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Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

November 12th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Calendar of Boring Men – This is one of those not-even-goth-adjacent links that just amuse me personally. The Dull Men’s Club has released a calendar featuring such worthies as the president (and founder) of the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society and a man who has spent 30 years collecting more than 20,000 milk bottles.

Paranormal Portraits – Use LEDs to give family photos glowing red eyes.

Rock On! – Instructions from Martha Stewart on “How to Throw a Punk Rock-Inspired Party” for kids “that won’t turn into a riot.” When I got to the “nosh pit” I facepalmed so hard that I combined phrenology with palmistry.

Janet Stephens – YouTube channel full of historical hairdressing tutorials based on archaeological research and primary sources. (via Jan)

Haunted Mansion Inspired Dress – Gorgeous Victorian-ish dress made with custom fabric. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

Gummy Python – Eight feet long, 26 pounds, 36,000 calories. And $150.

Trilobite Beetles – I had no idea these awesome-looking bugs existed.

Broken Monsters – Novel by the author of The Shining Girls, which io9 describes as “gothic internet horror.”

DIY Spider Necklace – This is less a necklace and more a collar, but the method (puffy paint on tulle) is a great idea.

Edgar Allan Poe Lunchbox – I am heartbroken that I didn’t see this before Shadowboy started school this year.

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Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

November 11th, 2014 by Cobwebs

The Post-Punk / New Wave Super Friends – I think my favorite is Siouxsie Sioux as Wonder Woman.

Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection – UT Austin’s Ransom Center has digitized their Edgar Allan Poe collection and made it available online.

Tolga Bat Hospital – This Australian bat rescue has baby bats of lethal cuteness. (Hat tip to Kaitlin Michelle)

Beetle Display Kit – An amusing papercraft project from Tragedy Series.

Local Grandmother Quilts Giant Penises – After a successful Kickstarter, a sweet little old lady who used to work at a sex toy factory has created an art show entirely devoted to crafted penises. Penii. Whatever. You can’t make this stuff up. Anyway, sort of NSFW, but not as much as you might expect. (via Poopisan)

Coup – Card game described as delightfully vicious, set in a futuristic dystopia.

When the Veil Gets Thinner – deviantART user UnripeHamadryad (whose username I like) has a lovely take on Halloween.

The Art of the Obituary – Interview with Margalit Fox, who writes the obituaries for the New York Times.

Octopus Cuff Ring – This astonishing ring, featuring an enormous pearl, is made by Turkish jeweler Sevan Biçakçi

Question Bedtime – MC Frontalot’s spooky-ish nerdcore songs for kids based on fairy tales. You can see the video for the song “Shudders,” based on “The Boy Who Left Home to Learn What Fear Was,” here.

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Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps

November 10th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Of all of the superpowers I could have chosen, “Be a magnet for random crap on the internet” wasn’t really on the list. But here I am with an overflowing links folder. So you guys get another full week of link dumps.

Skull and Crossbones Tea Infuser – This is adorable.

The Penguin Book of Witches – Historical accounts of accused witches. The author discusses the book here.

The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Skeleton – Cute animated short exploring the problems with being a skeleton. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Crystal Web Necklace – Tutorial for making a collar-style spiderweb necklace.

Crypt of the Necrodancer – 8-bit rhythm game which amounts to “dance dance roguelike.”

Death Becomes Her – The NY Met’s Costume Institute has a new exhibit featuring “A Century of Mourning Attire.” The article includes a slideshow of some of the clothing.

Stag Beetle Bread – These surprisingly realistic beetle-shaped loaves wouldn’t be terribly hard to replicate.

Sourpuss – Lots of goth-friendly throw pillows, cookie jars, shower curtains, and other housewares.

Deathsplanation – An archaeologist working on her PhD has a site devoted to “death (and science).” If nothing else, check out her fantastic Plague Poster. (via WitchArachne)

Sugar Skull Bakers – A group of bakers and cake decorators did an amazing collection of Day of the Dead-themed edibles.

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Into the Link Dump

November 7th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Dark Galadriel – This method for creating “scale mail” armor with round sticker labels is brilliant.

Alessandro Gallo – Sculptor of marvelous human/animal hybrids, depicted in everyday situations. I like this insectoid creature, casually walking its crab.

Skull Toothpick Holder – Amusing “mohawk” toothpick holder. I concur with submitter xJane that it’d look even better if you used the picks with little colored tassels.

The Skulls of Human Kindness – Neat project from Skull-A-Day.

Caitlin Doughty AMA – The awesome mortician responsible for The Order of the Good Death did a Reddit AMA.

Night Terrors – This ‘toon isn’t funny so much as chillingly accurate.

Lovecraft – Kickstarter for a modern retelling of the Cthulhu Mythos which features Lovecraft “not as a writer but as a kick-ass action hero and alchemist.”

Kyla’s Favorite Halloween Fonts – Nice selection of free fonts for download. Part 2 is here.

Little Bat – Cute little finger-puppet book for small children. There’s also a Little Spider version.

Realistic Spider Prop – Unusual method for making realistic life-size spiders with melted paracord.

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Creepy Mannequin Lamp

November 6th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Mannequin LampGot a room you want to discourage people from hanging around in? Problem solved.

Kuwaiti designer Al Hamed has a whole line of “Embarakiya” floor lamps fashioned from life-size mannequins sporting lampshades where their heads should be. The dummies all wear traditional Kuwaiti dress, and the shades are made of matching material.

Here’s the best part: Each mannequin has a sensor in its hand, so you switch on the lamp by shaking hands with this abomination.

I cannot love this hard enough. The seated “woman” has such a lurking-ghost vibe about her that I believe I’d be more startled if she didn’t go for my throat.

It looks like retail mannequins run around $100, but if there’s a clothing store in your area which is remodeling or closing you might be able to pick up a used one cheaper (they’re also sometimes available on eBay). Wiring a lamp into the neck wouldn’t be terribly difficult, and if you didn’t want to go to the trouble of installing a switch in the hand you could just stick with the standard one near the bulb.

Dress it in the costume of your choice. Change its outfit periodically. And some night you may wake up to find it standing beside your bed…just before its light goes out.

(via Scary Jane)

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Seen Online

November 5th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Throw a baby badger so high that when it lands on your enemy it’s fully grown and very upset. You left town years ago. The perfect crime.
ceejoyner

How much do my dead bfs ashes weigh? Enough to break the ice. I’m Stephanie.
smickable

If you think about it, a skeleton is chewing all your food.
HidetakaMiyazak

Grown ups ask kids, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” because we’re looking for ideas.
wesjohnson8

SO TIRED of clapping happily when a kid takes more than 1 try to blow out birthday candles. His wish is screwed, why are we ignoring this
KenJennings

To me manslaughter sounds way worse than murder. They should change it to something like murder-whoopsie.
WHEREISWALTJNR

yes we still need feminism
the lack of female serial killers is no accident, women are discouraged from serial killing at a young age
mallelis

Having a pet in the house is good. You can blame all suspicious sounds on it when your in bed. *BANG* What was that!?…it was just the fish
FillWerrell

I wish TV shows were like sports: held a draft & traded actors mid-season. “AMC picks up Peter Dinklage to finish season six as Don Draper.”
screencuisine

For a quiet ride, buckle the empty seatbelt beside a child and tell them not to wake up the ghost.
ceejoyner

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Trivia Tuesday

November 4th, 2014 by Cobwebs

  1. H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional town of Arkham has a prestigious university named after this river, which runs alongside it.
  2. This mathematician and astronomer had strong occult leanings, devoting much of his life to the study of magic, divination, and alchemy. He was a trusted advisor to Elizabeth I and used astrology to choose her coronation date.
    A) Nicolas Flamel
    B) Gerardus Mercator
    C) Albertus Magnus
    D) Edward Kelley
    E) John Dee
  3. Jonathan Swift’s satirical essay “A Modest Proposal” suggests that the poor people in this country should ease their economic woes by raising their children as food for the rich.
  4. In the novel Dracula, the Count comes to England aboard this ship.
    A) Demeter
    B) Lucia
    C) Czarina Catherine
    D) Daedalus
    E) Persephone
  5. In 1835 Edgar Allan Poe married a 13-year-old relative. What was her name? (For an extra point, what was their relationship?)
  6. The “Heaven’s Gate” cult committed mass suicide in anticipation of being uplifted to a UFO they believed to be hiding behind this comet.
    A) Halley
    B) Shoemaker–Levy 9
    C) Hyakutake
    D) Kohoutek
    E) Hale-Bopp
  7. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, what is the name of the vampire who sired Angel?
  8. Which of these is NOT a suit in a modern Tarot deck?
    A) Wands
    B) Skulls
    C) Swords
    D) Cups
    E) Coins
  9. The “Ghostly Trio” are uncles to what cartoon ghost?
  10. Many cryptid researchers claim that this legendary water-dwelling monster from Congo River basin folklore is really a relict dinosaur.
    A) Menehune
    B) Bunyip
    C) Mokele-mbembe
    D) Ogopogo
    E) Wolpertinger

(Answers below the fold)

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Chris Pine: Vampire Lawyer

November 3rd, 2014 by Cobwebs

Because why not.

(via The Mary Sue)

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The Hundred-Foot Link Dump

October 31st, 2014 by Cobwebs

It’s Halloween, a.k.a. my single favorite day of the year. So double link dumps for everybody!

(And tell me what you’re doing for Halloween!)

Carrion Comfort Creations – Etsy shop full of coffin boxes, human finger key holders, and the creepiest painted ceramic teacups you have ever seen.

Halloween Hairstyles – A roundup. The bun with spider legs is adorable. (Hat tip to pdq)

Paranoid Magical Thinking – Interesting-sounding YA-ish novel which BoingBoing describes as “Melrose Place for quasi-magical, super powered misfits.”

Cthulhu Chess Set – Gorgeous set featuring handmade polymer clay pieces. The seller has some adorable dragons for sale too.

Halloween Poems – Extensive roundup of spooky poems for Halloween.

Health Goth – A new “subcultural movement” where you…go to the gym…wearing black, I guess? Apparently the main difference between this and “every goth who goes to the gym, ever” is that you wear a particular brand of clothing instead of all the other black stuff in your closet. Whatever.

Ikea Instructions for Monsters – Artist Ed Harrington has created a series of instruction sheets for assembling monsters.

Mad Science Birthday Party – This kids’ party theme isn’t even “vaguely irritated science,” let alone “mad,” but I sort of love the gummi worms in the petri dishes.

Boo Bark – Easy-to-make candy bark featuring cute li’l ghosts.

Pegacorn Anatomy – Tragedy Series has a cut-out standup labeling the innards of the rare and elusive Pegacorn. I wonder what the jellybean gland does.

Teddy Bear the Porcupine’s Halloween Feast – Adorable porcupine is adorable, and sounds like Cousin Itt. I was most taken with this bit from the video description: “(Sorry fans, Teddy just would NOT wear a costume, we tried!)” You…tried to put a costume on a porcupine? (Hat tip to Bruno)

Passed On – This ‘toon from Perry Bible Fellowship made me giggle.

Tango Macabre – Free skeleton-themed TrueType font which, unlike many skeleton-themed fonts, has the advantage of actually being readable.

Google Your Birthday – This would be an amusing party theme: Come as you were.

These Spider Fangs Aren’t Going To Photograph Themselves – An entomologist describes how he got some stunning close-up photos of a Sydney funnel-web spider’s hardware.

Potato Print Monster Tees – Super-cute idea for kids’ T-shirts. I love the “skeleton friends” (slide 2). Includes a how-to guide.

Nice Knockers – This Labyrinth-inspired cosplay is sort of brilliant.

All-Seeing Eye Button – Uber-creepy fashion design featuring eye buttons which fit into eyelid buttonholes.

Long Ma – This huge mechanical dragon-horse is just astonishing, and conjures up images of some ancient inventor creating such a creature to frighten away invaders.

Glam Halloween Jewelry – EPBOT has a great tutorial for making resin jewelry with scrapbooking stickers.

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Monster Clock

October 30th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Monster ClockAutomata artist Dug North notes that his interests dwell in the area between art and technology, meaning that he creates neat little mechanisms like the Halloween Hat and this very cool Monster Clock.

I combined my love of clocks with my affinity for wooden monsters to create this new piece. The monster is made of basswood, ebony, and tagua nut. A small weight-driven German-made clock movement powers the eyes and clock.

There’s a short video of the clock in action at the link above.

This strikes me as a reasonably DIY-able project, at least in a scaled-down form. Clocks featuring moving eyes aren’t too difficult to find: The most common is probably the classic Kit-Kat, with wiggling eyes and tail. The easiest method would simply be to cover such a clock with a monster face. Second-easiest would be to remove the mechanism from the existing clock; that would allow you to switch out the faceplate and hands for something a little spookier, and repaint or replace the eyes too. Not quite as easy but probably cheapest would be to buy just the mechanism and make everything else yourself.

If you aren’t up to carving wood–although balsa wood is pretty easy–the monster face could be made of carved foam, papier-mache, or other lightweight material. If you’re feeling dedicated, wire some LEDs behind the eyes so they glow spooky. If you’re feeling really dedicated, this would look amazing as the face of a grandfather clock.

Incidentally, North also sells some simple wooden automaton kits, which would be a useful way to get your feet wet in building this kind of mechanism.

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