Nerd Alert

Whelp, nearly a month has passed between posts – again – and while I have a ready-made list of reasons why, I think the biggest one was simply wrapping my mind around my shifting posting schedule and thinking of the “Nerd Alert” as kicking off the week, as opposed to ending it, like it did when I was posting on Saturdays. Schedules are funny things: Growing up, my weeks always ran from Sunday to Saturday, but a few of the planners I’ve started using make Monday the start of the week, which is fine . . . it just takes a few mental gymnastics to juggle the two at the same time! So, instead of wishing you a good weekend, I will hope that you all have a great week! 

Harry Potter Ring
Alex and Ani

1. I debated about saving this ring for an upcoming Harry Potter-themed “Nerd Alert,” but I bought it on a whim at the mall yesterday and am so in love that I just had to share it now!!

Made by Alex and Ani, the adjustable ring comes in sterling silver and 14-carat gold-plated options. I got the silver ring since that’s my preferred color, but also because I seem to be having more reactions lately to the underlying nickel as the plating wears off. The ring is just one piece in the company’s Harry Potter collection, and certainly not the only thing I purchased yesterday, but you’ll just have to check back later to see what else came home with me!

Scarf Kit
We Are Knitters

2. Admittedly, this scarf is a bit unrelated to anything “geeky” or “nerdy” – though I’m sure some people would classify knitting as either one of those things. As a lover of scarves (infinity scarves, in particular), I had been looking for a pattern for the scarf that Krysten Ritter wears as Jessica Jones. Though I wasn’t successful in that endeavor, I was reminded that Ritter herself is an impressive knitter and that she had created a scarf kit with the company We Are Knitters. Of course, that kit doesn’t appear to be available anymore but as I scrolled through the site, I discovered this fluffy gem of a pattern and it captured my heart, especially since the weather is FINALLY getting cold around here.

We Are Knitters has a ton of kits on their site for just about everything, but they all seem to include the pattern, the needles, and the wool that you will need to complete the project. If you already have the necessary needles, you can subtract those from the kit and save yourself $12. There are also a number of different yarn colors to choose from, though Denim and Khaki are two of my favorites.

Ouija Board
Mental Floss

3/4. Halloween has passed, but I firmly believe that any day of the year is a fine day to indulge in all things scary or spooky. As such, I present this Nerdist video on the science behind Ouija boards. Personally, I haven’t touched an Ouija board since the day I saw The Exorcist in 6th grade, but this has me a bit curious to check it out again.

If you want more, Scott Eberle, the vice president for play studies at the Strong museum, wrote a pretty in-depth article about the history of the Ouija board, and the “99% Invisible” podcast and Susannah over at the “Stories for Ghosts” blog delve into how our perception of the Ouija board – as noted above – completely changed with the release of a certain movie in 1973.

5. Though I’m a big fan of dystopian fiction, I’ve come to realize that there are a number of classic tales that I haven’t actually read yet. For example, I’ve owned countless versions of George Orwell’s 1984, but they’ve all been donated to our local library after years of collecting dust on my shelves. And while I have read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, it has been a few years since I’m pretty sure I was looking at it for a high school English class.

The Mysterious Mr. C and I own a copy, so re-reading it shouldn’t be too hard, but I found myself extremely intrigued by this version, which can only be read when burned – well, technically, when heat is applied. Created by the Charles Nypels Laboratory, a part of the Holland-based Jan van Eyck Academie, and Super Terrain, a graphic design collective, the book pages appear to be soot-blackened until exposed to a high temperature; then, the words are legible. I’m not entirely sure if the pages stay that way or not, but it still seems like a fun reverse-take on Bradbury’s original subject matter.

Blue Line Art

6. I don’t know about you, but I currently have more podcasts on my phone than I know what to do with! However, I might need to add the most recent season of Slate’s “Working” podcast to the list as it focuses entirely on the comic book industry. I haven’t listed to any of the episodes (I’m still trying to get to podcast-zero with my current shows), so I can’t attest to their quality, but as someone who has wondered exactly how comic book artists, letterers, store owners, librarians, etc., work, I’m really curious to hear what these interviewees have to say!

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