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Time To Get Your Crayons And Your Pencils!

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Bill Cosby is like a national treasure. I mean that seriously.

Pictures Pages is one of those things like Mathnet or The Bloodhound Gang -- it was only a small segment of the childhoods of those of us that grew up in the 70s and 80s, but for some reason it resonated enough that we can remember the theme songs even now, 30 years later. I mentioned Picture Pages on the Twitter last week, because I was looking through some old boxes for a different blog post (the one recalling my DC nostalgia.) I remembered having purchased a Mortimer Ichabod pen secondhand from a neighbor who didn't want it anymore, and was bothered because I couldn't find it now. Our Tweeps responded overwhelmingly with sympathy and envy.

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Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookiees and Meh.

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I'm not even going to try and pretend I'm not biased towards things that are Star Wars or cookie related. I can't hide it; I am Star Wars Cookie Lady. That's why I get asked all the time: "Do you own the Star Wars Cookbook"? The answer is, of course, yes I do, and I'll tell you the truth: It was sort of disappointing.

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Geektress Mardi Gras: Full of Liquor

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Picture via Jambot; more on Flickr.

On Sunday afternoon, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus made its debut on the streets of New Orleans. They are an official krewe, and describe themselves as "Bacchanalian Revelry + Sci Fi = BacchanALIENS". They even received special permission to march uptown on St. Charles Avenue, which is backwards from the way every other Mardi Gras parade travels. They're fellow "Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, and Mad Scientists", of course they gotta do things different.

After the jump, celebrate Fat Tuesday with a list of our favorite mixed drinks.

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Star Wars Cookie Cutters IV: A New Set

For Christmas, I received the second set of Star Wars cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma, this one called the "vehicles" set. It includes the Death Star (which I think of less as a "vehicle" and more as a "holy shit killer space station!",) the Aluminium Millennium Falcon, a T.I.E. fighter, and an X-Wing with its wings sort of... un-exed.

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What Superbowl? Roller Derby is Where it's At.

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Roller derby is so badass. I know this instinctually and personally. A bunch of ladies with skate skillz, alter-egos, and the ability to take a punch here and there. Yes. I would like to be a derby girl when I grow up, please.

Unfortunately, I’ve broken my right ankle three times in my life and my doctor has said no to an adamantium cyborg leg. No skates for me. However, when Peoria, IL got together a roller derby team of its own, The Peoria Push, I wanted to get involved, so I did as a non-skating official. So far, my job has been to work the outside penalty whiteboard. That means when the outside skating refs see a derby girl do something illegal, they tell me, I write it on the board and hold it up like a bikini clad ring girl in boxing so the inside penalty trackers can see it. Then they make a note of it on the official penalty board.

Confused? I was too for a while. If you go into a derby match knowing nothing about derby, it just looks like a pack of weirdly dressed girls all fighting each other at fast speeds around a track. And sometimes there’s falling, and sometimes one girl with a star on her helmet breaks out and everyone cheers. What the hell is going on?

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Marshmellow Friday FROM SCRATCH!

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One of our favorite people in the world is Michelle at Michelle Doll Cakes. She's fun and goofy, and likes it when we force her young son to dress in Star Wars clothing, so she could be all right. You may know her from her multiple Cake Challenge appearances on Food Network, including one she probably won't want me to remind you of when her Sex & The City cake fell over. If you attended our 100th episode party in New York last year, she was the one in the back competing with Rich in the informal beer drinking contest.

Today for Marshmallow Friday she actually made us some peeps from scratch! An interview and instructions after the jump.

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Cross Stitch, heh. Embroidery, heh. A Jedi craves not these things.

Well, last week, we brought you nine nerdy knitting projects. It's only fair that this week, we bring you an unspecified amount of the other kind of needlecraft. Myself, I have no idea what it takes to do this sort of thing. But I do know quality geek craftwork when I see it, and Sherezada Windham-Kent's hokey religions cross stitch project has always been my favorite. The Star Wars Blog even interviewed her about it, and she had thus to say:

I had an image in my head of this being something Grandma and Grandpa Solo would have on their Kashyyyk cabin wall, while they rocked in hand-whittled chairs with blaster rifles over their knees. It’s pretty silly, but it’s true!

For more fun projects, hit the link.

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Nine Nerds A-Knitting!

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The other day, Geektress Francene pointed me at Nerd Jerk, an Etsy store with freakin' adorable knit toys based off of Super Mario Bros. characters. I like the little bomb that you see above, but since my favorite is Kirby, I gotta give it up for the Om Nom Nom Kirby toy.

There are plenty of knitty, nerdy projects on the internet, and whether you want to buy one immediately or you're looking for ideas to do a project on your own, we have a list of nine knitty things that make us laugh, swoon, and wish we were better at knitting. Most of the following things involve a free pattern you can download, if so inclined.

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I Need The Blast Doors Closed, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum

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David Ancell's wife came up with a way to make Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Clone trooper snowflakes. The instructions are here, along with templates. When I saw these I got so excited I forgot what I was doing. I dropped everything to use my Christmas Stormtrooper spatula (which my mother got for me but didn't bother wrapping, just stuck in my tree) to make classic Star Wars decorations.

  
(These are Mrs. Ancell's snowflakes.)

UPDATE: My Stormtrooper template is after the jump, but completely new Wampas and Princess Leias are in there, too.

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Marshmellow Friday The Third!

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Halloween is near! October is my favorite month, not just because it's my birthday (which these days means a trip home to see my family and friends and go to the cider mill,) but because Halloween, the greatest holiday in the history of dressing up and getting free candy celebrations, is near. Run on sentence.

I haven't hosted a Halloween party (or attended one) in a few years, but my favorite treat this time of year to make are my Rice Krispie Ghosts. After the jump I have the recipe, plus a few other marshmallow items that caught my fancy.

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DIY Wonder Pigs!

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Yay! Wonder Pig! Remember the episode of Justice League Unlimited where Circe turns Diana into a pig, and the pig has little piglet wristlets and Batman is trying to save her from the slaughterhouse and it was awesome? Well, to everyone's shock and delight, DC actually released the above JLU action figure version of Batman, complete with Wonder Pig. Target had the exclusive deal to sell this particular line of action figures, and quick-thinking Laura snatched up the two she saw at her local Target.

Since then, the both of us have been checking every Target we see to try and find a third for Rania. I haven't even taken mine out of the box, because I don't want anything to happen to it and then I no longer have a Wonder Pig. Even my Puptress loves this thing:

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However. If you have any kind of free time and crafting skills and want to make your OWN unlicensed Wonder Pig, you don't have to worry. I've done it in order to help you do it yourself -- and here is the step by step guide.

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