Real women have razor-sharp teeth and barbed tentacles and oh god who opened a portal to the real women dimension THEY’RE COMING RUN
I am not paying for a full year membership at the Y when I only need the pool long enough to hold one hamster Viking funeral.
I love how in Addams Family Values at the beginning they’re like is it a boy? is a girl? and Gomez is just like IT’S AN ADDAMS :D like stop trying to gender my baby, it’s goth that’s all that matters
[medusa’s husband sighing and pulling a wad of snakes out of the shower drain]
You are haunted by the ghosts of Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore, and there absolutely no one you can call
Ghosts are hard to photograph because, when alive, many didn’t believe in ghosts, and now they’re embarrassed to be ghosts, so they hide.
Every time I feel unexpected pain, I wonder if my descendants got hit so hard that their ancestors could feel it.
A man I don’t know tells me to smile. My jaw unhinges and the True Me emerges from my throat. She is smiling, but not like he’d hoped.
Cthulhu, as an eldritch being, sees humans as humans see insects;
which is to say, harmless but inexplicably terrifying.
#cthulhu chasing humanity around with a shoe while crying
Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s the result of a freak lab accident that altered her DNA and turned her into a–look, just run already.
The Secret Pumpkin gift exchange was conceived as a way to soothe those spooky souls pining for October by sending them a little Halloween in April. It’s similar to a Secret Santa exchange but the gifts are supposed to be spooky in nature; you can read my previous description and details here.
And now it’s time to open up registration for next April’s exchange! If you’d like to participate, go to the Secret Pumpkin site:
1) If you did not participate last year, click the “Join” link and fill out the form.
2) If you DID participate last year, log in, click the “Update Profile” link and change the “Activate My Membership” option to Yes.
(Just in case it isn’t clear–folks have been confused in the past–I’m the person who manages the site, so you aren’t blindly submitting your mailing address to some anonymous stranger.)
I’d previously suggested that participants should join one of the two Halloween listservs which originally spawned the exchange, but they’ve withered away so much that they may actually be defunct; instead I send occasional reminders directly to the participants.
You can sign up even if you aren’t in the U.S., and if you encourage friends from the same country to participate you don’t have to worry about exorbitant shipping. My script matches people in the same country preferentially, and at the end of the signup period I’ll let you know if you’re the only one in your country so you can decide whether or not to participate.
The deadline for signups is October 15. All that I ask is please, PLEASE don’t sign up for the exchange unless you’re serious about following through. We occasionally have participants flake out, and their Pumpkins are always sorely disappointed.
C’mon and join! It’s lots of fun, and getting something unexpectedly Halloweeny in April is a treat.
If you like to look at bones (and who doesn’t?), the faculty of Archaeology at Universiteit Leiden is offering a free online course on the subject.
We are pleased to announce that on the 30th of September Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist from the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University (The Netherlands) will be launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) all about human osteoarchaeology! “Osteoarchaeology: The Truth in Our Bones” provides a basic introduction to human osteoarchaeology for people with no previous experience in this scientific field.
In this free online course, learners will explore the many things that can be learned about life in the past and present by studying the human skeleton. After starting with sex, age-at-death, and stature estimation from skeletal remains, other themes including disease and trauma, diet and infant feeding, activity patterns, and mobility and migration are discussed. Students will learn how to reconstruct the lives that past peoples were living from the clues that are contained in their bones and teeth.
Salt Bride – Artist Sigalit Landau submerged a wedding dress in the Dead Sea for three months, which allowed it to become covered with salt crystals.
The Worst Stings in the World – Entomologist Justin Schmidt has been stung by a wide variety of insects, resulting in Schmidt’s Pain Scale. Some of the descriptions sound sort of like wine varietals: “Western Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W.C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.”
A couple of years ago the nice people at VIVO masks sponsored a giveaway with my readers, and they recently contacted me to ask if I’d like to do it again. Hells, yeah; their stuff is awesome.
Last time we arranged with them to ship directly to the winner, so I never got my hands on the mask. This time they sent it to me to ship out, which means I can comment more specifically on the quality of the mask and I can open up the giveaway to overseas readers.
The mask they’re giving away is the Teschio Black, a metal masquerade piece in the shape of a skull. It’s an absolutely gorgeous piece, and is perfect for the goth set. I could imagine designing a whole cosplay outfit around this mask.
VIVO has hundreds of different styles, all handmade in Italy, and they ship worldwide. Given the quality, the prices are surprisingly reasonable. Their Masquerade Blog is pretty neat, too; they have a lot of suggestions for things like decorating for Halloween.
If you’d like to enter to win this mask, just leave a comment on this post by Friday, September 16. A winner will be chosen at random.
Thanks again to VIVO for the lovely giveaway opportunity!
The contest is over and random.org spat back the magic number 10, which means Mim is the proud owner of the mask. I shall snail-mail it to her forthwith.
Spot Message – This app is being compared to Pokemon Go, except you see dead people. (via pdq)
The Totally Useful Loot Generator – Random loot generator which mixes D&D-esque magic items with low-quality journalism. “You killed the dreaded Dire Chimera! For some reason, it was holding onto a +5 Ectoplasmic Sai that only wants to talk about how Hollywood never does anything but half-assed remakes these days.”
Lego Calaveras – UK artist David Hughes makes Day of the Dead skulls from Lego bricks.
A Wild Swan: And Other Tales – Collection of stories which explores “the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse.”
Who the fuck is my #DND character? – Random character generator for D&D. Roll the stats for “old-fashioned Half-orc Sorcerer from the forked islands who was kidnapped by cultists,” “loud Half-elf Rogue from the base of a volcano who carries a charmed locket that they can’t open,” “motivated Gnome Paladin from a city with towers that rival the clouds who has an irrational fear of cats,” and many others.
Out of Milk – One of Cath Garvey’s many amusing comics. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)