’m so excited about it, you guys! I’ve been wanting out of that apartment for a few years now and have been hunting for an affordable place that’s very similar to the one I have now in the next town over. As of October 1st, I will be an official resident of Lodi, CA. Still not sure how I feel about that. This means that I’m going to be pretty much absent this month while I work on a new layout, some new content, and get settled in.

Thanks for being patient with me guys!

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Nerd Cave: Inspiration – Storybook Home





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Who says you can’t live in your favorite storybook? You know, other than the limitations of reality? You can always find ways to incorporate the things you love in life into your home. Take these homes for example. Each dweller found a way to place little to major aspects of the storybook life into their home.

Simple elements can mean a big difference when creating your storybook home. Swap your bed frame for a wrought iron bed. You can find wonderful and sturdy vintage ones at large antique stores, or cheat a bit for a lower out-of-pocket cost by getting a newer one. String fairy lights outside on a tree, bush, potted plant or railing will add a spot of whimsy that might not have been there before. Display that giant book collection for the world to see, even if they aren’t all super old, cloth hardcover novels. Branches on the wall are great for hanging jewelry, scarves, ties, and hanging ornament collectibles that aren’t limited to Christmas time usage.

Practice that speech in front of an ornate mirror in the hallway or bedroom instead of that cheap, simple framed one you have from an antique store, home goods store or street faire. Display all of your teacups in open shelving in your kitchen. Other dwellers chose to place in character elements to really make their theme stand out. A silhouette of Peter Pan’s shadow through a lamp shade. Bring the outdoors in with moss terrariums, silk vines wrapped around things, or single red roses placed near books.

A mouse hole cut out with an actually mouse collectable and house design in the crown moulding that also doubles as a night light. A knocker on a door with a hand holding an apple that closely resembles Snow White’s hand right before the apple falls from her cold, limp hand. Introducing these elements to start with will make you feel like you stepped into a magical land in no time.

Struggling to think of what could be bought and where it could be placed? I’ll be coming back soon with everything you’ll want on your starting wishlist to help you live happily ever after!

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Nerd Cave: Loot This Science Kitchen


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Looking for the perfect products to create your science themed kitchen? Look no further! I’ve put together a clean set of tools you’ll want in your home lab!

Erlenmeyer Flasks and test tubes are the perfect containers to keep your cooking liquids and spices on your shelves. These items were built to keep things contained and fresh. Not good with the metric system? A lot of the pieces designed for the home will have the oz. and cup equivalents.

For parties, look toward Think Geek’s Chemist’s Cocktail Set for a fun new way to do shots with your friends. Add a little dry ice for a smokey effect. Give your guests something to look forward to during dinner as you work your way through the lasagna dish to see the period table etch into the bottom of GoneGirly’s laser engraved Pyrex with lid. End the evening with a round of coffee, allowing everyone to pour their sugar in with Milk & Hone Luxuries’ stamped Sucrose molecule spoon.

Amazon, Think Geek, Williams-Sonoma and Etsy have a lot of great products both custom and mass-produced that would be perfect additions to your home. If you’re looking for older pieces, then you should definitely check out sites like ebay or School Outfitters to find lab stools and more. Old lab stools can be easily cleaned and polished to make them look like new or accentuate their imperfections.

Have a favorite science-themed piece you think should be known about? Leave my a comment down below with a link!

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We’ll miss you dearly, Robin Williams



Yesterday afternoon, it was announced across all forms of media that our beloved Robin Williams passed away. Regardless of the circumstances of his death (which are still being determined), we was an amazing actor who will be missed by fans of all ages and backgrounds. He brought us endless laughs, quotes to enjoy with our friends and characters we will remember for all our days. Robin was a billion different characters in one talented, genius mind. We should celebrate his life with those very same smiles he gave us.

Robin, we will miss you, but we will never forget you.

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Geek Chic: Hot Day Party Dress





Lately, my weekends have been filled with back-to-back events and me spending WAY too much time outdoors in the sweltering heat. The temperatures have been in the high 90s, some days pushing 100+ degrees. I spent the weekend before last outdoors for a baptismal reception at the home of one of my mom’s friends. The house was packed and heated by the time we got there and we all opted to sit outside next to the jumpy house with an overhead and table side fan blowing the hot air around us while being attacked by flies. Directly after the party, Michael and I headed to a going away party for his college-bound brother, which was also a packed house and the temperature was rising fast. Sometimes, heat is unavoidable regardless of how low you set the AC.

Luckily, I went into that day knowing how much time I was going to be spending in warmer environments. As a person with thick, coarse hair, it’s important to know how to style your hair in a way that doesn’t make these kinds of situations worse. I even went with a lighter cotton dress that would be perfect for both parties and carry well from afternoon to evening. I let my hair, lipstick and nails acts as my little pops of color and did just a simple cat-eye eyeliner. Having everything set in place, simple and hassle free was key since I knew I wasn’t going to have really any time to touch up throughout the day.

It was really nice getting to relax for a little bit in between at my parents place. That’s me with my parents’ dog, Chucky, above. He’s a total ham and such a well-behaved little guy. He stopped every once in a while to see what was going on while my dad tested out his new camera and help me out with these photos. All about turning my head to get hair close ups just to catch him right as he’s taking a dump. Not awkward at all, I don’t know what you’re talking about.


This Outfit:
Dress – Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes – Target (old, similar)
Purse – Coach Poppy (old)
Sunglasses – Target (exact)

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Nerd Cave: Inspiration – Science Kitchen







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Whenever I’m in my kitchen testing out a new recipe I end up feeling like I’m some kind of mad science genius in her lab working on a poison to take down the protagonist in the story. By chance, I came across some amazing science-themed kitchens. These mad geniuses came up with some amazingly brilliant ideas on how to incorporate test tubes, vintage beakers and other tools, while also capturing the very art of science in such beautiful ways.

Using test tubes and beakers in the kitchen make not only for great conversational pieces, but can be really effective in the kitchen. Beakers with measurements on the side can help you keep track of how much you have left before you need to refill and buy more. Test tubes holding seasonings and toppings such as sprinkles can really free up cabinet and counter space. I scored some of the Martha Stewart test tube favors earlier this year on clearance at Joann’s and have been able to move almost all my seasonings into them. I store my seasonings in a drawer now, so having everything laid out flatly and being able to easily see what I’m grabbing helps a lot. These are plastic, so if you’re planning on purchasing the real deal I suggest getting a rack for the counter top or for mounting on the wall. Most wall mounts will have to be made, but Amazon has some single row racks you can mount to the wall yourself, which is probably what I’ll end up doing.

If you’re planning on using test tubes or beakers for food storage, I can’t stress enough the importance of having a good stopper or cork in place to ensure freshness of the contents. Depending on the size of your test tubes and the contents you’re putting into them, you might not be able to fit a whole small container of seasoning into them. I suggest putting the remainder in a small plastic storage tub and placing in a space that stays at room temperature. There were a few brand new containers I managed to fit with no problem, and others that had a lot left over.

I’m most impressed by the talented homeowners who were able to incorporate a DNA Strand on the floor and the numbers for Pi as a back splash in tile. The DNA Strand piece was done a bit more intricately, with it’s rounded pieces and use of multiple colors. If you haven’t caught on yet, the Pi back splashers had each column go to 10 tiles, using the black tile pieces to represent the number. Take the very first column for example: the first number in Pi is 3, so they used 3 black tiles. As a whole, the back splash could be seen as a skyline, a graph, or a sound wave. The colors each set of artists chose work really well in each space.

Interested in purchasing items to create a science kitchen of your own? Stay tuned as I’ll be putting together a list of must have items for your lab… err, I mean kitchen.

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Geek Chic: Snow White






I had a really great time with this quick little shoot. My friend, Kristen, helped me out with today’s geek chic Snow White outfit photos. I would like to state that my hair is ridiculously long and I am no longer fully sure of what do with it on a daily basis. I think I’m going to have to do some research because I don’t want to get bored with it and cut it, which is what I have a tendency to do. More than anything, I hope that the weather starts cooling back down so I can do more fun outside shoots like this in the future!

This Outfit:
Shirt – Target (exact)
Pants – Old Navy (similar)
Shoes – Target (old)
Belt – Forever 21 (old)
Sunglasses – Promo gift
Necklace – Unknown (thrifted)

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Hair Dairies: Mermaid Hair




I love my new hair. I love my new hair as much as I love this typographic Link shirt that I got in my May Loot Crate. I’ve worn it a few times since getting it, but never managed to remember to get a photo. I remembered finally! And it looks so great with my new blue hair of win. You can’t tell in photos, and I haven’t yet managed to get close to the hair enough to get the details, but my hair was dyed blue and came out teal, sea green, blue and navy at the ends. It’s pretty much the best thing ever. I love it so much more than having the straight blue I had originally wanted back in this post. My hair has so much more dimension in it, most of it being thanks to the way the purple settled and my hair took the bleach in the first go-round. I love it when my hair has dimension like this rather than being a flat color. I feel like it gives my hair more character overall. It looks so magical! And shiny. My hair is so shiny and smooth right now. Megan obviously used magic on my hair and I am ok with that. Check out the before and after picture below. I really quite like how these photos came out. My hair matches Link and that’s really enough to make up for how terrible this week went for me. Thank God it’s the freakin’ weekend, cuz I’m about to have me some fun, son.


This Outfit:
Shirt – Loot Crate (exact)
Jeans – Indigo Rein
Shoes – Target (old)
Purse – Olivia + Joy (exact in black)
Sunglasses – Target (exact)

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Geek Chic: Cruella de Vil






This is the last time you’ll see me with this pretty accidental ombre hair. I finally got my hair dyed last night after an exhausting and stressful day, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ll be posting the photos of my hair on my blog, but you can see and like it on Megan’s Facebook later here and my purple hair here. I will say this, as pretty as my hair looks in these photos, I don’t miss it. I’ve got this really cool mermaid look happening and I think I’m going to stick with that. For now. :)

It’s always great when an outfit just kinda throws itself together. While I had originally purchased this vest specifically to put together a geek chic Cruella de Vil outfit, I still wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to pair it with. When I got home, I ran to the closet and this dress was waiting for me like a pretty present at Christmas. The look is a little more danty than what the older, more elegantly dressed Cruella would normally wear, but I like to image this being close to what a younger Cruella would rock (but, you know, with way less fur involved). This won’t be the last you’ll see of this vest. If it’s possible to be in love with a vest, then I am head over heavy heals!

Just knowing that I was rocking an outfit inspired by such an evil character made me feel a little maniacal and conniving, but there’s no way I could be as evil as Cruella was. She’s up there with the hunter that shot Bambi’s mother. Looking back on the 101 Dalmations film, I realize now just how manic she was about wanting to wear fur. She was willing to kill baby animals and just drape them all over her skin because she had a weird obsession for it. I have a hard time with fur, even if it’s fake. I own one cropped jacket that is black with faux fur all over it that I wore two New Year’s Eves ago and, while I felt like a pretty princess in it at the time, I have a hard time putting it to use now. Faux fur just feels like we’re mocking the animals. I kinda feel that way about wearing animal print sometimes, too. It will be a very rare and specific occasion if you ever see me dawn animal print anything.

Damnit, my want of a furry family is growing rapidly. I need a dog, stat.


This Outfit:
Vest – Target (exact)
Dress – Forever 21 (almost exact)
Belt – Forever 21 (old)
Necklace – Unknown (thrifted)
Shoes – Seychelles (exact)
Watch – ThinkGeek (exact)
Sunglasses – Target (old; similar)

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