Birthday Surprise Awesomeness

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I received many happy birthday wishes and fun presents from friends and family, but one birthday surprise went above and beyond the mark. My fiance knows of my deep and abiding love of pop cultures’ favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter. So he put together an amazingly fun Harry Potter themed birthday night.
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Game of Thrones Time-lapse Painting of “And Now My Watch Begins”

To see this video on youtube instead, please visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0vpDFbxVwE

The video is a time-lapse of 25+ hours of my Game of Thrones digital painting of beyond the wall titled “And Now My Watch Begins.” Completed using Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Wacom’s Intous 4 drawing tablet for the painting, and Camtasia and Adobe After Effects CS5 for the video. Music is from the Game of Thrones soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi.
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Game of Thrones Fan Art & HBO Series Review, Part 1

SPOILER WARNING! – This review compares aspects of both Game of Thrones season two of the show, and Game of Thrones book two “A Clash of Kings”, part of the “Song of Ice and Fire” series by J.R.R. Martin.

"And Now My Watch Begins" - Game Of Thrones Fan Art by Nicole Barker

“And Now My Watch Begins” – Game Of Thrones Fan Art by Nicole Barker

Sunday night at 9pm I watched the season two finale of the HBO series Game Of Thrones along with millions of other viewers. Compared to the books, I feel the script writers were moving quite quickly through the content, but I also know it would be impossible to capture every scene, character, and experience from the second book into a ten hour television season. What season two did accomplish was staying true to the feeling and imagery of the book series. The show appears to be a very abridged version of the books.
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10 Steps To Avoid Getting Killed On Doctor Who

Residing in the “Doctor Who” universe is dangerous. Here are ten steps to help you avoid your untimely death.

“Death – The Doctor’s Truest Companion” – Tardis concept painting by Nicole Barker

“Death – The Doctor’s Truest Companion” – Tardis concept painting by Nicole Barker

1. When you see The Doctor, run the opposite direction (this will ultimately keep you as safe as possible).

2. Don’t get lost in an alternate universe.

3. Don’t blink around angel statues.
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