Spring has Sprung, Princess Nagger’s Newest Obsession Chibi License, Dung Beer and Winemaker’s Competition: Friday Fragments

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on April 19, 2013 · 23 comments

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I’m happy to report we’ve had amazing spring weather this entire week.  I know you were wondering, weren’t you?  Things are finally starting to bud, it wasn’t too hot nor too cold, and of course I still have to make time to get out and actually snap some pictures before spring starts to fade. 

Today we’re in for a wicked round of thunderstorms, so hopefully we won’t lose power.   Here’s hoping that everyone in the areas that were getting hit with severe weather have remained safe and dry.

Speaking of spring…  Oh great, the thought I had just escaped from my head.  Let’s see if it comes back.

Speaking of heads…  OK, that might be a funky segue, but work with me here, OK?  As most of you know, Princess Nagger is obsessed with all things dragons, dinosaurs, Minecraft and Japanese Anime.  OK, you might not have been fully aware of that last item, but she is.  She loves the Soul Eater books (that you literally read from back to front) and recently stumbled across this guy on YouTube who makes Chibi Licenses for anyone who wants one.

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For those that are Legend of Zelda fans, you’ll recognize that Chibi License as Link.  I know you’re thinking to yourself “What the heck is a Chibi?”  Well, I’m glad you asked.  Because I didn’t know, either.  Chibi style is usually used in depicting scenes which are cute and/or humorous, and it is extremely rare for it to be used for an entire anime series.  It is quite popular in manga, however.  From Wikipedia:

Chibi is a Japanese slang word meaning “short person” or “small child.”  The word has gained currency amongst fans of manga and anime.  Its meaning is of someone or some animal that is small.  It can be translated as “little,” but is not used the same way as chiisana (tiny, small, little in Japanese) but rather cute.

So there you go.  There’s this guy named Robert DeJesus that has made 60 or more Chibi Licenses (his brainchild) and has posted them on YouTube.  He even did one of Harry Potter:

Isn’t that cool?  I keep telling Princess Nagger that’s she’s artistically talented enough to draw her own, but she wants an original creation from Mr. DeJesus.  I’ve reserved a spot for her, so I’ll be sure to share when it gets here.

Speaking of (not-so) cool…  My bloggy buddy Slon (aka Mom in High Heels) posted this on her Facebook wall the other day:

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It’s beer, but it’s specifically Elephant Dung Beer.  Ewwwwww!  I know, right?   Even if I were a beer drinker I don’t think I’d be adventurous enough to drink any of that.  I think I’ll stick with drinking wine – and I certainly don’t plan on using dung of any  kind in my winemaking.  Ahem.

Speaking of winemaking…  I’m in the hurry-up-and-wait mode for this year’s International Winemaking Competition – they’ll be judging all the wines entered this weekend (wouldn’t that be a fun job?) and will announce the winners May 18th or thereabouts. 

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I’ll be on pins and needles until I find out if my wines won any awards again this year.  Going for the gold again (hopefully)!

Well, since that one spring thought never came back, that’s a wrap for this week – if you have fragmented or random thoughts more than once a week, you’re always welcome to join me for Random Tuesday Thoughts each week as well. Have a great weekend!

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{ 23 comments }

1 Southern Angel April 19, 2013 at 1:34 am

You make your own wine?? That is so cool, well I am not a wine drinker but I bet I would like to make it lol.
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2 Sleepshort Thailand April 19, 2013 at 2:32 am

Home made wine has to be better than elephant dung beer….. which gets you sh-sh-sh- shot drunkened…..
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3 VandyJ April 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

Turbo has not yet gotten into anime. It may be only a matter of time. He loves graphic novels. I’m thinking that we need to go to the county library and see what they have for graphic novels for him to check out.

Nope, couldn’t do the elephant dung beer. I’ve gotten more adventurous in my beer drinking since Nick started making beer, but that’s going too far.
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4 becca April 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

i notice these chibi are popular people seem to make them all the time especially of celebrities they are so cute can’t wait to see PN
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5 Keetha April 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

we’re having spring weather here too – if you count snow every few days. ;-)
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6 Mary/kyooty April 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Good luck in the competition!!! :)
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7 Sylvia April 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Good luck with the wine contest! Is the beer really made from poop? Gross! My son is addicted to minecraft among other online games! Thanks for linking up at Friendship Friday!
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8 Nan April 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for link up at my blog.Nan
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9 lala April 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm

thanks for hosting the linky
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10 Xmasdolly April 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Elephant dung??????? Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww is double Right!!! I have got to tell Dave about that one. He’s a beer drinker. Hahhaha Boy would that make a good gag gift, don’t ya think??? LOL Have a great weekend my friend!
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11 Nancy April 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm

We were full force into Spring, which is translated summer here in Florida, until this afternoon when I noticed it is cool again! It has been an unusual year weather wise for sure!
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12 Rosey April 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I like that you’re so enthusiastic about what your daughter likes. It’s nice, really! :)
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13 Lea April 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Oh, I learned all kinds of things through this post. I’ve never heard of Chibi or Elephant Dung Beer. So, this was an enlightening post to say the least. Thanks for stopping by and here’s to a wonderful weekend!
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14 Lisa Newlin April 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Thanks for hosting! I’ve not done your blog hop before so I’m looking forward to some new blogs.

I’m also happy it’s spring but sick of the storms and tornado watches/warnings.

I can do with a good thunderstorm, but not when I have to go out in the rain! :-)
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15 It Feels Like Chaos April 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I did not know about the Chibi — thank you for educating me! Good luck with the wine competition; how exciting!

16 Single Mom in the South April 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

We must be in for the same round of thunderstorms here. Nasty.

I’ve never heard of Chibi. I think I am not going to tell the girl. We don’t need another obsession!
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17 Tina April 20, 2013 at 1:12 am

Hi – this is the 3rd time I’m trying to post this – hopefully it works this time. I’m following you on LF’s, FB & Twitter and would love a visit back when you have a moment. =D I found you on the Happy Friday Blog Hop.

Thanks! Tina ‘the book lady’
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18 Deborah Pucci April 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

Had to see what that beer was all about. Do people really drink it?
I’m glad I drink wine!
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19 Traci April 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm

We’ve been having incredible weather as well. I actually went out today to work on getting rid of my farmer tan.

I love elephants and beer but I don’t think I’d ever drink that one.

20 Ruth Hill April 21, 2013 at 2:16 am

I wish spring would come back, too!
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21 EdT. April 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Beer made out of elephant dung? Guess some folks will turn any crap they can find into alcohol. And, even though I *am* a beer drinker, that **** isn’t passing my lips – even if it has “St. Arnolds” on the label (though some argue that everything from AB tastes like it.)

PN a fan of anime? Who woulda thunk it? :-)

~EdT.
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22 Unknown Mami April 25, 2013 at 12:04 am

Keeping my fingers crossed about your wine entry. Yeah, I heard about that dung beer and I’m just not tempted.
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23 KINGRPG April 30, 2013 at 5:34 am

That chibi character is very cute. I want to draw like that! Great works.
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