The internet is awesome, part in a series.

I was joking with Cindy about needing to knit her a hat to wear during her running expeditions, and she asked if I could knit one of those hats with the attached beards, because they’re awesome. I knew exactly what she was talking about, and went off in search of patterns.

Turns out, there’s an entire web site dedicated to them. Check out, if that sort of thing interests you. (These are actual finished projects, not patterns, which makes me both happy and sad.)

PSA: More free music.

They Might Be Giants has another free song for you. Download “I’m Your Boyfriend Now” here.

Jenn is the awesome.

In case anyone wasn’t aware (and I’m not sure how that could possibly be the case, but on the off chance…) Jenn is absolutely awesome. She got me an early Christmas / birthday / lots of other things gift: a Tom Binh Brain Bag. (With the problems with my knees, I need to stop carrying so much weight in shoulder bags, and I had somehow managed to give away all of my backpacks. So, Jenn to the rescue.)

This thing is awesome. I’m packing up for a couple of days away, and have crammed a ton of stuff into it:

  • 15″ MacBook Pro in protective case
  • Clipboard with knitting patterns / agendas
  • Ginormous InDesign book
  • Knitting book
  • iPad
  • Kindle
  • 4 knitting projects
  • Colored pencils / sharpener / erasers
  • Cables and batteries
  • Camera
  • Meds

And there’s probably still room for a couple of changes of clothes, though I’ll probably throw that in another bag, since I don’t quite have the organization-fu down with the new bag yet. And it doesn’t feel heavy on my back, and rides perfectly. I am absolutely delighted.

PSA: Free TMBG song.

They Might Be Giants is sharing a free song in honor of the elections taking place in the US today. Download Vote or Don’t now! (Direct link to MP3.) You can also check out the video.

Calling my drawing-enabled friends.

Hey there. Anyone looking for a very small amount of side work? I need a logo for While I’m a fair hand at layout and design, and absolutely useless when it comes to the actual making of the images. If you’re interested, we should talk.

This is me, shaking my fist…

A while back, Amazon had all the Harry Potter movies on sale for 3.99 each (streaming delivery). That is to say, all the Harry Potter movies except Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. For some reason, that wasn’t part of the sale. Strange, but whatever. I picked up the rest of them, and had them all lurking on the TiVo until I finished reading all the books. Having done that a while ago, I finally got around to working my way through the movies. Well, I have just finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and so now I’m ready for the elusive HP7.1.

Except I can’t find it to rent anywhere. Not on Amazon, or Netflix (streaming), or RedBox, or iTunes. It seems I am required to acquire physical media in order to continue my visual journey. As someone who has actively been working not to add more items to the house, this annoys me.

Does anyone know what the deal is with this particular movie, and why it can’t be had via rental, when part 2 doesn’t seem to be a problem? The only thing that springs to mind is some piece of music got slipped in that wasn’t supposed to, and there’s now a kerfluffle about copyright and use rights.

I would also like a pony.

Wow. Many moons ago, I asked for the ability to have my audiobooks (generally provided by to magically sync up with my ‘printed’ (generally Kindle) books. While some people agreed that it’d be kind of neat, most didn’t see the use case, because you lose the story-teller side of the narration. However, I find that there are some books where the narrator, while pleasant and certainly easy to listen to, doesn’t actually bring that much extra to the tale, and I’ve been hoping for a  way to continue with the story even after (say) going to bed – without inflicting the audiobook on my partner.


More on crochet tank slipper awesomeness…

If you are interested in the crocheted tank slippers that I posted about last week, the creator’s Facebook page can be found here. Probably of more interest, the pattern (and apparently the occasional finished product) can be purchased at her etsy store, located here.

Note again that these slippers are crocheted, and not knitted. Keep that in mind whilst purchasing your pattern.

Many thanks to arr and ardaniel for the legwork.

Sale: 50% off all ebooks at [exp 09/03/2012]

For those of you who like Apress‘s books, they’re currently having a sale on their entire ebook catalog. The sale runs through 2012.09.03. To take advantage of the deal, use promo code LDW12 at checkout.

(And yes, bma, I’m working on that default logo thing.)

Sale Alert: SteamDrunks for Free [Kindle]

Oh, this looks entertaining. SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks is currently available for free on Amazon. As always, I’m unsure as to how long this price will be valid, so please look carefully before purchasing. (And, again as always, you can read Kindle ebooks on any number of devices, including your  Windows / OSX systems, or iOS and Android phones / tables / gadgets.)

From the description:

SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks gently escorts you through the treacherous waters of 19th century mixology.

You’ll find authentic Victorian punch recipes that could be confused for farmer’s cheese, tea recipes which will knock you out rather than wake you up, and downright chewable eggy cream curdles.

If nothing else, it looks like it will be an entertaining read.

Another find from Pixel of Ink.