Cave Evil – Review of an interesting-sounding board game. (Beware: Page suffers from “spooky” = “hard to read” syndrome.)
Medieval Game Room – This game room was decorated to look like a Medieval European tavern, and there are some really nice details.
25 Animal Hybrids That Will Give you Nightmares – Yes, it’s clickbait; yes, it was probably ripped off from some Worth1000 contest; yes, pretty much everyone who reads this site, instead of having nightmares, would adopt most of these photoshopped beasts as pets. But at least everything is on one page instead of being a slideshow and the Batypus is pretty cute.
This is a neat, fairly simple way to commemorate a favorite concert or similar memento: Scan them, upload the images to Spoonflower, and print them out on fabric.
Redditor Sunflower_Fortunado posted some that her mother had turned into throw pillows, and noted in the comments that her mom had used the service previously to make kitchen towels out of a handwritten recipe and given them as gifts.
Someone else in the comments suggested making a quilt, which is a neat idea but could get expensive if you custom-printed a lot of different tickets. A repeat print of a single ticket would be interesting fabric for a dress or shirt, too.
If you’ve saved ticket stubs from a special occasion, this would make a really thoughtful gift; one of the other thread commenters said that his wife still had the movie tickets from their first date, and he was going to have fabric made from them.
Throw pillows require minimal sewing skills, so even a novice should have no trouble turning out an attractive, very personalized, decorating accessory.
Although we have worked hard to keep the price low, we have also taken care to make sure the monocle is of a better quality than the cheap ones you usually see in novelty shops. Our monocle is mostly plastic, with a metal chain that gives it a pleasant jingle, and color choices that give it a realistic look. The monocle itself is very durable and would be a fine addition to a cosplay costume.
Its wrapper has a clear back so you can show it off without opening it, but he also plans to sell them in multipacks in case you use them. It’d be a mildly amusing addition to a steampunky cosplay ensemble, but if they can be bulk-purchased cheaply enough I’m thinking they’d also be an excellent promotional freebie for vendors at conventions to hand out.
Here’s his Kickstarter video:
This might seem like a simple attempt to cash in on the popularity of steampunk, but if you go over to his site and read the promo ad you’ll see the real reason he’s doing this: “Please do your part to make me right and my wife wrong.”
This nail art is six levels of meta. It’s a riff on the biblical Ten Plagues of Egypt, only updated with “modern” plagues. Some of them, like, anti-vaxxers and gun violence, are sound choices; others, like NFL scandals, are a bit more…niche. (I do like the hazmat suit and the drippy blood, though.)
This made me wonder if nail art featuring the original Ten Plagues was a thing, and of COURSE it is. The same business responsible for the Modern Plagues nails, Midrash Manicures, actually sells decals depicting cow skulls, googly-eyed flies, and phlegmatic-looking frogs. A quick google also turns up some neat freehand versions like this one at 10 Blank Canvases and these (found at Marjorie Ingall).
Incidentally, Midrash Manicures has done different “modern plagues” for the past few years; you can see the whole collection here. I’m not sure why iPhones qualify as a plague, but whatever.
Passover begins April 3 and Easter is on April 5, so there’s still time to paint your nails with cutesy little reminders of divine horrors.
Canis Mortuus Familiaris – Artist Jeremy Dower has a series of illustrations featuring ghostly, monstrous dogs. There are ostensibly more at his site, but since it’s all Flash-based it can’t be linked to directly.
Bailey Henderson – Sculptor of an ongoing series depicting fantastical creatures like a cockatrice and a rather adorably porky tusked seal. I also like her Octopus Lady illustration; it’s not everyone who can look so serene with a cephalopod perched on their head.
H.P. Lovecat – “Because there exists no method known to man, more terribly suited to expose the cosmic meaningless of existence than pairing the words of H.P. Lovecraft with seemingly delightful and charming pictures of adorable kittens.”
Russian Fairy Tales – Artist Uldus Bakhtiozina takes photos of vignettes based on Russian fairy tales. Some of these would be amazing cosplay ideas.
Nihilist Arby’s – Arby’s is a U.S. fast-food chain (although they also have locations in Canada, Turkey, and Qatar; the hell?), but this amusing Twitter feed could just as easily apply to the fast-food restaurant of your choice.