Monthly Archives: May 2015

Phoenix Comic Con 2015 – Friday!

Here are some pictures from Phoenix Comic Con 2015 I took earlier today.  Most are outside my booth at 3118.  Please stop by to say hi, or even better, buy a book!

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Random Humor to Bring in the Weekend

Some random humor.  Enjoy!

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My Dogs and Their Toy Box

My dog walker put all my dogs toys away in their blue toy box.  Last night, with glee, the two boys (their sister just watched), ran over to the box, looked in like they were Christmas presents, and pulled one toy after another out.

Most of these toys they have had months or years, yet each one they acted like it was the first time they had seen it.  Here is the mess after they decided to find all the “new” toys and play with them…


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Shipwrecks spotted in crystal-clear waters of Lake Michigan


The wreck of the Rising Sun rests in 6-12 feet of water. (Mitch Brown/U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City)

Early spring is apparently a good time to look for shipwrecks in Lake Michigan.

Earlier this month, a helicopter from the Coast Guard’s Air Station in Traverse City, Michigan, was out on a routine patrol over the lake, looking for boats in distress or anything out of the ordinary. It was a calm day; the ice that covered the lake had recently melted, and the water was still very cold, just 38 degrees Fahrenheit — a perfect combination for good visibility.

When Petty Officer Mitch Brown looked out the window of the helicopter, he could spot several century-old shipwrecks in the crystal-blue waters. [See photos of the wrecks from above]

“We usually look for boats that are in the process of sinking,” Lt. Dan Schrader told Live Science. “We try to keep them keep from getting to that point.”

Brown snapped several pictures of the Lake Michigan wrecks with his iPhone. The Coast Guard posted the photos to Facebook, and they quickly went viral.

“We didn’t expect these photos to catch on like they did,” Schrader said. In the last week, he’s gotten calls from reporters as far away as Norway and China.

The photos didn’t reveal any new shipwrecks, but they did offer new views of vessels that sank up to 150 years ago.

For example, the aircrew captured a shot of a 133-foot-long wooden steamer named Rising Sun that ran aground in shallow water just north of Pyramid Point on October 29, 1917, during an early season snowstorm.

Some of Brown’s photos also revealed the 121-foot-long brig James McBride, which was stranded near Sleeping Bear Point during a storm on October 19, 1857, while carrying wood to Chicago.

Both of those ships are located in the Manitou Passage, which was a major shipping area in the heyday of Michigan lumbering, according to the Michigan Underwater Preserve Council (MUPC). Ships sought safety in the waters around the Manitou islands during storms, but clearly not all of them were successful.

The historic wrecks are protected under state law, and divers should know that it is a felony to remove or tamper with artifacts in Michigan’s Great Lakes, according to the MUPC. Anyone who tries to take a porthole, anchor or other object from a wreck could face two years in prison and hefty fines.

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Cute Dog Pictures to Start Your Work Week…

Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the United States, so this is a special Tuesday edition of cute dog pictures…

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Cosplay Pictures for Your Saturday!

Phoenix Comic Con 2015 starts this Thursday and runs through Sunday.  Come say hi at my booth, “Books and Things” at booth number 3118!  Book signings and free conversation!

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Comical Photo Series Nails The Emotions Dogs Feel When It Comes To Baths

Serena Hodson Photography

Pup parents are no strangers when it comes to dealing with a dog pre and post baths. The shower shenanigans are a huge song and dance and Australian photographer Serena Hodson saw that with her own dogs.


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“Some dogs look completely different when wet and this was the joy I wanted to capture,” Hodson told Mashable. Her series — Dry Dog/Wet Dog features her pups — Simon, an English Bulldog and Garfunkel, a Frenchie.


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Hodson says that each dog she works with brings something different to the picture. It clearly reflects the pup’s underlying personality, but she also believes it’s very relatable to people as well.


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“OMG, I don’t even recognize myself anymore.”


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“I can’t go for my walk looking like this! What if that hot pup down the street sees me?!”


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“That blow-out took forever human.” #ThanksButNoThanks


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“Farrah Fawcett will be so disappointed.”


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“Oh no you can see my eyes! I’ve lost my cool boy, mysterious look. Now I just look dopey.”


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“I disapprove so much, I had to channel Ron Swanson.”


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“Hey mom, do I still look fabulous?”


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“I just feel so naked now.” :(


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You can check out the newest pictures from the ongoing series on Facebook. If you want to see more of Serena Hodson’s work head on over to her website, Serenah Photography.


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H/t Mashable

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Custom Make-up From 3d Printer!

A Harvard Woman Figured Out How To 3D Print Makeup From Any Home Computer, And The Demo Is Mindblowing

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Grace Choi was at Harvard Business School when she decided to disrupt the beauty industry. She did a little research and realized that beauty brands create and then majorly mark up their products by mixing lots of colors.

“The makeup industry makes a whole lot of money on a whole lot of bulls—,” Choi said at TechCrunch Disrupt this week. “They charge a huge premium on something that tech provides for free. That one thing is color.”

By that, she means color printers are available to everyone, and the ink they have is the same as the ink that makeup companies use in their products. She says the ink is FDA-approved.

Choi created her own mini home 3D printer, Mink, that will retail for $300 and allow anyone to print makeup by ripping the color code off color photos on the internet. It hooks up to a computer, just like a normal printer.

She demonstrated how it works, then brushed some of the freshly printed makeup onto her hand. She answered a lot of the tough questions about how she’ll move beyond powders to creamier products and team up with traditional printing companies in the video below.

Here’s how Mink, Choi’s makeup-printing machine, works.

This is the Mink printer. It uses regular printer ink.

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First, find a color you want to print. Choi says her machine will print creamy lipsticks or powdery eye shadows.

Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Use the color picker to copy the hex code of the color you’ve chosen. In this demo, Choi chose pink.

Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Using Photoshop or Microsoft Paint, paste the hex code into a new document. You’ll see the color you want to print pop up.Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Print the color just as you’d print any other document on your computer.Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Here’s Choi printing the pink eye shadow.Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

This is what the finished product looks like. It comes in a little Mink-provided container that looks just like eye shadow.Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Choi dips a makeup brush in the freshly printed powder to show it really is makeup.Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Then she brushes the pink on her hand. “Mink enables the web to become the biggest beauty store in the world,” says Choi. “We’re going to live in a world where you can take a picture of your friend’s lipstick and print it out.”Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Now check out the video demo and listen to Choi answer tough questions about how she’ll bring the printer to market below:

<div style=’text-align:center’><script type=’text/javascript’ src=’′></script><br/><a href=’; style=’font-family: Verdana;font-size: 10px;’ target=’_blank’>Print Your Own Makeup With Mink</a></div>

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Cute Dogs for Your Monday Blues!

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Cosplay Pictures for the Weekend!

Cosplay pictures for your enjoyment!

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