Laurel L. Russwurm

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Humble Bundle gift card

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Like many people I’ve decided to give some video games for Christmas presents this year.

But the games I’m giving are the “Humble Bundle #2” which supports DRM free software made by Independent Video Game companies and the Electronic Freedom Foundation.

The only thing is, I prefer to have gifts in nice packages, so I’ve put together a gift certificate.
Since I’ve done the work already, I thought I’d share the card graphics, so anyone else who is supporting the Humble Indie Bundle is welcome to print the card too. (cc by-nc-sa)

This can be printed as the gift card front:

HUMBLE BUNDLE card front (CC by-nc-sa laurelrusswurm)

This would be the interior bit, or you can just print this on a 4″ x 6″ card as a gift certificate. All you need to do is fill in the Gift URL and you’ve got a lovely package for your Humble Indie Bundle game download code.

HUMBLE BUNDLE gift certificate cc by-nc-sa laurelrusswurm

The Humble Indie Bundle is a time limited offer, only available for a few more days.

Check the site for more details.

Happy Holidays!

Written by Laurel L. Russwurm

December 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Happy Valentines Day

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“Tis Valentines Day once again.   This year my family’s hearts are being warmed by our terrific new kittens.   (Nick is curled on my lap as I type. You can see Murray and Nick here. )

A transluscent red heart made from shell

This beautiful heart is a fair trade handicraft purchased from Ten Thousand Villages

I never knew this growing up, but an interesting thing I’ve learned through family tree research was that my paternal ancestor who emigrated from Alsace to Canada was named Valentine.

But of course Valentine’s Day is named for St. Valentine, and over the years (particulary thanks to the greeting card industry) this day has come to symbolize romantic love around the world.

As it turns out, Family Day, the new Canadian Statutory Holiday follows tomorrow.   That’s kind of appropriate as the classic Cole Porter song “Makin; Whoopee” warns, performed by the fabulous Michelle Pfeiffer in this clip from The Fabulous Baker Boys

My son was telling me that in Japan girls make chocolate gifts for their intended beaux, who are then honor bound to reciprocate a few days later with a more substantial gift.   Diamonds maybe?

This next clip from Youtube is the magnificent Marilyn Monroe performing the classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes number Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Sadly, Marilyn was the classic example of a woman seemingly with everything but actually unhappy in love.   She ended her own life a suicide at the age of 36. [Although speculation abounds; Marilyn's Wikipedia entry tells us that neither accidental overdose or murder were ruled out.]

Madonna’s rock video Material Girl clearly payed homage to the classic Monroe number.   Happily Madonna is still going strong past the age of 50.   She seems to have a firm grasp on her career and is clearly getting the most out of life.

You go girl!

We’re Off To See The Buskers

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Since I’ve been spending so much time trying to raise Canadian awareness of UBB on (my other blog), this blog, >my real blog< here has been suffering from neglect.

Actually so am I.

So I badly needed to get away from the computer. On my niece’s advice we decided to take a break and pop over to see our very first Waterloo Busker Carnival.

We did go, and it WAS great. (Smart niece I have.) So I thought I’d share a few photos with you.

Waterloo Busker Carnival

This is actually the 21st Annual Busker Carnival.

The Flash

We’ve lived near Waterloo for nearly a decade and yet this is the forst time that we actually attended it.


Duke Dreamer

Aerial Angels

Aerial Angels

Aerial Angels

Byron Bertram, Vancouver BC Canada

In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we’re going back again today!

“Robin In The Hood” – Huzzah!

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Robin Hood Addresses the crowd from the Tournament Ring (2005).

Robin Hood Addresses the crowd from the Tournament Ring (2005).

This is just a quick heads up:

Saturday June 6th is the

Robin in the Hood Medieval Festival
in Elmira, Ontario.

We’ve been to various medieval Festivals but this one is hands down my favorite because it really makes you feel like you were in the middle ages (in an idealized 21st century way).


Although this medieval festival started as a High School drama department project, now it’s a standalone gig, but still vast quantities of High School students come out every year and get right into the spirit of the thing. This means that there is a huge cast, which of course only adds to the atmosphere. The whole day is an amazing bit of  interactive theatre, and you can get as involved as you like.   It isn’t just the kids who thrive on the sword play.  Many of the visitors come in costume which just adds to the fun. It’s a point of honor with the cast not to break character no matter the provocation.

I was particularly impressed by this angel, one of the many visitors who attend Robin in the Hood in costume.

Costumed visitors to the Robin in the Hood Festival.

There’s a little medieval market with vendors selling everything from costumes to chain mail (and even bags of rings and tools with instructions on how to make your own).

Every year the festival is strung together with a scripted story performed by the cast, but there are also loads of things for visitors to do between times. There is an outlaw school and a knight school where you can learn a bit about medieval life; there’s usually an archery area as well where people can try their hand at firing a bow. There are also a series of medieval games, lawn bowling, memory games, ring toss things, javelin throwing or catapult lessons. Then there are the side shows that are scattered about throughout the park that doubles as Sherwood Forest. There are usually magic shows, story telling, a danger or torture show… most of the ones I’ve seen have been exceedingly funny. Every year I’ve been there has been a “Birds of Prey” exhibit which I think is put on by the university of Guelph. I never tire of seeing Einstein the Owl up close and personal, but the supporting cast differs year to year, usually including a hawk or a falcon.

But of course one of the big thrills is the fight sequences that go on as part of the story in the tournament ring. It’s an incredibly inexpensive outing for a rollicking great lot of fun.


Braveheart meets Robin Hood

Another website with Robin in the Hood photos is:

The Lothlaurien Gallery Photo Album

See you there!

Written by Laurel L. Russwurm

June 5, 2009 at 3:25 am


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