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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

January 16th, 2015 by Cobwebs

This concludes Yet Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps. Regular posting (and once-a-week Link Dumps) return Monday.

DIY Umbrella Spider – This is technically a costume, but I see no reason why it couldn’t be used as standard rain gear. Just use water-resistant fabric instead of the felt and trouser socks.

Beyond the Dark Veil – Attractive book by the curator of The Thanatos Archive which explores post-mortem and mourning photography.

The Day My Kid Went Punk – Oh, cheesy after-school specials, how I miss you.

Hari Kuyo – This Japanese ceremony for honoring broken needles is rather sweet. There’s a bit more detail about the practice here.

Skele-Men – Completely Serious Comics makes me giggle.

Hogwarts-Themed Hotel Room – A London hotel has turned a couple of its rooms into Hogwarts dorm rooms.

GWAR Covers Pet Shop Boys – This is kind of awesome.

Pumpkin Patch – Desktop wallpaper featuring the pumpkin patch from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The same site has some other interesting free downloads too.

Epic Rap Battles of History – This edition features Jack the Ripper vs Hannibal Lecter.

Dreams of Death – Pretty photo series featuring the insect victims of carnivorous plants.

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

January 15th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Zombie Scrub – “Removes dead skin.” :::rim shot:::

Now You Know – A list of interesting, offbeat sites, like (rain and thunderstorm sounds) and (lets you know in advance if the dog/pet gets injured in whatever movie you’re watching.

Inspector Pancakes Helps the President of France Solve the White Orchid Murders – Kickstarter for “a children’s book most definitely not for children.” It looks adorably horrifying.

Dr. Chase’s Receipt Book – A book of patent advice dating from 1888. This review makes it sound kind of awesome.

Grandma’s Ceramic Figurines Get a Grim Makeover – Artist Tom LaBonty gives cutesy ceramic figurines a very metal makeover.

Knitted Candy Corn – Free pattern for teensy knitted candy corn from Mochimochi Land.

The Vanilla Studio – Amusing menorahs and candlesticks made from toy dinosaurs and other critters. I particularly like the non-kosher Menobster. (Bonus: Check out this sea monster menorah.)

The Greatest Werewolf Art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance – A roundup of interesting images.

Candy Corn Party Mix – This salty/sweet mix would be great for a party.

Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armor – I have long adored DK books for their gorgeous photographs, and even if you’re an avowed pacifist this look at the history of weapons is fantastic. Click the “Look Inside” feature to browse some of the pages.

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

January 14th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Frightening Finery – WebUrbanist did a feature on “macabre” jewelry creations.

Miskatonic University T-shirt – The Miskatonic U. Fighting Fishmen are the pride of Arkham.

Ravens are Shitty Houseguests – Myths RETOLD tackles Poe.

7 Deeply Bizarre Horror Shorts to Watch on YouTube – A roundup.

Impossible Magnets – “Souvenirs from places you’ll never visit.” Neat “souvenir” magnets for places like Oz and Jurassic Park.

The Strange Log – Twitter feed “Documenting the strange poetry of changelogs and patch notes.” I think my favorite so far is, “Turkeys no longer bounce when they contact water.”

Witch’s Spell Books – Easy tutorial for making prop books. These would look very cool with taxidermy eyes in place of the googly eyes.

The Gorey Store – Loads of Gorey-themed merchandise. I like the li’l bat necklace.

Stuffed Pizza Skulls – Something else to do with your skull cupcake pans.

The Etiquette of Courtship – “…many a promising affair has been ruined because a suitor sent his lady a buttercup, meaning ‘That’s the last dance I’ll ever take you to, you big cow,’ instead of a plant with a more tender significance.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

January 13th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Threads of the Dead – Etsy shop with interesting gothy clothing. I like the ouija board bikini.

20 Bizarre Hearses Around the World – If by “bizarre” you mean “awesome.” (I’m also fairly sure that several of these are privately owned and driven rather than actually being used to haul around corpses, so the title would more accurately be “hearselike vehicles.”)

Re-covering a Parasol – Steam Ingenious has a tutorial for covering a parasol frame with the fabric of your choice.

Here’s How You Sell a Haunted House – Interview with a real estate agent about selling allegedly haunted homes. My favorite line: “If people fall in love with a home, there are things that they’ll look past,” with the implication, “such as a screaming skull in the attic.”

12 Fetishes That Will Brighten Your Day – Aw, man; I sort of hope there’s porn about the little Zoloft doughball too.

Total Nightmare – Subtitle, “Why I can’t play horror games.” Heh. (There’s a sequel here.)

Facehugger Leash – I have no idea how well this works as an actual dog leash, but it’s certainly striking.

Steampunk LEGO – Coffee-table book full of steampunky Lego designs. It doesn’t provide build instructions, so it’s more just to admire someone else’s creations, but it might at least be a source of inspiration.

Porcelain Creatures – Ukrainian artists Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev create delicate, fanciful porcelain monsters and animals. There are more photos on their Facebook page (a couple of the illustrations there are NSFW).

Dubious Expedition – Fantastic set of fake “specimens” from a Lovecraftian expedition of discovery.

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps

January 12th, 2015 by Cobwebs

My name is Cobwebs (“Hi, Cobwebs!”) and it’s been 28 days since my last week of link dumps. Sometimes I just can’t help myself, you guys.

Got.Black – Social networking site for people who consider themselves part of the Goth/Industrial/EBM subculture.

Stopping Time – A “forever 39” steampunk-themed party. I really like the candy-filled lightbulb favors.

Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Get a Tattoo (but Having a Baby is Fine) – This is not so much “funny” as “horrifyingly accurate.” Tattooed moms can compare and contrast.

Dustin Poche’ – Multimedia sculptor who makes gorgeous “fine art” figures, many Halloween-themed. (via Shellhawk’s Nest)

Harry Potter Travel Posters – Vintage-style travel agency posters advertising points of interest from Harry Potter.

American Grotesque – Retrospective of “grotesque, occult, and erotic images by the forgotten Hollywood photographer William Mortensen.” There’s a NSFW look inside here.

Fairy Post Office – Whimsical little art installation residing in a hollow tree.

Poetic Licence – Marvelously gothy shoes. (via Cat)

We’ve Finally Figured Out Ghosts, Everyone – This exchange made me giggle.

Gallery of 3D Tattoos – A couple of these are really eye-bending.

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The Link Dump Runner

January 9th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Plants vs. Zombies Party – Cute kid’s birthday party theme.

Plush Life Size Great Dragon – Yours for only $13,000. Also I want to know how they know it’s “life size.”

The Iron Shoes – Platform shoes meant as a tribute to Game of Thrones. They’re cute, but a bit pricey for something that could be DIY’d with cocktail picks and glue.

Hall of Heroes – Art print featuring 80 ass-kicking women from TV and movies.

Dress Like Twin Peaks – Paste Magazine has put together a brief style guide for capturing various characters’ iconic looks. Yes, even the Log Lady.

What if Hogwarts Had a Mandatory Sex Ed Class – File this under, “Things nobody really needed to think about.”

Ghost Forest Yakisoba – Great recipe for noodles with fish-cake ghosts and violently violet cabbage.

Underwhelming Lovecraft Monsters – “Not-very-scary depictions of H.P. Lovecraft’s most feared cosmic creatures” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Vincent Price Laugh – An excellent sample for a ringtone. (via Jan)

This War of Mine – Interesting-sounding video “war game” in which you don’t wage war, you try to keep a band of civilian survivors safe.

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Vandal Eyes

January 8th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Eyeball Shoes and Bow TieThe When Geeks Wed blog posted a short article about an “eclectic wedding” trade show, and one of the photos they featured was this eyeball shoes-and-bowtie ensemble by Frankie Lynn’s Emporium. I really like the fact that it’s a matched set; it’s perfect for a party or other formal affair.

(The bowtie also has fangs, which is kind of adorable.)

The ties are still available for purchase, but the shoes don’t currently seem to be (although she does offer simpler flats featuring a single eyeball).

Fortunately, flat-backed eyes are widely available for doll-making and other crafts, so DIYing the heels would be reasonably straightforward. You could cluster a bunch of small eyes for a spider-like effect, or use colorful reptile eyes to make the shoes monstrous. Glue sequins or narrow ribbon around the eye to conceal the edges.

Glass or solid acrylic eyes would work fine for the shoes, but it’d probably be best to use plastic or some other lightweight material for bowties, hair ribbons, garters or other items that might be warped out of shape.

For something really over-the-top, check out Frankie Lynn’s blog post about her tentacle-tastic Octo-Shoes.

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They Make an Excellent Point

January 7th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Recently Mallory Ortberg (one of the editors at The Toast) pointed out on Twitter how fictional characters are always turning down offers that in real life people would probably jump at. This led to a long and entertaining Twitter exchange which makes a strong case for saying, “Queen of the Goblins is a pretty sweet title and that baby was annoying anyway.” I also like her suggested solution to this problem.

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Trivia Tuesday

January 6th, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “The Prom,” Buffy is given a special award as “Class Protector.” What is the item she receives?
    A) Golden Stake
    B) Plaque
    C) Necklace
    D) Umbrella
    E) Trophy
  2. The Tarot deck is divided into two parts: Suits (wands, swords, etc.) and trump cards (The Tower, Death, etc.). The two parts are commonly known as the Major and Minor _____.
  3. H.P. Lovecraft had a detailed genealogy of his Old Ones, and this “blind idiot god” was positioned as the progenitor of all of the others.
    A) Azathoth
    B) Nyarlathotep
    C) Yog-Sothoth
    D) Shub-Niggurath
    E) Cthulhu
  4. In Dracula, Mina is forced to drink the Count’s blood and becomes “unclean.” Van Helsing seeks to protect her by touching her forehead with this object, which instead burns and scars her.
  5. These days George R.R. Martin is best known for his Game of Thrones series, but his only story to win both a Nebula and a Hugo is this novelette about a wealthy playboy who likes to torment his alien “pets” and comes to a sticky end.
    A) Portraits of His Children
    B) The Skin Trade
    C) Nightflyers
    D) Tuf Voyaging
    E) Sandkings
  6. After her sister Charlotte’s success with Jane Eyre, Emily Brontë wrote this Gothic classic; her only published novel.
  7. In the Lord of the Rings series, Elrond rules the outpost of Rivendell. What is Rivendell called in Sindarin, Tolkien’s fictional Elvish language?
    A) Gondolin
    B) Imladris
    C) Lothlórien
    D) Elbereth
    E) Fanuilos
  8. Although he isn’t named until the third season, this demon is the primary antagonist in the first two seasons of Supernatural and was also (as eventually revealed through flashbacks) the entity responsible for setting the Winchester brothers’ adventures in motion.
  9. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman protagonist Morpheus commissioned two works from this writer in exchange for unlocking his writing talents.
    A) Edgar Allan Poe
    B) Charles Dickens
    C) William Shakespeare
    D) Mark Twain
    E) Rudyard Kipling
  10. Death Eater Barty Crouch Jr spent most of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire disguised as this teacher.

(Answers below the fold)

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Running The Gammatar

January 5th, 2015 by Cobwebs

‘Running the Gammatar’ is an award-winning indie comedy about a group of self-centered 20-somethings trying to navigate their way through relationships in a city that’s under constant attack from a giant, fire-breathing Japanese monster.

You gotta admit, that’d make dating more interesting.

(via The Presurfer)

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