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April 13, 2016
Recent stuff and a quick film review

Hey -- so Scary-Crayon isn't dead! The blog's probably a bad place to be focused if you're keeping tabs on the site (I *really* haven't used it much since I've been posting articles such that folks can comment directly on them; Facebook or Tumblr are probably better for updates), but I'll still post here from time to time. Like now! If you missed the most recent article, here's a link to my impassioned defense of Batman v Superman.

In other news, since I just watched Unfriended, here's a super-quick film review! The movie was... actually pretty decent. The gimmick -- the entire movie unfolds on the computer screen of one of the characters: all character interactions take place on Skype and Facebook/Gmail messages, all flashbacks are done via YouTube and Facebook memories, etc. -- was surprisingly effective, all things considered. There's not a lot of depth here in terms of story or characterization, but somehow that just makes the result that much more impressive. There's even a fairly pronounced anti-bullying message!

I can't imagine having watched this in a theater, though; I'd wager that the film plays much better -- or at least seems more convincing -- on a computer (and perhaps even better on a laptop).

All for now, kiddies. I say this every time, but seriously -- there's more content on the way. One word: Booyakasha.

-posted by Wes | 1:12 am | Comments (0)
June 6, 2015
Scary-Crayon LIVES!!!

That's right -- after over a year without any official updates to the front page, Scary-Crayon actually finally does have a bona fide NEW ARTICLE! It's about my experience with Sci-Fi Speed Dating at this year's Awesome Con, and... well, yeah, just read the article if you want my detailed thoughts. The short of it: save the undisclosed $20 fee and the way paying it colored my attitude towards the event and its organizers, it was okay.

Anyway, new Scary-Crayon article. YAY! And there are more to come. DOUBLE YAY! Of course, I say that every time I write something here -- so clearly my word isn't to be trusted -- but tonight? Tonight there really is fresh content on Scary-Crayon. Please raise your glasses and join me in a celebratory drink. We've all earned it.

Until next time, whenever that is. <3

-posted by Wes | 12:36 am | Comments (0)
September 8, 2014
Dude, where’s my blog?

Heyyyyy, folks!

So -- I know -- it's been forever since there's been a Scary-Crayon update. It's been so long, in fact, that I've kinda forgotten things about the site. Did you remember that SC has a blog? (Of course you did; that's what you're reading now.) Well, I didn't. Seriously. I haven't been posting because I really haven't been up for composing the longer entries that I prefer the articles to be, but I forgot that I'd created the blog here precisely so that I'd be able to post to the site without necessarily needing to spend as much time on content as a full article requires. I think part of the reason I forgot is that a few years ago -- remember? -- I was still uploading the articles outside of the WordPress environment, so readers couldn't actually comment on them; comments had to be left on a blog entry that I posted at the same time as the article. Once I started posting articles that lived in the WP structure, though, comments could be posted directly on those pieces... and, since I wasn't required to post blog entries every single time I updated, I kinda forgot that the blog existed. (Not that I wouldn't have forgotten anyway, considering how long it's been since I've posted anything.)

Anyway, now I remember -- so yay! Expect more blog content, if nothing else. I do have a review of a recent "Doctor Who" episode ("Into the Dalek") nearly finished, and I'll probably start posting my thoughts on episodes in the blog from here on out, so yeah. I'll post other stuff, too. SERIOUSLY. I'LL POST STUFF.

(And, yes, I know I say that every time I post something here -- and then I disappear for like six months. Not gonna happen this time. I hope. If it does... see you in six months. 🙁 )

-posted by Wes | 3:03 pm | Comments (0)
February 21, 2013
Thrift Store Thursday #8

$1.00 worth of thrift store toys!

It's (actually) Thursday, so let's do things up with another installment of Thrift Store Thursday! In the eighth edition, we'll be looking at two bags of thrift store toys totaling $1.00 in cost. Click through for a look inside today's plastic sandwich bags, and let's hope that the grossness is kept to a minimum! (more...)

-posted by Wes | 2:48 pm | Comments (0)
February 13, 2013
Thrift Store Thursday #7

$2.20 for three bags of thrift store toys.

Yep -- it's been a while, but it's finally time for another installment of Thrift Store Thursday! Today we'll be delving into three plastic baggies totaling $2.20: two 60-cent bags and one for a whole buckaroo. Take a good, long stare at the bags in the above pic to see if you can figure out what's in 'em... and then click through (or scroll down) to find out if you're right.

Ready? Let's go! (more...)

-posted by Wes | 3:09 pm | Comments (2)
January 25, 2013
It’s Scary-Crayon’s birthday!!!

Aaaaaand, sadly, I don't have an update ready for today. ;___;

But don't fret! Things have been kinda slow, but the site's not going anywhere -- I've just been kinda busy fooling around with new peripherals and stuff that will hopefully facilitate the generation of new content in the very near future! In fact, I should have some new articles to post in the next few days, including a review of the (official) inaugural ball that followed the 57th Presidential inauguration. (Getting prepped for that also kept me kinda busy in the days immediately preceding Monday; otherwise I'd totally have had content ready for today.)

Tickets to the inaugural ball!

Anyway, yeah -- more content soon, and also CONTESTS! So stay tuned for that stuff, mmmkay? 🙂

-posted by Wes | 8:00 pm | Comments (2)
January 12, 2013
Thrift Store Thursday #6

Wow, it's been a while -- I almost feel like I've forgotten how to do these things. 😀

So I mentioned in the last brief update that I've been a bit distracted by customizing. That's true, but I've also been messing with this smartphone I got over the holidays -- trying to figure out what it can do and whether I'll be using it to handle certain tasks around the site. If you've been following Scary-Crayon on tumblr and Facebook (and Twitter, to a lesser extent), you've seen some of my experimentation with that -- posting snaps from the toy aisles and random musings while I'm on the go. And while I'm thinking that I'll probably keep using the old digital camera for studio snaps and convention appearances (it's just got better photography capabilities, even though it technically boasts fewer megapixels), I'm thinking I'll transition over to the cellphone camera for shots that don't need to be super awesome.

$1.30 of thrift store toys (following discounts but before tax). What lies within these dusty plastic bags?

Along those lines, here's the cellphone camera-captured Thrift Store Thursday #6! Today we'll be looking at two bags of toys: one that cost 40 cents (the tag says 60, but I got it on one of the 1/3 off days) and another that cost 90 cents. Aaand yeah, let's just delve right in.

A one-armed Green Goblin and... Dumbo?

The first bag -- the 60 40-cent one -- didn't have much in it: just a Spider-Man Classics Green Goblin (missing his left arm from the bicep on down) and an unarticulated Dumbo rattle thing. Obviously, I grabbed this for the Goblin! I can probably eventually find some use for the rest of the figure, but I'm mostly interested in the head: if you saw the last post, you know that I'm working on a HIM custom... and I think that the Goblin's head might work well for that. I'd planned to use a Joker, but hey -- we use what we have, and Goblin's already got the pointy ears. (And if it doesn't work out, I can always track that Joker down later.)

Holy crap, that's a lot of dolls.

Next up, the 90-cent bag, which was filled with... wow. Okay. I knew there were more than a couple of dolls in that bag, but I was NOT expecting to pull doll after doll after doll after doll out of it. There's 15 freakin' dolls in there -- and that's not even counting the baby, the three headless bodies, and the two pairs of legs! (And a sticker set for girls who really love their mothers.) I wanted a few Polly Pocket-sized dolls with rooted hair for a goofy project of mine, but holy shiz. Ah well; I'm sure I'll figure something out! I do like the look of the larger dollhouse chick... maybe with some modification she could be a decent Mary Jane or something.

Totally looks like Skyler Samuels. Don't you agree?

Also, this doll totally looks like Skyler Samuels.

(That's all I've got -- see ya next time!)

-posted by Wes | 3:53 pm | Comments (0)
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