February 21st, 2012

  • deepad

Offer: Kumari Loves a Monster (2 Copies - Autographed by Author)

Item Name & Description: Kumari Loves a Monster by Rashmi Ruth Devadasan, Translated by Jagan & Pritham K. Chakravarthy with art by Shyam
Two copies, both signed by Rashmi Ruth Devadasan.

Blurb: KUMARI LOVES A MONSTER is a romantic picture book featuring beautiful girls whose boyfriends are gruesome monsters.
The maidens in these pages all have beauty, brains and talent.
They while away the night and day with monsters fierce and gallant!
A biligual book with verses in English and Tamil.
Preview the book here.
Format: Paperback, Full Colour, 52 pages

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: Both copies were generously donated by the publishers: Blaft. Since the books are India, it might take a while to get them to you.

E-mail: nrityangana0 AT gmail DOT com

Bidding starts Saturday, February 21, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. EST (GMT -5) and ends Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • deepad

Offer: Robot Palm-Leaf Engraving (One-of-a-Kind)

Item Name & Description: Yantra-Purusha Tala Pattachitra: A machine-man palm-leaf engraving by Sri Pachanana Moharana
This is the original palm-leaf engraving used as one of the illustrations for the short story The Nayagarh Incident, featured in The Obliterary Journal commissioned and published by Blaft.

Sri Pachanana Moharana is an award-winning artist of tala pata chitras--traditional palm-leaf engravings from the state of Odisha. The painting begins with careful selection of palm leaves. They are then sun dried, kept in shade for few days and later cut into thin strips of required sizes. With the help of an iron stylus, the designs, which are based on mythological themes, are then etched on the palm leaf. The etching has to be done with utmost care without being too deep or too light.
Once the etching is done, a paste made of bean leaves, charcoal of brunt coconut shells, oil and turmeric is applied on the palm leaf. If the figures have to be in colour, the engraved portions are rubbed and filled with herbal colours. The rectangular strips are then tied together and folded like the japanese fan so as to reveal the meticulous painting when opened. (Source)

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Starting Bid: $100

Notes: This amazing, one-of-a-kind piece of art was generously donated by the publishers: Blaft.
Since the artwork is in India, it might take a while to get reach you.

E-mail: nrityangana0 AT gmail DOT com

Bidding starts Saturday, February 21, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. EST (GMT -5) and ends Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
teru teru
  • oyceter

Alex Spring Design ereader (used)

Item Name & Description: One (1) Alex Spring Design ereader, lightly used.

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The Alex came out in 2010 and features a touch LCD screen in addition to the eink main screen. It runs an Android-based system and has four hard buttons: page forward, page back, back, and power.

Review and detailed specs of the Alex

I lost the headphones (non-standard 2.5mm) and neoprene case that came with the ereader, but I'm including the custom fabric case I got from Etsy. The ereader also comes with an adapter, USB cable, and 2GB microSD, as well as the original box.

I've put a screen protector on the LCD screen, but I can remove it for you if you'd like. I will also be wiping the memory and resetting it to factory default.

I won this from a Carl Brandon Society fundraiser, and it was my primary ereader until someone bought me a Nook Touch. So I figure it would be nice to keep it circulating in a way that supports fans of color!

Starting Bid: $50

Notes: I will ship anywhere within a week of finalizing with the auction winner. My house is smoke-free, but I have pet rats. Also, let me know if you are willing to add a bit to your donation for insurance and/or package tracking.

E-mail: oyceter at gmail

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. How to bid.
  • wrdnrd

offer: We cook, you eat (or, A Programmable Dinner)

Item Name & Description: the_andy joked aloud on Twitter about offering this  for Con or Bust, and Twitter made the mistake of encouraging us.  So....  Here we go.  Andy the Adventure Chef says:

This auction is for a 3-ish course meal for 2-4 people[1], available in the Seattle (at my house or yours) or Portland greater metropolitan areas, or in Madison over the WisCon weekend.

People keep asking me to cook for them, and I like to do so, so this is your opportunity to get in on it. I will cook almost anything (though I will refuse a suggestion if I do not feel comfortable enough with the recipe or techniques to guarantee a good meal). I can cook vegetarian and vegan easily and am pretty confident I can meet other dietary requirements if you spell them out for me. We can work out a meal together or you can tell me what you like and I'll do something fun.

I will provide all ingredients and cooking implements[2], though if you wanted to toss a bottle of cheap red wine my way while I'm cooking I won't say no.

This meal can be cooked for you any time over the next 12 months, although I am not available for major holidays (Thanksgiving, most of December, New Years, Valentine's). Also, we have travel already scheduled in mid-March, late May (WisCon), late June, and mid-late August.

wrdnrd will be providing a post of our past exploits[3] so you can see some of what I've done.


[1]  If the bid goes high I'll cook for more people or make more courses.  Also, I'm willing to scale down: if you just want me to make wontons and other snacks all night for your gaming group I'm more than happy to.

[2]  Except over WisCon: I will require either transport to grocery stores or you'll need to shop according to my list. Also since I'm not hauling my pans on a plane I will require an accounting of your kitchen situation ahead of time.

[3]  Note from Wrdnrd:  We'll have a list available on my blog within the next 24 hours.  For now, 2 examples to tempt you -- these are dinners we made for friends in the past few months:  (a) a 4-course dinner -- salad, gazpacho, beef tenderloin w/ peppercorn sauce (sides: fresh vegetables; mushroom risotto), homemade vanilla ice cream w/ brownies; (b) a 5-course izakaya-style dinner with sake.
Here are some examples of the_andy's cooking (and there are a few more things i'd like to add tonight).  Also, a note if people are in Seattle and interested in coming to our place:  This would limit the dinner party to 4 people maximum (small dining table); also, allergy warning for our 3 cats.

Starting Bid: $50

Notes: Note caveats and restrictions in item listing above.

E-mail: chris @ wrdnrd . net

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. How to bid.
cute monsters

Origami Cicada Magnet Trio

Item Name & Description: 3 Origami Cicada Magnets
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Starting Bid: $10

Notes: I will make 3 custom origami cicada magnets each for the top 10 bidders (so, a total of 30 magnets--3 each for each of the winners). You pick the general colors (e.g. "red, yellow, green" or "three different blues"), but the final papers used will be a surprise. The magnets are about 1.5"/3.8cm tall. I will mail your magnets by June 1, 2012. I'm based in the U.S. and will ship internationally.

E-mail: chr0me_kitten [at] yahoo.com

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. How to bid.