The Geekly, PGM’s Weekly Report of Cool Geek Things (10/11/12)

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Welcome to another installment of the Geekly, the compilation of cool, interesting, and just plain weird stuff I find on the Internet! This week, I’ve got Totoro, kittens, some bizarre events, and more!

Let’s start with the most important thing, now that the weather is cooling off, and that’s how to keep your head warm! This handmade Boba Fett hat will let you be your favorite bounty hunter and keep you warm at the same time. Take a poke around BeeBeeKins‘ store for more cool Star Wars-themed hats, and oh my god look at this monster hat! Just shut up and take my money already.

Everyone loves Totoro, but he’s especially popular lately. I saw this Catbus Mailbox that made me non-stop squee and wish that I had my own house just so I could do stuff like this to the outside of it (and probably slightly terrorize my neighbors). Then there was Shirt Punch’s silly My Neighbor Bendero, mashing up Totoro and Bender from Futurama. And, finally, one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen: a Totoro bed. Who could ever feel unsafe in those arms?

To-Kill-a-Mockingbird-2-216x300Let’s talk about books: in honor of Banned Books week last week, Lawrence Public Library in Kansas created banned books trading cards, which were handed out at the library all week. You can check them out, and even purchase them online through the library’s website. Also extremely geeky are these new, super sleek and elegant Haruki Murakami book covers by illustrator Noma Bar. Fans of Murakami will be pleased by these simple yet powerful designs. And what book talk would be complete without a reference to A Song of Ice and Fire? Check out the characters as seen in this variation on the Last Supper.

There are two neat events coming up in the Philadelphia area. The first one is the Walking Dead Escape, in which you can choose to be a zombie or a survivor… and proceed to act out the zombie apocalypse. It seems pretty neat, but then I think about people dressed as zombies chasing me around and I don’t know if my out-of-shape body could handle it! The other one is this coming Tuesday at the Penn Bookstore, and it’s the creator of the webcomic the Oatmeal. He will be “giving a short lecture about bigfoot’s nipple hair and then signing some books.” RSVP at the Facebook event page.

I’ll leave you with the awesomest thing I saw all week: Written Kitten. For every 100 words you write, you get a new kitten picture. Just so you know, all of my writing has been done there since my friend Jaya sent it to me. Yep, even this writing, right now! So close to my fifth kitten…

Nicole Kline

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